Jake Jeran
Jake Jeran
Tanzania 2015
I will be spending three months in Arusha, Tanzania working on a microfinance project with Projects Abroad. I will be educating and training women in the outskirts of Arusha on how to sustainably run their small business ventures. Read More About Jake →

See You on the Other Side

I think back on the last nine months of my life and can see how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time. The trip I’ve been planning since August is right around the corner and I’m filled with anticipation as I count down the days. 6 days stand in between me and Arusha, Tanzania. During my time in Africa I will be working with Projects Abroad, assisting with a micro-finance project within the villages that surround Arusha.

My love for traveling has been a life-long passion. There is a never-ending tug on my heart to serve others and I find joy in going abroad, finding areas that are in need. Thanks to the Lumos Award I am now about to embark on a once in a lifetime opportunity that I could only have imagined before entering Belmont University.

Tanzania is on my mind 24/7. I daydream about all the people I’ll have the privilege of meeting. I know they’ll touch my life more than I could ever touch theirs. I’m entering this summer with an open heart, praying to be changed from the inside out. I try to imagine what the culture will be like. I smile when thinking about the stories I’ll have when I get back to the states. This trip will be all consuming and I couldn’t be more ready. I’m thrilled to put the little things, I often find myself uselessly worrying about, behind me and focus on the people and experiences that I will be a part of.

I could never have gotten this far without all the love and support from my family, friends, and professors, so thank you. Please continue to keep me in your prayers. I invite you to follow my journey over the summer through this blog, as I keep you updated on my trip. I’ll miss all your pretty faces but a plane is calling my name. See you on the other side.


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