Saturday, June 28, 2008

HOLY busy!!

ok so.. I'll sorta picked up where I left off as I'm sleep typing in my other teammates room! After the classes this afternoon, we went to dinner around 5pm. Dinner was well satisfying and then I actually had thirty minutes which is when I wrote the last post. I was also able to call Mom, one good friend, and well that's about it. Oh, I also FINALLY used the bathroom :-)  lol. So...we went to games and dancing which is where we learned the electric slide, the cotton eyed joe, the grease type dance, and ohh a few more. The dances we learned are the ones we will be teaching our students in Asia. It was fun! If you are familiar with me or the Brendles in general you will know that I sweated BIG time at this point in the evening! I mean.. sweat pits, wet hair, and smelly feet for sure! :-0   SO MUCH FUN THOUGH!! After games concluded, my team went off to have some alone time. We sat for about 2 hours talking and getting to know each other and our backgrounds. I love my team so much!! I can't wait to get to Asia!! All of this is so fun, tiring, but overall an amazing furthering of the kingdom and I cannot wait to see what is in store for the next few days left in training! Please feel free to comment on the blogs! Share the address with others and thanks again for all the support! My support group is AWESOME and I love each and every one of you!! Goodnight!!

Trusting in Him,

HOLY fun !!!

Even though I only have a few minutes to write because I'm at the craziest training EVER with the busiest schedule...I LOVE CAMP CHINA!!!! So the flight to L.A. was four hours long but due to sleep depravity I slept some!  AND... When I was eating breakfast in the Atl airport.. SHANE B. AND HIS WIFE, BETHANY DILLON were eating next to me so I got to meet them! ( Shane and Shane) When I landed in Cali, I found my fellow teachers at the baggage claim! We rode a bus for about an hour to a city called Riverside, California! I honestly didn't see much scenery because I was laughing so hard at my first fri
end, Christi Wilson (student at Auburn). When we arrived, we were greeted with very friendly leaders. We went to three stations to check in, get our dorm assignments/name tags, and our notebooks. My roommate isn't one of my teammates but oh is she just as CRAZY as me! In fact, today as my team and I were walking back to the dorms I was randomly (imagine that) singing "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." and from about 4 feet in front of me, my roomie joined along loudly which caused a group of ladies singing Aretha Franklin. 
Anyway... yesterday we got to know our teams, the organization history, the leaders, and then had a banquet dinner. Each group had to do a skit. So... we did a communication skit. Our theme was... we know in Hong Kong there will be communication barrier, but we have already developed that in the States. There are about 6 of us from the South East and to our Northern teammates we sound quite interesting! So, as one of the leads, I exaggerated my accent and went along with it. People laughed and told me I did a great job with the accent and I thought it was humorous considering the fact, I was just talking normal! LOL. At camp we represent almost ever state and Canada and Hong Kong. (teachers). Alabama wins with having 17 teachers!! YEA!! Alot of us are Frazer alums. After watching an informative video, we had a big WELCOME party with ice cream, popcorn, karaoke. So team bonding was the theme for the first night. Our team is AMAZING! There's now 8 of us and our leader. We get along so well and literally live in laughter! I love them already!! I was SO tired when we were finished due to the time difference (we are 2 hours behind AL time). So.. to bed I went.

This morning (Sat.), we woke up very early to dine for breakfast from 7am to 7:45. Around
 8:15 we began our day. We did team skill games like untie the not, and a few more games. Then, we sat until noon listening to curriculum instructions etc. Our team is so SOLID. It's so reassuring to know that people my age are in love with the same being that I have grown to love. After lunch, we had the boring stuff. We sat and listened in a classroom for 5 hours! Yes, my page looked like a doodle pad! We learned much about our country, the language.. etc. Well I'm late.. I'll update you in a little bit! Stay TUNED!!!!!!!!! Just wanted to add this pic in of some of my teammates!! From left to right.. Liz, Hannah, Christi, and Emily!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

* upDATES *

Greetings from Atlanta, GA!
I am sitting here anxiously awaiting the morning so I can FINALLY depart for LA! Today has been quite stressful! I never knew packing 5 weeks of clothes, teaching supplies, gifts, and everything I need in a foreign country in ONE 40 lb. suit case could be SO difficult! Plus the relocation can be quite frustrating as well! However...He is so faithful to me as He swarms me with PEACE and comfort and prepares me to do His will. I am so so excited!! I just can't wait to get going. I have no clue what all training has in store for us! I'm so ready to meet my group though! I am leaving you with some important dates so you can be up to speed as well and can be lifting me up with specification:

* June 27 - Arrive at LAX
* June 28- July 1 - Training at CBU in Riverside, CA
* July 2 - leave for Hong Kong
* July 4 - arrive in Hong Kong
* July 4 - Aug 2 - Camp Hong Kong
* Aug 3 - fly into LAX
* Aug 4 - fly into Atlanta

Thanks so much for all of you who have helped physically, financially, and spiritually! I love y'all and will be in touch!! PEACE!


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Team and Location~!

  • Team Members

Katie Bartlett (leader), Brandy Brendle, Hannah Dulaney, Mike Shows, Liz Walker, Rebecca Washburn, and Christi Wilson