in 1999, I went to Nampula, Mozambique, and amongst other things, these are a few of the things that happened:
- I met my best friend christina.
- I was "woo-ed" by my first african woo-er.
- I lived in a tent, and washed in a bucked for 2 months straight.
- I questioned what faith meant, and learned a little bit more about it, and about God.
- I realized that Africa is an incredibly special place.
- I dug and poored the foundation for the front wall of a hospital.
- I toured a hospital in Nampula, and saw the horrendous health situations there.
- I had team leaders, Sam Kim, in particular, who ended up being mentors for a long time.
- I fell in love, in more ways than one.
- I fell off a roof, and broke my arm. I subsequently saw the health situation in Cameroon, on a first hand level.
- I got worms in my skin, and africa in my blood.
- I realized that Africa was where I was going to spend most of my life. I had a peace about leaving, because I knew that I would be back.
- I got un-dressed, and re-dressed in african garb, by african ladies.
- I discovered for the first time what it felt like to have someone taste the glory of God, and then decide to not want it.
Today, I mailed my acceptance/application to go as a leader this summer to Haiti. you can read about the trip in that link. So, for June and July, I will be leading a team of 30 (or so) teenagers (13-18 year olds) to go and continue construction on an orphanage building and the property wall for an orphanage home. No, it is not Africa, but this is the team that I felt I was meant to go on. Im nervous, and I am excited. And, I am raising money ;) (3000$)
I am still a little in shock that this is actually going to be happening....