I was bit by some fire ants today, but thats ok.
Trip Start Aug 19, 2010
23Trip End Apr 05, 2011
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My first day at ECHO has been going great. We’ve got a great group of 16 people taking the course, which is really a perfect number for learning… not too many so that you feel intimidated to ask a question, but also just enough so that diverse back grounds are represented and people are asking questions that don’t enter your own mind.
After Breakfast, we had devotions and took a tour of ECHO
Going into this, I’d been feeling quite over whelmed by the enormity of my task: learn tropical agriculture applicable to Zambia. "I don’t know ANYTHING about it, there’s too much to learn", I thought as I doubted God’s grace in the matter. However, having toured the grounds, taken my first two classes and heard commentary about the farm here, I believe God has equipped me quite well for the task at hand. I’m not going to get everything in three weeks, but I’ll just go into “sponge mode” for the time being and do the best I can. Each staff member has been knowledgeable and I am excited to have them and the other resources (books / hands-on experience). After a very animated class on Transformational Community Development it reoccurred to me what a total geek I am – and how much I love to be fed such applicable knowledge. If only I had been this way those first couple semesters of college!
Tonight I found out that my dad was in a motorcycle accident earlier in the day
Also, please pray that I wouldn’t be so distracted by my new surroundings and information that I forget the heart of why I’m here. In a similar fashion, please pray that my brain’s sponge like qualities would be extra spongy when studying and sitting in on classes. We have had some very deep, educational, and insightful conversations (especially the six ladies, as we hang out after class). I do hope that this would continue for the remainder of this week.