The atmosphere changes and people realize that they're about to be encouraged. A slight tension still lingers as they quickly realize they also have to give encouragement. For some reason we all love to be encouraged, but it's hard to give encouragement. We feel too vulnerable in that moment. Awkward, even. We feel like we might get it "wrong" - like encouragement could be a bad thing. So there's a long pause. No one wants to speak up first and yet everyone wants to be the first to get encouraged.
We've already had some cool experiences. I can already see how people have grown. And it's only been two weeks! It makes me so excited for what's ahead. There's no way to be sure of what God is going to do over the next 6 months, but I do know that it's going to be good.
During this time, Benjamin and I actually started to become pretty good friends. He was a volunteer at our base and just always seemed to be around and ready to hang out. He was the one skiing with me when I had my accident last year that put me out for the season. He came to the hospital with me and was a great support throughout that whole day and even through the rest of DTS. And before I knew it, we were just good friends.
Sarajevo, Bosnia. It's a beautiful city. In my opinion, at least. If you look close enough, you can see all the bumpy scars left from multiple wars - both in the physical and in the emotional. There's so much hurt left over from a country that was torn apart. To outsiders, it looks like no …