We knew was a possibility. We had heard the rumors. But now it is true.
Our friends Josh and Rebekah who lived in Turkey were visiting the USA when they got word of this. Josh must return to Turkey without his wife and children. They can NEVER go back to their home in Turkey. And there is a possibility that Josh will have to remain to finish out the last 16 months of his assignment without them.
It is hard to fathom that. Can you imagine being told you can't go back to your home, your friends, your Hatice, ever again? She is in the USA and must create a new home without her husband.
In addition, my heart just hurts so much for this wonderful home and Base and country I love so much. My friends who were with me in Turkey have been messaging me, and we've been grieving together.
We are sad because other people will not get to experience this wonderful life we had.
We are sad because so many wonderful people who rely on the Base for their livelihood will be out of work.
Hatice will never see Rebekah again. Just like that. She's gone. And she can't come back. She can't hug those four darling boys again.
I hate war.
That picture above, of my boys running with their first friend William literally causes my heart to ache. Ache from happiness of that life I had there. And ache from sadness that it is being ripped apart at the seams because of terrorists who have brought their hell into Turkey.
Please pray for this country. Please specifically pray for Hatice and Ilhan and Fa-ree and Gokay. Good friends who will be so impacted by this decision.
I will always love this country and always hold such incredible memories of our two years there.