Merhaba — Hello Everyone!
Life in the past couple days has been extremely interesting and extremely colorful! We’ve been able to experience the awakened passion of the Turkish people. Because of the political activities of the past few days our plans have changed slightly. Our original plan for Sunday was Street Work, but because of the demonstrations we chose to walk the streets and meditate on the work that so many have done before us and the work that is still to be done. Our time spent walking was the perfect time to reflect on our time here in Turkey and to look forward to our traveling this week and next week.
We finished our two weeks of work today by splitting up the team into a group who went to continue the work with the Children’s Schools teaching English and a slightly smaller group who prepared a large meal for a meeting at a local organization. There were two specific schools at which the team served. Some of us taught the children songs like “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and enjoyed learning the ABC’s in English AND sign language. The creativity that we have seen in the Children’s English schools is extremely inspiring. (I know I speak for the whole team when I say that I am so thankful I already know English!) The slightly smaller of the two groups enjoyed a morning of picking through the local markets to find the ingredients needed to concoct a meal large enough to feed a small army. The chefs (Laurel, Hannah, and I) decided on spaghetti. Who doesn’t like spaghetti? The preparations for dinner took most of the afternoon, but it was definitely worth it in the end. Each of the workers who attended the meal was also blessed by our culinary skills. It was a relief to serve in a way that I felt directly related to. When it came to today’s work – I can say that I was actually confident in my gifts!
Tonight’s organizational meeting was enlightening and inspiring. It was worth it to hear from workers around the city and the progress that each team has been making. We have been blessed to have the chance to be influenced by these people, but it is amazing that we have also been an inspiration to the people here. Our time here serves a twofold purpose. Every direction that we look brings blessings to our team.
Our week of traveling begins in a few days and we are all very excited and ready to experience the colorful history of this beautiful country. The team would like to add that we are all safe and taking the measures to stay as protected as possible. Our thoughts go out to family at home. Peace to you all!