We answered the call, raised the money, purchased our flights, now all we had to do was wait for the trip date to arrive. Instead, the beginning of the year was full of adventure. It was filled with accidents, injuries and unexpected circumstances.
We were extremely excited for our trip and looking forward to the entire experience, but we had some challenges along the way, the third week of February was particularly difficult. On the Wednesday of that week I witnessed a fatal accident on my way to work, which I blogged about HERE and that Friday Jen sustained a concussion at soccer.
It was definitely an emotional roller coaster of a week, from what I saw to Jen suffering a concussion four weeks before we were to leave for Uganda. Jen was able to get in to see the doctor but he was not sure whether the concussion symptoms would be gone by the time we left.
Jen was off work for an entire week resting and trying to make the dizziness and nausea subside. Luckily she was only off work for one week and was able to go back for part of the following week! Even though she was still occasionally experiencing symptoms. She was unable to book an appointment with her doctor before we left but she knew she would be ok to go, especially with 9 flights in two weeks!
Monday March 19th, three days before we were to leave, bags were packed and everything was ready. I went in to work early to make sure everything was taken care of and the appropriate coverage was lined up while I was away.
It was getting close to our lunch break and I was called into my director’s office and informed that I was not the “best fit” for the agency and my employment was terminated.
Fired! Three days before such an amazing trip! It was like getting the wind knocked out of you!
I will go into more detail in my next post about losing my job, but as you can see it was an extremely emotional beginning to 2012, and we had no idea what was to come. We were going on a trip but in two weeks we would be returning back home to make sense of everything! The phrase “Kick him while he is down” has a whole new meaning to us!
When have you had trials in your life, while trying to do God’s work?
(Let me know in the comments below!)