In 2003, the CAR experienced a violent coup, and the mission evacuated all of its American staff and the mission organization. We chose to return to the United States although my heart remained with the Central Africans.
About three years later, Faye approached me and said she was ready to consider returning. I was blown away as Faye had previously talked about our time in the Central African Republic being over. When I overcame my surprise, I asked what had changed her mind. Faye explained that as soon as I stopped talking to her about Africa, God started. He’d been working on her for the last few years, and she was finally ready to have a conversation with me.
We both agreed that if we were to return to Africa, we wanted to make it a priority to “empower and train” the nationals in a way that would continue the work long after we left.
Well, you guessed it. We did return…but this time with a different mission!
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