Hello Everyone :)
Falls just around the corner, and so is the mission trip! I just want to thank everyone again for all of your support. I have no doubt that I would not be where I am without it. The two week countdown has begun and I'm trying to remain cool :) But things are just so busy and crazy that I know without your prayers I would be completely overwhelmed. Everything is going smoothly though for the most part and I feel like almost everything is in line to go. Passport, Visa, plane tickets - check, check, check!
The Catholic Youth Conference is now less than 6 months away! We've lined up (as far as we know) all the possible speakers, plane tickets are bought (or being bought), and Danielle tells me my room is ready for me! I will be living with the two full time missionaries who are beginning their second year at St. Thomas More in Mount Maunganui. Danielle Castellucci and Kerstin Brueck! Both dear friends, I met Danielle in my home town of Carrollton, Ohio, where we went to high school together, and then I met Ker when we travelled to Austria in our study abroad program through the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Ker is originally from Germany, but her family came to the United States when she was 8 years old. I'm so blessed to be able to spend this 6 months with them, and I cannot wait to get started!
About two weeks ago the Arlington Catholic Herald interviewed me, and the story came out in the paper today. Its great because it lets a lot of new people know what the Lord is doing in New Zealand, and if they would feel called to donate to the conference they can through St. Thomas More's website. The link for the article is as follows, if you want to check it out! http://www.catholicherald.com/local_news/detail.html?sub_id=11064
My next week and a half is very crazy - I go home for 4 days, then I'm back in DC for 4 days, then on the 27th I go to North Carolina to visit family, then from there I fly out on the 30th! Please keep the prayers coming, and be assured of mine. God is going to do such great things in these kids' lives! I will write once I'm there - its not too long now.
Thank you for your love and prayers.