Still in Hampton! About a week left till we move on to
Newport News, VA.
We’re still having loads of fun as we continue our tour here in Virginia. We’ve been here for a week, and we’ve been fairly busy with many different things at Gloria Dei Lutheran. There are three pastors and two vicars that serve this church, and the church also has a day school. We’ve done chapels and a nursing home, as well as taught a lesson for the first grade students (we’re hoping to all the grades). There is also a possibility for us to go onto Langley Air Force Base and do something for the people there, which would be really unique and cool. We also had a planning session for the VBS program we’re doing here next summer. All of this and more keeps us fairly busy, but the church has also been really great about giving us free time as well. We went to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg for their “Howl-o-scream” event. We got to ride some roller coasters (and a water ride, bad idea), as well as go through some really cheesy haunted mazes. We’ve also gone to the beach at the Chesapeake Bay, where we played some Frisbee, waded in the water, and buried Josh in the sand (see pictures). I made a snowman in the sand, and we found a huge dead jellyfish that looked like a big pile of snot (we had some fun with that concept). We also got to go to a game night that one of the small bible study groups had, where we played Catchphrase for two hours. That game had some more than interesting moments to it for sure.
Today the girl scouts held a bazaar at the church, so we wandered around the booths for a bit before we rehearsed at the church. One of the host families for next week bought us all a massage at the bazaar. I felt like jell-o afterwards, and it was awesome.
My host family this week has been really great! I don’t get to see them very much because we’re all very busy, but they have been more than generous (as most of our host homes have been), and I’ve enjoyed the relaxation I’ve received at their home. They have great food, wireless internet, and a big television with all the baseball games as well, so I’m more than taken care of. Next week I get to stay with one of the vicars, so I’m pretty excited about that. He seems like a really cool guy, and we’ve already planned a euchre party at his apartment next week.
We’ve been blessed once again to have such a great mission field to work in. We’re excited for next week here at Gloria Dei, as well as the weeks to come as we venture into new territory. We’re still in the dark about where we’re going after Newport News, but I’m not really worried about it. We aren’t called to a specific location so much as just called to work.
Life is good, God is great!