I’m terrible at goodbyes. I mean, I’m not great at relationships in general, or what most people would consider normal communication, but I am really, really bad at goodbyes. Which is why I’m not even sure if I said goodbye to Sallie two nights ago. I remember the “I’m so glad I got to see you again” and the talk of visiting soon. But I just can’t remember if I actually said goodbye. But I guess I should back up a little.
Sallie is a world changer. She’s one of those people who act out what they believe. Who say what they mean and do what they say they will. These are things I value so much in my friends, and I wish I knew more people like her. As a school counselor, I have watched her go through hard times. She has seen children die at the hand of their own parents, after recommending that they be removed for their safety. She takes on people’s burdens and fights for what she knows is right.
Recently, Sallie decided to give up her tenured job, her salary, and her cute apartment to move to the Philippines for a year. Working for International Justice Mission, she will be overseeing counselors who are working with women who have come out of sex trafficking. It’s going to be a hard year for her, but I get so excited when I think about how many lives she will be changing for the better.
So for now, goodbye, friend. We will see you soon!