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Friday, May 24, 2013

FAQ (about my trip)

About a month ago I told you all I was leaving on a six month trip to Chad, Africa. I haven't really given too many details about it though, and I know lots of you have had questions. Instead of answering everyone's questions over and over I decided to make it good and clear here on the blog.

So. I hope any of you who had questions got them answered (and if not, just leave a comment!).

WHO ARE YOU GOING WITH?

I'm going with a family that we knew when we were missionaries in Sudan (which is pretty close to Chad). Their last name is the Brotens, they have five kiddos and I'm super excited about going with them. I wouldn't want to go back overseas with anybody else (besides my own fam), and you'll certainly hear a lot about them if you read this blog. The Brotens are with a team called Pioneers, so basically I'll be on that team. There's a few other families on the team too. None of them have kids my age, but hey, it's better than going by myself.

WHEN AND HOW DID YOU FIND OUT WHEN YOU WERE GOING?

The Brotens have kind of known that I wanted to go back overseas (I had no idea I'd be able to go back this soon) so when they figured out they were going to Chad, they shot us an email letting me know if I wanted to come along with their family I could. They said I could come a week or a year, it was up to me. At first I had decided a month was good, but after actually praying about it, I felt like God wanted me to go longer. That's when the idea of going six months came up and it just stuck.

HOW LONG ARE YOU GOING TO GO FOR?

Like I said, I feel like I should go about six months, but God changes things sometimes so I'm not stuck on that idea. I don't want to pressure myself to stay longer when I'm too homesick (the longest I've been away from my family is eight days) so it could be shorter. Or longer. Like I said, it's totally up to God.

IS IT DANGEROUS? LIKE ARE CHRISTIANS KILLED FOR THEIR FAITH?


No. Of course, there's danger of some sort everywhere you go, but the government isn't going to throw us in jail or hang us for sharing the gospel.

WILL YOU BE BRINGING SCHOOLWORK? 

As some of you all know, I haven't been doing "school" for the past couple of months. I like to point out that just because I haven't been studying books all day doesn't mean I'm not learning anything. I've been working to earn money for the trip, practicing a little Arabic, learning about the culture, reading books about people in Chad, and getting ready for the trip. I'm not planning on bringing any schoolbooks overseas either. I'll have enough to juggle by trying to learn Arabic, interact with the people there, and help around the house.


WHAT LANGUAGE DO THEY SPEAK? 

Arabic. I remember a little from being overseas in Egypt, but in each country the Arabic has it's own form. For example, someone who speaks English from London sounds a lot different than someone who speaks English from Texas.

WHAT EXACTLY WILL YOU BE DOING?

At first I think we're just going to try to survive. At least I am. The Brotens have lived in Chad before, but I haven't been overseas for awhile and Chad is a lot poorer than Egypt. We're going to be living in a small town and basically we're just living among the people, learning the language and their stories, and sharing Jesus that way.

DO YOU GET TO USE A WASHER MACHINE AND THOSE KINDS OF APPLIANCES? 

Ugh. No. (this is where I am a wimp. ha) There's no electricity in the town we're staying in, but the Brotens have a generator. There also is no running water, it turns on once or twice a week and we'll get to fill up these big barrels and use it sparingly. So we get to hand wash laundry, dishes, and all that fun stuff. But we are pretty spoiled here in the States.

IS THERE INTERNET?

Yes. I'm not exactly sure how fast it'll be or how many pictures I'll be able to post or how often I'll be able to post, but I will keep in contact with people. I would die for sure without being able to email my Mom.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO WEAR?

I'm waiting until I get to Chad before I buy most of my clothes. I'm planning on just wearing what they wear, which is like a long flowey dress and a headscarf. I'm not exactly sure what I'll get but I'll be sure to post about how fashionable I'll be in Africa, hehe.

IS IT ONE FLIGHT STRAIGHT TO CHAD OR DO YOU HAVE A BUNCH OF STOPS?


Nope, it's not one straight flight. On the way there I'm flying to DC by myself and then I'll meet up with the Brotens who are from Minnesota, and we'll go to Ethiopia, then Chad together. On the way back it's the same I just have an extra stop in Rome. I'm a little nervous about flying back by myself, but I also like adventures so it should be exciting.

HOW MUCH MONEY DOES IT COST FOR THE TRIP? 

It was like a little over three thousand dollars for the round trip plane tickets, and once I bought those I thought I was good. ha. There's a ton that goes into a trip overseas. Suitcases, medical insurance, malaria medicine (guys that stuff is way too expensive), immunizations, the visa, and not to mention toothpaste, good shoes and shampoo. There's other things I can't even remember right now. I'm super blessed to have countless amazing people who've given so generously so I've always had enough money.


WHAT'S GOING TO BE HARDEST ABOUT LEAVING? 

The trees. The greenness here. Frozen yogurt, the pie kitchen, and main street coffee house.  The beautiful weather, chocolate, air conditioning, swimming pools, cute clothes, hot showers, going on runs. But really. All that stuff doesn't matter to me as much as the people I have around me. I've been so blessed. so blessed. And I hate goodbyes. Though it's not forever, and like I said, I'm so blessed to have parents who let me make my own choices and friends that will pray over me. It's awesome.


7 comments:

  1. I don't know what to say! Gah - Kendra - it's all super, super, amazing. God is so good, and I'll being praying that He'll give you his strength and grace while you're gone. :)

    *hugs*

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  2. I love your new blog design! Have I just been away to long, or did you just get that? Bethany did a great job, btw!

    Anyway, I'm so happy for you! Praying for a safe trip!

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  3. how exciting! can't wait to hear moe about it. btw, adore your new design!

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  4. Wow, this is so exciting! I hope your trip is really worth it!

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  5. I really so enjoyed reading about your upcoming trip Kendra...you're going to have one heck of an amazing time! :)
    Oh, and HEY, like, your new design??????!!!!!!!!! <3

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  6. You are so sweet to share! I know this is a lot right now but later, some of the really special times will happen when you least expect them. Love you so muchly. Grammy

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  7. oh, that's so amazing! really excited to hear about your adventures. :) also, that's funny. some friends of ours from Minnesota are going to Africa (I think) for a year (I think). They went for a year maybe 5 years ago? and they felt the Lord calling them back. :) They have a daughter my age and we were best friends. We've sorta grown apart since we got older + haven't kept in touch since I moved.

    aaanyway :) I'll be praying for you too. God bless!

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