Chapters


Pee my pants scary!
October 31, 2008, 11:43 pm
Filed under: Chapter 1: Vision Expedition

Tonight was one of the most terrifying nights of my life, and also the funniest!

To begin, we all dressed up in costumes (some funny, some scary, and some just down right witty!) and went “trick-or-treating” to two houses (hehehe) To Niel and Alece’s and then one of the girl staff houses. We ‘crashed’ the staff Halloween party and Niel and Alece voted Kaylen (one of the interns here) the best Halloween costume! She got an abundance of ‘American’ candy!

Then the interns left to watch a scary movie. I stopped by my room first, and on my way to the living room I was scared half to death by some other interns hiding in the bushes (I screamed my head off!) and then I made some cute spider sugar cookies.

We then watched a very scary movie. It was the scariest movie I have ever seen in my life! I screamed, jumped, and at one point almost bit Kaylen’s arm. I was a mess from the beginning of the movie to the end. I don’t like scary movies that much. Then we watched a romantic comedy to calm our ( or just me) selves down.

All in all it was a wonderful night. Just a tad bit scary.

Happy harvest day!



Show me the money!
October 30, 2008, 9:28 am
Filed under: Chapter 1: Vision Expedition

One thing about being with a ministry that gets all of its financial support through donations, you need money a lot.

With the economy in America as it is, it has a huge impact on the ministry here.

Currently the ministry is struggling because of supporters have to stop, or cut back, since the economy has gone down so dramatically.

Through all of this though, Niel (the Founder of Thrive Africa) said a phrase a little while back that has stuck with me in my prayers-‘This week is going to be the million dollar week’

I love that phrase and pray it often, because if we ask little, we will receive little, but if we ask much we will receive much! Praise the Lord for ALWAYS providing! (I love Him!)



Namaste
October 29, 2008, 8:58 pm
Filed under: Chapter 1: Vision Expedition

In the class that Alece teaches, Intro to World Missions, we are doing a project on studying different religions.

My fellow intern Marc and I has Orthodox Jews and Hinduism. In Hinduism on of the ways to move up in the caste system is by practicing yoga, so I decided to try yoga!

One of the staff members here had a yoga video for beginners (perfect!) So I started it on Sunday. Since Sunday, my yoga group has grown from one member to about five.

I also started to really like yoga! This yoga is faster pace, and helps develop your muscles while making you much more flexible! After tomorrow morning I will have done yoga 6 times since Sunday!

My favorite part of it is when the instructor says “keep your supporting leg stable and lift your flying leg, up into the air.”

Now go into down ward facing dog position, breath and relax.



Pampered chef?
October 25, 2008, 8:28 pm
Filed under: Chapter 1: Vision Expedition

Tonight, I really wanted some relaxation time.

So I decided to give myself a facial, since I don’t have any facial mix or gook, I made my own.

I also decided to exfoliate my feet, since it is the time for flip-flops.

The recipe I used to make my own facial was

1.) 1 Tbs. Honey

2.) 1 whole ripe banana

3.) A few drops of orange or lemon

4.) Oatmeal

After I made this yummy concoction, I went to my room made a low bubble bath for my feet and spread some fruit on my face!

My face looked like a baby barfed on it. My bath salts that I got from the safari hotel (free!) we went to earlier in the year, turned my bath green.

All in all though my face feels great, and my feet look and smell so nice!

It was a wonderful relaxing evening!!



Adieu, Adios, Bye-Bye, Cheerio, Ciao, Godspeed and Goodbye
October 24, 2008, 7:15 pm
Filed under: Chapter 1: Vision Expedition

This week has been a week of goodbye’s

Starting on Monday, I had the realization that I had to end a wonderful friendship. The friendship ended on Wednesday.

Thursday evening all of the interns and staff said goodbye to Rebecca, who is on staff here at Thrive Africa and left a little earlier to go back to the states to do some fund-raising.

Friday afternoon all of the interns said goodbye to Anna and Jeanett, who are on kitchen staff. They prepare almost all of our meals and we see them about nine times a week on average. I will miss them a lot.

This week has been a little taste of what it will be like in a month when we all have to say goodbye to each other. I am not looking forward to that, though I am looking forward to what lies next for after this internship.



Flip-flops or Snow Shoes?
October 23, 2008, 8:42 pm
Filed under: Chapter 1: Vision Expedition

On Sunday, I got fried. The sun was hot and I was laying out. I was the suns perfect target, and it got me.

On Monday it was HOT…Tuesday it was HOT….Wednesday was pretty HOT, but not excruciating.

Now just as my sunburn is starting to peel God brings on the COLD weather! I was wearing my North face coat, my winter scarf and hat and still shivering! One day it is summer here, the next day it is winter. You never know what you are going to wear when you wake-up. I guess it brings a little spice to life!

How fun would it be if we had pretictable weather? Whats the weather doing where you live?



Shark-Tales
October 20, 2008, 3:57 pm
Filed under: Chapter 1: Vision Expedition

Our first day in Durban we made a splash, and went to one of Durban’s largest water parks.

While Niel did some work, Alece took all of in, right when we got there, they started talking about shark tanks, and swimming with the sharks etc. My stomach did a somersault.

When we got to the gate, a young guy gave us a flyer saying “1/2 price!” guess what was half price…yes the shark dive.

Before I even got a chance o think weather I wanted to do it or not, Jace asked me if I wanted to go with her. Words came out of my mouth and not until after the fact did I realize that I had just said yes to shark diving.

It was only about 6 or 7 bucks, and two people could go at a time. After signing the waver saying if I die I wont sue them, and having a wittiness sign also, we were on our way.

I was freaking out just a tad bit.

Jace and I decided to go first (I didn’t think I would go if I didn’t.) We got our goggles on and in the tank we went.

It was SO much fun! We got to see sharks come really close, and Jace and I were cracking up at how we couldn’t hold our breath for very long.

Close to the end, I notice that there is an aquarium where we are at, and there is this Huge glass window where a school of children are watching Jace and I. I went up for air and told Jace, we immediately died laughing!

So I went swimming schools of fish and schools of children!