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After all my travels, I arrived back in the States on November 6. I had an overnight in Miami on my way home to Texas, so my grandparents who live in Florida came to have dinner and celebrate my return. It was wonderful to see them and so special to have a warm welcome home!

Dinner with Grandpa and Grandma Gorr, who met me in Miami

The next morning I arrived in Austin, where my mom and youngest brother greeted me with balloons, a sign, and hugs. We went to pick up my dad, then headed to lunch for some Tex-Mex of course. I really enjoyed being in Austin with my family and friends. We had time to look at pictures, share stories, and be together. My parents helped me host an open house for family, friends, and folks from my home church. This was a great opportunity to catch up and share my Zambia and travel experiences with those in Austin who have been praying for me and following my journey.

Mom and Matt greeted me in Austin, welcome home!

I also travelled to Michigan to visit my brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Darcie. I missed their wedding last December, so I was really looking forward to seeing them. They were planning to come to Texas for Thanksgiving, but were expecting their first child on Christmas Eve so I went up there instead. I stayed with them for almost a week and we had lots of fun together.

Steven and Darcie (and Raelin)

I returned to Texas for Thanksgiving with my family and friends. As we gathered together I remembered how two years ago at Thanksgiving I had been struggling with whether or not to apply for this fellowship, knowing it would mean being far away from the people I dearly love. I am so thankful for this opportunity and the amazing experiences and people that have come into my life during my time in Zambia and New York. Although it was very difficult at times, I am glad I was able to follow God’s call and step out in faith.

Thanksgiving day with mom, dad, Greg, Matt, and me

I am excited to be back in New York City and with you at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. New York City is an extraordinary place, especially during the Christmas season. I do miss my friends and colleagues in Zambia, but I must admit I am enjoying the conveniences of being able to shower every day, drink water straight from the tap, and eat raw fruits and veggies without playing intestinal roulette. On my days off I am having fun exploring the city.

It's Christmas time in the city!

I’m looking forward to sharing my stories with you and being among you for these next months. As I sit here in my study I can hardly believe I have been half way around the world and back again. Thank you for providing this opportunity which has shaped me, in more ways than I can count, to continue in pastoral ministry for years to come. See you around MAPC! 

The MAPC crew, ready to celebrate Christmas

Posted December 31, 2012


Becky: It has been wonderful to follow your journey in Zambia this past year. My God continue to bless your ministry werever you are called.

Marsha P. on January 7, 2013

The Phillips Talbot Global Ministry Fellowship is an inspired program, and MAPC has been rewarded with magnificent participants -- Carmen, Bob, Brent, Erin, Molly, [Ryan], Rebecca, Andrew, and [Claire]. Thanks and blessings to all.

Edw. Huda on January 8, 2013

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