Monday, June 11, 2012

Joyce is heading to Senegal as a Peace Corps volunteer

Joyce is our younger daughter and graduated from college in 2009. She graduated with two bachelor's degrees: one in business and the other in visual studies. After working for a couple of companies, she has chosen to volunteer overseas for two years or so. She has been assigned to Senegal in Africa and is now ready to depart. On Tuesday, June 12, she will leave for Senegal. Senegal is a country in West Africa. It looks like a skull with its mouth open because of Gambia that is surrounded by Senegal.

She will provide assistance for small businesses as her primary responsibility but she is likely to teach English also. She likes writing and editing, but she does not like speaking and teaching English as much.

We are living in Africa and have seen many young people live in Africa well, but I feel uneasy about Joyce's relocation to Africa. It is partly because she is our daughter and also partly because to us she is just a shy little girl. Moreover, it is a well known fact that Peace Corps volunteers are paid a stipend of so little money for their living allowance that their living conditions are minimal. Combined, they make me nervous.

On the other hand, the rational side of my mind is telling me that my concern will not help the situation at all. It will only make my life miserable. So I have to learn to leave Joyce and all matters in God's good hands.

Oh Lord, I pray that your Spirit will travel with Joyce so that she finds the rest and peace only in you. May Joyce draw nearer to you and put her trust in you more than ever! - Jeffrey 

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