Yes, I made it! I had my first Jula language evaluation on Thursday and found out that I officially have a high level of Jula (capable high, for those of you familiar with NTM terminology), high enough to be doing Bible teaching, etc., in Jula. So exciting!
I also made it back to the US on Sunday for my 2 ½ months here! Since a lot of what I need to be doing right now, in PGA research and linguistics, is on the computer, it doesn’t matter where in the world I am as I do it as long as I have a computer and internet. It’s also a good chance to see family, get a break from the stresses of living in Burkina Faso, and enjoy summer in Wisconsin. It feels good and normal to be back – a totally different world from Burkina Faso, but both feel very normal right now. I haven’t really felt reverse culture shock, at least not yet, and it’s nice. I’m really going to enjoy my time here before I head back in September!
If you’re in the Wisconsin area and you want to get together, let me know. I’ve enjoyed seeing lots of people already in the few days I’ve been back (including Suzan in the picture), and I look forward to seeing so many more in the next 2 ½ months. Thanks so much for your prayers, too!