Life and Work

So many of you have been asking what I do for work. Well, here goes nothing. My official title is Head Receptionist. I am often the first face that crew see when they complete a 24 hour journey and step on board.  I mostly work with crew and the other receptionist to make sure everyone gets the information and paperwork they need. I often spend my days behind a desk and in front of a computer. I like administration. I love spreadsheets and color coding. If you don’t believe me just take me to any office supply store and watch how excited I get. I wear a uniform everyday.

One of the best things about working behind the reception desk is you get to interact with so many different people. Often times you learn people’s names very quickly. When there are over 30 nationalities on board you get to learn a lot. I have started saying things differently. (Sorry Veronica for all the times I made fun of your word choice.) I have started using words like rubbish and lift. I still haven’t figured out how to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit and use google often when talking about the temperature outside.

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Out of this group only two (one of them being me) are from the USA.

We are already starting to say our good-byes as people start to go home. That is why most of us are making sad faces.  This picture was taken right before we left on a trip to Ghana and two of our friends were going home. (New blog post to come about the trip.) It has been a good time of talking about life, Jesus, and learning about others cultures.

This isn’t the typical missionary story and I am okay with that. Every department on the ship is vital and necessary.  Without many of the departments on board we wouldn’t be able to run the hospital. We wouldn’t have stories of hope and healing and patients lives wouldn’t be changed. It takes people from different backgrounds and different jobs to make a floating hospital work and work well. I am so thankful that the Lord has given me this opportunity. I get to serve him in one of the most unique organizations, with some of the best people, and in a job that I really enjoy.

So thank you for all your prayers and support. Thank you for letting me see where the Lord is taking me on this journey. Love you all and miss you.

Also love you mom. I hope yesterday was great!!

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Preparing for Change

The last couple of weeks the Lord has been pretty present. He is always present, I know, but recently I feel that he is making himself more known. That could be because I am making a more intentional effort recently to spend time in the word. Who would have thought? All sarcasm aside I feel he reminding me that he is enough. When times are stressful, God is enough. When I am wondering why he allows pain in the world, he is good. When I am having a deep conversation about life with friends, he is the bases of that friendship. How often I miss him because I am not looking for the Lord, but for the good things that he can provide me.

Since Easter he reminds me that he is the source of all wholeness. I still doubt, stress, and cry out over confusion. I still look at situations and wonder why he has allowed it, but I remind myself that the Lord is GOOD. Easter was a lovely time on the ship. Service was a time of rejoicing and celebration. The God of the universe provided a way for us to know him personally.

The Lord continues to stretch and grow me. It’s not always easy, but it is always necessary. This week I find myself tired. It’s been a full and busy week, but I am so glad that I am here. I know that change is coming and I pray that when it does come that I handle it with grace. I stood on the dock last night and said good-bye to a friend. As a stood there I realized that this is going to become a constant in my life. Saying good-bye is something I will have to get use to, but I don’t want to become numb to it. Many of my friends will be leaving this month. I’ve only known them a short time, but being here is like being in a pressure cooker. You need community to get through the times when you are tired, struggling, and weak. You bond quickly with your people here and equally as fast you say good-bye to them.

So that is where I am. I am trying to stand in the Lord’s presence and gear up for the change that he is bringing my way. The Lord has provided for me before and he will continue to do so now!