Sunday afternoon I visited a family from Iran, We had lunch together as part of their observance of it being 30 days since the husband’s father passed away. For Mandean people, 30 days is an important time to come together again to remember the person who passed away.
My desire was to try to be a blessing to my friends by coming alongside them at an important time for them
I hope to spend more time with my refugee and immigrant friends this summer. For my morning class, summer break has already started. Last week we had summer weather here, so I jumped the gun a little bit and got my summer haircut and beard trim last week.
But then this week started with rainy cooler days, so maybe my summer haircut was a bit early. 🙂
Summers for me have been a time God shows me things. They have been times of realizing significant directions from God and also times of significant changes for me.
A few examples”
July 1995 the doctor finally diagnosed my problem after a two year struggle with hypothyroid.
June 1997 was my first international trip going to Romania for a ministry trip.
July 2001 I began teaching English as a Second Language at the college where I teach.
June 2010 I went on a ministry trip to Mexico and Jesus showed me he wanted me to study Spanish.
June 2013 I went on a ministry trip to Brazil and Jesus showed me he wanted me to study Portuguese.
July 2017 I found out I have Celiacs Disease.
July 2018 I started medication for depression and anxiety brought on by autoimmune problems.
With my summer break for my morning classes having started already and a five week total break coming in June/July
I have decided on a few things to make this summer meaningful since I won’t have any ministry trips.
1-Spend time with Jesus.
2- Summer reading
3- Spend more time socializing with my refugee/immigrant friends.
4- Practice my Spanish more.
5- Practice my Portuguese more.
6- Get caught up with bloggers.
7- Write more short stories.
If you have books you have found meaningful, please let me know. I have not formulated my summer reading program yet. My budget is very limited for a summer reading list, but please share books that have blessed you.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.