When we first arrived to Buen Pastor Lutheran Church in Mexico, Pastor Miguel told us, “Nuestra casa es su casa.” For emphasis, he added in English, “Seriously. This Church is your home. These people inside are your family. And if you need anything—anything—on your journey this year, we’ll be there for you.” When I first … More Con Casas y Corezónes Abiertas (Newsletter No. 1)
To share lowlights as well as highlights: I woke up Wednesday feeling pretty sick. We all disagreed on what the cause might be. I was pretty sure it was my chronic POTS condition. Leah, my roommate, suggested that I might have caught her bronchitis. My host mom Señora Elma was convinced it was because I … More Los Caracoles (the snails)
We left the busy chaos of Mexico City and drove two hours south, to the place that I would call home for the next 11 months: Tepoztlán. The countryside gradually transformed from the urban cityscape to green valleys and stunning mountains; I can’t begin to describe how awe-struck I was by seeing Tepoztlán for the … More La Primera Dia de Escuela
The YAGMs have landed!! We’ve spent our first few days at El Centro Luterano in the middle of Mexico City (and recovering from the flight!). As soon as we landed, our country coordinator Meghan asked for our first impressions of Mexico. You know, they say pictures are worth a thousand words, so I’ll share a … More ¡Bienvenidos a Mexico!
It is officially 12 hours before I leave the United States and arrive in Mexico. We’ve just finished a week of orientation in Chicago. After heart-wrenching goodbyes, after (finally) getting my suitcase shut, I met up with other YAGMs leaving home and preparing to depart for their countries of service around the world. So, if … More ¿Adónde Vamos? (Where are we going?)
So ~ what in the world do you pack when you’re living abroad for 11 months? As I’m getting ready to officially leave for my mission in Mexico, it feels like I’m trying to squeeze a year of my life into a suitcase: a year’s worth of medication, shampoo, socks, etc, etc, etc … I’ve already … More Why I’m packing Hiking Boots for Mexico