Friday, July 16, 2010

[I promised to share some of my journal entries from while I was gone, so this is the first in a series......however long I decide to do this haha.]

Sunday, June 13

Finally feel like I am here, in Africa, for a month. And I am so glad to be here.........
I forgot so much; the smells, the roads, the food, the stars, the people, wow I forgot how much I love these people.
Long day, actually I am not sure that there will be ANY short days in Africa haha.
Sorted, organized and set-up this morning. Then registered pastor's from 1pm-5pm. Worship service, more registering, shaking hands, seeing eyes full of contagious joy. And let me tell you there are two guys who started singing this afternoon whose voices were so beautiful that I almost wanted to cry.
They know what worship is, enough said.
Started getting a little stressed tonight about the youth meetings, starting tomorrow, that we have not prepared for, at all.
I made a plan for the meetings before bed, so I feel better about that.

Monday, June 14

Today was a very good day, ending with my first hot shower since leaving home, amazing how important the small things are.
Had our first youth meeting(s) today, it went very smoothly. God gave us grace and His hand was on us. The first place was a school, and we spoke outside on this raised flagpole hill-place, to about 300 kids, ages 6-18. It was amazing, everyone seemed to have the right words. I had no idea what I was going to say, but felt God with me as I shared how Jesus changed my life (in the areas of love for my siblings, fear, peace, and love for people.) John gave a really good salvation message, Mark, Britton and Amber gave their personal testimonies also.
Came back to the compound for lunch, hung out a little. I really like these people, they're a lot of fun. Second place we went to this afternoon was an hour and 20 min out, waaaaaaaay back in the bush :P
It was fun too, we spoke to about 75 7,8, & 9 yr olds. I liked it because I got to tell the story of creation and they liked it. On a side note; I have officially experienced Africa in the form of my first turkish toilet. Hurray.

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