The Visa

February 14, 2007 at 3:11 am | Posted in My Blog | 2 Comments

Well, it finally came through.  On Friday around 3 p.m. I saw the blessed name of the HR worker in my office in Accra, in my inbox telling me that my visa came through.  Man!  It’s officially three weeks past the longest time it was supposed to take to get it and it’s been hard as heck to wait and trust God that everything would work out!  It is truly darkest before the dawn cause it was getting hard for me to hold on there for awhile.  I don’t know why.  God is so faithful.  Why should I doubt Him now when I’m this close?  I guess it’s just been so hard to be unemployed these past seven months.  First time in my life for something like that. 

I should’ve titled this instead, “The joy of forms”.  😉 I had to fill out like 20 of them to scan and email back.  The next step is buying my ticket.  It feels strange now that it’s actually happening.  The idea of just arbitrarily choosing a date to fly out on.  How does one know which day to pick?  How to be sure that the car will be sold and everything packed by that certain date?  (And the answer comes back to her in the simple wisdom of a childhood song, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey”).

The real purpose of this posting is to thank you for your prayers and interest in my endeavor and to update you with the good visa news.  Everyone has been wonderful with their kindness and encouragement.  Thank you.  I am truly blessed.

I’ll “let” (as they say here in PA) you back to your busy lives and leave you with two appropriate quotes that I like.

God bless,

Grace

Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn’t, bleed, like colors, on
the
whole of our existence. -Honore de Balzac, novelist (1799-1850)

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. -Immanuel
Kant,
philosopher (1724-1804)

Preparation

January 28, 2007 at 7:03 pm | Posted in My Blog | Leave a comment

     Wow.  My first posting.  I can’t believe I’m a blogger.  Well, I’m not.  Not really.  This is all for the Big Guy.  Ya know, up in the sky.  My goal with this endeavor is to bring the daily life of an ex-pat (expatriate, i.e. one living/working outside of their country), seeking to live her dream for herself, God and others, onto a screen near you.  I anticipate this to be a source of hilarity as you laugh at me getting taken advantage of by locals, sanctification as you see how the other half lives and inspiration as you take that to prayer, to heart and to ….well, that’s between you and God, isn’t it?

     Since I’m just getting started and my graphics are woefully unimpressive as of yet, I’m not going to bore you with my ramblings (probably the worst consequence of most blogs).  Just an update to say that I’m staying busy preparing for my trip to Ghana in 4-6 weeks…..(I think…!) to work as a caseworker for refugees with Church World Service.  No more wild Catholic roadtrips with no sleep but amazing spiritual highs…I’m really trying to keep the socializing down to a minimum.   I remind myself to trust Him and to take it one day at a time…

     The snow is falling outside here in PA and I’m trying to imagine what it’s going to be like to be in 80 degree weather soon and near a beach. 

     Please pray for me to continue to prepare well, practice my French like a good girl and be ready at every moment to say, “Here I am Lord.  It is I Lord.  I have heard you calling in the night. I will go Lord, if you lead me.  I will hold your people in my heart.” :->

 God bless y’all.  Peace out.

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