Bethany Hess        Network 21 Missions

The 'teachers in training' hard at work

Typical Amsterdam!

This is the YWAM building that we are staying in!

What we walk by every day! Beautiful, isn't it!

if you know me at all, you know i enjoy shopping, i like clothes, shoes, accessories...
please don't jugde by the way i dress! ha! ha! 
lately, when getting dressed in the morning, i just haven't been able to find anything to wear that made me feel, you know, pretty or whatever. 
so, i have been wanting to go shopping...i know, it is  a bit excessive...i have clothes, but i really wanted to go shopping!  well, right now, there is no money for that : ).
before continuing this story, i have to give a bit more info...
here at the base, they have something called the "care closet". it is a space where people can take their unwanted clothing and/or get "new" clothing.  kind of like a community thrift store of sorts. 
so i went down a few days ago and found quite a few things! 
the last 4 outfits i have worn, have consisted of at least 1 piece from the care closet. 
all outfits being ones that i really liked, and felt good in. 
this all might sound funny or silly, but when i was getting dressed this morning, i was excited to wear my new shirt and shoes...
the same excitement that goes along with wearing a new outfit for the first time!  i realized, God had provided me with 4 new outfits all for free!  silly things like wanting to go shopping, He took care of!
i thought it was pretty cool! 

as some of you know, lukus and i are staying at the YWAM base here in amsterdam.  while here, we have done a variety of things, the latest being, helping staff a TESOL school.  it is the same course i took before teaching english in 2003.  you may be wondering...did we know we would be doing this when in amsterdam?  no, we did not : )
my beloved TESOL instructors are here in amsterdam doing a TESOL course for 12 students.  the crazy thing is, they were scheduled to come in january, but Gene(the husband) had an emergency heart surgery, postponing thier arrival to mid-march.  we were scheduled to be here around may, but our itinerary changed, and we arrived here beginning of february.  to sum it up, we are here at the same time, and they needed staff for the course (which is 6 weeks long).  what does that consist of for us?  lukus is leading an intercession group thoughout the week, as well as taking care of legistics for the school...visas, book orders, students practicum, etc.   i am tutoring people when needed, helping with evaluation of student teaching, doing "hospitality" type stuff like making meals on the weekends, leading work duties and so on.  (lukus is also helping me in the kitchen...sweet husband!) it has been quite busy, but good.
a lot needed to happen for this course to take place, and it would have been impossible for the instructors to have done it we have been excited to be able to help fill that need!  there is another couple that have stepped up to has been such a blessing to work along side them!  one of my favorite things about this TESOL staff is that is consist of 3 married couples...the instructors who are in their 6o's, mariluz and dave, in their 4o's,  and us in our 20's!  it has been a blessing to  have other, more mature:), married couples around us! 
this blog is getting a bit long, so i guess i should cut it off. 
thanks for all of your prayer and support.  we could not do this without the continued love from all of you dear friends!!!