The day has finally arrived. My bags are all packed and checked in. I have said goodbye to family and friends. And I have conquered the first leg of travel. Sitting in the Paris airport waiting for my next flight that will take me to Ethiopia, and then a final one into Malawi. It feels so unreal... it didn't actually sink in until the plane took off last night, that I am really going back, right now!
It has been hard leaving Canada and my family this time... there is so much going on between my brothers all getting married (2 down, 1 to go + an international repeat) and a funeral for my Opa in Germany. But God has arranged everything so very perfectly. The past few weeks have been full of surprise gifts and assistance that covered my needs and wants and some things I had forgotten I needed! And I am officially at 95% monthly support! That is absolutely astounding to me. Thank you to everyone who is supporting me through prayer, financially, and encouragement. I love you all.
Tomorrow afternoon I land in Malawi after nearly two years of being gone. I will spend a few days catching up with friends, re-registering my car, and packing it full of my stuff. Then I will take the long drive south to my new home, Zomba. Please pray that my car *after sitting for two years* will function perfectly all the way south!
I'll move into my new home, a semi-detached house rented by Liebenzell, and begin to settle in sometime next week! And my fellow single lady missionary, Silvi, will join me and live on the other side of the duplex (coming into the city from one of the village projects) shortly thereafter.
To start, I'll shadow Michael Volz, the missionary who has been doing the team administrator role and bookkeeping. I'll also be searching for a friend or two in the city who would be willing to partner with me to teach me Chichewa, the local language. I am so excited to begin!!
Probably the best short-term gains (in my view), is that I am trading -30° C for +30° C! I will finally be warm again!
Thank you to all in my circle for sending me out and loving on me - I am so grateful to have each of you in my life.
Welcome! My name is Katiana and I am a development professional pursuing my dream to live out Isaiah 1:17 to the best of my abilities. I am passionate about teaching and working with vulnerable families and children to improve their lives sustainably.
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