I posted to the wrong blog, so sorry it's so late.... It was supposed to post last Friday...
Well, I'm in Tanzania safely. It is warm, but I'm told not as warm as it could be and usually is, so God has blessed me with that. I'm at language school right now, trying to shove as much Swahili into my head as possible in 2 weeks. I'm not going to lie, it's been a rough week. I didn't realize how hard it would be to be in a different country with nobody familiar. Living at the language school right now, I feel like an outsider since I can't speak Swahili very well... There are a few gentlemen that live here who are originally from the US, but they are fluent in Swahili, which makes me feel a little lonely. The good thing is this has strengthened my relationship with God. I've had to lean on him 100% (which is what we are normally supposed to do...) I get up every morning and spend a lot of time in the Psalms reading verses that comfort me in my loneliness and homesickness. I've held onto Isaiah 41:10 like a life raft: "Do not be afraid for I am with you, Do not be discouraged, for I am Your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will lift you up with my victorious right hand."
I will try to post in 2 weeks or so - once I'm out of language school and down with Mavuto and Joyce where internet is not an hourly charge. I hope you are doing well! Feel free to leave uplifting and encouraging comments! They will bring a smile to my face...but also probably a tear to my eye. Love and miss you all!