“I just don’t feel that I am very good at making friends. I feel so inadequate and so lost sometimes, and I wonder if God can use me. “ This was my complaint to my roommate Sonata. It was a incredibly hot and humid day with the temperature reaching almost 100 degrees. My team and I had just spent the last two hours praying about the campus and the students. Feeling dehydrated and worn out, we decided to go have lunch. No sooner had these words escaped my mouth when I hear, “Hello, Can I be your friend?” I turn around and there is an Asian girl smiling at me. After a few minutes of talking and introduction, I walked away with June’s phone number and plans to meet up. It is to my  amazement that even when I feel like I am inadequate and not doing enough, God shows me that it isn’t about me and it is DEFINITELY is not my doing!

This week has been so busy with meeting old and new friends and starting to build relationships. I wish I could tell you all of the wonderful and Divine moments I have experienced, but it would take up to much time. I am very excited about the girls I have met, and I can’t wait to get to know them better.

Language classes start next week… FINALLY! It will be good to start learning how to interact with the people here and be able to understand them. Please ask God to help me. Some of the words here are very difficult to say since they make sounds with their mouths that I never knew existed.  I know that it will be hard, but I’m willing to do the work.

I am happy to inform you that the whole team is feeling 100% better this week.  Thankfully there is no more nausea and diarrhea, and our toilet is fixed! Thank you for praying for our health and quick recovery.

I normally would put what new thing I have eaten at the bottom of the update, but there is a story to be told to fully appreciate what I experienced.  Sonata and I were having dinner with our friend, Kellie and I had ordered a dish that has rice, steamed greens and chicken. Now in Asia, almost everything has bones and what you do is chew on the meat and then spit the bones out on the table. It is not rude or disrespectful since everyone does it. Well, I was eating my rice and then absent mindedly picked up a piece of chicken and started to chew. All of a sudden I felt something poke my lip, and I could immediately tell that it wasn’t a normal bone. So I spit it out on the table, and there on the table was a …….CHICKEN FOOT! Trying my hardest not to gag at the chicken talon, I discovered two whole feet in my bowl of rice and immediately decided that I was finished eating.  I was extremely thankful that it wasn’t a chicken beak.

1. Eating chicken feet
2. Finding a cockroach in my apartment
3. Watched traditional Asian dances in the park