Well, this is my first post, and I feel it comes at a fitting time. I leave in one month. One month! In fact, I'm about to buy my plane ticket when I finish this. I can't believe that all these months of planning and preparing are almost over and I will soon be gone. It's a very exciting and sobering thought. I still have so many things to do in the next month, and I know it's going to fly by. Just to give you an idea of the last minute preparations I have....Pack and move my entire apartment (most of it to a storage facility), turning off the utilities there too, dr appointments, figuring out what to do with my car insurance, buy things that I won't be able to get in Chile, go to a missions conference at ABWE, call the Crosses to talk over some details before I leave, try to prepare some teaching materials, pack (of course!), possibly get some shots (so fun), do some work for my parents to get some kind of income since I'm currently unemployed, and I'm sure I'm forgetting some things.
Needless to say, it'll be a very busy month! :o)
But, with all the mix of emotions I'm experiencing, (excitement, nervousness, sadness at leaving) the excitement definitely overpowers everything. Sometimes I can't believe that I'm actually doing such an incredible thing. My life has been pretty average! But I'm so glad that God has taken me on this step. And I can't wait to see how He uses it in my life and also in the lives of the people in Chile.
I'm going to close with a verse that I think is very fitting for the situation. This is my prayer for myself, and I continue to strive that it be true in my life.
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.