In The Beginning

Hello from the Philippines! I hope this little ditty finds all of you well this blessed Sunday afternoon. As you are all aware, I departed last Tuesday morning; and I arrived Wednesday evening, here in Manila. The flights were long and crowded-but remarkably pleasant. Not only did I get to watch 6 movies uninterrupted by commercials, previews, cell phones or pre-teens, but the food was absolutely phenomenal. Korean Air is top notch. I digress.

Anyways, the past few days have been a whirlwind of culture shock and eye opening experiences. From food to formal wear, my expectations and assumptions have been exceeded and corrected-which has given me the realization that I do not know near as much as I thought I did-and that’s exciting.

It will be an adventure of a lifetime, of this I have no doubt.

I know that you all are anxious to here stories and see pictures of what all I’ve been doing thus far, which will come I promise; but at this point, I want to take a few moments of your time to just say thank you.

Each one of you who reads this blog has touched my life, in one way or another, that has helped and will continue to help guide me. Without your friendship, compassion, prayer and love-I could not do this. I garner much needed strength and resolve through the knowledge of your unflinching support. I hope that one day I will somehow return the favor to all of you.

So, thank you for all you have done; I will do my best to make you all proud.


2 thoughts on “In The Beginning

  1. Andrew,
    You are a special young man and you will do well in any setting or situation that presents itself to you. From the first time I met you, and your family, I knew that you were a very strong, kind, and generous person. I’ve been fortunate to see you grow into a healthy, mature, and courageous man.

    Remember who you are and keep your faith. I think of you and your family often and I send you hugs. Jonah also sends hugs…that little stinker. He’s growing up too fast!

    Love to you,
    Bethanie Van Camp

  2. We’re all glad that you arrived safe and sound. We are so excited for you and for the experiences you’ll have during this next year. Thank you for your willingness to serve God and the church in this way. Blessings!

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