Lots of big and good news I get to share with you all today about my semester abroad so I’m writing another blog. The first big announcement is that for the most part my funds have been raised. There is still a few more donations that were said to come in and once they do my goal will be met. Every donation I have received has a story behind it and I wish I could tell you all of them. After receiving my financial statement yesterday I nearly cried when I saw the donations. To those who supported me financially, I cannot tell you how grateful I am, or how much of an impact you’ve made in my life.
The second big announcement is that the dates have been set I will be leaving July 3rd 2012 and will return January 3rd 2013. I’m a bit sad that I will not be here for Christmas and I am especially sad I will not be able to see my niece or nephew’s first days into this world. However, I am excited to spend the holidays with the people group I love so much; and if the Mayans were right and the world ends at least I will die doing what I love most.
The next bit of news is not as much an announcement as it is something I would like you all to rejoice with me about. Months ago before we even received confirmation about where Brady and I would be heading I had anxiety about the trip. I went home and asked the members of my church to pray for me and something magical happened. Ever since that day my fears and anxieties has turned literally into joy. This is an accomplishment that is hard to express the magnitude unless you’ve experienced the same emotions.
The last bit of news could be good or bad depending on where you live. I have prayed and decided that I will be staying in Bolivar the month and a half before I leave. During this time I will be dieting, exercising, reading scripture, and studying the language. It’s been interesting to see how dates and events have already been set to allow me to live in Bolivar this summer. It’s also been quite amazing to see things come together for this trip, now in my life more than ever I have seen the Lord provide in miraculous ways. It’s funny to me that my semester abroad is still months away and already I have a multitude of stories to tell about it. Thank you for your support and please pray for Brady and me as we still make all of the preparations necessary.