Notes from Mt. Kilimanjaro

July 18

I haven’t written in a few days because they have been the hardest of my life. Rewarding, of course, but so challenging. I honestly don’t even know how I have the energy to write. We are at 13,500 ft. We hiked to 15,000 ft. for lunch but we are sleeping at lower altitude. My body adjusted well to the height: I only had a headache for the last 10 minutes or so, which is nothing compared to the sickness others have felt.

Another reason why I haven’t written since the village is because I’m honestly so heartbroken and so empty. As I write this, I’m teary-eyed because I don’t know when I’ll see those kids again. I hope and pray my sister comes with me next year so I can find Sylvette (age 6) again. I even have dreams about her. 

Speaking of dreams, sleep is really hard to come by. There’s always so much talking and snoring. 

Yesterday, I turned 20! It was incredible. I pushed my body the furthest it’s been and I was borderline delusional. The porters brought me a homemade, from scratch birthday cake! It was amazing. Chocolate! And so yummy. I’ve known these people for a little over a week and I feel so loved by them. 

Today Woody asked me to pray over lunch and it was the first time I’ve ever done something like that. I said that we have met many struggles over this climb so far, but we know our struggles will bring us closer to God and help us to rely on Him. I prayed that God continue to show us His love for us and also help us to discover our purpose on this mountain. I prayed that we find strength in ourselves and find more strength in Him. 

Read Part 1 of my Tanzania recap here.

For an upcoming travel post, I’m answering all of your questions about living in the village and hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro. Click HERE to ask! Nothing is off limits.

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