Starting Our Second Semester in Language School

Ann ? January 2006


One of my favorite object lessons that God has provided for us are the seasons.  I love the idea of all of us going through seasons of life and that it is all a cycle.  There are so many spiritual lessons we can learn and apply to our everyday lives if we just stay attuned to nature and the natural lessons of God?s creation.


I was so excited, when our first day of our second semester in language school the teacher assigned us to write 4 ? 5 sentences about our favorite season.  We were to use only the vocabulary and sentence constructions we have learned so far in our 5 months of classes.


Well, I went home preparing to write beautiful prose about my favorite time of year - autumn.  And yet as I began to write I realized that there was very little I could say in Russian.  There was SO much I wanted to express but I haven?t learned how to . . . I haven?t learned YET.


?Yet? is my new buzz word for this semester.  Not, ?can?t?, or ?won?t? but ?yet.?  ?I haven?t learned it yet?, and I realized by not being able to do this assignment like I wanted to do it is great motivation to start the new semester strong.  I WANT to learn how to express myself so badly.


I want to express myself to the Russian people and share with them deeply about who God is and what He has done for me.  And I want to be able to understand their hearts and how they are experiencing Him.  And I also want to be able to really hear their needs and desires and dreams and disappointments. 


I am so grateful for the many prayers that have been offered up on my behalf last semester.  I was pretty discouraged but by about November I turned a corner and things began to stick more and the grammar is actually coming together in my head.  Oh, there is still so much I miss, and I?ve got a l-o-n-g way to go but I am eager to stay the course and keep on keeping on.


Thanks for being in our balcony! Thanks for being in our balcony!

As start 2006, we are so grateful for our supporters in finances and prayer.  We know we are not alone.  We have a team of cheerleaders back home, standing in our balcony, cheering us on, praying for us, and supporting us.  Thank you so much!  And please, keep the prayers coming!  (and the mail too ? it means so muchJ)