The time has come, I will be flying to Zambia tomorrow morning. My bags are all packed and I am enjoying my last day in the city. I was scheduled to be commissioned last Sunday but worship was cancelled due to hurricane Irene this past Sunday, so today we had a wonderful commissioning in the Dana Chapel at MAPC. What a wonderful way to be sent out. Even over the short time I have been here I have felt the love and support of this congregation. Please continue to keep me in your prayers and I will look forward to returning to you next December.
My mom came to visit over the weekend and weathered Irene with me. We also got some time to enjoy NYC. On Friday we went out to the High Line and walked around midtown, then spent the weekend packing and tracking the weather. We also had some sweet time together in prayer on Sunday and a pastor from my home church commissioned me over the phone, so I have been double commissioned!
Stay tuned, I will write to you next from Zambia as I get settled in at TEEZ.
Welcome to my blog, I will be keeping you updated with what is happening in my life as I work with Theological Education by Extension Zambia over the next year.
The adventure has already begun. This summer has been a whirlwind – graduating from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, moving to New York City, getting to know Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, celebrating my ordination as Minister of Word and Sacrament, and participating in a month long orientation for mission workers in Toronto and Louisville.
I have one more trip ahead of me, the move to Zambia. For the next three weeks I will be here in New York as part of the pastoral staff and preparing for the move. As I sit here in my office gazing out at the steeple of MAPC, Zambia seems both a world away and close at hand. Between rabies shots, shopping for mosquito nets, and sermon prep I am thankful for these quiet moments to reflect, pray, and hope.
The year ahead is uncertain but exciting, and I invite you to share it with me. My hope for this blog is that you will be able to catch a glimpse of my experience in Zambia through the stories and photos here. Come along with me!