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On the road reflections

Maria Niechwiadowicz


Due to my visa delay, I had the opportunity to drive south to Lincoln, Nebraska, the city where I attended college. This trip was originally on my post-Philippines to do list but was cut due to timing. While it would have been beneficial to be in China by now, I could not be more grateful for the extra time. This blog is based on what I call ‘car journaling.’ While driving long distances, I spend a lot of time processing and often long to write these thoughts. Since I cannot write and drive ...

Day by day

Maria Niechwiadowicz


Many of you may be wondering where I am- am I still in the U.S? In transit to China? Or already in China? While Amity’s goal was for me to depart like…today, that is clearly not the case. :) Due to complications in obtaining work visas, it was decided that attaining a tourist visa to China would be permissible to get me there, then once in China, it would be easier to get a work visa. Therefore, the past few days have been a whirlwind of emails, online applications, and endless questions- but ...

Highlights of Commissioning!

Maria Niechwiadowicz


As of July 19, 2014 I am an officially missionary of the United Methodist Church!                                                                                                 What an honor to be blessed by 6 bishops!               Anchored Cross                                                                                              Joyful with Chelsea                                 Arnold Brown Jr.                                                  ...

Taken, blessed, broken, given

Maria Niechwiadowicz


With feet back on U.S. soil, I am overcome with emotion, overcome by the power of God, and overcome by reality. How do I put the last month into words? How do I convey the sense of comfort and family that was created between the 42 of us? How do I merge this experience with reality? I could write for pages on the various sessions we covered- everything from conflict management and relationship building to Wesley 101 and itineration. I could speak endlessly about each of the 42 Fellows and how ...

GYPCLA: United

Maria Niechwiadowicz


Participating in the Global Young Peoples Convocation and Legislative Assembly (GYPCLA) took a spirit of adaption and patience. I did not envy the planning team in moving 400 people to a new location and organizing the logistics for worship, sessions, and meals on the spot. The main purpose of GYPCLA is to discuss and vote on legislation that will later be taken to General Conference. The decisions made are taken to be a representation of the young adult voice of the United Methodist Church. As...

Meeting Glenda

Maria Niechwiadowicz


On July 16th, typhoon Glenda touched the lives of our family at CCT in Tagaytay. In the early morning hours many of us were abruptly awakened by torrential rain, howling winds, and flooding. Some friends exited their rooms merely seconds before the roof was peeled away! Congregated in our respective rooming facilities my heart stayed somewhat calm as we sang together in prayer. Finally we were notified that we were in the eye of the storm. We were instructed to quickly evacuate to the main ...

Update from Tagaytay

Maria Niechwiadowicz


With a week under our belt, already there is a unified bond among the 2014 class of Global Mission Fellows! I have enjoyed waking each morning to a tropical cotton candy sunrise! :) Our days have been packed with devotions, sessions on everything from values to logistics, and bonding with groups based on our regional placements in the world. This schedule leaves me exhausted at 8pm, but as many of you know, I have no problem going to bed early! This week, we will be joined by hundreds of fellow...

I made it!

Maria Niechwiadowicz


After hours of plane time I am happy to say that I have arrived in the Philippines! Our 14hr flight plus 3:30am arrival left me stiff and groggy. Despite massive lines, immigration and customs were simple and uneventful. I leaped for joy when I spotted my luggage, thinking of my experience in India. Stepping out into the morning, the air was thick with moisture and a light rain fell from the sky. Welcome to Manila! Being the first group to arrive, we lucked out with a low key day. Most of us ...

Travel begins!

Maria Niechwiadowicz


After flying across the USA today, I am resting in the midst of the Los Angeles airport, a 14 hour flight still ahead! It was surreal to leave family and friends after 4th of July festivities. But now this adventure feels real and I am filled with excitement! Despite a long day (which is not over), I can already feel God using me. I made a new best friend in the check in line today. Her name is Teresa and she is 5 years old. As we waited and moved through the line for an hour we talked about the...

Acknowledging the Call

Maria Niechwiadowicz


Receiving my call to China last week can only be described as a whirlwind! Within 48 hours I had received my placement, interviewed with Amity, responded to this call, and then hopped on a flight to North Carolina. The serenity of the Appalachian Mountains was just what I needed to center my heart. As I met new faces in North Carolina, conversations usually went like this: Person: So you are in school? Me: I actually just graduated in May! Person: Oh, congrats! What are your post-grad plans? ...

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