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Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
Trip End Jun 07, 2010

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Monday, November 9, 2009

The title of this entry refers to how I've felt this week- totally overwhelmed! I think I've just reached my limit after 6 weeks of teaching. Of course, I've had 10 week terms at uni, but it's a little different learning about books than it is changing your entire view of the world and way you think. For a start, it's exhausting! But let me fill you in on the week, for what it's worth.

I hit Monday morning with a thump. Another week's teaching already? I hadn't recovered from Alberta yet! The topic this week was "Evangelism" & Missions (again). I put the word Evangelism in quotes as it's not really a word I like, it has far too many negative connotations. We were redefining it, so if you can, try to suspend all assumptions surrounding it. Mary flew in from Colorado Springs on Monday lunchtime, and started us off in the afternoon. The whole week she was basically just sharing how she lived life. We all crave honest, real relationships and the only way we're going to get that is if we're transparent and real with each other. It's vulnerable but it's when you have to depend on other people that strong relationships are formed. Jesus first and foremost met people's needs- I think the church has gotten a bad reputation in the past for preaching at people- which not only doesn't help them with what they need at that moment in time, but alienates people further. But really we're all just called to love each other, wherever we're at, warts and all. (Do I sound like a hippy yet? All you need is love....!)

Anyway the next big challenge of the week was deciding what I think of as successful. Our society obviously says it's getting a good job, nice house, filling the house with pretty things (which by the way, I'm very much looking forward to), eating good food (ditto), having influence and security... but what if there's another way? The problem is that no-one ever believes having all those things, you could still be unhappy- despite what those 'at the top' forewarn. So we all chase after them endlessly striving to have more, do more, BE more until we drive ourselves into the ground. So maybe I need to change my way of thinking before it's too late. I'm just thinking aloud here but you can see why I'm feeling exhausted!

Anyway to the more mundane things, I had a great time at the Chilliwagon again on Tuesday, one kid Kyle came with a digereedoo and African drum, and of course Wayne still had his guitar. So we sat, chilled out, ate chilli, made music... it was cool. On Wednesday evening I went downtown to the West End for a small group meeting from my church- I managed to meet some more people, but yet again have been thwarted by their names. Hopefully they might come back to me next week. On Thursday Ancel and I went to the open mic night at a cafe bar on the Drive. Most guys were a bit too mellow for the setting but there was one awesome band, playing quite gentle guitar 'gypsy' songs they called it- and then there was just this random guy on stage, long blonde hair, headbanging. HIL-arious. (Wish I had my camera with me so you guys could have seen it!) Then this weekend I've been trying to relax for once... so have watched 3 movies (note- I am in Canada, therefore they are now movies not films), read a couple of magazines, went out for an Ethiopian lunch and hit a super-giant mall (note to self: never ever ever go again- it was a maze and far too overpopulated with people looking for opportunities to spend their money!)

So I feel somewhat more rested, my mind has had a total 2 day break from teaching and feel much more afloat! Thank God for weekends!
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