Two weeks ago. Seems so much longer than that since we were in Nicaragua. Our decision to leave was so quick that after we arrived in Kansas City it took a few days for our heads to stop spinning.
The Monday before we left we were spending time at the mission land preparing for the shipping container full of donated tractors and tools for the Gremio de San Jose and the girls were making peanut butter.
All that seems like a dream now. We spent the next day going through our entire house. Packing, taking things to friends house to store and giving away. All day, I thought of refugees. Families that didn't have even one day to decide what was the most important to them to bring. We had four suitcases plus backpacks. Today, there are those who leave with only what they can carry. So many just have to leave everything. We left behind one beloved kitten, two dogs, two bunnies, numerous chickens and many friends. Our hearts are broken, but again I think of the millions who have to flee. Leaving behind even there most treasured possessions. We left in the midst of unrest, barricades, looting. But not to the extent of what some families have to live with. We left to an uncertain future, but to our own country. To familiarity. How many others flee for their lives to an uncertain future, and unfamiliar country? We left, returning to friends and family while others leave friends and family and have no one. My heart has been opened to plight to the refugee. I can feel the words of Christ on a whole new level: Matthew 25:31 - 40
 And when the Son of man shall come in his majesty, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit upon the seat of his majesty.  And all nations shall be gathered together before him, and he shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats:  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left.  Then shall the king say to them that shall be on his right hand: Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in:
 Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me.  Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and fed thee; thirsty, and gave thee drink?  And when did we see thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and covered thee?  Or when did we see thee sick or in prison, and came to thee?  And the king answering, shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.