14 days. In 14 days, I’ll be passing through airport security in Cairo, Egypt. Before you freak out and condemn my parents for letting me go, give me a chance to explain…
I’ll be living with our dear family friends, the Lantzes, who work for BP. They’ve made their home in Maadi, which is 20 minutes from Tahrir Square (where all of the violence and rioting is happening). BP closely monitors the political situation and as soon as it becomes too dangerous for their workers to live in a country, BP charters planes and gets them (including house guests) out of there. This happened to the Lantzes last January during the revolution.
Now, onto more exciting things! While I’m there, I’ll be continuing school through dual-credit online community college classes. However, a majority of my time will be spent volunteering at FOUND school and a local orphanage. FOUND is a school for Sudanese refugees. The Lantzes are very involved at this school and I can’t wait to join their involvement.
Needless to say, words cannot begin to express how excited I am to leave. As much as I will miss home and everything that comes with it, I feel beyond blessed to have this opportunity. I can’t begin to imagine how God will use the trip to influence and mold me.
Nevertheless, I don’t want the “influencing” to begin and end with me. Enter - this blog. I’ll be posting here at least once or twice a week, sometimes more - if time allows. I will write about my experiences and voice my thoughts. Partly for my sake, so I have some way of remembering the details, in case my memory fails to. But partly these posts will be for you. My prayer is that by reading about my adventures, you’ll be inspired to take adventures of your own. Whether it be across the world or in your community. Regardless of the location or your age, I know God can use you in might ways.
Thanks for reading & much love!
P.S. I know I will witness a lot of hurt while I’m there, so I will also post prayer requests.