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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Financial Update

Through sharing my news about next year, I have been completely overwhelmed by the response I have received.  I feel encouraged and humbled by the love and support that I've been shown.  I find myself becoming more excited for what is to come as my awareness that I am not in this alone increases.  I find so much joy in having my friends and family as a part of this experience with me! 

I have been asked if there's a link on my blog that allows for easy access to giving financially.  If you would like to give, you can visit http://www.africanbiblecolleges.net/.  Once you are on this site, you can go to "Give Now" located on the right hand side.  You will need to specify where you would like your money to go, you then select "Missionary," and finally specify my name in the box below.  You can set up for money to be drafted from your account monthly or you can give a one time donation. You can also write a check and mail it to African Bible Colleges.  PO Box 103. Clinton, MS. 39060.  You can reference my name in the memo line on your check.

The school is only able to provide me with a monthly statement of where I am with raising my financial support.  Because of this, I must personally keep track of my status to my financial obligation of raising $1,200 a month.  If you do end up giving, I would greatly appreciate if you could email me at cherbst05@gmail.com so that I can have a better idea of where I stand financially. 

I want to reiterate how thankful I am for your presence in my life.  I feel so much love and support and you are a huge blessing to me! 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Background

I wouldn't describe myself as an adventerous person.  I like having control over situations and some comfort.  However; in the past few years, i've felt myself little by little being stretched out of my comfort zone.  It started for me when I moved across the country from Virginia to Seattle about 4 and a half years ago.  I was absolutely terrified to take this step and leave my family and the familiar.  I expected the change to be difficult and pictured many obstacles in the way.  What I encountered was quite the opposite.  I have been extremely blessed by new friendships, a wonderful teaching job, and beautiful surroundings.  My life has been richer because of living in the Northwest.

Now I find myself at the next big adventure in my life.  I have always had a desire to teach those less fortunate and to be a part of a different culture.  I absolutely love teaching and have always seen this as an avenue to one day serve overseas.  After graduating from college, I went to Haiti where I was able to volunteer in an orphanage.  My plan was to teach there for 6 months, but due to the political climate, I had to return to the states after 3 weeks.  This trip solidified my desire and made me hope for something more to come later down the road.  I have now been teaching in Washington for 5 years.  I couldn't think of a profession i'd rather do.  I have a blast learning alongside my students and enjoying the time we have together, discovering new things and growing together.  I now get to take all that i've learned through my first five years of teaching and apply it in a different culture. 

I will be working at the African Bible College Academy in Lilongwe, Malawi.  This is a Christian school that provides an education for both missionary children as well as local Malawians.  I will arrive in Malawi on August 1st and spend a year there teaching 1st grade.  I am both excited and nervous as I begin to prepare for this experience.  I know I will miss my family and friends tremendously and cannot imagine not sharing my experiences with you.  I have never blogged before, but I see this as an outlet to share my life with you in this next year.  I am truly grateful for your support and cannot wait to share with you!