It seems impossible to keep up with all my happenings, but I will try to give you the condensed version because I promised to keep you informed! 🙂
This past weekend I attended the CCX staff conference. It was good for me to meet the rest of the staff and there were some really good moments as the English ministry team discussed this semester and the direction we sense God is leading. I also sense God has reminded me frequently these last few weeks of the importance of prayer and remembering that plans and strategies are great but without prayer and God’s intervention it is nothing but a wonderful idea. I must say however that after an entire weekend of Russian the silence of the office last night was music to my ears and I even went to bed at 10:30 pm (an early, early night for me).
Today I was blessed to have lunch with a friend from the summer who is working in a different city and was passing through. After meeting her, I then had a second lunch with another friend, a university teacher here. Both of these ladies were such an encouragement to meet with because conversation naturally goes in the direction of how amazing God is and all that He is doing in each of their lives and in the lives of those around them.
Then this evening was a moment we have all been waiting for . . . I moved into an apartment. Yes, I am finally a resident (though I don’t have a key yet, we are working on that minor detail). I am living with two Ukrainian girls my age that I think I will get along well with. The next challenge is learning where I live and not getting lost. The next few days could prove interesting as I try to figure out just where I should get off the marshrutka and exactly which of the all look the same Soviet style apartment buildings is mine and furthermore which entrance actually leads to my apartment.
February is beginning nicely. Now tomorrow I expect Punxsutawney Phil will bring the good news that winter will soon end!