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Week 0: September Monthly Update

Hello friends! Welcome to my blog about my upcoming year in Kenya as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV). I am getting on a plane today heading for Kenya! If you are not sure what I’m talking about or will be doing for the next year I will answer some of the questions I have most often received in the past 6 months.

  • What are you doing? I will be serving in the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program through the Presbyterian Church (USA). This program sends young adults (19-30) to serve nationally and internationally for a year. There are five international sites: Guatemala, Peru, Northern Ireland, India, and Kenya. I am going to Kenya.
  • Am I going alone? No, there are 8 of us heading over to Kenya total and there is a site coordinator who lives in Kenya permanently. So, we already have connections and will be met at the airport.
  • Why now? The main reason is I will still have my final year of seminary to reflect theologically and spiritually on my experience in Kenya rather than attempting to deal with that at my first ordained position. Graduating from seminary and then doing this didn’t make much sense. Furthermore, the timing just worked out best.
  • What will I be doing? I’ll be building relationships with people. People from another culture who have different understandings of time, relationships, food, and pretty much everything. This excites me and reminds me that I am going to be challenged constantly during the next year. My job placement is working with a non-profit organization called the Association of Evangelicals in Africa and Madagascar (AEAM).
  • Where’s Kenya?

Right there! (it’s in red)

If you have any more questions please let me know. You can leave a comment by clicking on the “comment” button at the bottom of this blog entry. My goal is to update this blog once a week (probably Monday night for me (8 hours ahead)), but we’ll have to see how everything works once I get over there.

In other news:
I have been in Louisville, Kentucky for the past week participating in YAV orientation with 29 other Presbyterian young folk. It has been great to get to know everyone and I am going to miss the 24 people not going to Kenya a lot this next year, but I am very excited about having met them and formed good relationships. It has been weird saying good bye today and watching each country roll off in the vans. However, it will be incredibly uplifting to know that there are others all over the world going through the same culture shock and life changing experience that we’ll be going through in Kenya.

Also, I finished my ordination exams in a weekend. I did my exegesis, a paper about the Greek text of Matthew 20:1-17, in 2 days and felt pretty good about it. I was supposed to have until Thursday, but turned it in on Monday. That makes life a bit stressful, but it is behind me now.

Well, I am off to be reminded of why being 6 foot 5 is not the best attribute to have for two 8 hour plane flights…Have a great day!

RTQ

Kenya – Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Year

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