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Eksamensforberedelser

Hei igjen. Nei, jeg er ikke blitt borte, jeg har bare hatt litt blogg-dvale. Men nå er jeg kanskje tilbake. Jeg sitter egentlig og venter på at eksamensoppgaven min (i tverrkulturell kommunikasjon ved Gimlekollen, hvis du lurte) skal legges ut. Og jeg har kommet frem til at nå får jeg ikke inn mer kunnskap, så da kan jeg like godt ta meg tid til å fortelle dere litt om hva jeg har drevet med i det siste.

For bare 5 dager siden drev vi og forberedte avsluttingen på Hald. Etter sistgang jeg skrev til dere har vi hatt et par FANTASTISKE måneder på denne unike skolen. De har selvfølgelig vært preget av det som kalles re-entry shock (og dermed ustabilt humør), savn av praksisland (og menneskene der..!), kaos av inntrykk og tanker i hodet  og stress med informasjonsarbeid. Men det som satt mest spor de siste månedene var alle de flotte menneskene, den meningsfulle undervisningen, det herlige fokuset på Gud og å få vokse i hans kjærlige nærvær og gleden ved å få behandlet og formidlet alt jeg har fått oppleve dette året av en annen verden.

Jeg burde ha sagt så mye mer om hva vi har drevet med, men jeg foreslår at du spør meg en gang hvis du vil vite mer. Jeg vil bare si at et Hald år er å anbefale på det varmeste! Det er bare viktig å være klar over at et år på Hald forandrer deg og planene dine, måten du tenker på, måten du ser verden på, måten du forholder deg til stort sett alt. Men jeg vil påstå at det er en forandring til det bedre.

Etter at Hald var ferdig (det gjør fortsatt litt vondt å si akkurat det..) har jeg mer eller mindre levd i et vakuum som burde vært fylt med eksamenslesing men som egentlig har inneholdt mest soving. Litt lesing har det blitt da, og så har jeg hatt tid til å være på hovedkontoret til NMS i Stavanger (lover å forklare hvorfor senere). Jeg lover også å oppdatere denne siden snart. Men nå har jeg en eksamensoppgave å skrive.

In english, please (white)

Hello again, my friends. No, I have not disappeared, I’ve just had other things to do. But now I’m back, hopefully. I’m actually waiting for my teacher to upload my exam exercise right now (in cross-cultural communication, in case you were wondering). And I’ve decided I won’t be able to soak up any more knowledge now, so I might as well tell you about what I’ve been up to lately..

Only 5 days ago, we were preparing the graduation at Hald. The time that has passed after the last time I wrote to you, we’ve had some AMAZING months at this unique school. Naturally, they’ve been coloured by something called re-entry shock (hence unstable moods..), missing China (and the people there..!), chaos of impressions and thoughts in my head and stress with information work. Still, what I’ll remember from the last few months is all the great people, the meaningful teaching, the wonderful focus on God and being allowed to grow in His loving presence and the joy from getting to process and communicate everything I’ve experienced this year of another world.

I should have said so much more about what we’ve been doing, but my suggestion is that you ask me some time if you want to know more. All I want to say is a year at Hald is highly recommended! As long as you’re aware that that year will change you, your future plans, the way you think, the way you see the world and the way you relate to pretty much everything. Yet I would claim that it’s a change for the better.

After Hald was over (it still kinda hurts to say that..), I’ve more or less lived in a vacuum that should have been filled with studying, but that in reality contained more sleeping. I did get some studying done though, and I’ve had time to go visit NMS’s main office in Stavanger (I’ll explain why later, promise!). I also promise that I’ll update this page soon. But right now I have an exam paper to write.

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Puzzle Pieces

I found this in my documents the other day. Something I wrote while I was still in Mandal, at Hald. It was written for you, so here it is:

In class a couple of days ago, we had a game/exercise; we sat in groups of five and the task was to put together five squares out of some pieces of paper, like a puzzle. Each participant got an envelope with three pieces in it. To get five squares of equal size, we had to share the pieces and each needed three pieces from three different envelopes.

This sounds fairly simple, but here’s the point of the exercise: we were not allowed to use any kind of language, be it spoken or sign language. No nodding, no pointing, no drawing, no starring. The only form of communication we were allowed to use was giving our pieces to the other participants. The clue was to see what pieces the others needed and give these away if you had them. In other words, see the needs of others and help where you can.

At a point during this exercise, I had finished my square, and only one member of my group had an incomplete square. This participant had all the pieces he needed, and I could see how they should be put together. It was very frustrating to not be able to use language. I wanted to show him how it’s done. If only he thought the way I did, we would have been done! But that was not how this exercise was meant to be. Every participant had to find the solution, and the group was no faster than its last member. It was only a matter of seconds before the solution was found and we all had squares of equal size. Still, I had time to feel both frustration and impatience. Imagine a small game like this being capable of starting such strong feelings…

This made me think of God and how he is watching our lives the same way. He knows exactly what’s best for us and how we should put together the puzzle pieces of our lives. But we keep making mistakes. We take pieces we don’t really need, we give away pieces that are crucial to us and we put together pieces that don’t fit. This has to be incredibly frustrating to watch! And as opposed to us in class, God can talk to us. He can use His language, but he has said that we have to come to him and ask for help. He wants us to want His help and see that we need Him. He has given us a free will. How frustrating it must be to watch us make mistake after mistake. How frustrating to know that even though He has told us that He wants to show us the solution, we still search for other ways to put our lives together. Ways that do not include Him, ways that do not include the truth.

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If you’re out there

Was about time I posted this song on my blog too. It has pretty much been our theme song at Hald, and now we’re going out to “sing along”.

If you hear this message, wherever you stand

Calling every woman, calling every man

We’re the generation, can’t afford to wait

The future started yesterday and we’re already late

4 Days Left !!

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Go Learn Become

Idag er siste dagen på Hald.. Har virkelig ikke lyst til å dra. Men så har jeg også kjempelyst til å dra, for det betyr at vi snart er på vei til Kina. Har jeg forresten nevt at jeg gleder meg til det? Jeg og Tasha tok akkurat vår siste vaksine; drikkevaksine mot kolera. Og etter en del visumsurr som jeg ikke har fortalt dere om så er det nå helt sikkert at vi drar 1. oktober. Så nå er vi klare. Veldig klare.

Må forresten fortelle om skoletimen vi hadde i går. Den hadde denne titelen: we teach each other games and songs that will be useful in different cultures. Titelen sier vel det meste.. Synes det representerer hva vi gjør her ganske godt; lærer av hverandre samtidig som vi har det gøy.

In english, please (white)

Today is the last day at Hald.. I don’t want to leave. But at the same time i really want to go because it means that we’re soon on our way to China. Did I mention that I’m looking forward to that, by the way? Me and Tasha just finished our last vaccine; a drinking vaccine against cholera. And after a bit of visa trouble that I didn’t tell you about, it’s now completely certain that we’re leaving 1. october. So now we’re ready. Very ready.

I’ve got to tell you about the class that we had yesterday. It had this title: we teach each other games and songs that will be useful in different cultures. The title pretty much says it all.. I think it explains what we do here quite well; learning from one another while having fun.

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