Wednesday, July 30, 2008

So what DO I do all day and where do I do it?

(This has turned into a fairly long blog. So, for those of you who may be short on time, I have the main and important ideas in bold lettering for your convenience. )
Welcome to a sneak peak into my day. Here's a video tour of where I work!

Every day is different for me depending on which day it is. For example, Monday mornings are team meetings so I have to be at work early....that means leaving my house at 6 a.m. to avoid rush hour but I get to leave work around 3:00. Wednesdays, on the other hand, are bible study days so I come to work around 1 p.m. and am here till about 9 p.m. So you can see how things change.

Instead of giving you a daily schedule, I will tell you the various jobs that I have. I am given various projects to complete during the week. This week and next week I am working on translating the UCU website. To see it in spanish, click HERE. So that is a big job I have at the time being. I am also diligently preparing materials for my ESL classes which I will start teaching at the end of August. I'll write more about that as it approaches. Lastly, I have been asked to be a major planner for UCU's 40th anniversary. The big bash is scheduled for the first week of June, 2009. Keep in mind that in Latin America everything takes twice as long, so we'll need these 10 months to get it right! I won't bore you with the details of it but trust me, its a project with a capital P!

I also, in time, have an opportunity to possibly pray about and begin a program for student moms. These would be single moms who are attending university and trying to be responsible moms at the same time. These are brave girls who choose to pick up the pieces of their lives and make something of themselves. Again, this would be WAY down the road, but I am thrilled to have been asked to start thinking about this as it is where my heart lies: with the young single moms of Colombia.

Wednesday nights are bible study nights here at UCU. Various student leaders are asked every week to speak. Here are some pictures of the Wed. night event:

In other news (just a side note) I am going to be moving! Yomaida (who you saw in the video) and I are going to be moving into an apartment together. I have decided that after nearly 2 weeks of my very trying commute, I need to be a lot closer to the office. This will be especially important when I start teaching evening classes as it is dangerous for me to make such a long commute every night. We'll be apartment-hunting this Saturday, start the paperwork, and should be moving in sometime towards the middle/end of August. More to come...

I realize that many of you may not know what UCU is and what we do. So, if you would like to find out, read on past the quote where I have outlined the basics of what we do.

QUOTE: "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
Thomas A. Edison

UCU (United Christian University)
-UCU is a professional and student movement that seeks to:
1. Evangelize: to promote the kingdom of God and His righteousness in the field of Colombian students.
2. Build up: providing spaces in which students grow as a community of disciples of Jesus Christ.
3. Send: encourage students and graduated professionals to understand their careers as an opportunity to serve and
share as they identify with the poor and oppressed.

UCU does these things by discipleship training, bible study, and retreats. We have built relationships with students nation wide and the objective is to create student leaders who will be a key to Christ in their communities. We are not affiliated with any particular school, students from all universities are welcome. We are, however, very conveniently located directly across the street from the National University of Colombia.


aaron-das said...

good job....very nice post!

Jill said...

I LOVE the vid, you need to put up one of your house, and of your familia and amigos! Love you!

CA RN to Honduras Missionary said...

Hey girl! Love the tour! It's a really nice place! You sure have your work cut out for yourself! Course, what's new with all of us, huh?! Love ya!