Maryland YFC, continued

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
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Trip End Dec 31, 2009


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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Just some more updates about our week with YFC in Maryland. Just so you know, I'm writing this a week out, so the details will be minimal. Kind of just a glance.

The schools today were a little out of the ordinary. In the morning, we did a show for an alternative education school. These kids are all kids who have been kicked out of mainstream school. Some of them are pretty tough--all of them with pretty tough backgrounds and family situations. Thankfully, our show's has some content that is geared toward them. Maybe something sunk in.

In the afternoon, we put on our video for Maryland School for the Deaf. Interesting, huh? So we put on subtitles (you might have guessed), and you'd think we wouldn't need speakers or sound at all, huh? Well actually, it was quite the opposite. The principal asked us to put the speakers on the floor, face down. Then we had to crank up the volume to uncomfortable heights. You see, the deaf like to feel the music, even if they can't hear it. Well, they felt it all right. So did our speakers. Come to find out, we were blasting sound above the safety threshhold for our equipment. Two speakers blew. A week later, and I'm still working on fixing them.
But anyway--nothing against the school. It was an interesting experience. And I didn't have to turn of my cell phone during the show :)

Busy day this day! If I remember correctly, we spent the afternoon with Arn (our host) touring downtown Frederick. Kelsey took a lot of pictures with her cell phone, and I'm not sure how to upload them onto the computer. If I figure it out, I'll add them.
But we visited the Center for the Arts, strolled a riverside park with some amazing murals of stonework (the mural was on a flat wall, but was painted to look like stonework--fascinating). We browsed some little specialty shops, where I got a Christmas present for my dad--he's hard to shop for, so I snagged it. I also got a little something for myself. I got a new watch! Actually, I haven't owned a watch for years, so it's something to get used to. But I couldn't pass it up--especially for only THREE dollars. Hah! It's pretty sharp, too.

That evening, we headed to the house of some friends of the Bjorndals (wow, Mike, lay off the prepositions). We shared dinner, and talked about our respective jobs. Cris Rhyner, our hostess, talked a while about her experiences in India. She works for an organization called Partners in Hope (and per her request, here's the website: www.partnersinhope.us). Partners in Hope simply does anything they can to equip Christians in India to carry out mission work. India isn't friendly toward outside missionaries, so PiH doesn't infiltrate the country so much as it builds up the believers who are already in the culture. Pretty cool.
So we viewed pictures of India--everything from the slums to the Taj Mahal. Interesting country.

Well that's pretty much it for Thursday! On to Friday...
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