That means "hello" from Italy!
Not much time to write here, and this is the last day I'll have internet access, but I just thought I'd pop in to say that I am well and happy here in Italy. I miss my family terribly, but as I explained to my husband in an email this morning, I try not to think about that too much or I would be distracted from doing what I'm supposed to be doing.
Travel over here was full of delays, missed planes, more delays, and late flights. Twenty-three hours and nine minutes later, we finally made it to Bologna. The joys of international travel, I guess.
We spent the first full day in Italy touring a medieval village called Ferrara. It was beautiful, thousands of years old, and HOT. The temperature has been incredible--like nothing I've experienced before. It was over 100 degrees for our first three days here . . . and have I mentioned that we have no air conditioning in the hostel where we're staying? Apparently the Italians are superstitious about air conditioning--they think it's not good for your health--so not many people even have it. Can you say unbearable?
But apparently it IS bearable because I have not melted or died or even gotten sick. God is good.
On Sunday our group was split into three smaller groups to attend three different evangelical churches in the area. What a blessing to worship with believers from across the globe who speak a different language, share many different customs, but worship the same God. Amazing.
This week has been full as we have run the camp for Italian youth every day. We begin our day at 8:00 a.m. and finish around 6:30 p.m., but God has supplied all the energy and stamina we need. We've played games, taught English, and heard stories of people who have been changed by Jesus. Most importantly, many significant conversations have taken place, and that's what we're here for.
I'm going offline for a few days, but you can be sure things are going very well here. I will come home with lots of happy stories to share.
God is good.