Dear Friends and Family,
A lot has happened in the last few weeks! I completed ten weeks of student teaching, had a great last observation, and started the process of sorting through all the ‘stuff’ I’ve accumulated over the last few years. I have my luggage now (two big Rubbermaid tubs and a rolling bag/backpack combo) and am filling out paperwork for CMML this weekend. However, the most exciting news of all is that I have a plane ticket at long last! I will be leaving Nashville on December 31 and arriving in Lusaka via an overnight flight at 6:35 AM January 2nd. My mom managed to find an itinerary that had me going in and out of Heathrow—what a blessing! The Ronald’s will be arriving in Lusaka on the same flight, so there shouldn’t be an logistics issues. I’m so excited—until now it was a little unreal. This was a big step out in faith—there are many things that I am still waiting on the Lord to provide. Yet, I am confident in His promises that He will provide for my every need. I look forward to seeing how He moves to bring about the things that I can’t!
Even though my load at school will get lighter in some ways, there is still much to do in these last two weeks of my student teaching. I’ll be helping to get ready for the big Christmas concert, La Posada on December 10th as well as getting my Mobberly students ready for their Christmas recital on December 14. One big blessing that the Lord has provided is that my grandparents are coming for Thanksgiving this year—I’m so excited! I haven’t seen them since graduation due to school and work, so it will be a blessing to spend some quality family time as well as gather advice from veteran missionaries! I’m also looking forward to the week right before I leave as my family will be traveling to Nashville to attend the birthday celebration/reunion in honor of my Great Grandpa Baker who will be turning 100 years old on January 6. What a great way to spend my last few days in the states—surrounded by my wonderful family and getting to visit with relatives I haven’t seen (and probably won’t see) for a few years. Truly God has worked things out well!
I will do my best to keep you posted as these last few weeks fly by—as always, check out my blog: http://littleschoolinthebush.blogspot.com as well as e-mailing or calling me—I would love to hear from y’all! I’m still working on my e-mail list—once again I’m amazed at how many friends the Lord has blessed me with! If you would rather get a hard copy of my letters, or get them at a different address, please let me know. This is quite the journey I’m setting out on, yet I’m confident that my Shepherd will supply my every need. Have a blessed Thanksgiving and a Christ filled holiday season!
This will be my address on the field:
Sakeji Mission School
P.O. Box 20 Ikelenge
Here is the address and website for Christian Missions in Many Lands:
PO Box 13
Spring Lake, NJ 07762-0013