Life In Korea So Far

Okay, I feel like I’ve been writing a lot lately so I was trying to spare you and wait to write another blog, but the demand and questions from my friends and family has made me realize you guys are eager for more. So here it is. 

I am no longer living in the “sexy time” hotel and I have officially moved into my apartment. Although the apartment is quite tiny I am content. I have a full size bed which is bigger than the twin size bed I was expecting. I have a full size refrigerator so I’m able to fill it with healthy, yummy groceries. And the size of the apartment and furniture is a constant reminder of how much excess I was living in back home. I am absolutely thrilled I have been given the opportunity to build the habit of living minimally while I am here. 

Tiny Tim is the one on the left. Isn’t he precious?

I officially started teaching after only 2 days of training. It has been both mentally overwhelming, and the most rewarding thing I’ve ever experienced. The children melt my heart daily. From 5-year-olds who speak better English than I do to 10-year-olds who get excited when anything in the story dies.

I knew I would be teaching English to children 5 to 13 years old, but I didn’t know that I would also be teaching Math, Science and Social Studies. It’s giving me a new appreciation for all my friends who are elementary school teachers. As much as I love all the children I work with, I am 100% confident (even though you all think I’m crazy) that I will only be teaching junior high students when I return to the states. Each of my classrooms are no more than 7 students with my smallest class being 2 students. I have one class with two boys who I could get lost in conversation with for hours. They are so intelligent!! I can’t even begin to wrap my head around all the things they know. And my kindergarteners are the most precious little children I’ve ever laid eyes on. One little boy in particular, Tim blows my mind each morning. I asked the children to draw a picture of what they eat and drink for breakfast and the next thing I know his little 5-year-old brain is saying “Teacher, spelling for Vitamin Water” lol, I love it! 

This will be my Kryptonite! I have no idea what it’s called
but it is fried, gooey, sweet and sour seaweed goodness
and I love it!!

The food here is AMAZING!! I am no stranger to Korean food, I’ve been eating it for years and thanks to Madhu, I had a partner in crime to enjoy it with when I was in the states. BUT, there are so many things here I’ve never even seen in America. There are also plenty of “western” food options here if I ever get sick of eating Korean food. I’m super excited to try one Mexican restaurant in particular and post pictures because I know it will make you all laugh out loud as much as I did when I saw it. I’m laughing again now just thinking about it.

Some kind of meat with a mustard sauce.

I visited a church on Sunday. The pastor of the church is a man from India and although Jesus is the same in America and Korea, church is very different. The church was located in a room inside a building and can probably only hold about 100 people but it was so refreshing to listen as people sang about their love for our Father so passionately. I’ve been invited to try another church by a woman who has been so kind so I’m hoping to visit that church this Sunday and then start plugging in and serving somewhere. I’m desperately in search of connecting with a body of believers who I can serve alongside. 

You guys have been so wonderful so far and I have been overwhelmingly blessed and touched by all the love, support and encouragement I have received. Thank you for understanding where my heart is, thank you for supporting me through this journey even though I know it has been difficult for many of you. Thank you for taking the time to send me encouraging notes and thoughtful messages letting me know you are praying for me. I can’t express in words how comforting it has been and there have been times already in the short time I’ve been here that I have needed it. Missing all of you!

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