So it’s been three weeks since I’ve been here and I cannot believe I have not written an update blog yet! Life has just been so exciting and busy that I haven’t had time to sit down and write about it. And I honestly have no idea how I’m going to fit the past three weeks into one post – but I’m going to try!
Welcome to the Highfield Oval aka the YWAM Harpenden base aka my new home! And that’s exactly what it is – every since I first stepped foot on base here it felt just like home.
Isn’t it beautiful!? When I first arrived it was completely covered in snow and now that it’s all melted away I cannot believe how beautiful and green it is! According to the locals, this is England when it’s “brown.” I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s “green!”
The bottom photo is of the Oval – it’s literally a huge round oval with all of the buildings on the base going around it. On the top right is the clock building – where all of the offices are, the mailroom and the Oval Cafe are also in here!
In the middle is the chapel – my favorite building on the Oval. It’s an old, small chapel with beautiful stained windows and a lovely little prayer room in the basement where I like to spend my quiet times with the Lord.
The photo on the right is building number 9 – where I and all the other DTS students and some of the staff live! Those big bay windows are actually the windows of my room 🙂
So what does a typical day look like for me here in Harpenden? Well, I’ve quickly learned that there is no such thing as a typical day here but most weekdays look something like this:
- Worship and intercession in the morning
- Work duty – each of us are assigned to different jobs around the base. I started out working in hospitality (the hotel where speakers and guests stay) ironing sheets, vacuuming, etc. But now I’m on meal clean up team so I work in the kitchen cleaning and doing dishes!
- More lecture/class
- Some days we have local outreach
- And some days we have small groups or bible study
- Weekends are free!
On Sundays we all go to different churches in the local area – I’ve been going to Salvation Army which is totally different than what I’m used to… but really interesting and all the people there are wonderful!
One weekend out of every month, Harpenden has a farmer’s market with all kinds of different and exotic foods. So last weekend I went and tried an ostrich burger – which was surprisingly delicious! I’ll have to try the kangaroo next month!
I’m definitely enjoying the English culture – we drink so much tea! I love it! The first day I arrived we had a proper English tea party while listening to the 10th anniversary Les Miserables soundtrack. It was absolutely wonderful. I even learned how to make a proper English cup of tea!
The classes have been incredible. God has been challenging me and growing me and changing my perspective so much and it’s only been three weeks! Each week we have a different “theme” for class. So far we’ve covered the following topics: The Nature and Character of God, The Father Heart of God and Relationships. And oh my goodness, each week God has been completely wrecking me, growing me and taking me more in depth with Him than ever before. The Lord has really been teaching me about who He truly is and who I am in Him and it has been simply amazing. I can’t wait to see what else He has in store!
I promise I will try to update more regularly. Trust me, I want to document as much of this as possible! Next weekend we will be going on a weekend outreach trip to London so definitely be expected a recap post on that!
Once again, I cannot thank everyone enough for your prayers and support during this time – it means the world to me!