Sometimes I look at my life and I just can’t believe where I am and how I got here. For those of you who know me, it is no secret that I tend to be a ‘glass half empty’ type of gal. I loved to read the year book and dream of being in an exciting land trekking through rivers and villages to preach, having that one experience where the person you walked 100 miles to meet tells you they have been praying for the truth. However when it came down to it, it turned out that my fear would not allow me to even work toward such a goal. To be honest, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all the support from my parents and congregation and a dear friend of mine with her zealous, energizer-bunny, optimistic personality. She motivated me to make this goal and gave me the confidence that if I had the right motives and had a little faith, Jehovah would help me reach it. And he has, every step of the way. I am so thankful to my parents for sticking with me and helping me stick with my goal.
It is so funny how we say “Trust in Jehovah” so easily and just as easily forget to do it. There is always a point where we feel it is time to take the control back, as if we gave Jehovah the chance to take care of us but he didn’t come through. There have been so many times since the beginning of this whole adventure where this is exactly what I did. However, with good council from trusted friends I would again ‘throw my burden on Jehovah’ and then watch in amazement how everything got worked out.
Case and point: Finding a roommate. The beginning of this year I started to think of looking for a bigger place and maybe a roommate once the lease expired at my studio. I have found it a bit of a struggle not being able to invite people over to my place because it is just so awkward to invite people to hang out in what is essentially my bedroom…I know people say it is no big deal, but I just feel way to uncomfortable, not to mention that I have only one chair and very few dishes. So I thought it would be good to actually have a front room. I started to ask if anyone was looking for a roommate and scouting out all the apartments. But nothing was coming through, and I started to get a little stressed and discouraged.
Last week I happened to be on the English side of town and I decided to call every rent sign and find my new place that day. I was praying the whole walk around town, saying that if I get a good deal that feels right on the English side I would move to the English congregation and wait to joint the sign. (I had a small overwhelming meltdown where I thought there was no way I could join the ASL) Well after 2 1/2 hours of walking around town I had nothing. And I took that to mean that I was just supposed to renew my lease at the studio and stay there for another year. I was a little unhappy with that outcome, but I decided I couldn’t wait for Jehovah any longer, it was time to make a decision.
Of course I still kept it in my prayers, and a few days later I received an email from Dana, a sister from the ASL (she is the one who would accompany me to Clara Luz when I was commissioned to go by Big T) She mentioned that she was without a roommate and asked if I was still interested…..WAS I??? I went out in service with her this morning (Yay first day of track work!) and then she showed me the apartment. It is a little far off from town, but that complex is beautiful and very safe, and it just felt right! We get on great together and we will both be in the ASL so that’s a plus! It just goes to show we are expected to make ourselves available, put forth our best effort, but then we need to wait on Jehovah and he will always come through!
7 days to go! I am so excited! Today there are two sisters from NY coming to serve here for a year and they will be renting out my studio while I am in the states. So I will stay at the Bells for next week and then CALI HERE I COME! Alright, so this means for all of you out there interested in serving here there are many places to stay. My studio will be open. $150.00 includes a fully furnished studio, water, electricity, and even cable! The 2 bedroom next door to me will be open soon too. It’s not furnished but it is a decent size. It is just under $300.00 including utilities. My landlady also just built another studio downstairs, fully furnished, for about $175.00 . And don’t forget if you are interested in staying just for a short time that both Marty and The Bells offer a Bed & Bath for $10 per person per night.
Well life is going pretty good right now, I must say. I thank Jehovah for all these blessings and I am truly in debt to all who have made my adventure as wonderful as it is. So, without further delay, on with the pictures!
Alexis and Janet wanted to stop by the Orphanage before they went back to California to say good bye to the kids they grew attached to. It was a little sad to see them say good bye, they are such good kids.