I was going to wait another day or so to post this, but I realized that I don't have that much time.
2 days ago, I received my official departure date! I am leaving from Billings, Montana on Friday, July 26th! Yes, that is NEXT FRIDAY!!
I will fly from Billings to Minneapolis, then on to Dar es Salaam with a stop at Kilimanjaro. I will get into Dar on Saturday night and will then have the option to spend one night and take the bus into Dodoma on Sunday to settle in on my own before meeting with the staff at CAMS a few days later or staying until Tuesday and taking the bus in with some other staff members who are arriving on the 30th.
I am so excited, and nervous at the same time. I know that I am going to have an experience unlike any other and will be able to see amazing things and grow in unexpected ways. This is going to be the experience of a lifetime.
On the other hand, I am leaving behind friends and family who are the biggest part of my life. I am also leaving behind my dog, whom I have not lived without since he became mine 5 years ago. It's hard to believe that I am leaving home in a little over a week. I'll have to drive up to Billings the night before since my flight out will be early in the morning.
I ask for prayers, not only for me and my safe travels, but also for my family and friends. I know that my journey will be as hard, if not harder, for them than it will be for me.