I leave June 11th, with a briefing with the other interns starting the 9th. I am so stoked. After checking out all the books on the Philippines in the library (including the awesome children's books with pictures), reading pamphlets of info from the consulate, FH, and my dad, and asking my intern director in the Philippines about 12,209 questions, I feel quite knowledgeable about the country (and already like it!). However, I still do not know what really to expect, and I love that. I'm not sure exactly how to prepare myself outside of reading the books and listening to the sermons FH has provided us with. I'm just praying.
Also, I had coffee with an old friend and mentor figure who is a missionary in the Czech Republic. She had some wise words (roughly):
I feel I need to remember this going into a place where I will want to see change and where change needs to happen. While I have a passion for doing this and God has implemented that passion in me for a reason, without Him, my efforts are futile (in the eternal perspective espeically). Thus, in all my drive to independently make the world a better place I must remember that my plans need to be aligned with the God of the universe first and foremost. When His plans become my plans, change is real and change is deep. This is one way I've learned to apply glorifying God in everything I do-- give my plans to Him and have them returned conformed to His desire.
Pues, chao for now!