Yesterday marked the first week we have spent at Riverside and boy, it seems like a lot has happened in only a week! First off, I’m not as excited about the bananas anymore – trust me, they’re still delicious! There are just so many XP Luckily today some of us are going to Turnpike to get some apples, oranges and check out what else they have.
The people are warming up to us more and more and I feel we are doing likewise. The Bible School (elementary school) starts up on Sunday so we shall be getting more students on campus – yay, more names to fail to remember. Haha It’s fascinating how your mind chooses to remember only certain names while others just don’t seem to stand a chance. Oh well, it has only been a week after all.
I am slowly learning a bit more Tongan (I only recently learned that the correct way to say it is Citonga, but apparently no one uses that name??) I am just afraid to use it and totally mess up the meaning. Range, the guy practically in charge of the banana plantations, wrote down a list of words and phrases for me to learn. Let’s just say that out of the whole page I have learned about four. Oops. I will ask him for more once I learn more of these words. Good thing Range seems like a very patient man. 🙂
There have been a few challenges here as well: Sunday morning was rather difficult. I don’t exactly have a work schedule (yet) as long as I get a newsletter done, and learning how to self-manage myself at work is something that I guess I will continue to work on. 🙂 Also, I’ve had some issues with my iPad acting up and the charging chord kicking the bucket. I’m still having issues trying to email out some stuff that really needs to be sent out, but other than that, God has provided for each issue that arises. I’m learning to be patient and to just, like the proverbial saying, “let go and let God.” Even when the water won’t run for a while and I go a day without showering (no, it’s not the worst thing that could’ve happened, but it certainly wasn’t pleasant).
Oh! Exciting tidbit: I killed my first scorpion the other evening! Thank goodness it was only a little guy, but I heard those are more poisonous than the large ones (not deadly, just very uncomfortable). It’s amazing, Carla (Wellness Center Manager, from the U.S. and a lot of fun to talk to) has been at Riverside for around two years and she has yet to see all that we have seen in the first week. She claims that God has been shielding her because she wasn’t sure what she would do if she was privy to the things that scurry in Zambia. I told her that I wished God was shielding us a bit more then 😉 On the bright side, we are able to partake in her strawberry patch P:
I have enjoyed getting to know the other student missionaries better as well. I annoy Tanya with my many alarms but we have a system down now (she even got me up just before 4 o’clock this morning to accompany her to get Internet :P). Well, our system is my alarm goes off, Tanya yells at me to get it, I turn it off, debate going to breakfast or back to bed, decide to crawl back into bed and we both sleep until around 7 when she gets up to shower and 7:30 when I end up flopping out of bed. Sara is the other SM girl that has been here since April and will be leaving October 14. She works in the clinic with Tanya, but I accompany her during lunch break as she makes her rounds to various people’s houses. She is really sweet and a wealth of information for us incoming SM’s. 🙂 She also makes a great editor for the newsletter! Although we don’t work or live even on the same side of campus, we have gotten together with the guys on various occasions to play games (usually Rook, but last night we played Uno and Phase 10). They are currently doing maintenance on campus until Alan Knowles returns from his furlough and then they will accompany him to go out and build one-day churches and schools. So I guess we shall enjoy their company while they are still around. 🙂
I guess this is long enough for now. I would like to please request continued prayers with the newsletter and that everything will come together smoothly. Thank you! If I can return the favor, either comment below or message me your prayer request. 🙂
Love you all and have a good night!