My first week has been full.
To begin with, I didn't realize the baggage restrictions waiting for me at the Delta gate. After buying a bag and switching my things, I finally got myself to start hugging, crying and saying good-bye. I was honestly fine until Arthur said, "but I don't want you to go." Leave to an angelboy to get the tears rolling. I'm sure by now his tears are dry, but my eyes honestly mist with the very thought of those kids.
Not my grown kids, really. I have iMessaged and e-mailed and chatted and discussed with them various important and inane details until I'm pretty sure we have communicated more this week than in the month prior. Funny how that works.
I landed on Monday to find two parties waiting for me at the airport. I felt like a queen! I expected to find the Moses family who offered to be there. They are the missionary family I will be working with in whatever way my hands can find. It's funny to me that I have prayed for them for so long and now I find myself talking to them as if I know them, but they can't possibly know me yet.
The other party to meet me was the School of Tomorrow where I will be working. It seems they misunderstood the message that I had a ride and thought I needed a ride and so there they were. Two brave young women battling the roads to get me where I needed to be. Since they were familiar with our ultimate destination, I rode home with them. In the hour of travel it felt as though I had made two new, good friends.
The rest of Monday was spent traveling, exchanging cash (thanks to Genny Miller for cash in hand which has been a VALUABLE blessing and something I hadn't thought of), a quick tour of the school, getting into my room, finding the grocery store and meeting my flatmates, eating Burger King.
Ah! Yes, I was quite ready to sleep at 9:00 pm.
I started work on Tuesday where I met the staff I would work with and the students who I am blessed with. By the end of the day my heart was full of gratitude. I still can't quite believe I'm here.
I see many things which have lead me to this place, confirming my appointment with destiny, as it were. I have a lovely birch tree right outside my window - my favorite - as though planted just for me. I can find my way around some, although I wish I knew the language better, I can get along. I have made new friends who feel as though I have always known them. The month I spent here 11 years ago provided me with so so much information and training I am honestly not afraid to be here alone.
God is good.
And now, finally, after almost a full week of waiting, I have the internet on my laptop! I wanted to shout when I saw it connect. Thanks, God!
Today I will attend an international church after making my way across the city. I'll get you some pictures after I upload them from my fabulous camera. For now, I just wanted to shout out to the world!
Week one down. So far, so good. Thanks, God!