Some may say that Canadians and Americans have a lot in common. That may be true. However, some things are just not the same. I noticed the accent right away, the way they say 'waaahter' instead of 'wawter' (water), how that a vowel is just a bit more nasally than ours.
I also noticed how cheap the food was-the first day Jake and I arrived in Wheaton, we went out for a late lunch. For $10, I received a huge portion of chicken marsala linguine and a massive 'side' salad. It was incredible.
Tonight as I was sitting around the dinner table with my fellow TEAMservers, Kayla asked if Jake and I could sing our national anthem. She'd never heard all of "O Canada" before, and was delighted. At that moment, I felt a small amount of national pride, and almost wanted to place my hand over my heart-our American friends thought it was weird that we weren't more patriotic.
That's what happens when you are from a country of perpetual cultural allowance.
Our training team consists of 6 people: Jake and I, Jenelle (from Seattle), Nathanael (Colorado), Kayla (California), and Hannah (Edmonton). We have been getting along really well, and have attributed that fact to everyone's shared 'artsiness', if that's even a word. It hasn't been hard to be vulnerable with them, and I can imagine that there will be at least one or two Jake and I might keep in touch with for the rest of our lives.
One of my favourite session today was called "Sharing Christ in Every Culture". I was reminded that evangelism isn't meant to be formulaic, but rather Spirit-led. Every situation of conversion in the Bible is unique in both approach and response.
Praise God for these godly people who are teaching us from their own humble experiences.