Monday, January 31, 2005

Happy New Year! 2006!

Aloha and Happy New Year!!!!
Boy, it has been a while since I have last sent out an email. Things have been busy. Several people have asked me recently what God has been teaching me… Oh, where to begin- 1) God’s grace is sufficient, 2) to trust Him in all circumstances, 3) to be patient, and 4) to spend each day focused on what God has put in my life.

So what has God put in my life at this moment in time:

Preschool- God has blessed me with 12 adorable preschoolers and a full time teaching assistant. I am with children from 6:45 am til 4 pm on a daily basis. May, my part time assistant, moved back to Samoa after Christmas. The day before I left for the mainland for Christmas I hired Aunty Sybil. I am still in the process of training her and taking care of all the administrator/director duties of preschool as well as teaching all day. Needless to say by the end of the day, I am worn out.

More sad good byes- Boy am I looking forward to heaven, where there will be no more sad good byes. I had to again say bye to two of my close friends. May left in December and Aisha just moved to Big Island this past week. No one told me that when I moved to Molokai, that I would have to say hello and good-bye to so many people. In the five years I have been here, I cannot begin to count how many sad airport departures I have been apart of.

An answered prayer- Well after losing two friends, God has blessed me with two new buddies- Jasmine and Marcus. They have come to Molokai for a few months to be student interns with Mission Molokai. Jasmine is my new roommate and Marcus is staying up at the church. God has been so gracious to allow Jasmine and I to become friends so quickly. They have only been out here a week and a half, and yet I feel like I have known them a lifetime. God is so awesome!!

Christmas and New Years- Going back in time, a month or so. I was able to spend Christmas in Washington State with my mom, dad, Gramma, and all of my aunts and uncles. It was the first time that I had ever spent Christmas with my dad’s side of the family. We had such a wonderful time. I even got to play in the snow and spend New Year’s Eve snow mobiling. It was a blast!!!

Upcoming plans- God has allowed me again to travel over spring break. I leave March 20th to head to New Zealand to visit with some missionary friends for 10 days. I am looking forward to this change of scenery and a time to grow with God. Please pray that His will, will be done.

Mahalo nui!!! – To all of you saving Campbell’s labels and box tops, I have to share a picture of some of the new equipment we were able to get. We were able to get a t-ball set, bat, bases, art materials, and a digital camera. If you have never watched a t-ball game with 3 and 4 year olds, it is the cutest thing imaginable. Keep the labels and box tops coming!!! We all appreciate them greatly!!!
Prayer Requests-

Future plans

Preschool Enrollment for next year

Safe travel and God’s provision for New Zealand Trip
If at anytime, you would like to come for a visit, I would love to see you!!! Email me back or call me (808-553-8124 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 808-553-8124 end_of_the_skype_highlighting) if I can pray for you or you just want to talk. I hope and pray all is going well for you.
Much love and God’s blessings,
Angela Calhoun

PS You know you have been on Molokai too long when you are trying to say “more adequate” and it comes out “Mo bettah!!!”