Oh, the Places You’ll Go

I have always dreamed of living in another country and working as a nurse, and on August 15th, I will be making that dream come to life.

Let me tell you how!

Way back in October I was told about a program called Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM).  It works with young adults on a year of international service.  The variety of projects was vast, and there was an area for healthcare.  The more I read about the program, the more I liked it.  The day the application became available, I was eager to apply.  Of course, then the hard part of waiting occurred.   After multiple interviews and a discernment and placement weekend, I was told that I was selected for Madagascar.

Madagascar…what do I really know about this country?  Of course the first thing I think of is the animated movie (“I like to move it move it”) and then lemurs and then baobab trees.  That doesn’t help me much for knowing what I am getting myself into.  As of right now, I have not been told much about where I will be located or what I will be doing, but I know I will be using my nursing skills!  I will be sure to pass along more when I find out the details.

This trip isn’t something that happens overnight.  I know that there will be a lot of hard work that will go into this.  It is never easy to leave friends and family behind for a year.  I have already fielded many questions about what I will do when I get back.  Part of me wants to say, “Slow down. I haven’t even left yet.”

Part of getting ready to leave, is enjoying life but also making big decisions.  I will have to quit my job, because I will be gone for a year, so that leaves my finances up in the air.  My car will be sold, due to it needing to be replaced anyway. My belongings will be packed away in my parents house (thanks!) after going through things and really determining what I need to save verses donate.  Those are the physical things, but I am also mentally and emotionally working through things to make sure that when I leave I will be the strongest me that I can be.  Overall, there is a lot going on behind the scenes.

With agreeing to a year of service, I also agreed to fundraise.  When I first heard this I was not excited.  I really don’t like talking about money.  The total of $15,000 for the year was too much for my mind to grasp.  Where do you even begin?  I have quickly found that talking with people about how excited I am about the trip leads to them asking how they can support me. I ask for prayers as number one, and then ask them to sponsor a day.  Dad and I figured out that one day is about $41 when you divide it out.  The money that I am raising will help go to the day to day cost of living and transportation.  Asking someone for $41 is a lot less scary than $15,000.  Thanks to my many friends and family, I am already seeing generosity at work and I am amazed.

Want to know how to donate? Here are a few easy ways!

  1. At the top of the page I have added a tab that says donate.  When you click here, it will take you to my fundraising page.  From there you can find out more about YAGM and donate.
  2. Attend one of the events I have planned:
    1. Windows to My World Photo Show- July 9th 5pm-9pm @ The Stage at KDHX
    2. Madagascar Movie Night- July 21 8:30pm (at dusk) @ Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
    3. Commissioning for Mission – Aug 13 8am 9:30am or 11am @ Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

My dream is coming true.  After all the praying for something like this to happen, I am now thinking about the logistics of fundraising and packing.  How can this be?! My heart is overflowing with joy.

Thanks again for your continued prayers and support!!


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