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9.28.07 - Friday
Day at sea. We debriefed our time in Lisbon after breakfast. Then we had a â€ścrashâ€ť emergency drill, followed by a man overboard drill. Leman, our 1st mate, actually jumped into the sea - with a life preserver, of course. Then after rescuing him, we turned off the engine and went swimming. We tied to fenders â€śbuoysâ€ť together and went tubing. Also we tied a rope off the mainsail and swung ourselves off the boat into the sea. The waves were huge swells.
Afterwards I took a quick shower, then we were back to sailing. I had 2 Â˝ hours left of watch, then we watched Nacho Libre in the saloon. I thought of John and â€śFire and Ice wrestlingâ€ť. Afterwards we were all feeling soo rowdy - me especially, so we wrestled each other.
9.29.07 - Saturday
Woke up feeling like I had a fever. I was so soar from yesterday. Plus we had rough seas, so I wasnâ€™t feeling so good. We saw huge dolphins today - over 30 of them were competing for a spot in front of the bow. It was incredible!
9.30.07 - Sunday
Woke up at 5:30am for watch duty. We sailed through the Straights of Gibraltar - Afica and Spain was in pain sight. I saw my first sunrise - It was beautiful! We arrived in Malaga, Spain around 8:30am.
10.01.07 - Monday
Today was a day off. Dan, Elena and I went into town, Elena went in the internet cafĂ©.
10.02.07 - Tuesday
Today was a day off. My cabin finished up our laundry and then went to the Picasso Museum. It was amazing! Lots of creative ideas were running through my mind. Then we went shopping. We found soo many cool shopsâ€¦. I now have a favorite clothing designer - .
10.03.07 - Wednesday
Today was a long day of teaching. Erika discussed Evangelism and living out the gospel in our lives, then Brian started his teaching on the fatherheart of God. After lunch we had 4 hours of work duty. I painted the bow of the boat and vacuumed the saloon.
This evening was a very difficult time for me. I was seriously thinking about dropping out of the program after what happened. After dinner I was exhausted and asked if I could go to bed and instead of doing the group activity which was to hang out at the beach or in town.
I donâ€™t think Iâ€™m supposed to leave, but at times I want to. Mainly because of the schedule. Basically I have to be up at 7:30am and then we have worship and lectures til 1pm . We get at 15 and 20 minute break in between, then at 1pm we have lunch. After that we have either 4 hours of maintenance/work duties, sailing training or small group activities. Then at 6pm we have dinner. OK so after going for 11 hours straight youâ€™d think weâ€™d have the evenings off to rest - but NO then we have more training, prayer or small groups until 10pm.
After being forced to go to the beach for 2 hours, I went back to the boat and talked to Cassie. She prayed for me - it really helped. I was able to calm down and go to bed no longer upset.
10.04.07 - Thursday
After a long morning of teaching I met with Erika and the DTS leader to discuss how I was feeling. I explained that I was exhausted. I asked for grace and the opportunity to go to bed when Iâ€™m too exhausted. The leader was not the least bit compassionate or understanding. She basically said that this is the expectation and she would not make any compromises. She said that I could leave the program if I didnâ€™t think it was working outâ€¦.
There have been a few things Iâ€™ve seen and experienced from this leader that has bothered me and made me question her motivesâ€¦ I donâ€™t have time to go into detail, but if you could just pray for God to work in this situation, for the relationship with the leader, and to give me rest and strength to continue the program.
I feel I am supposed to be here with all my heart. Itâ€™s just very difficult for me at timesâ€¦..
10.05.07 - Friday
We had morning classes, then after lunch Meg and I went for a short walk. We had a great talk as we walked along the pier. There are several stray cats throughout the city and also along the pier. Their home is under the rocks and bushes. During the day youâ€™ll find then sleeping in the shade and at night theyâ€™re running about looking for food. At 2:00pm we had 2 hours of sail training with Cassie. It was all very confusing. After work duties Etienne, Meinhard, Makayla, Matt, and I went to play Frisbee on the beach. After dinner I colored my hair. Elena laughed at me as I made faces in the mirror. My hair turned grayâ€¦ She was calling me grannyâ€¦ I was cracking up.
10.06.07 - Saturday
Elizabeth led the mornings teaching on intercession. Brian followed with the Fatherheart of God. That afternoon our activity was to go into the city and look for one person to pray for. Also to prayer walk - praying for the city as we walked around. We broke up into teams of three. Dan, Duffy, and I went to the park. We talked to a homeless man who was washing his clothes in a nearby fountain. Then we met a man from Germany who was on a BMW motorcycle tour for two weeks. He was absolutely gorgeous and 6â€™7. We prayed for him then heading back to the boat to debrief.
10.07.07 - Sunday
After morning teaching and lunch, we were given free time. I took a nap then went into town with Elena. Dan caught up with us. We found the mall, although it was closed. Basically the whole town was shut down because it was Sunday. I was able to go to the Modern Art Museum. I got lots of cool ideas for art projects. After dinner I sat on deck and tried to get WiFi - with no luck, so I journaled instead.
10.8.07 - Monday
Woke up at 7:15am to get my laundry. I was surprised to find that all my clothes had been folded. Later I found out that my DTS leader had done so. I guess this was her way of making a peace offering.
I ran into Dan. He and I walked around and took photos together. Dan mentioned seeing a homeless women who was sleeping on the beach. He said that often heâ€™d find her praying. We went to find her so I could possibly take a photo of her. She was kneeling on a blanket with her hands raised to the heavens, praying to God.
Later that day I found out Lydia had just prayed with her 30 minutes before I visited her. For three days Lydia tried to talk to this women and brought her food. Each day the woman would not say a word or even look Lydia in the face. But today, the day we were to set sail, this woman spoke to Lydia.
At 10am we set sail for Ibiza. It was a beautiful day. The water was like glass and you could see clear to the bottom. Tiny dolphins played along our bow. We had a dance party on deck. After dinner we gathered on deck and took communion together. We worshiped and prayed. It was glorious! Then everyone went into the saloon to watch the video I made.