I am now officially on island in Pohnpei! It is beautiful and lush beyond my wildest dreams. I have so much to learn and see and take in. I'm so thankful for my second years Brittany, Kristen, and Meredith who are taking me under their wings and teaching me the ropes. I have a week of in-country orientation (including a visit to my host family next weekend!) before 2 weeks of prep at school before starting with students. It is so, so wild to actually be here.I think being brave in this way (committing to 2-years of volunteering in a foreign country) came easy to me because I’ve got my priorities and heart straight. I know why I’m doing it. Because it’s God’s calling for my life – where my deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger collide. Teaching at PCS and being here with JVC feels like the best way for me to step out of my comfort zone to love & serve the world right now. And that doesn’t mean that it’ll be easy, but it does mean it’s worth it. Here's to experiencing a million new things with an open mind and allowing myself to fall in love with life here in Pohnpei.
"Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything." Fr. Pedro Arrupe