For some reason, I had the hardest time figuring out what to write for this post which is unusual because I’ve been blogging for many weeks now. I apologize for not blogging for almost 2.5 weeks… I’ve been super busy, so please forgive me 🙂 A lot of awesome things happened 2 weeks ago: our speaker brought in guests everyday which was awesome. It was great to hear what they all had to say! We started the week learning that God is a God of joy, what joy is and some ways it can be expressed – worship is one of those ways. We were introduced to a lady who does flagging at her church not too far from here. It’s a great (not to mention active) way to worship! We learned different flagging techniques and fun moves you can do. I found out that sign language can be used in flagging to worship by exaggerating the motions of the words/letters. I loved every bit of it (surprise surprise) because I love dancing and had a great time! We also had a well-known local comedian as one of the speakers which I loved. He was hilarious and shared on how we can [not be afraid to] share our faith. The last bit of the week we had a speaker who was my favorite during the last week of lecture phase of my DTS. Everything said was – in today’s language – “on point” and just amazing and so full of truth! So much truth was spoken it’s still hard to wrap my head around everything that was said. This year it’s been easier to understand the topics because now I’m just building onto my foundation from last year. I’m glad some speakers were different this year because I have new perspectives on some topics which are helping me in my relationship with God 🙂
The 19th-24th was quite the week aside from lectures. On Thursday (22nd), myself and another dancer were chosen to be the only dancers for a gig at either an old folks or retirement home not too far from town, mainly for a confidence boost. My nerves arrived when I heard I was the only girl dancer performing and didn’t leave until we finished! I think we did a great job and I’m more confident with my dancing now!! Saturday was SUPER awesome because our team performed at a Hawaiian-themed wedding celebration for a couple who got “Maui’d” in Hawaii (aka my dream destination!!) 😀 I LOVED all of the decorations and the music and got to take a pineapple home at the end!
Ok, so now I’m more up to speed *whew*. The topics this past week were video teachings on sex (“Moral Revolution” – Havilah Cunnington) and marriage (“Love and Respect” series). Both were pretty amazing, informative and gave helpful tools for the future and in the context of familial and/or romantic relationships. What I found super interesting with the teaching on marriage was the concept that girls see with pink glasses, hear with pink hearing aids and speak with a pink megaphone; guys are the same but with blue – when a girl says “I have nothing to wear” she [usually] means she doesn’t have anything new to wear; when a guy says it he [usually] means he doesn’t have anything clean to wear. We interpret things in conversation differently; it’s “not wrong, just different.” I guess in a nutshell, the video spoke about how spouses or guys and girls in familial or romantic relationships can learn how to “Love and Respect” each other. It was great and I got lots out of it.
Friday evening (30th) our team had an “IB’s Got Talent” show at base. We decorated the main area and dressed according to our performances. I was impressed because pretty much everyone did something whether it was dancing, singing, telling jokes, making balloon animals, etc. Even the younger kids participated and did great 🙂 I knew our group was talented because of the production stuff that we do, but I didn’t know we were that talented!! So way to go team on all the awesome performances! I’m also happy that I’m more excited than nervous for this upcoming event our team gets to perform at every week this summer!! I’m excited about it because we get to perform dances from the different Pacific islands 😀 It’ll be great!!
Since January, I’ve been praying that if being in this ministry is where God wants me right now, that He would provide a great place for me to stay after DTS. Over the last little while, an opportunity for a great living arrangement has come up… thank you Jesus, and a massive THANK YOU to everyone supporting me, encouraging and praying for me during this time in my life!! Stay tuned for more 🙂 Take care and God bless!