Life in a Nut Shell

I have now been in Zambia for about a week and a half, and I feel like a ground nut (peanut).  I have lived my life protected from what’s around me, and now my shell is starting to break away, and I couldn’t be more confused, exhausted, frustrated, and excited. My first 6 days in…

A Talented Bunch

  Orientation, or disorientation as the YAV staff liked to call it, is over.  Now I am sitting here reflecting on and trying to understand all of the information and advice that I have been entrusted with these last few days.  Honestly, it was all a little overwhelming. On Saturday night, all the YAVs, YAVAs…

You’ve gotten me this far…

With only 16 days left, I have been trying to pack in as many visits and meaningful time at home as possible.  I have been trying to pack everything that I need.  I have been trying to make sure I have crossed all my t’s and dotted my i’s. I feel like I have been…

Well, why would you want to do that?

I have been getting asked that question a lot lately, and to be frank, I don’t necessarily have the perfect answer to it.  I guess the simplest answer I could give is that I want to help people, I want to serve, and I want to teach, but I could do that anywhere.  So, why…

Natotela

Natotela means thank you in Bemba, which is one of the languages spoken in Zambia.  I need to say thank you to everyone who has supported me thus far as I prepare for my upcoming year as a YAV in Zambia.  I am overwhelmed by all the love, support, and well-wishes that I have received…

Counting Down the Days

Someone asked me the other day if I was counting down the days until I left for Africa.  Just then I realized that I have less than one month until I graduate from Westminster College, and then an additional three short months  until I leave for Zambia, Africa.  My answer, “Of course I am!  I…