Happy New Year!
Wow. It hasn’t really even occurred to me that today is New Year’s Eve. I spent all day driving and packing a U-Haul (moving my stuff from storage on the Coast up to my sister’s home in North Mississippi). As I was driving tonight I saw fireworks and lots of VERY busy fireworks stands and I thought about where I was and what I was doing this time last year.
What great memories! I was at the AIM Base near Matamoros, Mexico with the other World Racers. We built nice bonfire and Josh set off a couple of his Percussion Bombs (mortar round explosives! I can’t believe I brought those things across the border in a rental car!!). Bubbly Grape Juice flowed freely and we all celebrated embarking on a great adventure.
Looking back on that time, I feel like- even though we didn’t really know what lay ahead of us- that I knew more about what to expect for the year than I do right now. At least then I basically knew what I was doing for the next 11 months. Right now…I don’t know what I’m doing the day after tomorrow.
Right now I’m still on track to complete my International Mission Board Application for the January 22 deadline. Assuming everything goes as planned I will be invited for a 3 day interview in April and will probably be offered a 2-3 year assignment shortly afterwards (God willing.) I will leave in August for the assignment.
In the meantime I’m planning to go to Eastern Europe in March and come back just in time for the April interview. I want to get a taste of countries other than Ukraine before the interviews. I’m also planning to join some friends near the end of March for an International World Changers project in Athens Greece.
I might pick up some “Camp Pastor” jobs in the summer and I’d like to do some hiking on the Appalachian Trail.
Some goals for the New Year:
Work on intimacy with Christ, Regain my sexy World Race weight while adding some muscles to my now 43 year old bod. Become a better hiker/climber/kayaker. Organize a year’s worth of pictures and maybe write a book. Yes…these are tough things to accomplish. But, I really don’t have anything else to do right now.