Well folks! Here we go.
I have been in Ireland now for 4 full days now and the craziness is just now sinking in. I have been hard at work in the cafe which is where I’ll be helping out most. I’m still learning but the staff here have been so affirming in how they’ve been teaching me. Never negative nor condemning as I am told to sweep the same spot until it is perfectly clean or told to put on my hair net for the millionth time!
Hopefully some of this stuff is creating in me a habit so by next week I will be completely capable and solid in the jobs I have been trained in. Mini-victories for myself have ranged from navigating foreign airports and transit systems to making myself my first cappuccino.
The days are full but go by so very quickly. I haven’t had much time to go out and see the city because a full days work mixed with jet lag has me wanting to put my feet up at the end of the day and then crash! (only to be awaken by the drunk lads shouting outside at 3 a.m. but that is a story for a different time)
In this ministry everyone I work with is just so real about how life is. No sugar coating or trying to over simplify how things go here. For example, I was told when I first arrived that I would be a little shell shocked by the use of cursing here, which remains true. I still am a little taken back when I hear a young person dropping the ‘f-bomb’ without even flinching to worry about who is around. It’s simply their culture. But the ministry itself is completely upfront about the realities of what go on and how things work. But it is done in such a loving way I already feel incredibly welcomed here.
Please keep me in your prayers as I continue to adjust; not just physically but also emotionally and spiritually. Pray that God gives me the boldness to step out of my comfort zone and strive for building relationships with these kids.