When I got home and was going through my mail I was so excited to see my first real packet of information had arrived from Teen Missions in my absence. When I opened the packet, I found that they had 'apparently' made an error and all my paperwork reflected a different Zambia team than the one I had been assigned! I e-mailed TMI to see what the deal was and the reply was "Didn't anyone notify you that there was an assignment change? Sorry about that." And Betty assured me that I "will love" this team! And I thought the cooking thing was going to be a stretch! God in His infinite wisdom, and with His curious sense of humor, has now put me on a team where there are severe restrictions on the amount of personal belongings you can bring AND it's a team where we'll be moving around alot, so there will probably be a few breaking downs and setting up of camps! And that is the hardest part of camping, right? I just sort of laughed and thought "this is going to be a FUN summer!"
On the three teams that I went on as a "kid", I was the girl who sweet talked all the boys into carrying something of mine so that I could still take all my stuff and stay under the 32 pound weight limit. The boys always had an extra pound or two or three to play with, so I'd see how many of those pounds I could get allocated with MY stuff! I don't know how these weight restrictions will work as a leader. I have a laundry list as long as my arm of "extras" I'd like to bring so that I can make team life easier if I can, but with these restrictions I don't know if that will be possible! And since this is only March and I'm on my third assignment, chances are I could have more assignment changes before I actually get on the field. I had a leader on my first team to Haiti who was totally awesome, and he was transferred to another team a week into Boot Camp, so no guarantees.
It's an adventure from the very beginning, it is! Indeed!