It has been a busy week here for me, as I expect most of my weeks will be from now on. Last Saturday my fellow volunteers and I spent the day with the Filipino staff from the clinic. We played games, sang karaoke, and spent time swimming. They also decided to introduce us to some Filipino foods. As much as I wanted to be strong and courageous, I didn’t manage the balut (fertilized duck embryo which is boiled and eaten out of the shell) or the salted fish that was still staring up at me from the plate. Maybe I will try again with a large bottle of coke sometime!
The beginning of this week brought our first assignment which I will need to complete by Friday the 31st. My brain is protesting this return to textbooks and long answer questions. In addition to completing our coursework, us volunteers also spend time being tutored in the local language and attending 3 shifts a week at the clinic. Last night I spent on night shift at the clinic (10:00 pm to 06:00 am) and it suddenly turned into a busy morning when there were three babies born within a span of 4 minutes! Prior to that I also went for a ride to the hospital when an earlier patient needed to be transported. Thankfully this meant that there wasn’t a lot of time to be sleepy! I actually found that I enjoyed being in the clinic at night. It is quieter at night and the light is dim. Most nights it rains here, and the sound on the awnings outside drowned out any noise from the street. The only downside is that trying to sleep during the day when the house is really hot is not very easy. I am excited for my weeks to fill up with a sort-of routine, but am also feeling a bit overwhelmed as I look at the calendar for the next month and see all the things that need to be done. In trying to combat the feeling of being overwhelmed I have chosen this verse to calm my mind and ease my fear.
Because of the Lord’s great love,
we are not consumed for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness!