Well, I hope this isn’t too blunt for anyone…the drip drip drip…it’s my nose. Yep, for some reason, Thailand pollen, pollution, smog, dirt, dust, and other things have decided to reek havoc on my nose and throat. I can’t seem to do anything to help it at this point…I’ve already started taking extra vitamin C, wearing a face mask, taking antihistamine, as well as still taking my normal vitamins. I am now driving the motorbike, which could be a big reason for them flaring up so badly. But at this point, it is my only constant form of transportation. In the future, there may not be much access to a car. There’s always public transportation, but that can be pretty inconvenient and expensive (when all added up.) The allergies…eek…absolutely zero fun…all through language class today I kept blowing my nose. By the end, I was more frustrated with my allergies than I was with my inability to read certain words correctly. 🙁 Sad! The weird thing is, ever since I’ve moved here, my allergies have been pretty non-existent. In fact, just last week I was thinking how wonderful it is to not have them here, and what a blessing. Hmmm…another lesson in not putting our hope in something we have here on earth…as well as teaching me to not take advantage of anything that I do have. Learning so many things here…even if they are in small steps…
The month of July looks like it will be completely full. The first week I have the privilege to serve at a camp for our worker’s children…called Camp Buddy…here in my city. It’s only one week, but I’ll get to stay at the camp (camp counselor for 3rd-5th grade girls). I hope I’m not getting myself into something messy with elementary girls. 🙂 I’m sure it will be fun. Then the next week I have a conference for our region (everyone at my training for this region will be there…YAY!) The following week is a conference for new workers on the field, so I’ll see many of my Journeyman friends from training, plus I am again blessed to get to sing on the worship team for that week. The following week is a conference for strategy leaders in the company, where I’ll serve on the childcare team. Whew…that’ll pretty much complete all of July. I think just one week left after that.
August will bring with it many changes, organizationally and work wise as well. I will have a boss here in the city, as opposed to having one back in America. Also, assignments will probably become more local (as in Asia) instead of “the world.” Things will be changing, and change is always hard, but we are praying that it is all for the better. Many new folks will be moving to this city, I hope in some small way I will be of assistance to them, maybe helping them find where to buy such and such, or just welcoming them to town with a dinner at my house or something. We’ll see…I’m sure He will open doors where needed.
Thinking of many of you, you are often on my mind and heart. Thank you for your care and thoughts.