A Whirlwind Summer & A Fast Approaching Departure Date!

I don’t know if I could’ve packed much more into the last couple of months…between 3 weddings, a trip to Indianapolis, a couple trips to BC and visiting with friends and family around home the summer has flown by. Cherishing and treasuring time spent with people…

Pictures of some of the highlights:

20140813-131242.jpgA day at the World Waterpark at West Edmonton Mall with my niece and nephew

20140813-131501.jpgGetting to enjoy 4 days of all things racing, including my first NASCAR race, the Brickyard 400 with my uncle!

20140813-131752.jpgA pretty cool experience

20140813-133712.jpgFour wonderful days spent on the Redneck Houseboat on Stave Lake

20140813-133819.jpgNothing better than spending time surrounded by God’s beautiful creation

It truly has been a wonderful summer and I’ve enjoyed it immensely. The coming year is going to be different than any other to date, so I’m soaking it all in!

Now the fast approaching departure date – Sept 8th! Hard to believe it is less than a month and I will be on the plane heading to Mozambique! It’s actually happening…That reality has been sinking in more and more each day. Now it’s making sure I’m getting all the things checked off on my “To Do” list! One of the major things is my visa for Mozambique and I sent all my documentation to the Embassy of Mozambique in Washington, DC today! Hooray!

20140815-131957.jpgNow I will be waiting with baited breathe for a Fed Ex package…

This is a very exciting time for me filled with many new steps and changes. I’ve been pondering especially the last few weeks “how do you really prepare for a year in the Mozambican bush?” I think the same question is asked about many things in life and for me the answer (aside from all the obvious physical and practical things) is continuing to walk in faith and trust God. I can’t possibly know all the things I will face in the next year…but I know the One who does. He asks me simply to trust Him and walk with Him each day. As I look back over especially the last few years, I’ve faced a lot of days that I wasn’t “prepared” for, but God was with me in every one of those days. He was faithful to be everything I needed and more. Being able to look back and see His faithfulness gives me the courage and faith to move forward…Loving God and Loving People. I know God has good things in store and as I walk with Him I’ll be “prepared” for whatever comes my way…so bring on the Mozambican bush!

Prayer Requests:

*That everything goes well with getting my travel visa for Mozambique
*For wisdom – there are so many little details to take care of in order to wrap things up here and be ready to go.
*Continued health – I have another check-up at the Cross Cancer next week…Lord-willing my last one ever!
*Continued provision – I’ve been able to raise a portion of my monthly budget, but still need a larger monthly support base.
*For God’s grace and strength for me as I say goodbye here and transition to life in Mozambique. There’s so many emotions involved with any kind of change.

Thank you for journeying with me!

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  1. Kelly Stoski /

    I can’t believe you leave in a few weeks and I have not even seen you yet! It’s wonderful to be able to follow you around the world here and on Facebook. Technology can be a blessing.

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