What a busy day!

I had an extremely busy day on Saturday (July 22) but the worst thing was I had a very painful stomach ache most of the day. I haven’t had a stomach ache in a while and even when I do I’m used to them because I grew up having them but this stomach ache was very painful and sometimes I even felt nauseous from the pain. It was difficult to enjoy my day with how sick I felt.
In the morning I went to the orphanage at 8:30am to meet the team that volunteers at the orphanage and then at 9am we took 15 of our pre-school kids to Olympic park for the morning. We had a great time with them at the park and we also bought them ice cream. I have been volunteering at Myung jin orphanage with my church since March and that was my first outing with them. Usually we have a program for them in one of their rooms at the orphanage where we do songs, a Bible story and a craft with them. I learned what a couple of the kids ages are and I was surprised because they look a lot younger and underdeveloped and shorter then their age. Though that often happens with orphan children, those kids are spoiled at this orphanage but they still shouldn’t grow up as orphans! Billy who is volunteering at my school for a couple of months, this summer came to help out with the kids and he was pretty good with them.
Around 11:30am Billy and I said good-bye to everyone and left the park. We wanted to take the bus or subway to Gangnam for Doug and Corinne’s farewell but we couldn’t find the stops, so I suggested that we take a taxi there (taxis are really cheap here in Korea) because I was feeling more sick from the heat. We did end up taking a taxi there and it was really nice to sit in an air-conditioned car and not have to stand the whole way or do any transfers.
Finally when we all met at Connexus and then we went to the restuarant for lunch. On our way there nobody knew where we were going or where we were going to eat, so we just followed Laina but she wouldn’t tell us! Also on our way there we stopped at a pharmacy because I was still feeling a bit nauseous from my stomach ache, so I got an unique experience! We explained how I felt to the people who work there and they gave me medicine (this powder stuff, pills and liquid I had to swallow with it) and I had to take it right there in the pharmacy! It tasted so gross!
We ended up going to a Korean restuarant and everyone from work was there (12 people from both Connexus and KAC). After lunch we went back to the school to celebrate four birthdays (Jessica, Kyong-jung, Jae Young and Lauren). We ate a delicious white chocolate cake with chopsticks like we usually do and then Doug and Corrine got a couple of good-bye thank-you gifts. Then we all went to the noraebang (the singing room – karaoke). We had a lot of fun. Lauren and Cheryl wrote a good-bye songs for Doug and Corinne who are leaving. They did a great job and they loved it! I have grown a lot closer to my co-workers at this school than my old school I used to work at, sot that’s a blessing.
In the evening I went to Lauren’s birthday celebration. We went out for dinner at a Korean tofu restuarant. After we went to a beautiful tradional tea house. It was a great day, except for my stomach ache I had.

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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