Drip, Drip, Drop Little (Huge) November Shower

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

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Hello from Wet Vancouver

This last week, the rain has begun- with a vengeance. Flooding on Vancouver island and in-the-VALL-eee (how do you phonetically type a Welsh accent? Answers on a postcard.) But it hasn't really affected us since we're holed up in a window-less warehouse all week from 9-5! No, really, it is a good thing, even if we only see 2 hours of daylight a day. Would be perfect for the Edward and Bellas of us.

But I digress. Massively. As you can tell, Sunday evenings are not the most conducive nights for writing the events of the week- but I shall try. This week's theme was Who is God and What Does He Want From Me? Pretty fundamental stuff, and most of it I'd heard before- but Tanya did a great job of presenting it in different ways. Such as Ella Enchanted. Ever seen the film? It's basically Cinderella- except this Ella has a curse on her so she HAS to do anything and everything anyone tells her- which gets her into all sorts of trouble. Anyway, we were asked to think about how we'd feel if our friend, boyf/girlf, child had the same curse put on them. You'd never be 100% certain whether they were doing anything because they wanted to or because someone just told them to, which kinda sucks. The analogy being that God doesn't want his creation to be mere robots- hence why we always have free will whether to accept Him or not. 

What else... we looked at why God made us- and it's not because he was bored and wanted a plaything, or was egotistical enough to create a world full of people just to worship him or serve him. Have you read The Shack? It describes the perfect relationship between God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit- and a natural progression from love is to create more people to love, more relationships. So we were created to love and be loved. (I tell you, if I was in the 60s, I'd be loving it- all you need it luuuuurve! [which, by the way, I disagree with, but again, I digress.])

So, the rest of my week... on Monday I went to Ryan's for dinner- another staff member, who lives in a total bachelor pad. I described it as 'The House of Trouser' to him, but sadly Neighbours has not made it across the pond, so the reference fell somewhat flat. But he is a very good cook- we had chicken enchilladas, cucumber salsa, black beans, chips and salad- all homemade. Mmm. It was cool to hang out with the guys for a bit, but then I had to drag myself back to the apartments to do my journal.

I'm sorry, I don't know why anyone would find such minute-to-minute detail interesting- I'll try and keep the rest a tad more succinct. 

Tue: OK this is an exception, I have a story to tell for this! The time finally came for my first Prayer Station- this involved donning a red vest, standing on a busy street corner and holding up a sign saying Free Prayer. Argh. I felt like a total utter idiot for the first 10 minutes, and started praying for myself that someone interesting would show up! Two minutes later we had our first taker- a guy who wanted us to pray that he had NO sex. Completely serious- I had to check a couple of times to make sure I was hearing right, but he decided he wanted to be abstinent for the rest of his life- or until he got married. So that was certainly interesting!

About 5 minutes later, a lady walked past us and kind of half hesitated, half continued, before stopping about 10m away from us. It looked like she was waiting for the bus- and I kinda wanted to go and talk to her, but I thought it was really up to her if she wanted to come talk to us- I didn't want to be like a prayer chugger! (Chugger noun: One of those incredibly guilt-inducing charity muggers who approach you on the street wearing vests all too similar to the ones we wear for prayer stations and ask you for money.) So anyway a couple of minutes later, she glanced over at us for the third or fourth time and cautiously walked back towards us. She asked us who we were, and what the deal with the free prayer was. Well Ancel and I hadn't really got a clue how to answer, having done it for all of 20 minutes, but did the best we could! I explained that everyone has needs in their life, and that since prayer is free, there's no harm in trying it! So she asked us to pray for her tooth, that it wouldn't have to be taken out at the dentist later that week. I prayed out loud right there, which was a little awkward- and then she thanked us and rushed back to the bus stop... missing the bus by about 10 seconds.I felt SO bad- if I'd just kept that prayer a bit shorter, she would've made it- I didn't want her to put off prayer for life!

But she didn't seem too put out- and actually came back to ask for another prayer- about a relationship. She gave me no details or anything, I really had nothing to go on (praying for strangers is difficult!) so I just hoped I'd say the right things. Afterwards she kind of stared at me and said 'That's so interesting, you prayed for the precise problem we have in our relationship. Wow!' So that was cool - I was able to tell her God sees and cares about all the little details in our lives. 

OK that's the longest story, I promise. Tue night Rebekka and I went to Vancouver Art Gallery, which was alright but a little disappointing after greats such as the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate in London. Friday night all the girls went over to Anne and Tanya's for a sleepover which was super fun! We had chocolate fondue, face masks, more chocolate, watched Strictly Ballroom and Twilight (in preparation for New Moon) and pancakes in the morning! 'Twas fabulous. Saturday then, though, I was super tired- and the rain kinda puts me off doing anything, going anywhere, so I just stayed in. 

Then today, amazingly, it didn't rain (whooooo big cheer!) I got the bus down to church as usual, which was awesome, and then went window shopping (no money) in trendy Kitsilano. There are some beautiful shops there, really cool stationery, kitchen equipment, WholeFoods store, coffee shops... it felt the most like London (Kensington & Chelsea) out of everywhere I've been so far. Had sushi for lunch and met up with Michelle for a wander and saw the restaurant where she works (Bistrot Bistro, looks fantastic). Then came home and cooked dinner. And (at last) that's my week! 
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