Hello lovely readers !
I am still loving life here in South Africa! The Lord has truly given me a heart for this place and these people. I can already tell it is going to be amazingly difficult to leave.
Because this semester is service and travel-based, our classes are condensed into a much shorter time frame. We began classes the last week of January, midterms were last week, this is dead week, and next week is finals! I can hardly believe it!
Unfortunately for me, I am taking isiZulu, an African “click” language, and class extends until the end of March. This is because I am taking a full two semesters of isiZulu, instead of the traditional one! Classes are quite intense, but I love being able to speak isiZulu with the people! Most of the time, South Africans don’t expect Americans to speak isiZulu. I love surprising them by greeting them with their first language!
Most people are almost fluent in at least two languages here. I find that fascinating! I love that many people are familiar with English, because that eliminates a language barrier.
Even though we’re not on the Azusa Pacific California campus, we still have chapels. I am a theatre major and have been singing for much of my life, so I am blessed to be able to help lead worship once a week! I love APU chapels, but there is something about helping lead worship for fifty people that you have come to know and love—the same people who are living this crazy adventure with you.
Today, my isiZulu class took a field trip to Pietermaritzberg, a city near where we are studying. It was so interesting to walk through the busy city and observe South African life! Most people walk on the left side, as they drive on the left side!
I absolutely love it here. I am so thankful for this experience!