This post really should be titled, "Why the Heck Am I Moving to Italy and Other Scary and Uncertain Things" but I really like the word thus. It makes me feel like I know English well. And sometimes I need that little pat on the back of feeling like I know English well as I am struggling to learn Italian.
Or, if I really wanted people to click on this link I should've titled it something like "Jenny Decided to Move to Italy and THIS Happened." And like most articles that use that particular marketing scheme, not reveal what the THIS is until the end and have it be something really normal or predictable. Aha ohhhhh I really dislike that kind of marketing. Even if it looks like an article I'd want to read, I don't want to give that type of marketing page views. It's against my principles. Haha. If you are wondering why I'm moving to Italy, I've written about that here.
I left off that post with making a decision to move to Italy on December 31, 2015, after spending 3 months in Florence, Italy, with Gallery 4 as a vision trip. The next steps were telling the Gallery 4 team and the excitement there, my friends and family, job and coworkers and the bitter-sweetness there.
In February I flew down to Tupelo, MS, to receive Missionary Orientation Training, squeezing my brain full of everything I need to know to prepare, go, and live as a career missionary, and then some. It's very exciting and overwhelming, and certainly is a roller coaster ride of faith and trust in the Lord, knowing that He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and will provide everything I need if it is His will, from financial support, learning Italian, to downright courage. I'm already amazed at some of the things I have been pushed to do, that by no means I could have done without a slight mental breakdown if it wasn't for the grace of the Lord ....ahem *public speaking* ....
In March I officially started support raising. I'm so very thankful to those who have have already been so generous with their prayers, finances, time, and encouraging words and am excited for those who are yet to join my support team! It's a long road ahead, but I intend to run this course with the strength, perseverance, and diligence of the Lord! In the words of Cinderella, "Have courage, and be kind."
"Sii gentile, e abbi coraggio." - Cenerentola
Some next steps include buying a plane ticket and applying for a Student Visa so I can stay for more than 3 months. In order to qualify for a Student Visa I will be taking art classes at the Russian Art Academy, they're pretty legit and I'm pretty terrible at drawing/sketching/painting, so...pray for me.
Frequently Asked Questions:
When are you moving to Italy? My goal date is June 14, 2016! I have a little over 2 months before takeoff.
How long will you be there? It's easiest to say I'm starting with a year, because my visa will be good for a year, but really I will be there for as long as the Lord keeps me.
Do you get paid? No. Legally I am in Italy as a student and can't work.
Where does your support come from? Family, friends, church members, organizations, anyone who wants to partner with me and see this ministry come to fruition, for Jesus to be made known!
What will the average day look like for you? Teaching dance classes, performing and helping with Gallery openings, learning to be a local. Lots of walking, and maybe some pasta and gelato...
Do you speak Italian? Un po', sto imparando a parlare Italiano. Haha. A little, I'm learning. I took classes for 2 months when I was in Florence last fall. I've been trying to keep up and continue learning, but it's challenging when I don't have many people to converse with and that brain muscle doesn't get used every day. I'm anxious to get back in June to continue learning.
How long will it take you to become fluent? They say it takes about a year. Some friends I made while I was in Florence confirmed that, it took them about a year to become fluent after moving to Italy.
Have more questions or want to learn more? Comment below, or you can find my contact information on the Give page.