I am here in New Zealand with my friend Brenda and loving it! I will have to post pictures when I get back :) A friend of ours is from New Zealand and set it up so that his grandparents picked us up and have been taking us around. It has been amazing! They are the sweetest couple and used to work for WYAM on the Mercy Ships. It has been really cool to ask them all sorts of questions about their experiences since the Mercy Ships has been something I have considered doing. Anyways, we have had the opportunity to go on a bus tour to see the upper part of the North Island. They drove the bus on a 60 mile stretch of beach which was amazing! The beaches here are soo beautiful. Then yesterday we went on a boat tour of the Bay of Islands and go to snorkel and feed fish out of our hands. We also go to go boom netting which was quite the experience!! Basically a couple of us went in a net that was attached to the side of the boat while the boat was moving. It was pretty crazy but fun! I have been overwhelmed by the beauty of God's creation. Yesterday as we were in the boat viewing the harbor I couldn't help but praise God and thank Him. I feel so blessed to be here and to enjoy God's creation. I have been reading that book "Here and Now Living in the Spirit" The first chapter was talking about living in the present. I know we all talked about it last Saturday that we met. It is so hard to be still and live for the moment but I am trying to do that. It has been great here just trying to take in every moment and enjoy each day :)
I can't wait to join back in the group when I get home. I am praying for you all!