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Sunday, May 25, 2008

I'm HERE!!!!

Oh Beloved Friends and Family,
I am here and I LOVE it so far!!!! I mean, I haven't done anything yet - but I love it already. I am sitting here on the ship, next to my new friend Laura. Thank you for praying for safe travel - God answered all my prayers. I had really great flights all the way through. In Brussels I met a guy that will be working on the ship as a Third Mate. So, we traveled from Brussels to Monrovia together, so I didn't have to go through the Liberian airport or customs by myself. Also, I met another new nurse named Wendy at baggage claim. So, we traveled the 1 1/2 hours to the ship and we are getting settled.

I met my new friend Laura as Wendy and I were struggling down the stairwell with all of our luggage. She took my bags, showed me to my cabin and introduced me to the 1st of 5 other roommates. Laura also showed me to the Diet Coke machine- it is true there is a Diet Coke machine and I am drinking a cold one right now! Laura has been a really great welcome wagon for Wendy and I both.

So far on the ship I have been checked in, I had to take a photo for an ID badge - just what I want to do after 2 days straight of travel. Also the kitchen saved food for those of us getting in later tonight so we ate our first ship food. It was an unidentifiable meat product but it was good.

Now I am heading to bed. I am on the top bunk but only for one night. My roommate Emma from Norway is heading home for 6 weeks and I get her bed while she is gone.

I will blog more when I get a chance. Tomorrow Wendy and I are going to sleep and then explore the ship. At 6pm tomorrow night we have our official orientation.

I love you all and am so grateful for your support. As I was landing in Monrovia I was listening to a song called "Brave" by Nichole Nordeman. It brought me to tears - because the lyrics talk about not letting fear tie us down anymore, and letting go of the status quo. I am here because of God's amazing power and strength in me - but also because of you all and your strength and support. Thank you for helping make my dream come true - it is an unspeakable gift!!!!

p.s. - thank you to everyone for your kind comments and well wishes. I carry you all here with me!!!!


Tracy said...

Oh Thank You Jesus for answering our Prayers.

Jenny I am elated that you are "home" aboard the ship and I am not the least bit surprised that you already have friends aside you.

Thank you for sending us a message so quickly. Today at the picnic everyone was saying that they were checking your blog to see if you had made it.

Now Have FUN! Do what God instructs you to do and hold fast to Him. He will be your strength and sufficiency.

Love you - Tracy

Tracy said...

oh just a couple more things . . .

What is a third mate?

Is it raining? and is your jacket really waterproof?


Kathy said...

I'm so glad to hear that you made it safely and that you made some new friends to boot.

You are in my prayers dear friend! You are such an example of faith; Know that you are so loved!

Also, I think that the diet coke machine sign makes it abundantly clear that you are where God wants you to be.

love, love, love you!

Kimberlee Vartan said...

Hey Nina Jenna!!

I am so happy and relieved you made it there safely!! And I was amazed when Aunt Amy said at the Memorial Day Parade today that you already had made friends. THAT'S WONDERFUL!!!!! Anyway, I just wanna let you know that you have all my family's love, blessings, support, and prayers through all of your adventures. And make sure you remember Philippians 4:13 - "I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me."

Talk to you soon and God Bless,
Kimberlee and all the other Canup's :-)