My carryon and suitcase have been thoughtfully packed. I have a sleeping mask and the LoveFeast journal I've saved for such a time. There are travel snacks and I've stashed a couple of extra shirts in my carryon, just in case. The anti-malaria meds have been procured.
I've crossed off everything on the To Do list. I probably forgot a few things to put on the list in the first place but oh well. The time has come.
At 11:43 am my plane will leave Nashville and take me toward my first connecting flight. I get nervous whenever I travel. No matter where I'm going, no matter how many times I've traveled alone, the nerves accompany me. I just want to get there.
I'll be the first member of the team to arrive late Thursday night, where I'll probably fall straight into my bed at the guest house.
Even though I get nervous, it doesn't dissuade me from traveling. I love experiencing life in other places. It's worth a few nights of interrupted sleep and decreased appetite.
Because I'll be on the plane for a good long while, I let myself go out of control with books. I'm taking 4 physical books and the rest are ebooks. There are other ebooks on my Nook that I haven't yet read but my main reading list can be found in the widget (fyi, affiliate links) below. The things I do for fellow book nerds!
I'm equally excited and nervous about this trip. I don't want to go in with overly high or low expectations. I am eager to listen and learn. I sense something will come out of this. Some lesson, some friendship, something I will never forget. Maybe someone will impact my life, maybe I'll impact theirs. A watershed trip, so to speak.
If you're of the praying persuasion, please pray for a calm and peaceful spirit, that I would rest in the knowledge that God is with me no matter what happens. Pray for smooth trips out there (and back) and for the good health and energy levels of the She Loves team. Pray that relationships would be built and that we would be open to what God has for us. In addition to the Amahoro conference, we'll be visiting a couple of local organizations. We'll be in Entebbe, Uganda until May 31st and then will head to Burundi and the well dedication. My trip home begins June 4. It'll be here in the blink of an eye.
I carry you all with me. So many have reached out with prayer and encouragement and donations. It's been humbling to sit back and let the love wash over me. You don't even know how much it has meant to me and how very needed the encouragement has been. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Here I go. Here we all go. Let's see what happens.