3rd year is so much cooler than I expected it to be. It’s much less intimidating to talk in class discussions and I feel like a know a lot more of my course friends a lot better. Thanks to last year’s field trip I know most of the people in my Geography courses, and my status as a pseudo-social work student means that I know enough sociology people to make me feel at home. I’m learning about Marx, and state vs region debates, and the difficulty of reading Foucault, and models of power in society, and the Mekong river basin, and regional development in two different contexts.
As for all those things in my last entry that I was a little apprehensive about, they are all still functioning. Sometimes I feel like I am treading water so hard and only just staying afloat, but other times it is a real joy to be serving in so many ways. Some things have been especially good. My timetable is pretty good, my small group is lovely, the jobs that I have to do for Public Meetings have come together nicely. Scripture teaching is definitely an experience. Controlling the kids is really hard, but they are still lovely. Some of them are really funny when they muck up. I know I shouldn’t encourage it or I will regret it later, but sometimes they make me want to laugh out loud. This week they had to draw pictures of Abraham and the promises that God made him. A couple of boys had to draw Abraham being a blessing and his name being famous among the nations. In a very creative (although possibly rebellious) move, they drew Abraham as a rock star. It was hilarious, and when we were comparing pictures, it made the class laugh so hard that I couldn’t make them quiet again.
Another really encouraging thing happened today when I met up with a girl who had mentioned during O-Week that she was interested in finding out about Christianity. She is a international student from mainland China who had never really heard anything about Christianity before, and was so excited that she brought her friend to meet up too. They both took home bibles and we are going to meet up regularly to read together. And they are coming to church on Sunday. I had never seen people that hungry before.
And finally, Matt has a new job – a good, contracted, intellectually rewarding, enjoyable, relevant, useful job. We are very excited. He is looking forward to buying more books. I am looking forward to him buying a washing machine and health cover.