2014 in review

jan

January: my CCMI mentor, Nancy, and I at the end of a full month of MTW cross-cultural training in Brussels, Belgium

feb

February: my bags and I, all ready to board in Pittsburgh for my one-way flight to West Africa

march

March: finally meeting up with my dear friend Katie, whom I hadn’t seen since college graduation, in West Africa!

april

April: getting formally introduced along with other newly arrived colleagues at SIL’s annual branch conference

may

May: a typical Sunday afternoon in Sicap Mbao spent with my pastors’ family after the morning service: “helping” with lunch prep, writing down new Wolof words, and getting my hair styled by my young friend Jean-Michel

june

June: taking part in a national church’s large annual Pentecost celebration in Djilas with colleagues and dear friends

july

July: my first birthday celebration in West Africa! What a gift to celebrate in country with Katie, who was born the same day as me, by taking an awesome trip to Toubacouta

august

August: Wolof learning begins in earnest! An afternoon spent with colleagues Clare and Eva at Malika, reading the Wolof New Testament and a book of praise songs and chatting with our friends there

sep

September: a glimpse of beauty in the city in the middle of hot season: one of several glorious sunrises that I enjoyed from the rooftop of the colleague’s apartment that I was apartment-sitting

oct

October: Me with teammates Kara and Donnie on a trip to visit friends in the village of Gobak

nov

November: Learning my way around a new town in the north of the country — a new landscape, culture, and routine — for the sake of Wolof immersion

dec

December: My Ndiayène host siblings and I (aka Yacine Ndiaye) on the evening of my tagatoo, when I thanked their family for a great six weeks as a member of their home

image

And what better way to cap off 2014 than with the wild giraffes in Kenya? I was blessed to take a get-away trip and spend the holidays with friends while discovering a different part of Africa.

2014 has been filled with God’s faithfulness in the midst of much change! Here’s to the year ahead and more opportunities to follow where He leads.

 

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4 comments
  1. Frank said:

    So encouraging to watch you follow faithfully the will of God. Thanks for regular updates. Will keep praying

  2. William Johnson said:

    So great!! Love this review of your year 🙂   I was very, very touched, moved, and driven to tears by your post about your host fam in St. Louis, and wrote a heartfelt response,  but it got deleted before I could send it.  Sorry 😦 Snow flurries this a.m., along with sunshine.  Papa says we’re looking for a snowbow!  We’re “hurrying” to leave for 2 days at Grandma’s.  Aunt Judy and Uncle Steve will be there, and tomorrow we’ll have lunch with the Uncles Twins and their wives, too.  Almost a full house! Happy New Years, dearest Kyria!  Greet the giraffes for us!love, Mom

  3. Peggy Michalenko said:

    Hi Kyria!
    Thank you! It was neat to see Donnie and Kara as part of your year. I am excited to show my first graders. I think I have some future overseas missionaries in my class! You are a great encouragement!
    Love and prayers,
    Peggy

  4. Mom said:

    Kyria,

    I so enjoy your letters. And what a treat to see Katie 2X in pics. I didn’t know you shared the same birthday. Her wedding was last Friday and it was a dream day for her and for our entire family.

    God bless you as you press on.

    Bill Myers

    Sent from Windows Mail

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