So, I would just like to preface this blog by saying that I am not an eloquent writer by any means, so if you're reading this I hope that you will bear with me as I attempt to articulate my thoughts.
Only 3 days left until I fly to India. To be honest, I still don't think it has hit me that I'm going to be living on a different continent for six weeks this summer. How this whole summer came to be still astonishes me. Without God putting the beautiful Ali on my wing this year, none of this would be happening. As I was first getting to know Ali she told me about how she was planning to apply for SOS (Summer of Service, a mission program through Northwestern) and apply to volunteer with an organization called Rahab's Rope. At that time during my life, I had really been searching out what area of Social Work God was calling me to. Before meeting with Ali, I really felt a pull on my heart to work with women and children. Ali told me that Rahab's Rope is a Christian organization that works with women and children teaching them different trades to prevent them from being pulled into sex trafficking- so immediately I was interested. Ali encouraged me to apply and I did, only half expecting anything to work out. To my surprise, things did start to work out. Rahab's Rope accepted both Ali and I, and a little while later, both Ali and I were accepted into the SOS program. It has been a pretty crazy ride since then, preparing, fundraising, and praying a lot. God has been so faithful through it all.
As my time in the U.S. comes to a close I am getting very anxious and excited for my trip. I really don't know what to expect while I'm there, but maybe not having expectations is a good thing. I just pray that God will work through me, despite my weaknesses. It's almost inevitable that I will make some sort of faux pas, but I pray that it won't interfere with the relationships I'll make while I am there. God is doing and will do awesome things on this trip and I can't wait to be amazed.
Please pray for safe travels (God willing)