There is so much to say, but I won't let myself get completely carried away or this will get really long and you'll stop reading!
In less than 7 weeks, I'll be stepping foot on African soil. That hasn't completely sunk in yet. However, it's becoming more real as I pack up my apartment...This Monday I'm leaving my live-in job at HOHC and will be moving in with my family for a few weeks until I leave the country.
Last night was our last dinner as a HOHC family. They surprised me by cooking one of my favorite meals (complete with my personal invention of Nutella crepes made in a quesadilla maker! :) and presenting me with some really meaningful gifts. The girls (and house mom) made a scrapbook for me, wrote me letters which were tear-jerkers! I'm so proud of our four teen moms for working hard to finish high school and not giving up when the pressure of life seems overwhelming. I will miss everyone dearly.
I'll end with some prayer needs. Thank you for your faithful prayers and for walking this journey with me. I certainly can't do it on my own!
This morning I calculated the funds that I have received so far and monthly pledges. I am giddy with excitement, because the Lord has provided approximately $10,190 so far! In the next six weeks, I need to raise $4,000. Thank you to everyone who is supporting me financially or prayerfully. I can't express what it means to me. People ask me, "How long will you be gone?" That's a question only God knows....initially I'm looking at 9 months, but if He wants me to stay longer, I will. This obviously also depends on funds.
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