The first part of our trip involves leaving here to go there. The team has been preparing for months.  The last few days have been endless checklists.  Gathering our supplies and conference materials while trying to prepare our hearts and minds to be with our sisters and brothers in Rwanda.  

This morning I am aware it is already afternoon in Rwanda.  I sense not only is their time zone ahead of us - I imagine we will be encountering resilience and hope like we have never experienced firsthand thru these women and their stories. 

I am eager to arrive yet always reluctant to leave here.  Soon we will depart for a 26 hour journey.  Grateful and humbled and expectant.