Orientation has been amazing. Gary and Lynn (the couple who are running orientation) have used this week to help all of the students get to know each other. They’ve shown us some of the sights in Oregon (Isaac, they showed us some historical sights on Roosevelt…you would have loved it) and have been available to answer any questions we might have (and believe me…we have hundreds of questions :) .
All students at orientation and the couple who will be flying with us to Davao.
On Sunday, we went to Newlife’s home church, introduced ourselves, talked about why we wanted to attend Newlife, and prayed with the church body. Definitely a blessing.
Yesterday, Gary gave us a talk on working with the poor. Of what he said this really touched my heart:"Don't go to serve the poor, their needs are infinite and their burdens are too heavy for you to bear. If you go to serve the poor you will burn out. Go instead to serve Christ. His compassion never returns to Him empty. He renews those who wait on Him, gives them purpose, and joy."
So, we fly out tomorrow and arrive in Davao on Friday. Please pray that we have safe flights and that we all make it through customs without any problems.
Love you all.