Family: I already live 12,000 miles away from my family but that’s made bearable by Skype, email and text messages. It might be more difficult in a developing country but I have coped for 2 and a half years.
Friends: Leaving my London friends (who provide proxy family support) will be difficult. I guess I’m also scared they’ll all change in the year I’m gone. I need to remember that my good Kiwi friends are still good Kiwi friends 2 and a half years later. I love you all for that.
Church: I love HTB and my pastorate is full of amazing and wonderful friends. Leaving what has become such an important part of London life will be difficult, made more so by the likelihood that the pastorate will evolve over the year. HTB, though, is an equipping church and I know God has used it to build up my faith, in preparation for His future plans for my life.