It has been a little over a week since arriving in South Asia and a lot has happened! First off, I would like to thank each and every one of you who has supported me in prayer and finances. Even though I am writing from halfway across the world, I know that you are with me day today as I live here. Since arriving, Lacey and I have been settling in into our little cottage. Did I mention it is 38-degrees here? Well, let me just say that this SoCal girl is not used to anything like this!! The first night we did not sleep because we had no heaters, so all we could do was laugh our way through the night dreaming of tanning at Newport Beach. The first couple of days consisted of shopping for food and other basic necessities. As we were going around town trying to find food items we needed I realized how amazing it is to have one grocery store that has everything you need like in America! Well, here, things are a bit different. Vegetables, meats, fruits are found at different locations so it takes about half a day to successfully get everything you need.
These past few days have also consisted of cleaning the Bible College campus as the new semester is about to begin this upcoming week and there will be more students than before. Praise God! We have been deep cleaning every corner of the campus and let me just say it takes a whole village to get the job done! Lacey and I have also been preparing as we will be teaching English twice a week. I am excited about this opportunity and a bit nervous, but I am trusting the Lord and I know He is able to work through me.
We also went to our first church service here and although we were freezing with no insulation, as the walls are just concrete, we had an amazing time! We were able to worship with our brothers and sisters in their language and see how the Lord is raising up young men and women to further His church. This is a joy to be apart of in this country where persecution is high.
Also, while being here they told us that the weather will continue to warm up and that the snow days are over. Well, I kind of prayed for one more snowfall as I have never experienced that in my life! I wanted to see the mountains covered with a white blanket of snow. The Lord indeed answered my prayer! We were cleaning the classroom and making the bunk beds when one of our friends said, “Wow it’s starting to snow.” He said it casually because he is used to it but I dropped what I was doing and ran like I never have before. There before my eyes, these little fluffy white spots were falling from the sky! I was so overjoyed and in awe of the beauty of these mountains collecting the snow. We then went for a hike up to the top of the mountain where many laughs were shared as we clearly knew who has walked on snow before and who has never in their life with the number of slips we had on the way up.
Overall, these past few days have consisted of a lot of little moments where we could easily get agitated, like no heat in our house, the fact of living on a mountain so hiking is not a choice, light switches smoking because electricity is bad, cooking in the dark, no Wi-Fi connection when needed for communication, having to heat up water on the stove for showers, electricity going off and so forth! But, none of that matters because the way you survive all of that is literally laughing and being thankful for what the Lord has provided. Waking up every morning overlooking the foothills of the Himalayas and reading the word of God, overshadows the lack of little things not working.
I am beyond blessed by each one of you. For your encouraging emails and messages, for your prayers and your love. Each day I spend here, I think of you all because you are the reason I am able to be here. The Lord opened this door and as I obeyed, you all got behind me, supported me, and encouraged me to continue to do so. I am in awe of what the Lord has been doing here in just this week and I cannot wait for what He has in store the rest of my time here.
- We got new outlets and heaters
- The students arrived safely from the South up to the North which took 3 days on the train to reach
- My grandma who got really ill right before I left is much better
- We got the campus ready in time for the students’ arrival
- Please pray for continued health
- Please pray for the semester as Lacey and I teach English
- Please pray for the teachers this semester who are teaching the Word
- Please pray that I am able to sleep throughout the night as I have been having some trouble
- Please pray for the Lord to continue to provide financially during my time here