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And the tears began to fall…

January 3, 2011
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I’m not one to cry often.  I was awakened at 3:00 this morning by Luke (a nearly nightly occurrence since arriving home in Africa a week ago).  As I laid in bed trying to get back to sleep, the tears began to fall for the first time since leaving Stephen and Kimberly in California last week.

People talk about all the different sacrifices missionaries make, but they all pale in comparison with separating  with your kids.

Currently we are about a 30 hour  journey away.  There is a 10 hour time difference, which makes it difficult to connect, even if we did have phone and internet at the house (which we don’t yet, it takes about three weeks to get it turned on here in Africa).  A good price on a plane ticket would be $1400, so no matter how you approach it we are far from our kids in every way physically.

Many memories of our last days together are flooding in to my mind – Kimberly in her robe at 6:00 a.m. outside the mission house on Roscoe Blvd. to wave us off; Steve getting out of the van to give her a last hug and some last words; Stephen talking with Luke on the way to the airport; the goodbyes with Stephen at the airport and then watching him drive away until he was out of sight.

We don’t know WHEN – or even WHERE – we will see them again.  We are so thankful for the godly young people that they have become and are continuing to grow into.  We are thankful for friends, family, and a good local church that will be a support to them.

We are thankful to be home in Africa; it truly is home.  Steve started teaching again this morning; he has four classes this session.  We are settling back into African life, getting back into a routine.  We are thankful for the four kids currently under our roof that God has blessed us with.  I am SO thankful Timothy is home with us for these next six months.

Please pray for us.  I know Stephen and Kimberly will be just fine; it’s just that sometimes we miss them terribly; it’s not like they can come home for a weekend.  We are happy and excited to be back home, and look forward to this year and how God is going to work in all eight of our lives.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Denise Chang permalink
    January 4, 2011 7:21 am

    I’m so sorry for your pain. I wish I could comfort you.

  2. Paula Poppe permalink
    January 10, 2011 11:39 am

    Dear Karen, I checked the website today to see if you were indeed back and to update the Redeemer family via our prayer list. We’ll be praying for you all as follows (my allowed brief condensation of your current needs):
    The Plodinecs: readjusting to life in South Africa, having returned 12/27 after a year’s furlough; adjusting to the absence of Stephen (20) and Kimberly (18) who stayed Stateside; Steve’s effective teaching and mentoring of African pastors; Karen’s effective ministry to Steve, the remaining 4 kids, and the church there, also homeschooling.
    Love, Paula

  3. sprocket23 permalink
    January 27, 2011 7:48 am

    Praying for you, can only imagine the pain you are felling. When our children are born a piece of our heart remains in them forever. Thank you for your service to the Kingdom.

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