Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Fall tree at Orientation
We had very beautiful fall weather to begin our orientation.

Our orientation group infront of the 8 foot long fish that we hung in the
MCC Office.

It's the end of the world as we know it...
Orientation is winding down. Tomorrow is the last day that we will be together as a group of orientees before the first ones begin their travels to their various destinations. It has been a blessing to be a part of a group of people who are also hearing the call of God on their lives to move beyond the boundaries of North America. It has also been good to be among people who are experiencing similar emotions of leaving and anticipation of new locations within the MCC network.

From now on, we will always have memories of our final days in the States. These have been good days. I find myself (Jenny), wondering what I will miss initially when I leave the States. One of our favorite movies talks about taking mental snapshots of last impressions. I am collecting these glimpses of my last days for the next three years. As I prepare to leave, I recognize that this is the last days of wondering what Mozambique will be--what it looks like, what smells will I encounter, who I will meet, who will become our friends, where we will live, what we will experience. From Sunday (when we arrive), we will always have memories of our first impressions of Mozambique. And we start the process of the memory snapshots again.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

We are in the midst of orientation. There are 52 people in our orientation heading to all around the world and North America. We have covered topics such as the mission statement of MCC, peace and service in relation to faith, intercultural communication, and anti-racism. Tomorrow the people with assignments in North America leave and we have another week of orientation with the others heading to international assignments.