Then I remembered. My personal slogan for life, in place for many years, has been:
Go new places, see new things, meet new people.
That's it. Even though I've experienced a lot of those "mottoes" here on trips around the States, and it's not only connected to trips to other parts of the world, I DO often think of my international wanderings. So...
that's why I enjoyed Costa Rica,
was excited when visiting England,
When at home, trapped in the everyday routines of life, it was easy for me to become bored and feel I simply didn't fit.
Then, God opened an international door for me in my neighborhood. In early May, 2010, He dropped the Bhutanese refugees into my life. I began with 2; now have approximately 70 ... extended family ... and they adore me and respect me and I love them and help them adjust to our town, our cultural requirements, and hash out our "insane" differences.
Yes, I love Uganda and often would prefer to live with my friends, kids, and grandkids who entered our lives Over There, BUT, if I was there now, I'd be wondering how Nar and Phurba, Sai and Wang, Bijay, Ram and Dawa, Mandira and Pemba, and my "babies" ... and on and on ... would be doing.
So, I am a missionary... again. And, where it used to cost thousands of dollars to be in those various places, it is often next to nothing, which fits into our budget quite well.
Overall, ministry hasn't changed. And I look forward to the times when the Lord opens a new, unwalked-upon path for me to begin a jaunt ... and can live my motto:.
go new places, see new things, meet new people.