July and Beginnings

 

While at the amazing Columbus Zoo with my roommate Amanda, we found a giant map of Africa. How perfect! Photo credit: Amanda Marie

While at the amazing Columbus Zoo with my roommate Amanda, we found a giant map of Africa. How perfect! Photo credit: Amanda Marie

July. This is the month. The month that I’ve been waiting for. I no longer have to say, “I leave for Niger on July 30th.” I can just say, “I leave on the 30th.” How crazy!!

Since the date of my departure is quickly approaching, I’m [finally] sitting down to start my blog. My family and boyfriend will be quite happy because now I can stop complaining about my inability to sit down and start the blog. Finally.

So, here are the quick facts as to why I am posting my thoughts on the internet for the world to see:

  • I’m leaving on July 30th for a four-month trip to Niamey, Niger!!
  • This “trip” is actually my student teaching internship. I will be teaching at Sahel Academy, a spectacular Christian international school located in Niger’s capital city.
  • Many of my friends and family members have passionately supported the blog endeavor so that they can track the adventures God gives me.
  • I would love to have you praying with me. I know that God is already working in amazing ways, and I really want to be a part of that. I also want to encourage as much prayer as possible.

And that’s what inspired the title of the blog: To Intercede. Recently, God has really been impressing on me the importance of prayer. Interceding, though, even more than just praying, focuses me on praying for the needs of other people, the people whom God has brought into my path. I also love the way that the Bible talks about interceding.

“…but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”

As Christ intercedes for me, so I want to intercede for those around me. As you read my posts (thanks, by the way 🙂 ), hopefully you’ll be encouraged to pray with me for the people in my life. Of course, prayers for me are helpful, too.

So, thanks for joining the adventure! I’ll try to post again before leaving, and I’ll definitely keep posting once I’m in Africa.

 

Prayer points as of the Beginning of July

  • For my future students and colleagues — that they have a marvelous summer and that God prepares them for the next school year
  • For my final preparations– that packing and shopping and organizing and planning and not-freaking-out continues to go well. 🙂