Can’t believe it’s over. This was the fastest summer ever – and hands down the best.
1. Two nights in the beautiful Fallsview Apartments for our debriefing.
2. Game Drive.
3. Commissioning ceremony. Officially EXP Alumni.
4. Reunited with gelato.
5. Sending Brooke & Lillian home. Weird to think I was supposed to be on that flight. Thankful for school starting later and for a family who understands my desire to stay til the end.
6. Preparing for Program 10. Grocery shopping/planning outreaches/prepping for the Hamburg team to arrive.
(That’s 14 loaves of bread. Wanna guess how many John was carrying? Spoiler alert: only 1)
1. Luke 10 Challenge. Love the opportunity to go out into the community and intentionally get to know people: hear their stories and invest in them.
2. Reach 4 Life camp! 78 students. Lots of energy, laughter, challenges, and vulnerability. Also: lots of exhaustion.
Like I said: exhaustion.
3. Goodbyes. The worst and hardest part. Hard to leave my Zam/Zim family. Harder when there’s no set time as to when we’ll be reunited. But it’s only goodbye for a season. Thankful for each and every one of them and the way they’ve made me into the person I am today. I wouldn’t change this group for the world.
And now I’m sitting in the Livingstone Airport – half of my goodbyes are done – half to go when we land in D.C. My heart is drained yet full at the same time.
Thanks so much for all of your love and support this summer!
Zambia: niza ka ku yewa maningi.
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laura Gratopp • 2015 International Immersion Intern