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The photo collage hanging in my living room

It’s funny how you remember all the places you have been when you find yourself someplace new. In the midst of trying to figure out life here in Zambia I find myself remembering the other transitions in my life. Today I was hanging pictures of tulips in my house that I took my first year in Belgium, which was over five years ago now!I also thought about my first weeks at seminary, not believing I was really there as I sat outside the library going though Hebrew flashcards. At each of these new beginnings I was filled with excitement, trepidation, and hope. Zambia is no exception. I find myself oscillating between moments of feeling like life here is totally normal, then tearing up as I am overwhelmed or reminded that I am thousands of miles away from anyone who has known me for more than a month. It is funny to think that a year from now I will be crying because I have to say goodbye, but I know it is true.

Despite missing the places and people I love, I am looking forward to the experiences and relationships that the next year will bring. I am getting to know my colleagues at TEEZ as we prepare for the remaining trainings this year. Also, I have already found some good friends among some of the other international folks that live nearby. I rode home from our weekly shopping trip into town last weekend in the back of a pickup along with a family of six, a large cooler, a wheelbarrow, all our shopping, and the promise that I am not alone.

If you would like to send a letter or package my mailing address is below.  I love to get mail, please remember that it could take up to 8 weeks to get here so don't send anything that could spoil in that time.

Rebecca Jones
c/o TEEZ
PO Box 23054

Posted September 19, 2011


Hey Rebecca, I appreciate how you let us into your thoughts and emotional journey on your posts. I hope by now you are feeling more settled, though I'm know how feeling so far away comes and goes. Lots of love to everyone in Kitwe! I'm glad you're making friends with others around the MEF campus-- we certainly miss everyone. Peace to you!

Molly Dowell Baum on October 18, 2011

Oh yeah, and nice use of the photo frame! Your collage looks great!

Molly Dowell Baum on October 18, 2011

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