Day 11 & 12 : More than 1

Once again I am a disappointment in that I have yet missed another day, that being said (or rather written) I would like to take this time to condense two blog posts into one. They both have different miracles but it would just make things easier.

Day 11: The Italian culture is one of incredible generosity. Which did make the move a lot easier for me. On Saturday night we went out for dinner with some friends to Milano, we wanted to see the chocolate festival as well as eat at our favourite restaurant. It is literally this old Italian lady who quite literally tells you what you are going to eat that night, its fabulous. And the food, wow, just beyond…

So we ended up driving, because our friends have a car, part 1 of generosity, the abundance of food, friendly smiles, and free samples of chocolate is the second part. You see, although this is a country of relativity “unchurched” people, the spirit of generosity is something that is so instilled in them they can’t help but give. If you refuse…. its an insult. I love that so much, I think the rest of the world can learn a lot from Italians and how freely they welcome people into their home and hearts.

Day 11’s miracle, a country that is so hungry for Jesus has the ability to give without wanting to receive payment for their generosity.

Day 12: Because of this life that I live, its fairly unusual, I am able to meet loads of new people. Also because we live in a student town, people are forever coming and going. In a way it is amazing, our church group has picked up a couple of people along the way, including a young model from Australia who happened to be at the Hillsong concert standing behind us.

Meeting new people can always be daunting, you don’t quite know what side of yourself to show, this journey has taught me that there should only ever be one side to show. You. Show the only side that you have. I love meeting new people, finding out about their lives, and as much as you think you know someone there is always more to it.

New people keep you accountable just as much as your best friends. You can not profess to be something and then do the complete opposite. I love that, it allows me to practise staying true to the journey that I am on.

Day 12, here is to all you new friends and family, as well as the ones I am yet to meet.

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  1. Richard
    October 25, 2017 / 8:14 am

    Ok, so Hi – I’m ‘reliable’ Richard in Christchurch, married to ‘creative’ Carmen who I met ~5 years after meeting Jesus.

    Initially I thought we had no long term future together as she was planning on going on a mission to Europe & I thought I was staying here. He showed me its one day at a time and I don’t know the future, we married, she realized there were needs here for her (at that time eg prison visiting-taking children to see there mum), and we’ve stayed and supported others who have gone.

      • Richard
        October 25, 2017 / 8:21 pm

        You two seem to have found (or maybe more a case of making) a great one! Can I ask how you met?

          • Richard
            October 25, 2017 / 8:35 pm

            Same here (except in NZ).

              • Richard
                October 25, 2017 / 8:38 pm

                So have they ‘sent’ you to Italy?

                • October 25, 2017 / 8:43 pm

                  No, I guess you could say God sent us, we’re here because my husband is studying medicine

                • Richard
                  October 25, 2017 / 9:34 pm

                  I bless you with a quick return to full health … (so you can support his study phase of life).

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