Monday, September 28, 2009

We're in Philly. It was a morning of goodbyes; some of the hardest yet. We're doing great, now, though. We're really doing this, we're really going. It's been somewhat surreal so far. It feels like we're going on vacation, not moving overseas. God is so good. Thank you all for your prayers: we are so blessed!
We'll be here for orientation until Wed, Sep. 30th. Then, we fly out of JFK to Frankfurt, Germany. We have a short layover, then we're off to Baku, capital of Azerbaijan. We stay for four days in a hotel near Baku, then we go to our host home. This will be our home for two-three mos. Then, providing we learn the language and pass the tests, we are sworn in as volunteers.
Thank you for being a part of this journey with us. Lord willing, in two years we will come back changed; changed in a way that only God can. We are so anxious to meet and build relationships with these people. I (Alicia) am looking forward to meeting my students. I've missed being out of the classroom these past few months. Derek is excited to meet the kids. We are overwhelmed, but blessed. Thank you for your prayers, we feel them!


  1. Safe travels. Will be praying for you. God bless you!!!

    Joel & Vian Neally

  2. One more thing . . . thanks for allowing anonymous comments so I don't have to log in every time I want to make a comment. I know . . . I'm lazy. Take care!


  3. sweet! i'm adding you guys to my blogroll, and we're excited about keeping up w/ you all!! we will be praying--esp. these next few days as you travel and get your first taste of the new country! we're proud of you guys, and look forward to hearing about all that God is doing in and through you! much love!! (sara wood)

  4. Hey man! This is cool. I'll have to stay tuned in...

    Neal Woollard

  5. I'm so proud of you and praying for you! I know there's a lot of transition coming but trust that God has gone before you and has it all planned! I love you both! -dacia

  6. Just remember that "the ragman draws circles up and down the block." But don't ask him what the matter is, because "I know that he don't talk."

    (It seemed to me that everybody around here is too serious).


  7. Praying for you guys... You are such an inspiration to me!