8.01.2011

Saying Goodbye to Portugal

 

First, an Angola Update: Temporary Living

We’ve been in Angola for over three weeks now. We will be living life here in a temporary way for a quite a while. Right now we are living with the Evanson family. When we arrive in Huambo, in the next week, we will be staying in a home and riding in a car that is not our own. After Robert gets back from his trip to Namibia (to send off the temporary visa and get a permanent one) on Wednesday, we will head to Huambo for about 10 days before (at least) Robert turns around and comes back to Luanda for a conference for the church group that we work with here, Igrejas de Cristo em Angola (ICA). After that we should be free to start settling in a bit more. I am looking forward to the day when we can begin to settle in, but right now I am happy and thankful to have friends who are willing to let us share their homes, allowing us to take this process more slowly.

Next, Saying Goodbye to Portugal

Our last days in Portugal were well spent. The goodbyes were hard, and, yes, I cried, but they were done well. Our last Sunday, the team provided a breakfast for the church and the church sent us off with a prayer and a song from the kids.

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We were able to celebrate the 4th of July at the home of our friends, the Mullins, with our team and the Neves family.

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Saying goodbye to Kevin and Angelina Mullins

We even got everything packed a day early and were able relax and enjoy our last day in Portugal! On our last day in Portugal we drove two hours to Coimbra, Portugal to experience a little of rural Portugal life and say goodbye to our friends Carlos and Ana and their baby, Salomé. That evening we took the boys to see Cars II in Portuguese, which was a fun movie to see in that environment because of all of the poking fun that was made at Americans in foreign lands (we definitely know something about that)!

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Saying goodbye to Carlos, Ana, and Salomé.

On the morning of our flight, we got up, got ready, and then a caravan of friends took us, and all of our stuff to the Airport! Our friends from IBP - Gary and Terri Camlin, the boys teachers and Classmates - Nuno, Marta, Sara, and Fifi Fonseca, the Campbell family, and many friends from Church joined us at the Airport to send us off.

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Terri Camlin, the boys English Teacher, and the boys before leaving IBP.

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The boys and the Fonseca girls at the Airport (note the abundance of baggage).

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Efesson and Alex Campbell saying goodbye.

2 comments:

Megan said...

Teague, what a journey you are on. I love reading your team's reflections because we were in that place not too long ago. I know our situations are not exactly alike, but I know the feeling of being unsettled, a huge unknown ahead, and trying to balance family, learning language and culture, keeping up with relationships back home, and figuring out what in the hoo-haw I am doing for the Lord in such a foreign place. You sound like you are doing well. I will be praying for you as you settle. It will be so nice to see the day when you can make your own home that is a little less temporary. Love to you all!

Teague said...

Thanks Megan! We enjoy reading your adventures and think things like another move? interns? Wow! I do look forward to being a little more settled. But right now it is just so much clearer where my treasures truly are!