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04/24/12    Saying Goodbye to South Asia! (Part 2)

As the days countdown to our departure on May 10th, we wanted to include some additional pictures as we say good bye to our friends and life in South Asia.  We sold our home in Kentucky and left in January 2009.   For over three years we have been immersed in another culture, lifestyle and language.
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We made one last trip back to our former city and participated in Good Friday services at our house church.  Our pastor translated Richard’s message on the Seven Sayings of Christ from the Cross.
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We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with our pastor and his family.
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This friend is currently in her 51st year of service in this country!  She is returning to live in America this summer.
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Our language teacher, whose wedding we attended 2 years ago, has a beautiful little daughter!
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What a thoughtful farewell gift!
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Our current international church pastor and family
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Friends from international church – doctors from UK who have served here for many years but are returning to UK this summer
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We went shopping for friends who will soon arrive in our country.  This shop owner (far left) was very friendly and helpful and asked us to take a gift back to America for a friend of his.  He had it delivered to us that same night.  Four days later the man dropped dead with a heart attack!
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When this gas pipe was dug up, we realized why our gas pressure had been sporadic for months and why we had been without gas for the past 4 days during our last week in South Asia!
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We tried to finish all of our work to make it easier for those who continue in our place.
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We treated our friends and helpers to box lunches and enjoyed some farewell fellowship. 
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We gave them a picture.
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Our last days in country were more hectic because of 3 consecutive days of national strikes.  We had to be at the airport before 6 am even though our flight was not until afternoon. 
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We are taking back the same amount of luggage we brought with us 3+ years ago – 3 suitcases/trunks and a backpack each.  We kept rearranging contents and weighing everything.
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We were sad to leave Penny, but we hope visitors to the guest house like this little boy will play with her and pet her.
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Our 3+ years living in South Asia ended April 24, 2012.  It was with mixed emotions that we bade farewell to beloved friends and helpers.  We developed relationships that will endure the rest of our lives and even into eternity!  We are so thankful to God for His many blessings on us during our time in South Asia!

To see more photos, find us on Facebook (Richard-Suzanna Hanham)!

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

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Family - Apr 12