Sunday, September 23
Mr. Heal: H-I-L-L
Welcome home to Marvell, AR. As we drove across the border the five of us all screamed in excitement about our new home for the year. Not knowing yet what I was getting into I was excited and nervous all at once. Southern living is a new experience for me. Some things I have learned:
1) You need to add a few more syllables to your words
example: "Mr. H___ was going...." "Mr. HEAL?" "Yes, Mr. HEAL: H-I-L-L"
2) What you don't get done today you can get done tomorrow
3) Ms. Bekki and yes ma'am are especially adorable when the kids say it...
4) We are fixin' to get started....
5) Racial tension is still a very prevalent issue....
I can handle the first four, they are just silly cultural differences, but the 5th I'm having a difficult time trying to wrap my brain around. I definitely was still aware of issues that we as a human race are no where near dealing with, but segregation on a broader level like who can go to what church and where people live is just something that makes no sense to me. I don't know if I'll get a chance to even make a difference, but I hope that I can! I believe we as the church have a responsibility in trying to attain a reconciliation between people. I hope that just because I am loved by God, and his love is overflowing from me, that's all that people will see in me! Maybe a very young, naive idea, but something I still wish upon.
One way that I hope to start this dialogue is with my after school kids' program that I will be helping out with. The program is called God's kids and right now I'm planning on meeting Tue-Thurs and Sunday AM. I am really excited about all of the possibilities!
Also want to hear how God has a sense of humor? I am directing the church choir at the Marvell Methodist church!!!
I feel like my brain is a little scatter-brained. I feel like I am experiencing so much that I don't know how to put it into words!! So this post will have to do for now! Just wanted to give a small glimpse into my new life!