The last few weeks have brought lots of changes both in me and around me. I'm getting to know people here better and better each day, which is very comforting. It's fun learning new and surprising things about each person.
The biggest changes though, have been IN me, in my perception of both current and future life overseas. My picture of Father has expanded and grown 10-fold, and each day brings new discoveries in my relationship with him. It is exciting and stretching, and sometimes even scary realizing that I need to expand my comfort zone. If you'd like to know more about that journey, I'd love to share more details with you when I return home. Please feel free to ask me!
The days and weeks have started to take on a certain routine.
Class in the morning -- We have been hearing some amazing speakers, experts in culture and what Father has to say about that. We have also been able to share and hear each course member's personal testimony, which has been a really sweet time of learning about and encouraging each other.
Most afternoons are open -- Lots of the course members are couples with children, so everyone spends a lot of time outside at the pool, soaking in the sun, chatting with each other. It has also been a great opportunity to have time and space to process and grow with Father in all that he is teaching us individually and corporately. Moment of confession: I've never read the Book so much before on my own, I don't think. It's amazing to me how much I am motivated and intrigued by the OT! I'm taking advantage of all this time on my hands! It's also been great to get caught up on some HS stuff, like a new promo video (coming soon!) and homework I got from the Board (thankful for them for moving me along in the right direction!).
Class in the evenings -- Three nights a week we have class. Mostly these are for personal growth and discovery, learning about each of our strengths and how we are uniquely wired for the kingdom. I love this kind of thing, so I really have enjoyed these sessions! Others are not so keen on it, because it also tends to bring up a lot of internal baggage that AC really encourages people to process and dig through. You can be lifting them up in that process.
Weekends are for fun! -- I have been able to get out on the town several times during weekends, and these have been my favorite times! I'm a sucker for culture, and I love how Thai people tend to live their lives on the street. Markets, sidewalk sales, men playing games on stools in the shade, and restaurants that all have outdoor seating. I could walk the streets for hours. I'll try to take more pictures the next time I'm out.
One last point, that I'd like lifting up for. There is a family here, part of the course, that are living in the same house as Donna and me, that is going through a very rough time. Just this past week they found out that they miscarried their baby; this is their second miscarriage in the last 6 months. They have two children already, and are an incredibly sweet family. Considering the circumstances, I think they are doing very well. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts as they go through the grieving process.
I'll write again soon!