6 months into our time in Tanzania, we’re starting to accumulate a list of heartaches that result from living in a different country.
There have been happy occasions we’ve missed out on:
- Engagements (weddings still to come)
- Long-awaited pregnancies and births
There have been sad moments when we’ve wanted to comfort others and have felt the distance keenly:
- Still birth
- Major job loss
- A friend struggling with loneliness
Sometimes it’s a mixture. We were touched at the outpouring of love for our Elliot at his first birthday, even from people we didn’t know who have been praying for us. However, we were also saddened that we were unable to celebrate in person with his extended family and godparents.
And then there are the things that aren’t good or bad, but which you just want to be there to share, like good friends of ours moving from overseas to our home town.
When you move to another country long-term you prepare for these losses. We believe that being in Tanzania is God’s good plan for us.
But that doesn’t make the grief any less real.
Tamie Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.