Off to Africa I go! Yes, I am headed to Africa for two weeks this summer! I am going to give y’all a brief overview of my life since my last blog and then talk about my super awesome journey I will be taking this summer!
I am near the end of my second year in college. Since I will soon be done with taking classes at CPCC, I had to decide where I would go to finish my degree. I had already been preparing for this moment; I spent a lot of time in reflection over the summer and took some time to visit colleges. I have now found where I hope to make my true home away from home. I am excited to say that I will complete my Elementary Education degree at Appalachian State University. I am looking forward to this new season in my life, such as finding new friends, housing, church, and so much more. I’m so ready to pour into this new community that I will be apart of!
I had a really great first semester this past year. I was nominated to be apart of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa and made the dean’s list. These were two huge accomplishments in my academic career. In high school I was never the person who excelled in education and to be honest, I didn’t have the drive like I do now. Because of that, my grades suffered in high school. I had a super high first semester, but once I returned for the spring semester I have been suffering. I really struggled to get back in the swing of things and I became hateful towards my education. I found myself in a deep slump. I was so thankful to have a much-needed Spring Break! I was able to use the time to just rest and not think about the next assignment that was due. I can say that since being back to classes and back to my daily routine, I am back to enjoying classes and excelling in my classes!
Now to the stuff you really want to read about..:P
I am heading to Kenya, Africa around July 15th and will be there until July 29th. I am working with an organization called International Volunteer HQ. While there, I will be volunteering at a school. I will mainly be a teacher assistant in either a government school or a community school, in the city of Nairobi. There is a classroom between Kindergarten up to 5th grade, which is where I will be working most of the time. I’m so excited because while I am there I will be living with a family in the community and a few other volunteers.
So, most of you have figured out that this organization is not a Christian organization. I am seeing it as an opportunity to share the love of Christ, such as sharing His love in the classroom, the home I’ll be living in, among the other volunteers, and during any extracurricular activities. My passion in life is to see every child have the same educational opportunities that I have had over the many years. I know that this is only a two-week trip, but so much can happen during these two weeks. This trip might be a trip to just plant a seed in a classroom or the family’s life I am going to be staying with. 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 says, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” God will grow these seeds after I am gone. I fully believe that God has somebody prepared to go after me, to water these seeds.
Now that you have gotten a little bit of my vision for my trip and also what I will be doing, I would like to first off ask you for your prayers. This is my main focal point right now.
- For the Lord to continue to prepare my heart for this trip.
- For Him to soften the hearts of the community I will be surrounded by.
- For boldness to speak when the Holy Spirit leads me to.
- For peace and comfort while preparing and also while I am there.
These are just a few that were on my mind right away.
I am raising financial support for this trip. The most expensive part of my trip is going to be airfare. I do have a program fee that covers my housing, meals, transportation and an on ground point person while there. The program fee is $370 for the two weeks I will be there. I’m really hoping to get my flight for less than $2,000. These are the only 2 main expenses I will have. I will also need to get a travel visa, insurance and vaccinations.
The first fundraiser I am doing that all proceeds will go to this trip is a t-shirt. I will put a picture below. They are $20 and I hope to put the order in by the beginning of May. I would love to sell 50 t-shirts! This is just a personal goal for me. If you are interested in buying one you can get in touch with me the easiest way possible for you. If you live a distance away from me, I am willing to ship you the shirt! J
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THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH for your continued prayers and support! I am so thankful for each of you!
Below is the shirt!