We started the week continuing to focus on our conflict style and then moved into a study on adversity. We worked with Mark 4:35-41 about Jesus calming the storm and considered who we would be in the story and what we would be doing in the boat (Are we shouting at the storm all by ourselves? Are we trying to swim away from our storm? Are we actually turning to Jesus for help? etc.). It is so important to really consider our thoughts about adversity because we know that it won't always be smooth-sailing in missions and we want to know where we stand and that we should always turn to our Lord!
Wednesday was INTENSE! We had a simulated hostage situation that was intended to put us in an extremely stressful situation so that we could really analyze our gut-level reactions. It was unbelievably emotional, but so enlightening. We now know what our natural tendencies are and we know whether or not there are things that we need to "check" when stress comes along. They emphasized the fact that the simulation was NOT intended to teach us what to do in a hostage situation, but rather to help us learn more about ourselves under stress. They suggested some videos that teach you how to handle crisis situations which Josh and I are looking into. Best to be prepared!
Thursday was largely about learning to keep the Sabbath and embrace rest. We learned that one of the biggest enemies to missionaries is burnout and that if you don't make a focused effort to take time away, you won't last long. It is really interesting that keeping the Sabbath is a commandment just like the others, but we often don't give it quite as much weight.
Friday was all about transitions and transitioning to a different culture in particular. As you can see below, Josh and I were both involved in exercises that demonstrate the difficulty involved in crossing from one culture to another and that you need "spotters" or supporters with you to help you cross safely.
Also, on Friday morning during our worship time, the kids performed a worship routine that I had choreographed for them. It was very special and I was so proud of them!
The kids here have truly amazed me! They are unbelievably mature, respectful, and well-rounded and I am so glad to have gotten to know them.
This weekend we returned to the Air Force Academy Chapel for their traditional service, and we are now working on a homework assignment due later in the week. I can't believe that we only have one more week of classes left. It is going to be so difficult to leave all of these wonderful friends, but I know we'll stay in touch. Can't wait to see what we all learn tomorrow!!!
Love and God Bless,