Along, Beside, & Between: A Newsletter #32
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We Carry On

Hello my lovely partners!

If you did not see on my social media, in the middle of the day on a Sunday while I was in a neighboring town for the afternoon, there was a break in at my flat. And they stole my laptop. Thankfully whoever they were, they were in too much of a rush and my laptop was the only thing they took. But my work here ground to a really slow pace as I could not do much work without the laptop or all the files saved on it! I was pretty down for a few weeks, especially feeling unsafe in my flat. (And also as a note, we are the most secure house on the street with a high brick wall, electric fence at the top, remote controlled gate, in a yard of three flats so there is always someone around, and even a guard dog.) I have come to accept what happened and that the Lord is the one that protects me, not any other measure that we put in place. I have only just two days ago gotten a replacement from the States. Thus, my communication hiatus has finally come to an end! 

That same weekend as the break-in I had an allergic reaction and had to get a hydro cortisone shot at the hospital. So needless to say I needed a little break so a couple weeks after, I went camping for a weekend with some of my girl friends. It was a great reset and so wonderful to be out in nature and recuperate. 

Otherwise, work at YANA has been plugging along. We have been continuing our counseling with our current youth. (Take a look down below for a story.) And we have a lot in the works for the future, as all I could do for the last bit of time without a computer was prep. Upcoming things include: Presentations at our local international school, a Mental Health conference at the end of October, an end-of-the-year training for volunteers, and (LEAK ALERT!) planning for a sponsored 5k for Mental Health in Lusaka in 2020!! Just to name a few things!

Again, thank you so much for your continued support and prayer. It is during times like these that I become so insanely grateful for the consistency of a solid group of partners that I have. 

With so many thanks and blessings,

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My door was broken in during the day and my laptop stolen from my kitchen table.
Thanks to SAMS and my Dad for helping to get a replacement laptop to me!
Since my door was not able to close, I took Sophia and slept at my friend's place for the night. 
I went hiking in Northern Zambia as a little break.
Story Corner
The heartbeat of our organization and our work is the one-on-one meetings that our volunteers have with the youth that need extra mental health support. Even thought I do all the admin work for YANA, I also get to dip my feet into the counseling sessions. For a couple of months now, I have been meeting with one specific young girl. And I feel like I am growing just as much as her! We have been working on things like goal-setting and future plans but also working through pain from her parent's divorce and a very toxic family environment. I am learning the benefit of client-centered counseling, to let her lead the conversation and for me to just facilitate a deeper dive into the topics she feels is right. It is such a cool experience and I walk away feeling blessed that I get to do this every time I end a meeting. 
I turned 28 this month! HBD to me!
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