We left before dawn for the airport.  The streets were quiet.  So were we, for the most part — each to her, or his, own thoughts.

Three months ago this short bus ride marked the beginning of a journey.  Now the journey comes to an end.

The luggage was unloaded, then checked in at the counter.  Boarding passes, with seat assignments, were issued to each.  One more group photo.  One more chance to say goodbye.  Feeling sad to go, but happy to be going home.

We love you, students.  Be safe.  Travel well.

You are different now — more open, more experienced, more patient, more humble, more wise.  Let yourself stay different as you return to the familiar.  Remember what you have learned as you enjoy the comforting sights, sounds and smells of home.

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!



  1. Marge Weaver says

    …and a blessed Christmas to your family!
    I meant to send a note to you after Mara returned the end of July, but it didn’t happen. So, I take time now to express my appreciation to you, Jane and Jerrell, for all you did for Mara and the group(s). It was, and remains, an incredibly challenging experience for her. Your steadfast support, love, faith, friendship and leadership through these 3 months was crucial. Thank you. (Our son, Ross, affirms your role as excellent SST leaders!)
    Mara arrived home Tues. night for Christmas break. We’re loving having time with her as she continues to process her experiences and make plans for after graduation. (She’s also drafted me into her daily 4-mi. walks.)
    May this find you wrapped in the glory of the season as your family celebrates the birth of our Savior.

    Marge Weaver

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