- My professor Dr. Howell came and visited for five days. It was nice, we had lots of long discussions on a whole myriad of topics. The main thing it changed about my internship is that I will now be doing some more in depth qualitative study on the church in Nicaragua. This month I have several appointements for focus groups and quite a bit of Spanish reading on church history and context to work through. Should be fun.
- My host dad and also pastor, asked me to choreograph a dance for youth in the church to do both for the service and as an outreach. I'm not much for choreography myself, but it's been a good opportunity to get to spend more time with some of the jovenes that I'm closest to already in the youth group, and it's good to be an involved member of my church, rather than just an observer. (youth here are older than at home - they range from mid-teens to early 20's, or until married).
- Michael and I are still able to talk frequently. Maybe too frequently sometimes... but really, it's been a such a gift to be able to stay in close contact with him and to remain an important part in each other's lives. Of course I still miss him greatly, but it is really going better than I'd ever dare anticipate.
- We've had some rainy days and "astounding coolness" - which means it's been in the mid 70's for a few days. It's been nice and feels like home.
- I'm learning from my Nicaraguan brothers and sisters about their experience with a theology which recognizes God's preferential treatment for the poor. Though "liberation" theology, in it's most classic sense, may have missed the boat (in my opinion) in some important areas, yet the Church has great things to learn from this large portion of our family. I feel honored to be learning under their tutalage.
Please pray that the Lord will continue to guide me in my time here. Pray that I will live with compassion and intentionality. I am over half way through my time here, and time is really starting to zip by! It's easy to fall into patterns, as it is anywhere, and I hope that here, and at home, I can live this life in the Compassion of Christ rather than out of selfishness as I am so prone to do.