Monday, October 27, 2008

Get Ready...

Hello all and welcome to our first post!

We arrived here in Richmond last Monday in one piece... actually we were five pieces, but for the sake of clarity we will stick with one. The children did rather well during the long travel day. It was interesting to make notes about the trip, as it was a clear foreshadowing of our future hop over the atlantic.

The kids were not too scared of the plane, but Maddie did decide on the last leg that she would much rather ride in the car. Isabel put it rather succinctly when she announced that her favorite part of the trip was the very early ride in the church bus with Mark Nevels.

Once we arrived at The International Learning Center, heretofore know simply as the compound, we settled in rather quickly. Dawn and I did, however, walk around in a fog the first few days trying to comprehend being back here (we spent 6 weeks here training for our 2-year term in Germany). Slowly the fog lifted and we began the journey!

Step one of the journey:
Read our materials and note, much to our dismay, that we were chosen to be Small Group Facilitators.

Step two of the journey:
Grumble and think of ways we can sneak back to the airport...

Step three of the journey:
After resigning to the fact that the walk back to the airport was too far, we read what a Small Group Facilitator does and decided that it wasn't so bad.

So far our group sessions have not been entirely painful. We were put in a group of cynical introverts, which we can't relate to at all! :) It can only get better.

I do have a few things for you all to be in prayer about:
  1. Pray that we would have the focus needed to assimilate all that we are hearing.
  2. Pray that we would be able to deepen our walk amidst all the classes and assignments.
Ok. Catch ya later.

12 comments:

papason said...

Heyo, don't forget Hadaka Jimi and Ippon Seonagi! And don't forget your Ukemi!
Papason

sewking said...

Hi Isabel, Madeline and Jacob, hope you are having fun in Virginia. Sounds like it is cold there and you are wearing the coats I made you. We are having fun with our new baby, Ava. Can't wait for you to see her at Christmas as Aunt Erika's.
Hugs and Kisses to you,
Love, Grama

Becky said...

Hey Kings,
Thanks for sharing your blog link. Know I will be checking for updates and praying for you. Becky

Wayne said...

I'm glad I wasn't drinking hot coffee when I read that you are group facilitators! Wow! Jetzt seid ihr auf der "leitenden" Seite der Organisation! HA HA HA lol :) Nun ist Schluss mit deinen sarcastischen, trockenen Bemerkungen und 'herummeckern. Gell? Du bist nun der F├╝hrer, Junge! Heil Philip! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!

Wayne said...

I'm glad I wasn't drinking hot coffee when I read that you are group facilitators! Wow! Jetzt seid ihr auf der "leitenden" Seite der Organisation! HA HA HA lol :) Nun ist Schluss mit deinen sarcastischen, trockenen Bemerkungen und 'herummeckern. Gell? Du bist nun der Leiter, Junge! Heil Philip! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!

rhaines said...

Wow!! sounds like the Kings express.

We already miss you. Hope everyone is getting acclimated. We missed seeing you this weekend. Rita, Cami, Amy and I went to Canton and walked our legs off.

We are praying that the classes go well and that you become first rate facilitators.

I keep telling myself It won't be long until Dec. It won't be long until Dec. It won't be long until Dec. It won't be long until Dec.

Love Dad

suzannebrown said...

I was dismayed upon arrival to discover that I was part of the small group you facilitate.

auntie erika said...

Hey kiddos! We really miss you and can't wait to see you at Christmas. Hope things are going well for you and are learning lots of new things. Give the kids a kiss from Auntie Erika!

Love ya,
Erika

sewking said...

Horn Creek comes to mind when you talk of eating as a family with a large group of fellow Christians watching. This too shall pass.
Loved the pics of Maddie.
Love you all,
Mom

sewking said...

Whew! glad that's over. The fear is really worse than the shot. Love the family pics. You all look really nice.
Love, Mom

sewking said...

We are so anxious for you to get home. Erika's house is all decorated for Christmas. We will try to have the best time ever in the shortest time ever.
Love you all and miss you.
Mom

Keystone said...

Loving it bro.
Keep it coming.