Today is the day that I knew would eventually come, but seems harder than ever to believe is actually here. My dear friend Jen (more commonly known as Jenny Wenny), got on a plane this morning to start an incredible journey. She is going to make her new home in Niger, West Africa; where she will do life in the local communities there. Jen has spent a few years there already, and it has been incredible to get to see what God was able to do through her.
I met Jen when I was going into Grade 10 and still to this day, she represents one of the most tangible answers to prayer in my life. I was really struggling in High School and prayed for a friend who would walk alongside me through the good times and the bad. It was around this time that I met Jen.
She became a solid rock to me in so many ways. She taught me so much about what it meant to be a faithful woman with a heart that chased after the Lord. This began the years of Starbucks dates where we would be the loudest ones in the room, cooking catastrophes that usually ended up in us burning something, adventures where we almost guaranteed would get lost, beach walks where we somehow managed to talk about everything and anything, family hangouts where she sincerely felt like another daughter in our home, flour fights in fat chef costumes that got out of hand, and most importantly, endless moments to pray together and encourage each other in different stages of life.
On our last day together, we went down to Crescent Beach which is such a special place for us. We managed to survive about 10 minutes there before we couldn’t feel our limbs, but I was so glad to have taken these photos before we left.
It got a little windy…
Jen – your BC community is so behind you in this journey. You are such a testament to boldly and courageously leaving everything and following Him. We will miss you greatly, but know that you are in hands far more capable than ours. Just do us all a favour, and stay your weird self so that we recognize you when you come back 🙂
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – Winnie the Pooh