Saturday, August 27, 2016

School has started!

         

Hello everyone! Just wanted to give an update on the first few days of school. I really enjoy coaching elementary PE, even though we have a lot of kids in a small area. I find that if I have a plan of what to do, it's a lot easier to keep them focused. So basically I teach PE from 9 until 1 along with another staff member, Coach Tyler. He was here last year so it's nice to have him to help. One of the hardest parts is learning the names of the students. The other hard part is being out in the sun and heat for 4 hours. It is definitely draining! After elementary PE, I then go to the new campus and teach junior high and high school girls PE on my own. This is fun as well, the students are very motivated and work hard at whatever I want them to do. Several of the girls are also on the cross country team. I like this because I have more opportunities to get to know them.
Speaking about cross country, the first practice was Monday. I was a bit overwhelmed Monday because 30 students showed up. This is a lot for just one coach so I'm very thankful that Tyler is helping me. Running in the heat is hard so we decided to do two morning practices and one in the afternoon. This works out well except for our time is limited in the mornings. I love coaching XC more than I ever thought I would. My knowledge from the past five years makes it easier for me to come up with workouts and also inform the students about running gear, like shoes. It amazes me how God truly prepared me for this position throughout the years, like working at a running shoes store for 8 months. I know exactly what to tell people when they ask about what kind of shoes they need.
We just got back from another retreat, but this one is with the junior high and high school students. It was a good time. We played games and swam and listened to Chago preach the Word. The best part was hearing the hearts of the students on the last night. God did some amazing works in those students' lives these past few days! I'm really looking forward to getting to know the MCA students better- they are such a great group of students.
During the retreat, Chago spoke on the crucifixion and it just reminded me how much Christ went through to save us. It is overwhelming and should overwhelm us every day. Unfortunately, I take it for granted way to often. One thing Chago said was that the more we understand what Christ has done for us, the more joyful we will be. Christ sacrificed everything for us, therefore, we should be joyful and thankful, in the good times and bad.
Thanks for reading!

Friday, August 12, 2016

In Christ Alone

Where we stayed for staff retreat in Arroyo




The adventure has begun! Just wanted to give everyone a quick update on the past week. Thursday through Saturday was not too exciting as we were in the car for the majority of the time. God really blessed us with safe travels and no traffic. We stopped at some pretty cool places along the way too. Once in Texas, we met up with the staff and went to Taco Palenque (a popular restaurant down here). It was a good way to get to know they people I would be living and working with. They are a great group of people who love Jesus and are so passionate about what they do. I can't wait to get to know them better and work along side of them.
Sunday was church. It was my first time seeing the completed gym on the new campus. I literally got chills when I walked in because the last time I saw it, it was a concrete floor with nothing in it. Now it is a beautiful gym facility. God is so good!
Another blessing was the couple that my parents stayed with while they were here. They made us all feel so at home and made my parents feel a little more comfortable with leaving me down here.
We have been on a staff retreat for the past 3 days. All 33 staff stayed in a house on the Arroyo Colorado river. It was a great way to bond and get to know the staff that I hadn't met. The scenery was beautiful and I learned how to fish! The worship and sing time we had was amazing. One of the songs we sang was In Christ Alone. I've always loved this song, but I was reminded on this trip that our hope is found only in Him and if we don't have this hope than we have nothing. We also can do nothing on our own outside of Christ. I think I will make the mistake of trying on my own to be the best PE and cross country coach instead of relying on Christ to live through me. That is something I will have to work on.
I am looking forward to school starting on Thursday and will update after a few days. Getting ready to go swimming now so got to go. Thanks for reading and for all the prayers...and if you have any prayer requests or comments please feel free to post below!