Monday, January 24, 2011



In a few minutes, I'll recheck my suitcase again.
In a few hours, I'll be headed to the airport.
In a few days, I'll be in Cameroon coping with jet lag and culture shock.
Right now, I am so excited.

And honestly, it's a relief because the past few weeks have been a little bit of a roller coaster. Ever since packing up my life at Hope I've been stuck in this weird in-between place, like a drawn out foreword that I would have liked to skip over. I'm anxiously waiting to leave and at the same time nervously wondering what I will find. I can't wait to go somewhere new, but its bittersweet to hear about what's already happening back on campus. I know I will build new relationships, but I'm still missing out on time with a lot of pretty fantastic friends (you know who you are.)

Fortunately, I got some really great advice from someone who knows a little bit about living cross-culturally. She reminded me that it actually makes sense to have butterflies when you exchange home for someplace unknown, but as soon as the plane touches down questions start to get answered, things you wondered about become clear, and a new sense of belonging begins to grow.

I have also been really encouraged by all of the people who have checked out this blog and asked about the trip or made time to skype before I go. Hearing from all of you has been the best way to wrap up my time at home and the perfect send-off to Cameroon. 

Not sure exactly how soon I'll be able to post again, but it should be a good one. 


  1. And we're sooo excited for you! I love you soo much, Pumpkin! You are soo loving, humble and wonderful. Know you've got my thoughts and prayers and I will miss you! <3 I know this is a huge step out in faith and I'm so proud of you and excited to see how you grow in faith. Thanks for always being such a great role model for me. Have a great trip! I can't wait to hear all about it!!!


  2. Rachel! We are praying for you and so so so excited with you! I hope and expect that every piece of this experience -from the flights to the new places you will explore and the people you will meet - will be a blessing and a joy! We love you! Aunt Pamela, for Uncle Doug & Emma & Elena

  3. Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you.
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you.

    didn't know I could sing so well did you....
    don't answer that...

  4. Happy Birthday to you; happy birthday to you; happy birthday dear Rachel; happy birthday to you; and we love you more! We are very proud of you and pray for you daily. Looking forward to hearing more about your descriptive journey. Stay blessed, remain safe and love Grandpa John, Grandma Hazel, Uncle Peter,
    Auntie Flo and Joshua. :-)

  5. Right now I think I would rther be where you are. We now have a forecast of 8-12 inches of know for wednesday. Actually I think we are trying to catch with the snow in Philadelphia.
    Enjoy the sunshine, love hearing from you
    LOL, Mrs Skippers