This post is a smorgasbord of some of the random things we’ve been up to and enjoying in the last week or so. Lots of randomness and exclusively iPhone pics.
This is the beautiful morning view that greets me as I go to unlock the classrooms before devotions every day around 6:40am. Its a refreshing way to start the day.
On Saturday we made pancakes and eggs and had a big breakfast with some of the other students. It was super fun and a relaxing way to spend a saturday morning.
I told John on Sunday that we are “coffee Christians”. We go to church just for the coffee. Okay, I kid. But they are literally the best lattes around. Its a perfect way to end the morning worshipping God and hearing from him!
We are still in the rainy season and it has been just that. Deluges of pouring rain for hours on end. I love it. The other day Juliana and I walked and walked in the rain till we were drenched to the bone. It was delightful.
The mud and swampy grass does get old after awhile though. :p
On Monday John and I shared our testimonies in Chapel! It was the first time either of us had ever shared our stories in that “public” of a situation (more than like a very small group setting!) and it was really amazing sharing Gods story of his love in us with our fellow students. I couldn’t find the phone during John’s testimony so I wasn’t able to get a photo of him.
One morning during devotions I looked up and the field was covered with beautiful white egrets. The picture only captures the idea, but it was absolutely stunning.
Monday night we went to a restaurant nearby and I got nachos. Theres no way to describe how the amazing Mexican food tasted to this poor deprived southwestern girl. Holy guacamole.
Yesterday we got to spend some time in the library doing some study about the book of Ezekiel. I love love love libraries and ours here is quite wonderful. It was so fun doing research all together on the same subject, too. And the book of Ezekiel is quite intriguing. I haven’t delved into it much but its kinda crazy. The stuff that poor prophet had to do.
Last night we had a surprise birthday party for Kyle. He was suspicious all day but we pulled off an almost surprise at least
This morning in chapel we observed Lent. We had worship and read passages about repentance and forgiveness. Then we each wrote a sin on a piece of paper and tied it to a tree to represent putting our sins on the cross. Then we had ash rubbed on our foreheads to signify our repentance and each received a little cross to remind us of how great a sacrifice Jesus really paid to have us as sons and daughters. It was beautiful and powerful to just take time and be in awe of God’s love for us.
We’re having class in the chapel as there’s a missions course going on for 6 weeks for missionaries from around the world in our classrooms. I actually really enjoy being in the chapel. It’s more open and fresh and we have brand new desks and tables. Plus there’s a monitor lizard that lives in the roof running around like crazy and sometimes you can see monkeys jumping from tree to tree from the windows and the little tropical birds hover at the glass.. not that its distracting in class or anything like that. This week we had a refresh course on research and study skills and essay writing, so I won’t bore you with the overview of class like I normally give. :p
Our friends Gary and Kevin from our church at home arrived today for a two week mission trip! It was so exciting to be with them today and we’re looking forward to hopefully getting to tag along on some of their outreaches and such.
And they brought cards from my mom and sister that warmed my heart to the very core.
So much rain. <3