Well, I'm back in Spain. I must admit I feel a little sheepish writing after such a long break. I have my reasons - or excuses - neither of which I feel like explaining. :)
My time in the States was wonderful. I enjoyed great times with family and friends. My nephews and nieces are getting so big and it is a BLAST hanging out with them! It's amazing to me to watch how our conversations evolve as they get older. I am very thankful for my family.
But now I am back in Spain, ready to tackle the year. I start studying on February 18th. Culture and spanish. The closer that we get to the 18th the more antsy I get. I haven't been in a long-term class situation for a really long time. And never planned to go back. Don't get me wrong - I excelled in high school and college - but my brain doesn't function like it used to. At any rate, I AM really excited to be able to study Spanish culture from Spanish teachers as well as take my spanish speaking to another level. I have some serious huecos to fill. :) But this will be one of the major focuses of this year. I will be commuting to Granada throughout the week and focusing on Spanish and Culture. I want to be a good student and a good reflection of Christ to those who will be teaching me.
I have enjoyed getting back to my apartment and only have a few more things to get before I feel like I am completely settled in. I am enjoying my cozy little apartment and the town where I am serving. I am praying every day that it is Christ who stirs these hearts and draw them closer to Himself.
In other news, Gaby arrives on Saturday. I have a harnessed excitement about the whole deal. Sometimes Venezuelans have a hard time getting into Spain. Although she has a visa and a plane ticket, I can't seem to let myself really celebrate until I pick her up from the bus station. I will be grateful for the opportunity to help build this ministry with Gaby in Monachil. I respect her and admire her love for the Lord and the way she has let Him take over her life in the last few years. She will be interning for a whole year. For me this represents a great responsibility and I want to do a good job in supervising her and exposing her to the reality of mission in a foreign land. I pray that we could lay a good foundation for other Venezuelans to come and serve.
Ok, I'm out of blogging mode. This will have to do for now. I just wanted to get back into the swing of things. :)
Oh, and by the way, my friend Josh taught me how to add the thingy where you can subscribe to this blog instead of having to come back and check on it every so often. Go over there to the right and sign up! Let me know if it works ok!