I'm sorry I haven't written in a long time!
Last semester: I finished my first semester of teaching in Africa! I am more confident heading into the second semester knowing more of what is to come. That doesn't mean there wont be hurdles along the way though. My last week of school a boy pooped in his pants and tracked it all over the classroom before I figured out where it was coming from, a girl threw up in the doorway, and a little boy ran to the baby playground and I didn't know where he was! Kids can be unpredictable:-)
Christmas Break: Over Christmas break I moved out of the house I was living in to let another family move in. I was transported to a new house specially made for the "singles" on campus. I still do not have internet so I cannot guarantee when I'll get online again. I was able to go to Lake Malawi with two other girls for a couple days. It was beautiful! Vacationing isn't quite the same here. I sit on the beach and close my eyes to listen to the waves, and when I open them, there are 3 Malawians standing before me with paintings, jewelry, and cards they are selling. After getting annoyed the first 5 times my book reading was interrupted, I started seeing the humor of things and felt better. :-)
My spiritual life: I have been reading the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers. If you haven't read them, you should. I haven't started the third book but the first two alone are almost too much for me to take in right now. There is a young Christian girl who is a slave right after the time of Jesus and goes to work for an aristocratic Roman family that worships many gods. Throughout the book I am struck by her unyielding faith in Jesus. She prays about everything and is a witness to everyone she encounters just by her obvious peace and joy. I have little faith. I want to be like her and love God more then myself. I am with so many Christians all the time here and don't always see the need to show the love of Jesus in my ever word. As I pray for the direction that I will go next year, I need constant reminder that the Lord has something in store for me. I want to decide NOW but need to wait on the Lord. Waiting hasn't always been my strong suit.
New Years Resolution: I decided that making a resolution to change something about myself, lose weight, wake up earlier, whatever, will probably not last for more then a couple weeks if that. Anytime I go out to eat I have decided to invite my waiter or waitress to church. I was too shy at first and it took me a couple times to get used to it, but it really isn't hard. I have had many people from the grocery store, market, and restaurants say they will check out my church. Just an idea for anyone who is interested. Every person I have invited so far has been excited to receive an invitation.
I pray my supporters are doing well! I'm sorry my writing is so choppy. Pictures wont load now, I'll try again another day.