I hit the ground running here in Kingsburg. With in the first hour and a half a had a tour of the church and the whole town. Within 3 hours of my arrival I had meet most of the volunteer staff and shared a meal with them. IMO, there is little better fellowship than eating a meal with someone.
The next morning, which was Sunday, was a whirlwind of a day. Small groups at 8:45 followed by church service at 10:00- straight after that I when to a college and careers luncheon. Needless to say, I meet a lot of new people- and some that have the most interesting connection to my parents. I must say the Covenant church is a very well connected body. This took me out the about 2:00. I then had a few hours to rest and ready myself for the Senior High group.
If you are just joining us, I must inform you that I am a introvert and if this does not mean anything to you, allow me to inform you. I need time to recharge by myself. Large groups for extended amounts of time tire me. An extrovert gains energy from crowds while introverts cringe and tire from them. Over time I have learned how to counter act and work through this “negative”. I am a what I call “extroverted, introvert,” meaning that I can engage with crowds and meet lots of people but I need time to reflect.
I do not consider being introverted in a extrovert’s environment to be a disability, but a challenge that complements the extrovert. When an introvert and extrovert can work together, drawing out and upon each others strengths and weaknesses, we see amazing ministries and partnerships.
I digress. This first day was pretty good. Packed, but good. So far, I enjoy who I am working with and for. I am excited to see how this year unfolds.
Last thing. My parents are official empty nesters: I been moved out for a while, brother is in college, and my sister is going to be in Africa for a year. You can follow her here: http://hasepape.wordpress.com/