Day 3: A Lot Has Happened

Though I went through the day very sleepy and very… out of it, I feel like a lot has happened, but I’m not sure what.

The morning started off with another cold breakfast and manuscript study. They didn’t change rooms but instead cut the herd off and sent them else where. Something I did enjoy was that we sang a song, no instruments, just voices. It was a hymn and I loved it.

After the morning session we searched for lunch by the water. We found a small bar and burger kind of place. Unfortunately lunch went over time and most of us missed our first sessions 😦 but it’s ok. Instead I spent the time at the book store where they hold an enormous amount of overwhelming materials. I think I was a bit too overwhelmed and didn’t buy any books. Instead I bought a nice handmade notebook and an Urbana bag to support the women who are looking for trades after being rescued from sex trafficking. At first I wasn’t too sure about buying the bag because it’s a little pricey for me even though I was looking to buy a bag much like it. Something I thought about was from yesterday when Juanita talked about not just looking to save money but looking at where your money is going. I think that my $15 is going to a good place 🙂

Luckily dinner moved faster today both because of Urbana staff’s efficiency and also because many people decided to find dinner elsewhere to avoid the Urbana lines 🙂

Today we talked a lot about money and overall in Urbana we talk a lot about poverty.

After the Urbana day, we gathered once again for family time 🙂 This is one of my favorite parts of the day. I have to admit I was really excited to come with these people from church because I want to hear from them what they’re thinking and what God is doing in their lives and I think it’s wonderful 😀

Joyce is right. I’ve changed a lot over the last 2 years and in my opinion it’s a good change. Actually, I’ve changed a lot over the last 6 years, but most drastically in the last 2. I’m starting to see now what my mom meant. If you know my mom, she’s crazy – in a good way. She’s definitely an E and is always out there. She used to tell me though that she used to be really quiet when she was younger and she’s told me before how amazing it was that God changed her and decided to use a shy quiet girl to teach Sunday school, lead children’s ministries and become a great speaker. I remember distinctly how in 7th grade I met up with one of my elementary school friends and one of their first reactions to seeing me again was “WOW, you’ve become louder” haha. I also remember how people from church told me once that it took them a long time to even know I was there because I was always so quiet. Now I try my best to go out of the way to talk to people. I also remember how in freshman year I didn’t like eating with other people and would frequently take just me and my bible to the dining halls. Now I’ve taught Children’s Sunday school and for a while was the main teacher. Now I’m leading the skit team at my college fellowship. Now I invite people to share meals with me on a daily basis (and last year had breakfast with people everyday!). Where I once used to want to hide in the corner I now push my self out to shake a hand and meet a new person. Not that it’s easy, I don’t think it’ll ever be easy for me, but I can do it now. But I still wish I could be super hospitable. I wish I wasn’t so afraid to talk to people. I wish I trusted God more to give me the words to say.

Anyway, today my mind is everywhere. I think they made a good choice of making tomorrow the digestion day.


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