Highs and Lows

November has already been quite an interesting month for me! I have been quite busy and I've had highs and lows.

This past week I was quite sick for most of it, but God was gracious and gave me exactly what I needed when I needed it. I also had midterms this week and since I have such bad test anxiety I was worried about it, but once again God provided for me.

On the exciting part of things, yesterday was an extremely successful day for me! I finally got a Spanish phone number! I am so thankful for this as I no longer have to carry two phones and I just feel as if the whole world is opening up for me. I also had a bit of homesickness this past week and God provided in little ways for me, like Rice Krispies and Ginger Ale. What gifts! :)

An interesting event that happened this week was reverse culture shock. I had gone grocery shopping with Angela (a fellow Canadian) and we ran into Debbie (the field director's wife). As we were standing there speaking in English a man came up and started talking to us in English. About 5 minutes into the conversation I realized that I was having reverse culture shock in that I couldn't figure out what was going on. I was in the Mercadona (grocery store) where I usually have an almost completely Spanish experience and I was hearing English. I really didn't know what to do with myself. I am taking this as a good thing that I am shocked when I hear English. I think it means that I am adjusting and growing in my Spanish ability.

On another note, every week, I have team meetings with the Temp Team (the team that I am currently on). Most of our meetings are in Spanish since I'm the only one that doesn't speak Spanish and there are a few people who don't speak English. Last week at the meeting I was able to engage in the conversation and speak my thoughts about our topic in Spanish, with minimal help for the words I didn't know. I found this to be very exciting! At the same time, I am still quite a long ways from being fluent so please continue to pray for my language learning.

Thanks for your love and support!


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