Ok, I know it has been FOREVER since I've posted. And I apologize for that.
Everything is going well.
I've been too afraid to write this, for fear of jinxing myself ... but, here goes:
I haven't had any major problems in any of my classes this quarter.
I've had a few little mishaps and a couple of ill behaved children, but all in all my classes are MUCH better this quarter than last quarter.
Perhaps next quarter's classes will be even better.
I've made a great group of English speaking friends one town over. It's been really comforting to spend time with other Americans, to just hang out and enjoy the evenings. We play billiards, cards, or any silly game we can think of. It's funny how enjoyable it is to spend time with other people who enjoy the same sports, politics, and movies/TV as you.
My Korean is starting to fall into place. I'm starting to string sentences together. I'm understanding more and more. Sadly, my speaking skills are very limited. Because few Koreans know a non-native Korean speaker, most people aren't very good at understanding Korean with a thick American accent! I had the same problem in Russia and I'll get over it. Sometimes it's easier to just speak in English and gestures ... but I know that ultimately it will be better if I use the Korean that I know.
My homestay family situation is working out well. I'm really happy with them and I've been told that they're happy with me, too.
In the last month or so I've met a number of American who went to Christian colleges. It's always good to have other people who understand your background.
The Korean teachers that I work with tell me that I look much happier ... which in turn makes me feel even happier.
I'm trying to discern the next steps in my life. I'm still in the application process with the General Board of Global Ministries to be a career missionary, but I honestly have no time line. I'm just praying that something will open up eventually and enjoying the time I have now.
I think that I will try and do a missionary internship over the summer; visiting one or two of our United Methodist missionaries. Perhaps next school year I will look into an English teaching position at a Seminary or Methodist University here in Korea or I will look into an English teaching job in the middle east.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org