5/12/14

I’m a Tiny Traveler, Too (Part 1)

Hi, everyone!
My name is Jessica and I was asked to do a guest post on A Tiny Traveler. 
I’ve followed Natalie’s blog for a long time and think that she is so inspiring! I feel so honored to have gotten to know her better over this past year. As some of you probably know, Natalie and I are roommates. I am currently studying Early Childhood Education at the same college as her.

Natalie asked me to share with you my summer adventures. For as long as I can remember, I have daydreamed about travelling the world. I wanted to be everything, do everything, know everything. Actually, I still do want to be everything, do everything, and know everything. As most of my friends are getting married and having babies, I cannot even imagine settling down. I have too many people to meet and too many things left to do.

My first stop is Nepal. I will be spending one month backpacking the Himalayan mountains, white water rafting, and parasailing. I love being outdoors. I really feel that a way to honor the Creator is by finding beauty in nature. I’ve looked up so many pictures but I cannot wait to actually see the beautiful view for myself.

After that, I will be flying across India to spend a month in Bangladesh. The whole time I am there, I will be wearing shalwar kameez, which is the traditional outfit for the women in that culture. I can’t wait to be a tiny tourist, immersed in their culture. It will be such an experience!

For a few days before and few days after my time in Asia, I will be traveling throughout Missouri and spending time with friends. While this might not seem as exciting as traveling across the world, I am so excited to visit the midwest. I’ve never been so far west before. It’ll be a very relaxing time with hiking, Jacuzzis, and motorcycle rides.

A week after I get back from Bangladesh, I’ll be flying to Haiti. I worked there last year at an orphanage. The girls there are so precious and I’m excited to continue my relationship with them. My team and I will be putting on a Vacation Bible School program to over 400 hundred children from the surrounding villages.

After Haiti, I will be returning to Pennsylvannia and immediately starting my senior year of college.

This summer will be so busy and filled to the brim with new experiences. I am not nervous, but anxious. I have no idea what to expect, but that’s a good thing. I’m going into without any expectations or assumptions, just with the goal to love everyone and learn about different cultures.

If you think of me, please keep me in your prayers! I will most likely have no communication at all to America. I think I’ll be too busy to be homesick, but it’ll still a little weird to be so far away from my friends and family. Pray for safety as I travel on trains, buses, boats, and who knows what else! Pray for confidence as I will be coming face to face every day with new experiences.

Thank you for your prayers. This trip will be incredible.


*If you would like to donate to Jessica's fund to get her to Haiti, here is the link! Thank you all for your prayer and support*

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