I spoke to Mark last night; he says he is feeling better and thanks everyone for their prayers. He is chin deep in paperwork right now. The unit has been without a Civil Affairs Officer for several months and he was a welcome sight.
It is going to be a few weeks before he get online, partly because of work, partly because securing hotspots to get internet useage.
Mark says the first few nights took some getting use to. The Afghan sky is not just black, but inkly black. The night so thick you can cut it with a knife.
One is truly lost without one's flashlight out here. And it takes some getting use to.
But Mark also reports that once your eyes adjust, you still need that flashlight. But the sky is also alive with stars, so close to the earth that you feel you reach up and stick one in your pocket. Surrounded by mountains, it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Reminding him of the mountains around Colorado.
He says it is truly amazing; after a full day's work, to sit back and look up into the night sight and enjoy G-d's creation.
How often I have places such as Afganistan and Iraq as G-d forsaken.
Are they really?????