Friday, September 2, 2011

This is It

The swearing-in ceremony was a bit like a typical American graduation ceremony. 
It got started late, important people made speeches, our group repeated the oath, 
we were presented with certificates, and then we danced for the crowd. 
Here are a few pictures to wet your palette:

Meg, Abby, Me, & Uncle Jamil at fancy dinner a few nights ago. So thankful for this man!!
Hanging with cousins Ida & Binta during last moments in training village!
twin feet praying at Koriteh, the end of Ramadan
I was nominated to say Christian prayers at the beginning of the ceremony
"I, Kathryn Wright, do so solemnly swear..."

PC The Gambia Education Sector 2011 (with our PCVLeader)

Catherine, Katherine, Kathryn. That's right.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tangle of Tears

In and out of tears of joy, tears of sorrow, and tears of being overwhelmed, I have already learned so much in just two short months:

I have learned thatI'm not as independent as I once thought I was. 
I've learned a new relationship with my Creator. 
I've learned how to better take care of my friends who have chosen the long-term life overseas. 
I have learned how to pray more effectively. 
I have learned patience in a completely new way. 
I have learned tolerance and acceptance of different worldviews. 
I have learned how much I depend on material things, and how much I shouldn't. 
I have learned a deep friendship from strangers and instant acceptance. 
I have learned what it means to truly take care of someone. 

And I don't doubt more lessons are to come.