Orientation

Hi all,

So this is a practice/trial/test post. (For anyone stumbling upon this, please check out the About page to get caught up on what’s happening in my life!) I’m sitting in my room at the University of Chicago, a mere day and a half away from jumping on a plane and saying goodbye to everything I know and love. For a year anyway. I think I’m ready, but I suppose you can’t ever really know until it’s too late. I’m blessed to be here with my fellow YAGM volunteers(85 0f us in total). We’ve spent the past week in many discussions about how to accompany our host communities and how to support one another as we venture forth on this journey. I can’t begin to imagine what the next year has in store for each of us, but I can’t wait to find out!

Peace, Love, and Happy Trails,

Ethan

In Country

I’ve been in Australia for a little over two weeks now, and I’m still adjusting! The time difference (15 hours) is a little rough, but I think I’m finally getting used to it. Everything else is very similar the US, but different in small ways. For instance, I still try to get into the wrong side of the car (the driver sits on the right, passenger on the left). I think I’m getting the hang of it though!

I suppose I should mention where exactly in Australia I am and what I’m doing: I am in Shepparton, Victoria, Australia. That’s about two hours North of Melbourne. Shep has a population of about 40,000. We’re actually entering spring/summer here and it’s supposed to hit around 100 degrees Fahrenheit by Christmas (AHHHHH!!!) I’m working at St. Paul’s Lutheran, the only Lutheran church in Shep. The congregation has been on amazing journey that I can’t even begin to relate…and thankfully don’t have to. Below is a video from a television program about St. Paul’s. They do a better job explaining than I ever could.

The Little Church That Grew

Thanks for reading,

Ethan