Hello Friends and Family,
After much anticipation and waiting, I'm only two days away from my departure to Senegal! Its hard to believe that in a few days everything will be so different- I'll be in summer clothing (yea!), speaking French and living and learning about a different way of life. First I'd like to say that all of this wouldn't have been possible without your support! Not only did your charitable gifts allow for my plane ticket and living expenses (most recent update below), but your words of encouragement have given me the confidence to go into this year with strength of heart and peace of mind. Thank you!
Wednesday morning I'll be driving to the Moline airport with my parents, and three flights and almost a day later I'll be arriving in Dakar, Senegal at 5:30am. Once at the airport I'll be picked up by a driver that will take me to my host family! I can't tell you how excited I am for the moment when I finally arrive at my new home and meet all the people I've only contacted by email until now.
This journey is sure to have its challenges and road blocks- some that I've anticipated and some that will come as a complete surprise. I can't wait to face them all!
Thank you again for your support! I'll be keeping you all updated as I get adjusted to my new home and work.