Monday, August 27, 2007

Day Four - Or Is It Five?

Well, we have been in orientation now for three days and so far it's not going too bad. We've had some lectures on things such as how to teach English in Korean schools, Conversatonal English, Co-teaching, being an ESL teacher...it's been interesting but nothing too exciting.

On Sunday we went to a Korean Folk Village. That was pretty interesting. It is a village done up to show and tell about the Korean history and culture, with replicas of the types of houses the Korean's lived in, their lifestyles, etc. It is fully a working village and has actual people planting and raising crops, taking care of animals, etc. As I said, it was pretty interesting. There was only one thing that really ruined this trip for me and that was the heat. It was so uncomfortably hot! I don't normally do well in heat, so I'm surprised I didn't totally faint or anything. I had about 4 bottles of water during the course of our stay there (about 5 hours), and a slushie which was really refreshing! My stomach was turned from the smells of the food being cooked in the eating area so I didn't have anything to eat. I was also not really hungry because of the heat but I had a couple of cookies to help me get by.

I've actually not been eating a lot - not because I don't like the food or anything, but because of the heat. I just haven't felt like eating. I've tried a little of the Korean food - Kim Chi, which was too spicy for my liking, and some kind of vegetable dumpling things (don't know what they are called). There was a couple of other things, but can't remember what they were. Today was special, food wise. For supper they served spaghetti and french fries, among other items to choose from. I was so excited to eat "real" food - not that I haven't eaten it already this week. They have salads of different kinds, lots of fruit, cereal and scrambled eggs at breakfast, chicken wings, and some other items I can't recall offhand.

Tonight we're going to a movie they are showing in the auditorium in one of the university buildings. It's a Korean movie with Englih subtitles, and I hope it will be good. We went to one last Friday night as well, and that was rather enjoyable.

I've had an answer to prayer today. We met a couple of other Christians at orientation, and they informed us that they've met other Christians here too. I was beginning to think that we were the only Christians here. Two of the Christians are assigned to the same province we are assigned to, but I don't know about the others. We don't know if we'll be in the same city or not though because we only find that out at the end of the orientation.

Please keep praying for my back as it is still bothering me. It is getting better, and is generally the most stiff and painful when I wake up in the morning or if I've been sitting any length of time. I'm getting better walking without the muscles clenching up and can also walk a little faster. I'm still praying for healing, and I know that God can heal me.

Well, we'll probably be heading to the movie very soon so I'm going to sign off for now. Have a blessed and Christ-filled day!

4 comments:

Prayerful Knitter - Shelly said...

It's so good to hear that things are going pretty well for you! I'm keeping you and your friends in my prayers.

Janice said...

I've been praying for you as you adjust to the heat and food and lifetyle of Korea! (Also praying for healing for your back!!) I can picture the Folk village you went to as I visited there when we were living in Japan! (I took many trips to Korea to shop! :-)!!) Looking forward to more updates!

Matthew said...

Hi Shelley,

Sorry I was away when you had to leave, I was in Ohio for Dad's funeral. I'll be remembering you in prayer and I hope you have a great time in Korea.

Matt

Maggie Ann said...

Hi Shelley, I had NO idea you were leaving for South Korea. I'm sorry about your back pain. I hope the Lord clears it up soon. I haven't been over to visit for a long time....I got a spinning wheel and love it. And, I've been knitting a pullover summer sweater. I have the back done and am getting started on the front not. Thankfully I've been visiting a knit shop for help when needed. Are you teaching school there in Korea? You take care, God bless you!