Christine, one of our Step into the Gap volunteers in Lancaster Diocese, shares some of her thoughts here before she travels overseas to visit the communities and schools connected with the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in Ghana. Together with Emma from this diocese, Amy, working as a ‘gapper’ in Salford at Just Youth and accompanied by Patrick from the CAFOD Lancaster office, she travels on Monday to start the journey.
They take with them so many warm wishes from literally hundreds of people for an amazing trip ahead. They’re not the only ones who are excited! Watch this space for more news………
Here are her thoughts……
It’s just days until we, the Step into the Gap-pers, head off to far, far warmer lands in search of fun, new friends and adventure, and I’m more than a little bit excited! The four of us, Patrick, Amy, Emma and I, are off to Ghana for four weeks to share expereinces between schools here and there, to teach some lessons and to experience life in West Africa.
Am I ready? Perhaps. Half a dozen lessons are half- planned, I have half- sorted piles of sun cream and t-shirts lying around my room waiting for the rucksack that should (hopefully!) be arriving in the post, and I have half a mind on the week ahead! There’s nothing like an imminent trip to another continent to shake you out of the post- Christmas lull!
Our trip is also chance for us to exchange news and share experiences. I’m taking out postcards, letters, videos and collages from the primary schools I work with here in Blackpool and also from St Mary’s Catholic College. We hope to create something with the children in Ghana to bring back and share here in England. I am really fortunate to be representing a whole community and not just myself when we go out. Don’t worry- I’ll remember to say “hi” from everyone!
GHANA, HERE WE COME!