Dinner parties and discipleship
Even with missing the pumpkin craze in the states (I love a good Pumpkin Spice Latte), October has been one of my favorite months here in Nairobi. Much like August, it was a month of living normal life-- no traveling or special events, just learning language and adapting to life here. This month I have been able to use my hospitality gift by having people over for meals. I love cooking and inviting friends to share the food I've made. These meals have filled me with a lot of laughter and joy. Through the fun and the difficult moments here in Nairobi I really feel like I'm growing so much and really thriving here. God has fulfilled his promise that this time in Nairobi would be good.
Language classes are difficult but good. I've adjusted to my new teacher and we have a much better time in class than at the start. I am able to tell stories using past, present, and future tenses. I still need many corrections for the grammar which is really complicated, but I feel like I can speak the language now. Not at all fluently, but I can make myself understood.
Last week I was able to meet with the manager of the language school. Our meeting was so encouraging to me! We talked about some of the "why" behind the language I'm learning being so difficult. There is a lot of spiritual opposition that comes up against everyone learning this language. There is so much power in being able to communicate on a heart level in someone's native language and the enemy knows this. He doesn't want the group of people that I am working with to experience the peace and freedom that comes from knowing Jesus. Please pray against spiritual opposition to me learning language.
One of the other things that came out of my meeting with the manager of the language school is that I am going to be able to start discipling a young believer from the people group I am working with. Because I don't know if she is in danger from family or her community I'm going to call her Angie in my emails. Angie was baptized in August and she works near where I live. I'm so excited to be able to help her learn more about Jesus and to learn more about her culture as we meet together. Discipling people is honestly one of my favorite things to do. In the states it was so life giving and joyful for me. Please pray that even with very different cultures Angie and I will be able to relate to one another well.
November 8th I am running my first full marathon in Athens, Greece! Thanks to all those who have been so supportive during this time of training. Running is something that has helped me so much in my transition here. Having a specific goal to work toward helps me so much with motivation to exercise. It has helped sustain physical and emotional health as well as provided me with discipline and structure. I find when I'm disciplined in one area of life the other areas of my life are also more disciplined. I'm so excited for this trip to take a breath from work (all the other travel I've done has been for work) and to see friends. I booked my tickets today and almost started crying from excitement. I can't wait to be able to talk to some of my best friends in person and give them the biggest hugs ever.