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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

starting over


Hey all. It's me, and I'm back, for good. I promise. 

I have some pretty exciting news for you all, but first let me say I'm back to blogging. I've slowly let my efforts I put into this blog fade away but now I'm going to post at least a few times a week. I've also promised myself not to read a blog post unless I'm going to comment on it. Everybody needs a word of encouragement sometimes. 

So - the big news, right?! 

Well, I'm not sure how much I'm allowed to tell, but I can tell you this much: I'm going back to Africa. This time, I'm not going with my family, but with another missionary family we're friends with and lived with in Sudan. I'm not sure if I can tell which country I'm going to yet, but the town we're going to is unreached and lives in extreme poverty. There's no electricity, no running water. It'll be an adventure. 

I had told myself I wouldn't go any longer than one month (I mean heck, it's practically in the desert, and I'd miss my family and friends), and I had it pretty much planned out my way. But my ways aren't God's, right? I felt like I was saying no His plans and making them my way, so I told God I would consider going longer if that's what He wanted. Since then the idea of going six months has been stuck in my head, and so that's how long we bought the tickets for. I'm not sure if I can make it that long, since I've never been away from my family for more than one week. So if I feel like God wants me to go back earlier, I will. It's all His plan, not mine. I'm just going. 

I don't know much about the people in the town we're going to, but I know they speak Arabic and don't have the gospel in their own tongue. We're just going to go and live among them, sharing our lives and learning their stories. I don't think I could ask for a better way to spend the next six months. Though my flesh is screaming at me to stay in the States, I know this is right. I'll be leaving, if God wills, May 30th and coming back sometime in early December. I never thought I'd be going back overseas this soon by myself, but I'm ready as I'll ever be. It all still seems like a dream. 

Oh and yes - I will most probably still blog when I'm in Africa, we're going to set up electricity through solar panels and we should be able to get dial-up internet, even if it's slow. 

It makes sense that I'm working all the time now, right? I'm earning money for the trip, and I'm studying about the country and trying to finish up some books before I leave. I have the best excuses. 

For now, I'm trying to enjoy the cold weather here before I head over to smoldering Africa. Happy spring! 








ps: I think Anna thinks that if she wears spring clothes that spring will come sooner. let's hope it works.

22 comments:

  1. Yay you're back to blogging!! :D And you didn't tell me about the solar panel thing! Well, I don't remember it anyway... I love all the pics! Petra is so cute. :)

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  2. I'm so proud of you Kendra! You have a beautiful and giving heart. I'm sure it'll be very hard but The Lord will bless you for following Him and trusting in His plan. :-)

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    1. Aw, thanks Hannah. It will be hard - but I have a feeling it'll be worth it.

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  3. I'll be praying for you ALL the time!!! The Lord gave us life, let's give it back to Him. You are such a good example of that. Blessings, Emily Anna

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    1. Thanks Emily! It means a ton that people are praying for me.

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  4. Oh, and those magazines sure look familiar!

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  5. GAH!!!!! OMIGOODNESS!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) So, so, so, so, so, so, so happy for you!! God is so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *eep* I'm smiling like a dork right now...okay... :D

    I will be praying for you (and envying you) while you're gone -- but please promise to keep blogging. :D If you find the time...and when you come back, I want to hear absolutely everything!!!

    Oh - and it's good that you're back...I've missed your posts. :D

    *hugs*

    Bethany

    P.s. Tell Anna that wearing spring clothes doesn't work...I tried it...and ironically, our fifteen-passenger van got stuck in a huge snow-drift the same day. :)

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    1. You are hilarious! And yes, I am SUPER SUPER SUPER excited. And half freaked out and sad. It's a mixture of feelings. But God is awesome.

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  6. Ohmygosh Kendra!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Going back to Africa?!??!?!? That is sooo amazing!!! You had better (if you can) take your camera and take lots of pictures of just everything while you're there!!! I'll be praying for you!

    Love,
    Manda
    http://meandjesus-amanda.blogspot.com

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    1. I WILL TAKE MY CAMERA. trust me. ;) thanks for praying - you're way too kind!

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  7. Question, Why is Anna out there
    in short sleeves when it`s snowing? lol Love that girl!
    I hope you have a wonderful time in Africa :)

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    1. Oh, she's just crazy Anna. ;) Thanks!

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  8. How exciting, Kendra! I wish I could be going with you. You'll be in my prayers in the next few months. If it's what God has for you, He will give you the strength to make it through!

    In Christ,
    Taylor C.

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  9. OH MY GOSH...that is so exciting!
    You have the best time ever, Kendra :)

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  10. Hey, tell me if it works for Hannah. I'm totally gonna try that!! xD

    Sounds so great, btw!! how exciting!

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  11. lol I have no idea why I wrote "Hannah" I meant "Anna" xD

    Anna, i totally know your name, okay! Don't be offended! my sister was trying to talk to me at the same time I was writing. *face palm* lol

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    1. Oh don't worry - I swear I'm the worst at botching up people's names. ;)

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  12. Oh, my! How exciting! Well, I'll be keeping you in my prayers, dear one.
    love | grace
    postscript :: you bring so much joy when you leave a note in my garden, and I'll try to be faithful in returning your kindness. *wink*

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