Tuesday, April 20, 2010


I just got an email that my passport and Visa application arrived to the Embassy! Hooray! Now, it just has to be processed and make it back to me.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Honored and Humbled

Last week was filled with random but very important tasks. I applied for health insurance, worked on my finance stuff, and applied for my VISA. It took me FOREVER to figure out the paper because the directions made no sense. I finally called up to the Embassy in DC to figure out what the heck was going on. Then, I gathered a million documents and copies to ship off so I can legally enter the country. I mailed it via FedEx. Oh my goodness, the store was dysfunctional and it took at hour to mail off a package. Lets hope and pray it actually gets there.

I am honored and humbled that a Sunday School class at Duluth UMC is giving me a very nice gift towards my trip. The really exciting thing is that I didnt even ask for it! I was so happy that I started crying when I found out about it. They are truly generous people. I am so humbled by how willing people are to give for Christ.

I "officially" told all my youth and their parents this past week. That was tough. I wanted them to realize how much I truly loved them. Im not leaving forever so it will be a blessing to only say "goodbye" for two months. They have embraced me and want to know what supplies they can send over. I am collecting t-shirts to bring. I am going to try and coordinate a "McKendree UMC t-shirt day" and have all the children in Africa and everyone in McKendree wear their shirts on the same day.

The pastor that directs the orphanage is amazing. He is a true blessing.

I cant wait to meet all the children! That is what I am most looking forward to. I hope they teach me cool African songs!

Cool quote I read the other day : "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."

Monday, April 5, 2010

Trip Planning

This week I did more trip planning but nothing really exciting to report. I got all my medicine filled for the trip. I used Briarcliff Pharmacy. They are amazing and really worked with me and my budget. I officially got my plane ticket and my visa bill for the trip. I paid my visa bill because I didnt want that big of an expense sitting on my card. I also organized all my huge stack of paperwork that is needed for my trip. I am meeting with a group on Friday that will hopefully sponsor Bibles for the kids!

The "big" thing I did was teach my parents how to use Skype. Its an awesome program that allows you to video chat with someone. This will hopefully make the trip to Africa easier on my parents!