Menenberg News: We’re moving to Africa!

April 19, 2011 § 4 Comments

Wow, I can’t believe I’m actually writing this post. Ben and I have wanted to move to Africa for the past year or so and when we visited in September (see here and here), we fell in love with the land, the people, and the life we could have there.  Now, we’re going!! Here’s the details of what we know right now:

WHEN

Map of the African continent.

Image via Wikipedia

World Vision is sending us for an initial trip of 3 weeks in May. After packing up our earthly possessions, we’ll likely be leaving for good in summer of 2011 (exact date of departure TBD). The initial contract is for one year.

WHERE

We’ll be headed for Lusaka, Zambia, which is located in mid-Southern Africa. It will be the cold-dry season when we get there, highs in the 80s, lows in the 50s-60s. We will probably end up trying to rent a furnished house or apartment with plenty of room for guests. Also, there’s an Acts 29 Church that is in the process of being planted in Lusaka so we may even be able to help with that, as well.

WHAT

Ben will be working in the finance department at World Vision. I will initially take care of our household. Food is almost completely made from scratch (with no microwave dinners in sight) and you hang your laundry out to dry on a line in the sun. In some ways, it sounds the romantic old-fashioned life I’ve always wanted. I could anticipate volunteering as a nurse in some capacity but I think it’s unlikely that I’ll hold a proper job there. I’m also considering the possibility of going back to school with some online programs. I have no doubt that plenty of volunteer nursing opportunities will readily present themselves.

HOW

As you can imagine, as our big move is only a few weeks or so away, we are furiously preparing for our departure. My to-do list is growing by the minute. The story of how we got here is quite amazing. As I stated before, we had been wanting to go for quite some time but nothing seemed to be opening up. Because we hadn’t heard anything, we started calling the apartment office where we live to sign another year lease as well as attempting to make numerous commitments here in Seattle. Miraculously, no one called us back. In fact, Ben and I were starting to get pretty frustrated at the lack of response we got from our leasing office. It was only after we heard from World Vision about us going that we realized that the Lord had stayed our hand so that we would be ready to go. We were so thankful.

My plan is to continue this blog while we are living over there although I know for a fact the internet is not as reliable as it is here. Stay tuned for updates!

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§ 4 Responses to Menenberg News: We’re moving to Africa!

  • tasharae says:

    Laura, this is incredible! I still remember looking at pics on MYSPACE from your first (I think) trip to Africa and now your dream is becoming a reality! I’m so excited to see what God has in store for you and Ben in Africa! As they say in Japan, Gambatte! (It means something similar to “go for it!” or “do your best!)

  • Christy says:

    Incredible! My name is Christy and my husband and I were in Zambia last year (shirt term) with World Vision Canada. We hope to return longer term at some point. Following your journey and praying for you!

  • lmenen says:

    Thanks to both of you! We’re excited and covet your prayers 🙂

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