Dobar Dan! That means “Good Day” in Serbski! I am very excited to tell you all that the Lord has been doing here in Serbia, so read on!
A few weeks ago, the interns attended an Iftar dinner on campus, which is a feast hosted by the Muslim community, to celebrate the end of Ramadan. We were all very uneasy and awkward at first, but God opened so many doors to meet new friends, share our beliefs and love others. Through this, we made friendships with girls that attend the University of British Columbia.
We have been doing a lot, but it definitely hasn't felt like work at all. Sure, we're exhausted, but I'm encouraged when I think about the lasting impact all of our work will have. And it seems like just when I'm getting the most tired, God brings about something good to make me smile.
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If you have never been to Canada, it is a unique and diverse place. It has its own character and it is different from any other place I have ever been. It is a place where I can feel and see the Holy Spirit working. The Lord is at work in major ways here.
We got to work as soon as we arrived. Saturday morning we helped coach elementary soccer with a local school in Worcester. That night we attended a service at a church plant about 30 minutes away in Marlborough, another church that we will be helping at throughout the summer.
This week has definitely been different, yet good. The team I had been working with went back to America, so it was my first week without them here.
I have been in New York for over a week now and it has been absolutely fabulous. My team and I have finished all of our training, and we have our summer teaching schedules. I will be teaching a beginner’s literary class, a citizenship class, a computer class and a third level English through the Bible class. I’m super excited to finally meet all my students and begin to make that relationship that will hopefully lead to Gospel conversations.
I've now spent 6 full days in another country. I'd like to believe that I'm full of vision about what this journey might lead to, but instead of thinking about myself, I find myself mostly thinking about this city and the people that inhabit it. I would not describe Vancouver as a melting pot of immigrants, but I would describe it as a congregation of many people groups. (Melting pot implies that each group has meshed into one group with similar ideals).
Many people told me that my life would change by spending my summer in the Philippines, but I kept telling myself, “You will be the same! Why are all these people saying this? Nothing like this can change my life.” Despite their encouragement, probably due to my lack of belief, I was not prepared for what God had in store for me.