Yes, everyone…I’m still alive. Sorry for being a poor blogger. Apparently this could never become a career for me.
I’m happy to say that I’ve lived in another country for just over 5 months with a little less than 9 until March break when I will see my homeland again. Occasionally I get a little proud and think of how “brave” I am for moving overseas. Other times, and thankfully much more often, I’m humbled in the knowledge that this was all by God’s grace. He lets me have adventures because He loves me.
The last few months have gone by quick, and I don’t know where the time went. Work makes me dizzy sometimes with all the goals that I must have for myself to do my job well. But I truck along, say a prayer, and keep trying. Am I successful in the workplace? Nah. But I’m at least trying. And I can’t say enough about how much I cherish my students. All 97 of them. I didn’t know I could care about that many people at once. How much bigger God’s love must be to care for the entire world then!
In just over a month I’ll be visiting my good friend, Ashley, in Australia. First I’ll stay with her for 5 days in Sydney, then I’m flying to Cairns where I will scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef! I almost can’t believe that I’ll actually get to do something so special to me. As weird as this is, I’m praying to see sharks (ones with a happy temperament and a full tummy). I finally feel like maybe I have a few cool points after all when I think of things like this.
After the Australian August Adventure, it’s back to the normal schedule where I can hopefully teach lots of English and build stronger relationships with my kids.
That’s a short version of an update. Soon I intend on writing something meaningful about what God has brought to my attention recently. It’s a little ugly, but sometimes we must be trimmed or broken in order to grow healthier.
Love from J-pan.