Everything Into One
I am now one month and one day out, and been talking about my travels even more than before. People genuinely seemed interested and impressed with me leaving and heading off for a few months, especially when I inform them that I am just out of high school. As I think about it, it really isn't that impressive. It is me, Jenna Hager, answering a call I had to go on a plane to another part of the world. Think of it as if you have just received a call from your boss that you are needed at the office right away. You say goodbye to your family and go, no questions asked. That is like this, just on a bigger scale. My Heavenly Father has called me up and asked me to go volunteer with some people for a few months, and with the support of my family, I am taking that call and leaving. It's not always easy, but no one ever said life would be easy. I know there will be dangers, diseases that I could get, could be run over by a stampead of goats, or taken. All of those things, except maybe the goats, happen here every day and yet no one seems to want to stop me from living where I am at now. Living a life out of the country seems like the most natural thing for me, and I am so ready to head over there.
As I am getting ready, there are several things more I have to complete. First, I will be taking a CPR and First Aid class so I will be certified when I leave. I feel this is an important thing to complete so I can be as much help, no matter the situation, when I am gone. Also, I still need to meet with people who are helping me know how to teach English. I will write some plans, get some coloring books and crayons to help the kids learn their colors and shapes, and come up with fun activities that they will love and I will be able to teach them in a relaxed environment...perfect for teaching and learning if you ask me. I think I have all of my clothing I need, minus a few minor details, and now just have to figure out when I should start packing certain things and how many bags I will take. I want to keep it small and minimal. I have my new updated passport, but it is now sent off in getting my Visa for my Zambia trip. I am praying there are no complications, and that I can get it back quickly.
I am at that stage of the process to if you ask me if I'm excited to go, all I can do is smile and say yes, yes I am excited to go. My outward joy I had at the beginning has been dying down and it is now a deep seeded joy that is stemming from my core. I believe this is a healthy place to be, and could possibly lead to a future in missions. We shall see where I am led from here. Besides, I need to focus on these next several months before I go into the next several years.
So ask me if I am excited and here is my answer: Yes, yes I am excited to go and so ready to take this step of faith.