Packing and paperwork!

Me on the summit of Lochnagar

I have less than 2 weeks left in Scotland and life is a whirlwind of packing, paperwork and Goodbyes.  I find it especially hard to say Goodbye to the elderly and children.  I have taken lots of photos along the way, which I am hoping to print out and put up in Chad.  It has been encouraging to meet with many folk who faithfully pray for me.

The timetable of farewell services and mountains has come to an end.

Below is an idea of what the next few months will look like.  As God’s timing often looks different from mine, the reality may well be quite different – watch this space!

3rd July – late evening flight to London

4th July – Fly to Kenya

6th to 16th July – Visit Cheptebo, Kenya, where I lived from 1999-2000.

19th July to 9th August – Africa-based orientation.  There are around 25 of us from all over the world going to many different countries in Africa.  We receive teaching on culture, health, safety, language learning and many more topics.  It is quite an intensive 3 weeks.

10th August – Fly to Chad.  I will spend the first while (as long as it takes) getting a visa, work permit and driving licence sorted in the capital.  I will then go south to Bebalem, where I will have a home-stay with a Chadian family before I start work at the hospital.  The home-stay is also an opportunity to start learning the local language, as well as customs and culture.

I am looking forward to finishing the paperwork and packing and actually getting there!  I would value your prayers for my French, my Goodbyes and for the orientation – that I’ll be able to take in the information so that I can use it when it will be needed.

I will be able to update this blog in Chad, so do keep an eye on it for updates.

Thank you for your prayers.  God’s timing is perfect.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dorothy Brough
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 16:23:05

    Thanks, Catherine, for update – so helpful as I prepare notes for group for Friday 1st July .

    Blessings for all remaining preparations and for new beginnings.

    Dorothy and Ian


  2. sheila murdoch
    Jun 26, 2011 @ 07:43:53

    Sooooo close now. Good photo of you at last year’s ball. Check with Dave to pick it up before you leave. You are off on the 3rd we are off on the 5th to Olongapo. Bit scary as I believe it is so hot and loots of monsoon rains there.Looking forward to meeting the kids though. Ball was superb…food best yet!Good Luck and praying for all your journies


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