This morning, I woke up to the sounds of rain drenching the bush outside my window. It’s still coming down—softly now, infusing everything with the deepest shades of green. So far, today has held hot tea, fresh fruit, and unpacked bags. The morning is beautiful.
Yesterday, we arrived at Kasana in the late afternoon. I found most of David Family waiting for me inside the doors of the Britton’s house, and the noise and the hugs and the smiles and the greetings were the best welcome I could have imagined. In the evening we sat together at the family dinner table for devotions and a meal of beans and cassava root. Being here again, reunited with my African family, is beautiful.
I’m so thankful for all of your prayers as I have made the journey here over the past three days. I have felt such incredible peace and joy as I begin to settle in, and to call this place home is truly a blessing. The sense of permanency this time around definitely changes things—but in the best of ways! The next several days hold plenty of visits with old and new friends (the Kasana tradition is to host new staff members for dinner at various homes for the first week), as well as continuing to unpack and organize my new living space. Term 2 classes begin Monday the 19th, and there’s plenty to be done in between now and then. Please feel free keep up the prayers as I begin settling all the logistics of life here. I am so, so thankful!
The short version: I’m moving to Africa.
The long version: After much thought, prayer, and anticipation, I sent in my application to serve long-term with New Hope Uganda. And recently, things became official! I will be joining the staff at Kasana Children’s Centre as an art teacher in the primary school. I have made an initial 2.5 year commitment. There’s a brief summary posted under FAQ.
So, what next?
I have a long way to go in terms of fundraising, and the clock is already ticking (I’ll post my official departure dates as soon as those are finalized, but know that they’re not terribly far off!). Please pray for me as I begin making preparations and raising funds!
I’ve already posted basic donation information on the new Support Beth page of this blog, and I’ll be posting more details shortly. For now, know that I am absolutely thrilled to begin this new phase of life, and I look forward to including all of you in the adventure!
Feel free to ask any questions via the comments section of this blog, or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.