Our first assignment was to make a journal. Every week we have different things to write about and reflect about. Here’s Davey’s cover:
And here’s mine:
quite a contrast, huh?!
Week one was quite a bit of orientation and “getting to know” the group. It’s been a challenge to remember everyone’s names… especially Chu Myong and Chyong Chik. Chyong Chik said we have to say his name 10x a day to remember it. By now, I think we’ve got them down! Although we are one of the youngest members, we’ve gotten along great with everyone and learned a lot. We had an AMAZING speaker on Thursday and Friday and he talked about Christ’s love and living a life of love instead of following a bunch of rules and striving to be good.
After class ends, we head off to our work duty. Basically everyone on campus is assigned a job they have to do everyday for 2 hours. I am SOOO excited I get to work in the garden! It’s much better than waking up at 4am for breakfast dish duty! So from 3-5pm we work the land… the past few days we’ve weeded and planted peppers, arugula, bok choy and papaya. I’ve been learning so much about natural farming and how to garden without chemicals. We make fertilizer from egg shells, fish guts and vinegar, use worms to make compost, and burn wood to crush charcoal to add nitrogen to the soil. Sasi, one of my friends from our group, is working in the garden with me and we hope to be able to use these skills when we go overseas to teach people to grow their own food.
We cleared out this whole area and made 6 raised beds to plant vegetables!
This is where we went to church today:
And we found 3 of these guys in our room that afternoon