My friends and I were in a taxi to pick up some things we needed for outreach, and the driver did something that we weren’t expecting. He asked what themes were defining this season of our lives. I wasn’t expecting this question, and quite truthfully hadn’t thought about it yet. I’ve been examining this part of my life over the past few days. I’ve identified a few themes that have been prevalent in my journey so far here during lecture phase.
The second week’s adventures have been my favorite so far. Four other girls and I went on a road trip. We hit the road at 7:30 after picking up the car. It was amazing, I was so happy to drive again. We started on our way to South Point, playing music and singing and just having a good time. The drive was spectacular. We didn’t realize how crazy high the altitude was until we were already at a super high level and nearly the whole sky looked like it was ocean. On our drive, we went through different ecosystems: jungle, desert, forest, and old lava flows. The land sometimes changed in merely a few seconds. Continue reading “Weekend 2 Adventures (Oct. 15)”
The bible study on Friday of week 2 focused on Covenants and the Original Intent of God for the earth and humanity, something of which I had a vague idea, but no true understanding of. Here are some of the notes that were most important for me today: Continue reading “Covenants and Original Intent (Week 2 Bible Study)”
The weekend after the first week of classes was jam packed full and so much fun. On October 8, the Iron Man Triathalon starts and ends in Kailua-Kona, a 20 minute walk from the base here. Every year, Iron Man counts on having many people from U of N (University of the Nations) volunteer. At least 200, maybe even more people volunteer. I was on the morning shift, and it started at 5:30.
At first, I thought to myself “Oh man, I wish I didn’t have this shift” but after thinking about it for a while, I was actually very happy with the shift I had. I had the job of security, and was placed at the edge of the pier. The event didn’t start for an hour so I had an hour to do nothing but sit there, which was fantastic because there were schools of pink and blue jumping fish dancing on the water, and these silly needle looking fish that made me laugh. I was able to watch the sunset, which is something I hadn’t done here yet.
(My Photo) Continue reading “Weekend 1 Adventures”
The day we found out our outreach locations was pretty great (October 7). It started out with a very interesting morning lecture. The whole first week had been wild. This school is unusual, from what staff has told us. There were mass anonymous donations before the lecture even started, someone donated over $30,000 to 11 specific students(2500 each) and even more to different ministries within the school. Seeing such radical generosity was incredible. It inspired even more generosity within the students, and many of us donated large sums of money to the people who were still behind with the fees. Andy went up to speak and said, “I don’t even know what to do now”, but we did. We just burst into praise and worship. We got up onto chairs and held our shoes in the air and chanted, “we will go, we will go, we will go!” We are all so passionate about the nations, and want to be in them right now!
The first week’s speaker was Andy Byrd, one of the founders of the Fire & Fragrance. He spoke on the topic of wholeheartedness in loving God. It was something I had never really thought about before, being completely abandoned in our love for him. I knew that Christians are supposed to respect, honor, and be grateful to him, but this was a different concept than I’d ever been taught before. Here are some of my notes for the week: Continue reading “Week 1: Wholeheartedness”
People ask me what I do over here, and many think I’m just over here on vacation. That’s not the case. We do have most weekends off, but during the week we have a schedule that is jam-packed and we don’t have much free time. I’ll take you through one of my days here to show you guys what it’s like! Continue reading “A day in the life of a DTS student”