Tuesday, October 23, 2007


1. Traffic is insane. There are no lines. If there are, people don't see them. I'm getting used to riding on the wrong side of the road. Horns are a polite way of saying, "I'm coming. Please get out of the way."

2. People stare...a lot.

3. The food is tasty! I'm glad I like spicy things though. And even the "American" food at McDonald's is altered to be more spicy.

6. The darkness is undeniable. I was able to experience my first religious event. It was a celebration in which a demon effigy was set on fire to symbolize defeat of evil. Another example of the darkness is the "Abortion by tablet" advertisements on nearly every light pole.

Despite it all, however, the country is quite beautiful and colorful. I really love watching the people interact with each other. All in all, they are helpful and friendly. I know that I will eventually love this place and its people. But, the important thing is that the Father loves them and wants them to know Him. He has allowed me to be a part of His work here, and it's easy to see He's already moving. I just get to join in on the fun.

Pic: A rickshaw ride with friends.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

I made it!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I made it...and all my luggage! What a miracle. He is good. He is faithful as well. I had a frustrating experience trying to fly out of Atlanta. My Albany flight was an hour and half late so I missed my flight overseas. The airlines decided to be difficult to the point that I barely got on the back-up flight. I seriously got to the gate, and it was closed. But, He is gracious and so were the people at the gate. They let me on! The travel time was 24+ hours, and jet-lag/time change is now setting in. But, praise Him for His sufficiency and His faithfulness to give rest to the weary. We are starting a busy 2 weeks of on-the-ground training. I will keep you posted and provide some pictures soon. Much love! Thanks for lifting me up!

Monday, October 15, 2007

A most excellent birthday...

The past few weeks have flown by, and I can't believe I leave tomorrow. I wanted to post a quick thank you to everyone for making my birthday (the 13th) such an amazing one! I'll never forget the hugs and wishes from each of you. I heart yall!

This is me any my family with my amazing birthday cake!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Home for now...

After saying "see you later" to my new family in VA, we drove 8 hours to Athens to say "see you later" to those folks. Now, I'm home for a while, packing and soaking up the family before more "see you laters." Official date of departure: Oct. 16.