Monthly Archives: November 2010

A long time coming

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It is so much easier to write about one’s daily affairs than to sum up the contents of a long period. For instance, when I call up friends who are part of my everyday community, our conversation flows without effort. When I talk with someone who is apart from my community, it’s a challenge. First of all, because I don’t know where on earth to start. And moreover, I am at a loss at how I can even begin to capture the depth of discovery or discernment that went into a recent decision. It’s quite possibly hopeless when you think of it.

That’s why we’ve collectively come to such simple niceties. We don’t have time to divulge the details. So we say, “Oh, I’m good. How are you?” The answer: Ok. Fine. Good. Do we ask them to elaborate? Not usually. Because rarely do we have time for a long answer.

In fact, most people will have stopped reading this by now (assuming anyone has even begun to read it). Because time is precious, and if it is not an enjoyable read, it is deemed worthless. So off we go to Facebook (carrying our short attention spans with us), where we can readily interact with people based on: 1. Zero commitment, and 2. Super brief content that makes us happy and cheery and doesn’t appear to rob us of any time.

Why am I saying this? I don’t know. It was just on my mind. And when I thought about how I could wrap up the contents of these last five months, it hurt my head. So I went with a rambling. What can I say? It was just easier.

Sorry to disappoint. Next post, I’ll try to fill in the gaps of time… without wasting your time in the process! To make this slightly worth its weight in page space, I’ll throw in a brief synopsis + some pictures from June, right before I met my support goal…

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IN BRIEF | Well, I certainly fought some disappointment in early summer. I was in the midst of raising support and was allowed only one trip per month (so I could focus on my goal of raising full-time missionary support). It took everything in me to have a good attitude about it and see that God was using me in unique ways — whether or not I was on the river. The  two experiences below set me up for a good summer after that. It reminded me that I stepped into this journey knowing it would be difficult at times… and knowing that I wanted to be used by God however He wanted to use me. Not long after these trips, I reached my funding goal and joined YD Adventures’ year-round team.

My first trip of the summer! I shuttled the van, fighting disappointment the whole time.

And yet, at lunch time, I enjoyed some good conversation with 2 young ladies.

Then, IK training day: Again, I shuttled the van (as I watched the other YD staff float down the river on a hot summer day)...

... However, shuttling meant I was able to spend some quality time with Whitney, a 19-year-old summer staffer in need of some encouragement (likewise!).

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