Tuesday, April 08, 2008

overweight bags, root canals and street children

Well here I am at home typin on our computar with dial up. Boy is it a drag sometimes... waiting for a page to upload. Notice I said "at home." Yup that's where you'll find me these days.

My time in NYC ended on March 22nd. Took a bus home with 3 crazy big suitcases. I was suppose to pay for the third bag but they never got around to weighing it (it was over weight!) and charging me so as one of the greyhound attendants said, "if it ain't broke don't fix it!"

So I've been home for about 2 and a half weeks. Since being home I've had my taxes done, had my brother down here with his family for a week, got the stomach flu (took a long time for my stomach, days later to feel right), and than yesterday to top it all off I had basically a construction crew (ok one to two dentists and a helper) in my mouth, jabbing needles and taking somethin' like a jackhammer and grinding and pounding one pour little tooth that didn't know how to take care of himself... he was full of SIN and of death the little bugger... but now he's dead filled with a temporary filling and waitin' around for the permanent filling and a crown (wow there's a spiritual allegory there waiting to happen!!!) I don't wanna eat on my left side cause my jaw is sore too ugh! Six plus months ago I had two wisdom teeth out on my right side too, so this lil' mouth of mine's been through ALOT! But I am thankful for the way God is providing for me so that I can get some BIG work done in my mouth!

Alot of you probably wonder what "adventure" Marie is going to do next. You know what I'm not 100% sure. But if you know me I'm already thinking and learning about something that I may do:)

Krista gave me some excellent advice. That I shouldn't do another 3/6 month stint somewhere but get a focus a vision of what I want to do and do it . Be committed to something for like 2 years.

I really like that advice. I'd like to put my roots down for longer than 3 or 6 months ya know.

What I'm looking at is possible going with Youth With a Mission again in 4 or so months...or whatever... and doing a school called "Children at Risk." After the initial training part we'll do an outreach and work with children at risk than I'm suppose to commit to a year long internship with a ministry that works with Children at risk. One of the schools is in Belo Horizonte Brazil and the other is in Switzerland. I don't know what the time frame for the Switzerland school is, like how long everything is but it may be similar.

In Belo Horizonte they have some permanent ministries goin' on. They have a home for x-street boys, and one for girls, a home for teen mothers, a school for the deaf and I believe a home for HIV/AIDS kids.

Truly working with street kids has been a dream of mine for years.

So this is just some stuff I'm lookin' at and learning about to see if possible it'd fit into my future. I'm not sure if any of this will work out but you and I will find out huh!?:) God holds my future and He knows I'm willing to go anywhere and wanting to go anywhere, "get me outta this house Lord!!;)".


tinni ruhanen said...

Oh Marie! :D Sounds like you are having a really spiritual life in your mouth! Uu, that hurts! I feel sorry for you and I will be praying for you!

Sounds wonderful how you have been thinking of being somewhere longer than just 3- 6 months.. That's what I have been thinking also.. I want to start living my vision! :) The school you have been thinking, children at risk.. Maybe I should do that also! :D I've heard so many people speaking about it.. You were thinking the time frame for the Switzerland school.. It longs for 9 months.. 3 months lectures and then 6 months internship in Africa. My friend is going there next year. she told me that they would be going to Rwanda and that sounds so interesting! :D Rwanda has been on my heart, so I want to go there! :D I hope you will find out which one of those is better for you! :) That girl was staffing in the same dts than I was.. They were in Belo Horizonte at the same time I was in NYC with you. She told me that the place and the whole system there was wonderful and she was praying that should she go there to do that school.. So, that's how I know about it. :D

Bless you Marie!

Anonymous said...

Hello Marie!
You left a note on my blog sometime back wondering about the abstinence program I was teaching in the schools...we mostly wrote our own, but we used some material from No Apologies. (I think you should be able to find it here http://www.noapologies.sg/Programme.html...) We also used material from another source or two as well as writing much of it on our own. I could send you some outlines, if you'd like. Our director just told me about another program called "Dying to Have Sex" (I couldn't find it online...I'll ask and try to remember to pass that on to you...)that is actually state funded here in Arkansas--she's hoping maybe I'll get accredited to teach it instead next year...you might look into that one as well.


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