Saturday, November 22, 2008

Karaoke! Dokey!

These people are remarkably musical! They LOVE karaoke… No joke! You can hear Karaoke at all hours of the day. Practically every mom and pops store or coffee shop has one! Some people can really sing here! Some should definitely not! It’s wonderful living in a place where music is so enjoyed! I find it amazing at the number of people who play musical instruments! I can take a random poll and ¾ of the group can pick up a guitar and lead worship! WoW!

I’m humbled by their abilities too… it’s not like me pinging away at a string… we are talking talent! It’s not only songs they love… they love to dance too! Everywhere I turn there seems to be a group of youngsters doing ‘hip-hop’ dance to some song or another! It’s all very detailed and coordinated! I went to a church and the youth got up and danced ‘hip-hop’ to worship songs!

I went to a department store and a troop was dancing their hearts out for a promo on cutlery. You just don’t see people dancing like that back home! :- )

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The rain...

Some days it thunders down with a clack and a bang and starts streaming in sideways. You feel it coming those days, hours ahead of time. It hangs low, grumbling... threatening its goodness! Some days you can't even tell when it starts. It sneaks in like a cool sweet kiss and en wraps you with its mild wet hug. It soaks through to your bones and leaves nothing untouched!

The rain here is unpredictably sweet. It darkens the horizon and shortens the days. Sometimes is stays for a simple cup of coffee, and others you think its here to stay. Today it is the later. I woke up to the sound of sweet drops on the neighbors roof. I looked out and it was slick with what the hours had brought. Now as i look out my window... as I listen to the plick, plock and tapped-y-tap... I can't help but breath it in and sigh! I love it!

But I'm also reminded of how the long, drizzling rain storms cause the most damage. They flood the streets and overflow the canals, sometimes stopping all traffic, interrupting the Jeepney system and causing severe delays. Some of the more unfortunate in the squatter villages often come home to find their homes floating in the brown, sewage filled mire. To them, it is not a sweet delight. It is a nightmare. One that happens over and over again...

The Midwifery Times ~ November 2008

The Midwifery Times November 2008
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Catching up on things...

Much time has passed since my last entry. The days are fuller than ever before. I looked down to catch a baby and three months have passed! I feel like time is more elusive... more intangible than ever before in my life! My birthday came and went, another year older... and happier than I can remember.

I LOVE being here. I love this country. I love the people. I love catching babies. To date, I've caught 77! I'm looking forward at the next few months and I wonder what God will do.

Where will I be this time next year? What will I be doing? Will I be in the mission field still? Will I have passed my NARM exam? Will I be in the States? So much can happen between now and then! I have to constantly remind myself that I'm to live one day at a time.

I am admonished to "seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Matthew 6:33-34

So with that in mind, I look forward to the next few months... the tests, the homework, and the babies. I look forward knowing that His plans for me are good, loving and perfect. I know that He has a plan in all this preparation!