Travel dissonance

14 Jul

Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy travel. That's a good thing since I do so much of it. In fact I just had to have extra pages added to my passport for the second time. But sometimes I have to stop and think about where I am and where I just was then consider where I'm going next. If it were all in one language that might help. If it were all for similar purposes that would certainly make it more clear. But God has given me such incredible opportunities to experience variety in life that I have to laugh and just figure that life is nuts.

Three weeks ago I began with a couple of days with my wife of 27 years celebrating our anniversary by wandering San Diego's sights. A few days of meetings with my fellow international leaders were followed by a conference then several days with our mission leaders for Latin America. I was home two days then off to Atlanta where all six of us Duggans were in one place for 24 hours which won't happen again until Thanksgiving at the earliest. Then Matthew and I were invited by a friend to join him in Chicago for a couple of days and attend the U2 concert, all a generous gift from this very giving friend. Then a few days with my best friend for 37 years where went kayaking in the marsh waters of coastal South Carolina. Now I am in Haiti for a few days.

The next couple of months will see me in Colorado, New Orleans, Knoxville, Mexico, Atlanta, and Nigeria, all ministry related. It's crazy! It's fun! But it is also a bit tiring and challenging to balance family life and relaxation.

We moved to Charlotte in late May and I figure I've slept in the house we've been loaned a total of nine nights. Fortunately my family has been with me a good bit more than that! We are hoping to slow down a bit in late September and focus on the reason we are back…to connect with our supporters and develop more partnerships with people who want to be part of this great adventure. Before we know it Thanksgiving will be here and the Duggans will return to our Costa Rica home.

One Response to “Travel dissonance”

  1. shannon teal July 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Sounds very exciting Brian. It would be interesting to spend a few days in your shoes! Speaking of shoes we need to pick a date for you to meet Manny, the founder of Samaritan's Feet. That would be a great partnership. Seems like September would be the best month for you. His schedule is hectic like yours so, maybe you guys should plan a month or two in advance.Take care and look forward to seeing you soon.

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