God is so good! The Sunday before we were scheduled to leave, God gave us all the funds that we needed to come to here. I was so thankful that it all came together on God's day!
We left Chicago at 1:30 pm, stopped in Los Angeles (didn't see any movie stars), and arrived in Kona past 1:00 am (Central Time). We were on a plane filled with people with the same destination. We couldn't make out what they were saying but we could hear the occasional, "YWAM" and "DTS." When we arrived we got out of the plane and walked down the stairs to exit the landing area and into the open air baggage area. Who would have thought? But, you have to think "tropical" and "island."
There are over 49 countries represented here. Students are in many different DTS programs. This semester is the largest they have ever had. The staff and student population is over 1,400! The picture below is of the Plaza of the Nations (flag court). A flag is raised for each of the nations represented on campus.
Nothing prepared me for all the different nationalities that I would meet. There are people from Finland, Sweden, Brazil, Argentina, Mongolia, China, Russia, Latvia, Kenya, South Africa, oh yeah, and those Canadians! There are two North Koreans who had escaped to freedom to South Korea. I even met a former Pennsylvania Amish guy who had a German accent because he grew up speaking German. He was shunned by his family and friends because he chose to follow Jesus. Please pray for Benjamin.
Here we are and we have already been so blessed! I am still getting adjusted to the packed schedule. My head is still spinning a bit. Once we are a bit more settled, I will write more in-depth about our experience here. Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support. I need to go to sleep.