Lori’s in Morocco! Week #1
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From the journal of staff member, Lori Sheppard

I keep sitting here each day in amazement that I am really here. This would not have happened without the support of so many people, in so many ways, and I am ever-growing in thankfulness for those people and the blessings and faithfulness of The Lord along the way. Because of my faith, I desire to serve others. Because of Compassion Corps, I have the opportunity to do that in Africa.

My Traveling Experience

I arrived at JFK on Monday afternoon (9/16). I walked directly to the counter to get my boarding pass (no line) and was asked if I preferred an aisle or window seat (the flight was not full). I breezed through security and proceeded to sit at the gate waiting moroccan_food.jpgfor the flight. Following an uneventful flight of 7hr and 30 min, I was disembarking at the Casa airport. I breezed thru customs, got my bag, and headed out to the main lobby. I must have waited a whole 30 seconds before being spotted by my ride, who would also be my host/guide/chaperone for the week. By 11:30, I was settled in at the guesthouse flat that I am calling home for the week, and was taking a nap!

Preparing for the Adventure Ahead

This week has been one of acclimation and preparation. I have been able to get reacquainted with the sights, sounds, smells moroccan seaand rhythms of the days here. I’ve had the opportunity to shop, cook, and explore a bit. My guide has been a huge blessing! As I have the guesthouse to myself, she has allowed me some much needed down time (precious for reading and journaling), included me in activities, and prepared/encouraged me to be a bit brave and do some things on my own. We have had supper by the sea, couscous lunch in the city, and done some grocery shopping in the city booths and market. I have gotten to take a few pics along the way, too. Mostly, I have been getting ready for the next 9 weeks and the people that I will be fortunate to meet during that time.

This Sunday I will travel to my next destination, and begin working alongside those who have been here serving for a long time. What an honor….I can’t wait to see what is in store…

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