I have been here a week and it has been full of lots of get-to-know-you conversations and trips into town to get things. I won't lie: transition is hard. And moving to another culture makes you feel like you are a child again. Where do I go? What do I say? Whoops that was the wrong thing. Why do you do that? It is just a flood of questions.
But I do have wonderful coworkers here and am excited to build relationships with them!
And look at my wittle house! (It is the flat on the left without the car)
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My team keeps saying that I have come at a good time. Gap year students do not come until January so this is a bit of a down time when we just focus on ministry to the community around here. They have been doing a lot with the boys with soccer but it is my job to rally the girls! Guess that means I need to work on my Bemba. haha.
My main job this past week was settling in. Meeting everyone, setting up my room, getting a table to sit at, and bonding with the myraid of kids that are always in and out around here.
A highlight of my week was getting to connect with old friends from my time here a couple years ago and going to a soccer match with the team.
A Sense of home. I have been trying my best to set up home here. It has been a challenge because 1) I do not have a car, 2) I don't know where to get things because shopping here is...well...a little less straightforward than home (I walked into a shop yesterday that had guitars, computers, tennis rackets, hair for weaves, and of course an egg incubator what?), and 3) it takes a lot of kwacha kwacha billz to buy tables and rugs and couches for a comfortable space. Pray for the journey.
Communication back home. It is difficult to say the least. I don't have wifi at home and 3G is relatively expensive.
the journey of learning Bemba. While I can get on with English, truly being a part of the culture here would mean at least putting in effort to communicate.
(Most importantly) building relationships here. It is special that me and my coworkers all live on the same campus together. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to bridge our differences and unite us into a team that can serve well.