Since we are asking the girls of IWE to share their stories with us, we have written short bio's to give them. I still have to learn how to upload pics from my iPad to my blog!
I am 17 years old, and will go into 11th grade in high school this year. My younger sister, Abby, is 15, and my brother, Andrew, is 9. My parents are Lori and Dave. We have a dog named Charlie. At school I am on the volleyball team, the cheerleading squad, and my school's student council. My favorite subject is probably math. In the spring and summer I work at a nail salon, where I enjoy talking to all of the people that come in. In my free time I like to hang out with my friends. It has always been my dream to come to Africa, where I hope to live after college. I am so glad that God blessed me with this opportunity to visit you!
Hello! I am 17, I have two little brothers, and I live with my father. After this summer, I will be entering my senior year in high school. Many times you can find me either taking pictures with my camera, or see me reading a book for hours. I am also very happy to be a part of a church where I live. I have made many friends there, and through those friends I met Christ. I have been a lover of Christ for almost a year, and I can see all of the amazing things he does through me every day. I'm excited to have him working through me on this trip!
Kristen Swanson (Mamajojo) My heart has two homes: the USA and Africa. God gave me ten wonderful years in Tanzania with our kids, Matthew (25), Joanna (23), and Will, our Tanzanian son (26). Now, my husband, Darrell, and I live in the USA, where I teach grades 6,7, and 8. I love to write, draw, and work in my garden.
Alison Telly (Ally) I am fifteen and I have a younger brother named Caleb. I go to Pennridge High School, where I hope to study to become an author or an astrophysicist. Writing takes up most of my spare time already, so perhaps that is the career for me! Now that it is summer I have lots of time to do things like hanging out with friends or going to the park. It is also fun to go swimming with my dog, Harley, in our pool. He is always the first to jump in the water, so my family throws his ball around and plays with him in the water. It is a lot of fun to take pictures of him, which is another hobby. I cannot wait to see you. It is so exciting that God has given me the chance to meet you this summer!
Diane Telly. I am married and have two children. We live in Pennsylvania in the United States. I work as a tax collector in my local town. We are not like the tax collectors of the Bible, we mostly keep accounting records of taxes paid. In my free time I enjoy walking and reading. I have played a lot of soccer in my life, but am getting older now, so I don’t play very much anymore. It was during my years at college that I learned what it meant that Christ died for me. Since then, I have been so very thankful to have God in my life. He has blessed me with a family that I love. Thank you for sharing your lives with us and for welcoming us to visit you at your school.