First I want to make a shout out to my friends that are traveling all over the world right now in places like Brazil, Croatia, and Italy. I’m getting my own taste of different cultures here in the south. I’m very amused by the large, baggy t-shirts with Nike shorts that seem to be the dress code here, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I come home with a bit of a southern drawl.
In all seriousness, I’ve settled into my house with 12 other girls, gotten to know my super sweet roommate, and finally figured out some of what these 2 weeks look like.
Each morning we have a meeting at a church nearby. We usually have 2 talks that are meant to help us grow in our own relationship with God and teach us how to share the Gospel in our houses and on our campuses back home. Between these talks we have 45 minutes for quite time with reflection questions.
We also get to hear lots of testimonies about how God has worked in people’s lives. God has already been working and moving, challenging me to surrender every part of my life to him. I’m learning to trust Him with my future and what He has planned for me.
In the afternoon, we have time to hang out on the beach or at the pool. We this time to reflect on everything we’re learning and build community. We also play volleyball, spike ball, and I even tired paddle boarding.
We often spend the evenings in our ‘family groups’ competing and having fun. Our competitions have included games, a bake-off, bowling, and a lip-sync battle.
Thursday was our day of outreach. My family group went to the University of West Florida and got to share the Gospel with the students there.
It’s hard to believe that I’ve already been here for a week and that in another week I’ll be home. I’m looking forward to what the rest of this adventure has in store!