Last night was the first clear night I could see the moon and stars… oh what a site. I walked out to the end of the dock and saw what seemed like the edge of the word with the moon reflection and the wind in my hair! I was alone with my tunes free to worship and ador my Savior. What a setting! I am feeling his love fill my soul and wash over me… its refreshing and renewing and full of bloom! Thank you Jesus! I slept for a while in the hammock again but the base dogs Copper & Leah were next to me and whenever a crab would come waddling up the would protect be and bark til it scuttled away =) sweet but hard to sleep through. This morning was awesome devo time with Kristen she spoke on determination! Worship was also powerful… We had some cool team building exercises involving blindfolds, rope and lots of sand. I am getting to know these people and coming to really love them all. I have now heard all their testimonies and given mine as well. So the masks and guards are down. Right now it about 10:20 pm and some are playing cards while other went to bed. I’m really feeling blessed to be here and especially with this group, I cant wait to see how far God is going to bring each of them. Please be praying for the other students.. Aaron, Mike, Ned, Krystle, Rachel, Andrew, Tiara, Amanda, Tim, Carly, and Becca. As for me… I need those prayers too.. I want more of God in my life, I want to find direction in ministry, I want to take full advantage of every moment I am here!
Thursday was all pretty much a blur… much information (this is orientation week), lots of time getting to know all of my team of students and staff. I am really building relationships and trying to connect with each person. I’m still having trouble believing I am actually here and figuring out how to process it all. Gods plan for me to be here is still so stunning. I spent the night before after my first journal entry watching the sky from my favorite hammock on the beach… we were having the coolest lightning storm that lasted hours, I eventually fell asleep and woke at about 4am to a rain drop. The next several hours was the most intense storm I’d ever experienced! It was super cool.. the lightning and powerful thunder reminded me of the Lords power! I am thrilled to feel this intimacy again, I feel plugged into the power source (if I may use Johns term) I am also really foggy on the whole concept of being in school again.. I have to remember how to study and keep organized to complete all my tasks and assignments. So far this week we have 3 chapters to read in a leadership book, we have to plan for book reports and read through our student manual in preparation for a quiz on Sunday and also keep our student journals updated. It’s all knew for me though to actually look forward to homework.. this is stuff I WANT to learn, things that will make my relationship grow and will most likely change the rest of my life. Let me tell you about a normal day on the base. Breakfast is self serve between 6:30 - 7:30, worship & devotionals are at 9am, then a short break, then morning session (sessions are usually lectures from different leaders) then lunch at 1, session 2 until 3pm-ish, then open/study/read time (we are expected to read our bibles daily on our own time, and take quiet time with just me & the Lord) dinner is at 6pm, then some nights we have group.. small groups will start next week along with work duties (I will get to help with boat maintenance/cleaning - which I am thrilled about, these boats are so cool!) We also will have communty night every Thursday when local neighbors will join us for fellowship. We are so fortunate to have extra elemts of adventure periodically like this Sunday (a no school day) we are taking a day sail to a reef thats great for snorkling, and next week we get to try out a test dive to see if we like it and want to continue in the lessons for certification - I’m hoping I wont get claustrophobic, you could pray for me =) By far though the outdoors adventure is small compared to the spiritual adventure I am embarking on. Man, I am so excited.
Well, its currently about 1am in Belize and it was so hot in my top bunk that I decided to come sit out by the water and feel the breeze =) Today was such a whirl wind! Arriving in Belize was really easy… I had none of the issues the AA counter lady swore would happen! Immigration and customs were no big deal. My last flight from BZE to San Pedro was interesting! It was a tiny little 13 passenger prop plane.. The man I sat by was returning home from a trip to New York and he assured me its not usually so cloudy here. Cloudy or not its so very beautiful. So much green and the water is gorgeous! When I got off the plane I immedialy saw Kristen, the DP leader and she gave me a huge hug and then I realized she was introducing me to the entire school… everyone had come out to meet me and the other late arrival (Tim from CO) That was a great surprise even though I was overwhelmed with names and smiles =) We took a boat back to the base and when I saw the Dreamer & Imagine I realized none of the pictures did justice to the site of the base! Really its like a dream world to be here! I am sooo very blessed! Next I was shown to my room which I am sharing with Rachel the Norwiegen whom I’ve been chatting with on FB for a couple months and also Krystle from Australia… so needless to say I will most likely develop a really cool accent! They are awesome ladies and I am so happy to room with them! My room is pretty big and the girls saved me closet, shelf, and drawer space. We also have an attached private bath just for us! Then Jeremey, one the sailboat captains and a leader here in DP, gave me and Tim the tour of the base & boats. By the time I unpacked a few things it was dinner time. We ate a yummy chicken taco casserole with rice. Oh it was sooo good! Then we played a team game that was a lot like catch phrase/charades… it was fun, I was laughing the whole time and of course my team won! Oh ya! After that a bunch of us got in the pool and played games and relaxed while others played volleyball… these people are great fun. I am still learning their names.. Actually we were given a student handbook that included everyones pic and bio so I went over those to try and remember their names. Sleep is hard but I am ready now to go back in there and try for a few more hours.