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!