"I am grateful for every new day and its challenges"
Hi again!! This Monday will mark my 3rd week here in Kingston Jamaica. I am amazed at how, even in such a short period of time, I have had much to reflect on and be grateful for. I want to share with you how I ended up with a really bad allergic reaction. It took the form of eczema in its worst state. I usually experience rashes and bumps all over my body, but not like this. Although unpleasant and uncomfortable due to the humidity, I am well in heart and mind, even if the adjusting process hasn't been plain sailing.
So besides not so great skin conditions, I was busy again this week from being at the JBU office and participating in theological lectures at UTCWI. One of the main highlights was when I went to work at Woman Inc, where I had the privilege of going to the Jamaican Houses of Parliament. I observed an important discussion about changing laws on sexual violence against all people (women, men, children, LGBT and other vulnerable groups). It was very enlightening and I was happy to have attended with a supportive organisation. However, it really broke my heart to hear of the many cases of sexual violence and abuse taking place all around Jamaica on a daily basis. So much so, that even in the doctor's office, people were talking about it and asking God to intervene. Especially for the young girls over here. There is still hope though, one being that I get to work alongside organisations that are doing amazing things to make a difference in regards to these issues.
There was also more rays of sunshine to come as the week ended with a lovely intimate birthday celebration, as I turned 22. (3/02/17). I will forever remember this birthday and appreciate the ministerial students here, who put something together for me. So up unto this point, it has truly been a rollercoaster of a ride, but I am grateful for every new day and its challenges. To summarise, I recall an image I took during the week of a Butterfly (see photo) I am reminded that no matter what stage we are at in our journey of life, we are always evolving and blossoming from our cacoons and comfort zones. That being said, I look forward to updating you all again soon. I end this now with a devotional word for us all to share and reflect on. "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, to him be glory both now and forevermore". (2 Peter 3:18)
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