Getting ready to go was a long and involved process. I learned the
specialized nursing skills I would need, prepared mentally and
spiritually (the core of which was learning to trust God completely),
and raised funds for the trip.
There were lots of tasks to do as
well; I bought things, got dresses sown,
packed everything I would need for the next five years, and shipped it
to the place that would become my new home away from home.
Anyone who has ever packed for traveling, even for a short trip, knows
how hard it can be. Imagine packing to go to a place where hardly
any outsiders have visited before, and you have never traveled, and you’re
going for a year or more! Looking back now, I wonder how I managed it