Two nights ago, I was sitting on the back porch with my parents having just gotten back from a short-visit to Cincinnati. My dad pointed out the moon was shining through the trees, reflecting beautifully. We were sharing conversation about this past weekend and my plans for the last couple weeks before I leave. As I was gazing at the moon, it struck me that in less than a month I won’t be in New Wilmington watching the moon but rather in Thiruvalla, India.
I have so many things to look forward to in the weeks before I leave for Stony Point, NY on August 23. I will leave New Wilmington early on the 23rd and spend a week in orientation with the other YAV volunteers, both national and international, before flying to Mumbai, India on August 30th. From Mumbai, I will fly to Cochin, a city in Kerala, where my site-coordinator, Rev. Thomas John, will meet me and the two other volunteers. I will spend time with Thomas John and his wife before leaving for my year’s placement. I am looking forward to getting to know Madison and Jim, the other two volunteers placed in Kerala, during this adjustment period at Thomas John’s house.
My last weeks are packed with weddings and other joyous occasions including a trip to visit my sister in Georgia and my Grandad and cousins in Maryland. I have lots to enjoy before this adventure begins. The days are sure to fly by as my excitement (and nerves!!) continue to grow. I want to thank you for taking the time to read this. I am excited to share this year with you as it is your support and love that allows me to push forward on this experience. I truly believe that while I am physically over in India teaching English and sharing with the girls and teachers, I am working as your hands as it is your support that sustains me. I also want to thank those who supported me monetarily. The fundraising aspect of this year almost turned me away from this experience, so thank-you for your support. I appreciate it more than I can express.
My hope over the next month is that when you see the moon, you will say a prayer for those at the Nicholson Syrian Girls School as in one short month I will beginning my adventure with them.
Peace and lots of love