LONG TERM PREPARATION
I’m not crazy, nor do I consider myself brave…simply prepared: Two years ago Nepal was placed heavy on my heart from, well, what seems like out of nowhere. At the time, I was learning about nutrition and hunger in my classes at Auburn University and I found myself so disturbed by third world situations. At the same time, I also felt a huge tug to go to what’s known as an “unreached people group” (populations where less than 1% has heard the gospel). So…feeling passionate but limited by my options, I placed two maps on top of one another: one of malnourished countries and the other of unreached people groups. Nepal popped out. It would take an entire book to explain the steps that God has directed me in since that day…of which I will spare you unless you ask. Just know that I’m not crazy, nor brave…simply prepared.
SHORT TERM PREPARATION
Oh the joys of preparing for a 3 month-long trip to an extremely remote village of an altitude beginning at 9,000 feet during monsoon season with an average of 45 degrees F and 1 backpack. Trekking (AKA hiking) will be a large part of my trip, and therefore I had to pack light. Oddly enough, contractor trash bags and baking soda may end up being my best friends…
The trash bags will be my raincoat during the monsoons. Why? Because a very nice girl at REI informed me that they are better than any raincoat or poncho I could buy. I like to think I can pull it off…but I think it brings an odd comfort to my dad that men may be un-attracted to a hunchback bag lady:
|“She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future” Proverbs 31:25|
For the baking soda…I get to use it for shampoo, deodorant, bug bite ailment, shoe freshener, etc…I appreciate the no judgement zone 🙂
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”-Ephesians 2:10