01 August 2011

And I'm here!

After the most amazing 6 weeks in Greece and Constantinople and 2 weeks in South France, I finally arrived in Germany a little over a week ago. I forgot how much I like being here.

I flew into Dusseldorf and was blessed to spend the weekend with dear friends in Kamen before coming here, to Wiesbaden.

Spending time with the S's in Kamen/Dortmond was the perfect welcome I needed after feeling trapped in France. I was reminded of what it feel like to be loved and was shown more philoxenia than I've seen in a long time. I was and continue to be blessed by that family's presence in my life. Glory to God!

So here I am now, back in the working saddle. And while I love Germany and would really love to be here for some time, I find myself missing home and familiar loving community. As I wrote to a friend yesterday, for the first time in 3 years I am again experiencing loneliness and spiritual isolation. Of course I've gone to the church here already but it's a new community and a whole slew of new faces who speak languages I only baby-talk in.

God-willing, everything will come together in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully I can make at least one new friend who I can do things with (Lord, please help me here, I'm just asking for one!) and then hopefully I'll figure out my teaching schedule and get a system down for that. I think those things will help a lot. I'm praying that does the trick at least. Otherwise, I think I want to be a student again. It's much easier and I'm good at it. ...what was that again you said I could get my PhD in?? :) No, seriously!

Know I am thinking of all of you and sending you my love from this side of the Atlantic.

Here are a few pictures I've taken recently that you might like to see:
The massive cathedral in Cologne (Koln) which Petro, Natalia, and I climb to the top of.. some 500+ steps later we made it to the top. If only I had pictures of the spiral steps we had to take the whole way up - yikes!

 Here is my new abode. I'll try to get a better picture soon.

 
 This is for my brother Doug! 
Little did he know, he has his own cosmetic store similiar to our Sephora or Ulta!

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