Day 79

Day 79 – December 1st, 2017

How on earth is it already December?? 79 days since I said goodbye to my parents and sisters in Woodstock. Only a little over 80 days or so until my parents will be here!

Yesterday (Thursday), Madeline and I normally disciple a woman named Titina and her daughter Katia. I forgot to mention this in the last blog, but Titina was one of the people that got baptized this past Sunday!!! I have some good news and bad news about our discipleship with her. The bad news is she is now busy on Thursdays during the time we normally visit her. The good news is that she is now discipling someone from one of the smaller villages outside of the city on Thursdays!! It’s so cool to see God working through Titina!! Hopefully, we are going to try to find another day to still meet with Titina! Pray that the scheduling for that will work out!

Yesterday was a bit of a rough day for me at Pepe. I was so exhausted. I got like 7 and 1/2 hours of sleep the night before, but I was still worn out at Pepe. It didn’t help that I had a bit of a power struggle at Pepe with two twin girls in my class. They are 4 years old and I still just barely won the power struggle. But at the end of the day when I left they still came up and group hugged me with the rest of the class!

Speaking of me being tired, I am in need of some help. I can sleep 8 or more hours at night and still be tired the next day. I fall asleep all the time during the day. If I sit down for more than like 5 minutes there is a good chance I will fall asleep. I was never like this back home. I would never ever fall asleep in a public place at home and now I cannot even control when I fall asleep. I’m taking a B12 and an iron vitamin to make sure my iron levels aren’t dropping too low and causing the fatigue. Part of the problem may be that the whole 2 and a half months I have been here I have only slept all the way through the night like twice. I wake up 2 or 3 times a night here. Sometimes I can immediately go back to sleep, sometimes it takes me 30 minutes or so to fall back asleep. I take a melatonin vitamin at night to help with sleep, but, other than giving me crazy dreams, I don’t think that it is doing much. So I am asking any nurses or doctors or whatever to give some advice on how to get better sleep and be more energized during the day!! Leave your advice in the comments please or email me!

I also received a package from Momma last week and my favorite part was all the letters I received. I won’t list them because I don’t want to leave someone out, but to anyone who wrote one: THANK YOU!! I hate to pick favorites, but I really did especially love the letters I received from Anna Carol and Brock!! (Again, no one tell them they were mentioned and lets see who’s really reading these blogs)

My teammate Madison has been very sick these past few days. The doctor thinks she sick from accidentally drinking the water. Please be praying for her.

I went with Madeline and our old Pepe teacher, Edna, to visit some of our students and their parents. On the way to our first house, we ran into a student, Jayla, who couldn’t find her mom. So we helped her find her mom, ended up staying and teaching her mom, and, if I understood correctly, she gave her life to Christ! Then we went to the original house Madeline has been going to. It was fun to play with our Pepe kids their and to see the whole family excited to sit and listen to the creation story and to be so willing to learn. The only bad thing is that Madeline and I were late for our Portuguese class.

Portuguese has been a bit of a struggle for me. I understand pretty much everything that gets said to me, but I have a hard time getting my sentences together for a response. I’m still taking a class and it is going well. I’m just asking for prayers about me grasping the language well and as quickly as possible.

7 thoughts on “Day 79

  1. Hey baby girl, I am sorry that you are not sleeping well and staying tired. Interrupted sleep does not make you feel rested so I bet that is why you are staying so tired. Maybe someone will respond with some great advice for you, I know I can take one Tylenol when I can’t sleep and it helps me and it doesn’t make me have had dreams.praying for you to get more rest and that you will continue to grasp the portuguese language, I know that you will! Luv you

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  2. I’m sorry your sleep is stil not working out for you. I’ll talk to some of my friends. Hopefully things will work out with Titina and y’all can continue working with her. You should have more packages coming over the next couple of weeks. I love you and praying for you!

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  3. Interrupted sleep leaves you tired more than just a little sleep does I think. I’ve used Tylenol PM a few times and it helped me and I didn’t wake up feeling like I had been on a heavy medication that makes me feel blah. Love you and prayers continue!

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  4. “Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.”
    ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:12-13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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  5. Sorry you are not getting much sleep and rest, that alone will really drag you down. Do you have Tylenol? That always works for me. Hoping you will get to feeling better soon.

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  6. Praying for you constantly girl! I am so sorry to hear that you have not been able to sleep good. I know that fatigue can be very stressful but know that the Lord will supply you with strength and many people are back home praying for you! I have so much to tell you when you get back! Love you Abigail!

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