The rainy season is moving in, so the stifling heat is finally beginning to dissipate. It’s actually starting to feel quite nice here most days. I’ve been here over a month now. Classes are moving by quickly. I have settled into a nice routine of studying hard for about 10 hours on Mondays and Tuesdays, studying for a few more hours on Wednesday and Thursday mornings before teaching on those days from 2:30-5:30, grading papers and reading on Fridays, and trying to kick back on the weekends.
This weekend was an exception. I just finished writing two exams (an unexpectedly rewarding process) for next week’s midterms, as well as study guides to hand out this week. I’ll be heading up to Reston, Virginia on Friday for the annual MFI (Ministers Fellowship International – the network my parents are part of) Conference. It’s been just long enough to where I’ll probably be experiencing some mild reverse culture shock, as well as the “weather shock” of autumnal America. It will be good to get a brief break from the grind and to see my brother Gabe, who will be traveling there to play with his church band from Portland, Oregon.
All in all, the first month has gone pretty smoothly. Not only have classes gone well — I have even gotten to stay up with my favorite TV shows. I downloaded episodes of Breaking Bad on Mondays (an eight-hour process) to watch in the evening, and I introduced my mom to Downton Abbey just in time to actually meet one of the actresses from the show (Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith) during her visit to Haiti last week. The lone exception to the rule has been my health. I have been experiencing extreme fatigue over the last few weeks, to the point where I haven’t been able to get out of bed until about 9 a.m. I went to the doctor on Friday and got a blood test. He said I tested low for protein, so I’ve been taking supplements. I haven’t noticed a difference yet, but it might just take a while to kick in. Another person who works around our house complained of fatigue today, so it is possible that it is also something contagious. With a missions team coming down at the end of the month and a youth conference to preach at, my plate will be full, and I cannot afford to be exhausted all the time. I ask you to pray with me toward complete healing.
With that being said, I will try to update more frequently as time goes on. There is a lot to say and a lot of stories to tell. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. My e-mail address is adams.john -at- gmail dot com. I would love to hear from you.