Saturday August 4, 2018

Philippians 4:12-13 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound in it. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

Today was a very busy day, starting really early, we were back to Kinderstadt (or kid city), both Jeff and I working at various stations while the kids played and engaged with other kids. It was a very busy and exhausting day, but a real treat. During the day today, I really feel like my humility was put into check. I may be an educated person, but I feel like an infant, completely helpless and I am having to completely rely upon the goodness and grace of others. I am not able to communicate to the children or adults without the help of Google Translate or without one of the few people around that speaks English. It is very difficult and very tiring to constantly have to struggle to ask a simple question like “are you having fun?” or “what is your name?” or “do you want to make this?” I have also learned the importance of learning to laugh at oneself, which I have been doing very well at, probably because I am regularly making a fool of myself attempting to figure out this language. But what I have found is that when I am trying to say something and don’t know how to do it or if I do it incorrectly, we try to find another way to communicate, and if that doesn’t work the best solution is to shrug my shoulders and laugh—when I start laughing at myself the mood lightens and we find ourselves having a fun. It is also a great way to keep the frustration at bay, because if I can laugh at myself it makes it a whole lot easier for the other person to do the same.  : )

We had a really funny experience today. As part of Kinderstadt (or kids city) there was a “farm” (aka: petting zoo), and at one point during the day the goats made there way out of the pen and started running through the city! The kids loved this and were nothing but giggles and laughs. But worry not, the goats were safely lured back to their pen with food.

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Tonight the kids also were able to spend the night in the church as part of Kinderbibeltage, and much to our surprise, all three children spent the night in the church.

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