Friday, June 20, 2008

Oregon comes to a close.

I didn't tell you guys! Last week we went to a Mexican circus and it was freaking sick! There were trampeze artists, tons or horses, 5 was nuts. It was a lot of fun. And I got to go out with this group which was fun. I hope there's cool people like that with each group. I need to escape and have my own life while I'm here. One night we went to the movies, another we went to get ice cream. Nothing too exciting but it just gets me away from the same old same old. And it makes me feel like I'm not in Mexico. But I've realized I'm very picky with my friends. I can get along and be nice to anyone but for me to actually hang out with someone takes a lot. So it's going to take special people to keep me happy! There was especially one guy Tim this week who made the week a whole lot easier. He's married so don't think anything funky about it. It was just good to have someone like me to talk to and goof around with.

This week with the first group was definitely hard but so much fun at the same time. I wouldn't call the first couple days fun but once I got in the groove and knew what to expect each day things got better. And everything looks rosier when you look back on it right? You forget the not so good things. It's just so much work here. Everyday is about 14 hours go go go and I don't get a break until I come home. I might get a morning off here or there but that's it.

But I met some cool people this week. There were quite a number of kids under 12 on this trip. But they were a big help. We did a park clean up (pulled weeds, painted the playground and curbs, painted the guard house thing, and put up swings). On the last day of the clean up everyone went to the park and we had a party with snack and two pinatas and musical chairs and a couple other games. I would guess that about 60 kids came out. It was fun to see them running around and playing in this place we worked on so hard for them. That playground is in the neighborhood of Ruben who holds his church in his house. So this was a big step in reaching out to the community. It's a middle class community in Ensenada.

The team also did 7 VBS's. We split people into multiple groups. Divide and conquer. Some would go to VBS and some would go to construction. Blah blah blah. I get tired of the talking and organizing. Who's going where and when and why. I just want to leave sometimes and if people come they come. But that wouldn't really fly. About 25 kids accepted Christ into their hearts this week. Praise God!
The team of course built a house. They painted it a very bright shade of green. I like the color a lot. The house is for a married couple at Faustino's church. They were very sweet. They cried when we gave them the keys. I think most families do. It makes sense.
Is anyone even reading this?

Come on guys. Give me some love!

My attitude has gotten a little better. I still need to pray about it and I need God's help with it a whole lot. But I've made improvements. I think my biggest problem is my struggle with starting conversation. I'm just not good at it. I try to think of things to talk about and they're all lame and not things I would want to even talk about so I just keep my mouth shut. I don't really like the small talk. So I need to work on that.
Please keep praying for me down here. I love you guys!


Allie Garcia said...

i am. and praying for you to be a bubbly little sunshine face... which is an odd prayer even without a language barrier.

Lori Harbach said...

What are you talking about you crazy girl? I've seen you bubbly and happy! Sure it may be rare, but it's there and I know you can do it. We can do anything through Heavenly Father, it just takes a little faith! I think this summer is going to be awesome for you and can't wait to see all that He does through you during. I love you!

Anonymous said...

hey Sweet thang! Of course we are reading your blogs! I haven't talked to you in awhile, and I knew that we wouldnt because you were going to be busy busy this week!! Miss you girl so very much, and I pray that God is touching you in a very big way!! I love you so much! Call me if you ever get the chance!

Love you soul,

meeg said...

hey sarah!
i just caught up on your blog. you are doing some wonderful things. go vbs! one thing i really appreciate is your honesty to tell us the good and the bad of the trip. i will definitely pray for you on your outlook and on others outlook toward you. i know it would be hard for me to be in a completely different culture and have a smile on all the time. so know that there's no way you could be alone in that. definitely miss you!

Jennifer said...

I like that green on the house, too! I like you! Lots!