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Weekend Update

Monday- Today we (Sarah, Emily and I) spent the entire morning trying to type out exams as fast as we could so we could spend the rest of the week with our kiddos. Well…no such luck..some time early afternoon we received another exam to type and on top of that the power went out. Even though the power went out and we didn’t get to finish the work we did get to spend the afternoon in our class 🙂 I didn’t realize how much I needed to see them. I was getting a little stressed from the work and the joy I saw when I walked just washed all that away. God knew I needed it.
Tuesday- All of us headed out to Joska to visit the school. Gosh those kids are a crack up! They put on a talent show and it was such a kick to watch. They did everything from dancing to truth-or-dare (that was pretty funny). My highlight was getting to meet Sarah and Ruth. These two “smart,” young women are sponsored by two amazing families from my church. I met Sarah first..she is an outgoing, funny, and TALL young woman with so much light in her eyes. I met Ruth shortly afterward. She is shy at first but relaxed after talking a bit..she has a very sweet nature about her. It was so funny..I couldn’t find Ruth so Sarah went and got her for me and no joke there is at least a two foot height difference..I couldn’t help but giggle.
Wednesday- Back at MOHI. I was all by myself today working on exams.Sarah and Emily got to meet their sponsor kids at other centers. 🙂 I was so happy for them, but bummed for me..so much work and so little time. I was determined to finish! So as I headed to the library to get cracking on exams I was stopped and handed two letters. Both from loved ones back home…I’m taking the time to mention this because it was my saving grace. I knew I was going to be working all day by myself to finish them and these wonderful encouraging letters brought tears to my eyes and the motivation I needed to finish strong. Thank you…you know who you are 🙂
Thursday- Today was a down day. We were done typing exams so we spent the day talking with people and visiting our classrooms. I’ve said it before and I will say it again…I LOVE class 1 purple/blue. These kids are so awesome. They crack me up and break my heart in a good way. So many of them have so little yet want to share so much. I may be bias, but I think they are the best class.
Friday- Today was our last day at MOHI 😦 I’m not good at farewell…
So I spent the morning/afternoon in my classroom. We went out for P.E. and played Mr. Fox and duck, duck, goose. Once we went back to the class we spent the time eating candy and joking around (it’s technically their summer already). It wasn’t until the afternoon when I had to leave to go to our farewell that it hit me that I won’t see my kids again. I was walking out the door and a little girl named Faith said for me to come back Monday..it broke my heart to think that I wouldn’t be there. We ended the day at MOHI with a farewell gathering..we said our goodbyes and took pictures with staff… It was heartbreaking. I’m going to miss them all so much.

Well I’m sorry to end on a sad note..but I have to run..I hope to complete this later.

Side note: Please, if you can remember, keep my family in your prayers. My grandfather past away this last weekend and it’s hitting us pretty hard.

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Weekend update!

Sorry..but this must be short and sweet…

Exam time is upon us! All week the kiddos at all the centers have been doing their exams. So seeing that there are no students to teach, we here in the education department have been working on the entrance exams for next year. Oh my goodness 5 days of typing questions and diagrams…intense.

Highlights of this week:
Wednesday- went to the Giraffe Park! So much fun. We enjoyed a nature hike and got to feed giraffes. Pretty awesome day. Side note: for all my outgoing friends…a hike is in order when I return. I’m just feeling it. 🙂
Thursday- Played soccer with the locals..was reminded why I didn’t play in school-I’m terrible! It was a lot of fun though hanging out with them and doing devos.
Friday- Watched Mrs. Doubtfire, ate burgers, and enjoyed orange floats at Erin, Justine & Bethany’s place.

FYI:
First off, I just want to say I love you all. Thank you everyone for being such wonderful supporters. I honestly cherish the messages and letters I’ve received. I’m so incredibly blessed to have such loving people in my life.
With that I have to inform you that as of today I’m limiting my communication with everyone to this blog. I no longer have my phone and my fb will be turned off..I’m going to cherish this last full week in Africa by spending quiet time with God..I want to finish this race strong. I love you all!

Verse of the week (thank you Bible study):
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

God Bless!

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Weekend Update time :)

Goodmorning loved ones!

…weekly update time…

Last weekend-It was the first time we had nothing planned all weekend and we didn’t know what to do with ourselves, so we hopped a matatu and headed out towards Banana (yes, Banana). A group of us ended up going to The Village Market..it was surreal. It was as if we walked back into America. We had found out where all the tourists were hiding. It was really bittersweet because it was beautiful, but it revealed just how big the gap is between those with money and those without. It made me sad to think that many people I work with would never get to come here and if they did they would feel out of place..I even felt a little out of place. We did have fun though…a few of us went mini golfing and others went to the water park (yes, that is how ritzy it is). All in all we had a fun weekend team bonding.

Monday- We stayed at Pangani today! I was in class 1 purple again. “Man alive” I love those kids. I got to go through review with them and help them with corrections. They are so precious. There is one little one that cracks me up. Little side story: We were doing English and he was getting tired so he started sucking is thumb while doing his work and eventually fell asleep (he is maybe 6)..gosh it was adorable.

Tuesday- Pangani again!! I was so excited it was the first time we were in a class three days in a row. We did review again to prepare for exams this upcoming week. All the kids seems pretty prepared..I’m proud of my class :). One downside- the classroom we are in is right above the kitchen so it fills with smoke every day. I feel so bad for the kids because they all start rubbing their eyes and coughing. So by the time they bring their work up to be graded their crying…we all are. If someone walked in we would look like the saddest group of people. Hopefully the new classroom will be done by next term.-Pray for that 🙂

Wednesday- My roommate and I both woke up sick this day. My body just ached and I had this horrendous cough..it wasn’t bad it just sounded terrible. We both ended up sleeping all day only to get up to eat then return to bed. To make matters worse I missed out on going to Mathare North, again! blerg! Hopefully we will get another chance before we leave.

Thursday- To Kiamiko we go! As I stated before all the schools are preparing for exams and everything is getting pretty hectic..and we saw that first hand at Kiamiko. I’m pretty sure they forgot about us because we were left in the office for quite a while. We ended up doing corrections for most the day and creating diagrams for classrooms. Highlight of the day though..Sarah, Emily and I became masters of the squatty potty! For those of you who don’t know what a squatty potty is it is a bathroom that consist of a roll of tp, a door, and a hole in the floor. Most centers have alternative bathrooms, but not here. We all walked away holding a heads a little higher.

Friday-Today we all stayed at Pangani…though we were not in classrooms. We were on desk duty writing the exams for high school. It was easy until they handed us the Kiswahili exam section. We all had to copy a story and write questions in Kiswahili..I have never typed so slow! Felt pretty good about it..I pray they read over it though because I have NO idea what I typed. So the entire day was spent typing tests for the exams that start Monday. We finished around 5 pm and just in time because we were all getting a little burnt out. We ended our night by doing some team bonding..going to a movie. It was much appreciated because everyone had had a full weak. It felt good to relax have some popcorn.

All in all I had a great week. It’s so sad to think we only have two weeks left. I’m not ready to come back. I don’t feel like I’m done here..I feel like I have barely started. Prayer request: patience, clarity, and openness.

Verse to remember this week Psalm 25:10

Thank you everyone for all the encouraging words.. it truly means a lot to me. 🙂

Have a great week everyone!

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Weekend Update

Goodmorning!!

A quick update:
A few weeks ago I wrote about struggling to understand the spiritual battle that is taking place here. The week before last was definitely God’s week of answering my questions and revealing the battle even more. Our team has been exposed to a lot lately and it has tested and strengthened individual members as well as the team as a whole.
At the beginning of this mission, I was tasked-oriented and to a major fault. I’m realizing now that God’s use for me is not to get a lot done, but love as He does and be a light to others. Relationships are huge here and it’s because it’s one of the greatest defense we have against him who opposes Christ (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). Many of these people have incredible and inspiring faith..pray that this community grows as well as continues to reach those who are lost.

Verse for this week: Deuteronomy 31:6

On a lighter note here are some of the highlights of the past few weeks:
7/1- Today I got to meet some of the children who are sponsored by members at my church! It was incredible! They were all such sweethearts…definitely caused me to tear up. I loved getting to meet the kids and hear them talk about people I know back home. P.S. If you sponsor a child they all want information about you. They like knowing about your families, hobbies, and they LOVE pictures.
7/3- Church at Kosovo with Pastor Wallace. The youth group was incredible..the lesson was about the struggles we have with personal idols, which are anything in our lives that take us away or distract us from following Christ. It was very thought provoking.
7/5- First time teaching class all by myself without a teacher in the classroom. 🙂 We did group art project and then I had them draw pictures for the sponsors..Heads up sponsors some of these kids are incredible artist.
7/6- I think I found the class I want to stay in forever! Pre-unit One at Mabatini! I love those kids! They taught me my ABC’s in the coolest way (it’s a dance). I was blessed to spend the day with them teaching them about weather days and parts of a plant. God was most definitely smilingly on me through those little kids. I had a blast.

Bwana Asifiwe for all the wonderful people in my life! I love and miss you all.

Mungu Awabariki,
Katrina

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Stilling oneself to hear His voice

11The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
First Kings 19:11-13

Not in the wind…not in the earthquake…not in the fire. In a whisper…

How often do we miss it? I direct this question to myself more than any of you.

If we do listen what will happen? An Awakening…

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