As some of my friends may or may not have heard, I'm going to Venezuela! I'll be leaving November 14 for 12 days, and I'm going with 2 other children's pastors from here in Alberta. It's a missions trip of sorts; visiting some of the Alliance churches in Venezuela, and meeting some of the people who give their time and heart to children's ministry. Now that my ticket is booked things are starting to feel real, and it's hard to believe I'm actually going in 3 weeks. I've never really travelled much internationally...well, not at all...so this is going to be such an interesting experience! Right now I'm trying to read up a bit on the country, and a friend has also lent me a "how to speak spanish book". If nothing else, it's amusing to hear myself trying to say the words in my most desperately futile accent. The next steps are getting my final immunization, collecting the gifts and craft supplies we are taking for the churches, and the most daunting task of all....PACKING. If you know me, you know that I am not a light packer (Dad, if you're reading this, stop laughing). So this is really going to be a challenge for me. I hope to journal a bit on here about my preparations for my trip, and debrief a little after my trip. Thanks for reading, and please, please, please...if nothing else, pray that I will be able fit everything in my suitcase!