Last week I finally went to the immigration office and signed some papers as well as got my photo taken. They also asked for me to bring photos with a red background (because here in professional photos girls have a red background while boys have blue). Because all my photos have a white background, I had to take new photos. This took place at 10pm the night before the photos were due with a towel, a roll of duct tape, and a few friends. Glad to have my visa finally finished.
This past week a special event took place called Camp National 2013. Monday through Thursday all the students from my school (except the seniors because they are still working on their final papers) traveled to a campground where we stayed in tents, had morning devotions, mid-day seminars, afternoon games, and evening worship services as well as cultural dances mixed in here and there. Students from Setia colleges and high schools all over the country joined us. It rained three of the four afternoons we were there. The day it rained the longest resulted in multiple games of soccer in the rain. Highlights of the week included: running in the woods, participating as a flag bearer in the opening/closing ceremonies, and listening to a testimony of a speaker.
Easter here was nice. In addition to several different class celebrations, we had a 3 hour good friday service and a 2.5 hour Sunday morning service that started at 6am instead of 8am. After church on Sunday, L4G helps with a Sunday school on our campus and Easter sunday I was assigned to tell the Bible story. Preparing to tell the Bible story was harder than I thought it would be because I was not only preparing the story, but also trying to tell it in Indonesian. Saturday morning I spent 3 hours preparing and Saturday night a little more. Still not feeling confident Sunday morning, I prayed and reminded myself God is in control. God can use anything to draw us toward Him.
Yesterday, I went to the theme park, but my bus went to the wrong location so all the students on my bus ended up walking for an hour and a half. The theme park was fun because the lines were short and I got to hang out with my friends.
This week for the Sunday school after church, I was asked at 10:15 to tell the Bible story for the worship that was suppose to start at 10. It started late because the Sunday service ran late and we hold the Sunday school in the sanctuary where the service is held. With approximately 10min. to prepare, I started with a really long prayed before reviewing the story of Jonah. I am glad my God is big because he can use anything. Also, I am so thankful for such a gentle and helpful ministry team. One of the team members wrote me a prayer to pray before the story (because I am still very uncomfortable praying in Indonesian) and another team member told a recap of the story after I was done making it clear to the kids.
Classes have been good. I still feel like I lack the focus in class I remember having in high school. All the big assignments are due next month. Hopefully I can get these done before the night before they are due 🙂
Thanks for all your prayers! We serve a really big God who uses messed up humans to do work for His incredible kingdom. Not to mention he is my friend and will listen to me anytime.