Some Summer: Benin

Do you have druthers? You know, those things you’d druther be doing, but you failed to follow your heart? Well, Jocelyn will not have them! She kicked around the idea of joining the Peace Corps for a while and as I write this she’s pretty much on her way there. In the following post, she attempts to explain why she wants to go to Benin, to be part of the Peace Corps but it’s so deep in her that there really is no reason. I really look forward to reading about her experience in Benin and watching her grow and change over the years! I hope you’ll follow her, too! Her blog is Peace Corps Journey to West Africa.

The Peace Corps was brought to my attention by one of my biggest mentors. I was in the middle of my senior year in college, and my heart was really yearning for me to do some service work.


However, I wasn’t quite sure what that looked like. She told me that I should look into the Peace Corps, and I started to do my research. At first, two years seemed like such a long time, but then I realized that I could make that kind of commitment. In the scheme of life, two years is really a fraction of our lives. So I started my journey of applying for one of the most well-respected organizations in the United States. Along the way, God showed me so many signs that He was the one who had put this mission on my heart, and that I was really doing what I was supposed to be doing. I thank Him every day for that.

When people ask me what I am most looking forward to in Benin, the first thing that pops into my head is music. I have been singing since the age of seven, and I have ha d the opportunity to travel all around the world with truly talented choirs. I had the blessing of going to South Africa three years ago with my college choir, and we were able to share the our voices with them and vice versa. It was truly inspiring to see these wonderful people willing to sing for us that it brought me to tears multiple times. I am really looking forward to creating that kind of community in my new home in Benin.  It is truly going to be life changing.

I am excited about being able to serve in another country. I know that there are less fortunate people all over the world, but my heart is really drawn to somewhere overseas. I know that I am going to be able to use a lot of my knowledge that I learned in college towards this once in a lifetime opportunity. God has really showed me what is looks like to be His servant here on Earth, and I know that He is going to carry me through it every step of the way.

“Peace Corps Journey to West Africa”