week numero uno

Here I am, a week after arriving and the whole no personal space, no time alone thing is coming up! Living in a small apartment with 3 rooms, one bathroom and 19 people isn’t the most fun thing I have ever done. This week there is another team leaving that lives next door, so then we can spread out.

It has been a good week. Lost of reading the Book, we started at the beginning and we’ll end at Rev… We got through to Jeremiah in two days. We read for 2 hours outloud in groups and then have six hours off while other teams read. I think that we’re trying to finish it tomorrow. The 2am – 4am shift was a little tough. Three days through the entire thing is pretty good I would say.

We also finished our lectures. We did it all on video all about the battle that we’re in and what it means to fight against it. 12 hours of teaching in 3 days was quite wearing on everyone, but at least we have a/c. Today we had another person join our group for 2 months, her name is Kimberly and she is from Holland. SHould be fun!

We start with our conference this week and we had a meeting today to help prep us for it. We got to see all of our friends that we haven’t seen for a week, it feels like it has been so much longer. It is weird to think that it was only a week, but after this, it’ll be harder to see everyone. I got a big hug from Sarah who is leading the group in the South, she’s fun, I’m sure we’ll hang out on a free day. We will see all the groups at the conference this week, it’ll be a lot of fun. We’re all working with media at the conference (surprise, surprise!). They are expecting about 3500 people.

I’ve also been hit with a little bit of a bug in the tummy, so I haven’t been feeling very well. Please be talking to the big guy if you think about it. This place is also pretty heavy and it’s a constant battle in the other realm, but He is good and I think that I might be able to eat this evening!

I have some more pictures come, as soon as the internet is fast enough to upload them, I’ll get on it!

Talk to you soon,
Natalie

p.s. get skype! 

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life abroad

Things sure are different here. This is my first time in an eastern/asian culture. It is different to stick out and go to places where I’m totally out of the ordinary. I actually am really enjoying it all. Last night we went to a couple of “malls” or shopping areas where there was a small aisle and clothing and goods hanging everywhere. It was crazy! People were talking to us and practicing their english, smiling and laughing at us. As we were walking I would see one person nudge another and look at us. It was quite the experience. 

We’ve been finishing up our lectures this week since we came a week early, and we are watching some DVD’s as planned. it is all about what is going on in the realms around us and how to battle. Hopefully you get my gist as to what I’m saying. Anyways, we watched 4 hours of that yesterday and we’ll watch some more this evening and tomorrow as well. We should finish up tomorrow. 

Everything is great here and the big guy is moving in the region that we’ll be working in, so that is encouraging. If anyone has any desire to send me mail at all, you can ask my parents for the address. I’ll write more as things happen.

Thanks for your support,
Natalie 

first few days

Well, things are going great. I know that my last post was quick, but I finally have the internet and a little bit of time.  He has been so good to me. We arrived here at about 3am on Monday morning and quickly made it to bed and tarted getting settled. We then found out that we were going to go up to the North for a few days and packed up the next day to move. It’s all about being flexible! we came back here this evening because the power went out and we were unable to do what we went up there to do. Sorry I can’t really tell you about it. Feel free to ask my parents, I was able to talk to my mom, and I can talk on skype freely about what is going on. 

We met some of our interpreters today, and had a chance to go out with Linda and we talked with this family for quite a while. It was great and we were able to take some pictures with them. I’ve also had starbucks twice now! There is a big mall here that is near where we will spend a lot of out time and it is right in the entrance. 

I’ll also post some more picture in my flickr account, feel free to check them out!

Love you all!
Natalie

We weren’t this tight at first and the man said that we had to get closer to them to make it look more like family. We’re going to get this printed and take a copy of it to them. so cool! 

all is well

All is well, all is hot, all is amazing. Here we are safe and sound. We live in a rough part of town, but in a good house. We sleep on the tile floor and have a/c. we have wireless internet and bucket showers. It has it’s pros and cons, but we are learning to laugh about things. I’m now 14 hours ahead of you and I really am enjoying this place. Thank Him for taking good care of me and that i have a great attitude about where I am at.

Please, if you don’t have skype, get it! I can talk freely on there. I would love to talk to people and see how things are going. Thanks for all of your help to get me here, I’m so blessed. We’re going up to a different place for a few days so I might not be able to get online in that time, I’l post again when I’m able, but we’re getting ready to leave and I don’t have much time. Talk to you soon!

Natalie

B-town

Well, I’m in a small rich country, in the East. We’re flying on to j-city in a couple of hours. All is well, since we had an 8 hour lay over out airline gave us hotel rooms and so we came here and got to shower, nap and eat. It is fabulous. The big guy is looking out for us. Bless you!

Natalie