Exciting things are happening on the Tanzania front. I got an email from my in-country contact today and we are finally working out the dates I will be there. I responded with a range of possibilities that he will run by the bishop. It looks like I might leave right after finals, stay eight weeks, and be back in time to celebrate Mammaw’s century.
This is the story of how my internship has unfolded up to now.
July/Augustish 2010: I start attending St. Nicholas in Portsmouth as I explore Orthodoxy. I meet this girl whom I haven’t seen since and we talk about missions. She mentions a friend of hers who’s a missionary in Tanzania. A few weeks later I decide to send him a donation. Around the same time, I contact OCMC to see if they will take me as an intern for summer 2011.
October/Novemberish: The missionary (James) gets my email address and writes to find out who I am and why I sent him money. He doesn’t know who the girl is I met at church. We talk back and forth about the work he is doing in Tanzania.
December/Januaryish: OCMC informs me they are thinking of sending me to Tanzania as an intern. Shortly thereafter, James informs me that he has been told to prepare for an intern and has gotten the bishop’s blessing for me to come.
February/March: I begin pestering OCMC to tell me the dates of my trip and all the logistical details I need.
End of March: Ducks are lining up. I begin obsessing excitedly about my trip. Oh, and I sold one of the hats I crochet in class to stay focused. If I sell all of them, I could make a couple hundred dollars towards my trip.
We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.