So it’s been about one week of #2weeksofnothing and I’m so excited! I’ve been really pumped about going to Peru this summer and giving to the community there. However, one thing I’ve found really hard during this is not spending money on eating out! I honestly thought that I had cut back on spending money for eating out, whether it was fast food or in a sit-down restaurant. I’ve found out that I would normally spend money on eating out almost every other day of the week! That’s so much money!! I am glad that through this experience I’ve found that out so I can budget better. AND I’m glad I will be giving all this money to help the ministry in Lima, Peru. I hope that this will also better prepare my heart for what we’re getting ourselves into. I’ve never been on a mission trip abroad, so I’m hoping to understand more and more what it looks like to serve others across languages and cultures. So far I’ve been learning about their needs through this #2weeksofnothing fast, and I will be learning more as we prepare for the trip. BUT, one thing I have heard from many people who have traveled abroad is that the natives love to host and give you food to eat! They want to know if you love their food, because that means you accept them. I’ve heard many stories of this and I’m so excited to experience it! I want to love all of the foods they put in front of me! (This is saying something because I’m a very picky eater). AND there is a passage that says “taste and see that the Lord is good…” (Psalm 34:8a), so I definitely want to do that by accepting their different types of foods. Soooo essentially #2weeksofnothing has been teaching me about the different Godly aspects of food. The end! :)
-Hayley Beran, UIS Senior
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