JULY 27th - I am now week two and day two of teaching. I realized today begins the second half of the trip for me. If you count the traveling days I am at the midpoint. It hardly seems possible. I know the rest of this week and next will probably go pretty fast. We have covered quite a bit of material if you consider the number of classes we have had. The air-conditioned class room is on the second floor of the school. I get to spend most of time teaching there and then I spend a couple of hours each day in the piano lab working with the piano students.
I appreciate all your prayers. Please pray for the students health. We have missed a few the past few days due to fever and illness. I have been very fortunate to not have any issues with health. I really have felt very good the whole time. I think it must be all the good home cooking from Feba and the insistence that I eat! I feel like I have a routine here now. I teach from 9:30 until about 3:30 and get back to the house around 4:00 or 4:30. I have been taking walks when I get back and then spend sometime looking over the classes for the next day. I also have been composing some each night as well. Supper is around 8:00 p.m. and then I can read or do devotions and connect a little to home. This week I have been also preparing for what I will share at church Sunday and also what I will share at home on the Sunday after I get back.
It seems it has taken the first half of the trip just to get adjusted to my new surroundings. I now can focus a little more on what God has been showing me and teaching me while I am here. Without the crazy schedule of home and interruptions that occur on a daily basis, it is easier to simply be quiet before God. I hope Abraham and Feba don’t mind that I spend quite a bit of time in my room. It really is a productive time for me and something I can rarely do at home.
Speaking of home, I think I am getting a little homesick. I switched the desktop picture on my computer to a pic of the fam. I really am doing OK with it. The only time I can think when Tami and I were apart for this long was when she went to Africa for two and a half weeks three years ago. It will be great to see her smiling face once I get back. I don’t think I have been away from my kids for this long either. I am sure there were times they wished they had this long of a break from my presence but I am pretty confident, now that we are all a little older, they would be OK with me coming home. It is funny the things you miss when you are gone. The jingle of keys getting dropped on the counter when one of the kids walks through the back door. The random Pepsi Tami brings in to my office on Tuesday morning when she comes to church for Bible Study. The Thursday lunches with my Mom. The not often enough evenings visiting with friends and the list goes on. I look forward to each and every one of those things when I get back in August.
This blog will journal my experiences as I prepare to go overseas this July and teach at the Asian Christian College of Music in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in India.