Repair : Revive : Renew 2.4.2013

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As if we needed the Sandy Hook tragedy to alert us, the United States is falling away morally, physically and spiritually. Let’s honor God (and in turn help revive our country) through fasting and prayer.

On Monday, February 4th, 2013, please join us in fasting, prayer, or both.

To fast, you can (but don’t have to) give up food completely, maybe just give up sweets or meat for the day.

Pray, and ask God for spiritual revival and renewal in our country, and in your own city. This is what God asks of us. Believers getting together in faith this way can move mountains. Please know that we will be praying and fasting with you on this day.

4 February 2013

On Mondays, TWC has programming with your specific program, so for me it’s Business and Global Trade, so some interns get the day off, while others only work a few hours. I and the other interns in my office went to work on Monday, although Garrett (who is in a different program) left around 11. My (boss?) Pattie asked me to go down to the library, where I could get internet access since it’s open to the public to use, and do some more research on transition teams.

However, only about ten minutes after I’d gotten downstairs and onto the computer and was just about to start researching, I got a call from the other intern Nicole asking me to come up and help Alex. He had us help him prepare for the event that happened the next day, so I went back up and met with them to fold some programs that went into books that the attendees received. After that, since it was still a little early for us to go to our programming, Alex drove us over to the NTSB to help him bring some books over and put them by where the event was being held.

The other Nicole stayed with the car in case they asked us to move it (although she can’t drive!) and Alex and I moved boxes of books by the auditorium before he showed me around a little and gave me a heads up about what would be happening the next morning to prep for the forum. Alex is really chill, and he’s easy to joke around with, so it was nice getting to work with him. He and I had an almost banter going every once in a while, and I always like to be able to joke around with people to help the day go by a little easier.

After that, he drove us to the metro station, where the other Nicole and I met up with Gabby. She’s another TWC intern, and she works at the DOI but in another office. We all walked together to get to our programming and stopped for lunch on the way at some Mexican place called Qdoba (not really my kind of place to eat, so I don’t really plan to go back).

As we were walking, I checked my email and saw that the class I wanted had a spot that had opened, so I had to debate with myself whether I wanted to take the spot or not. For one, the class I was in on Tuesdays conflicted with the civic engagement guided project Veterans, but I had already resigned myself to making a good independent project and even had some ideas. Aside from that, the Tuesday class was actually right in the RAF, while the other one is at the TWC headquarters. And the night before I had just bought the book. But I did end up switching into the class anyway, so that’s why I might try to return my book.

The BGT programming was probably the same as the other programs - it was about the ‘business of goal setting’ which was really just a prep for our upcoming assignment where we need to set goals for ourselves. It was over sooner than I expected, and I came back to my apartment to chill out a while before I had to head right back to the TWC HQ to go to class at 6:30. I actually got there on time, and didn’t end up getting myself lost, which was awesome.

The professor is enthusiastic but kind of boring, but I don’t mind too much. At least he let us out early. By the time I got back to my apartment, it was about 9:30 and I was so tired. I sat around and chilled out for a while before taking a shower and going to bed. I knew it was going to be a long day again the next day, so getting up for my alarm was not pleasant.

Oh and of course my shoes killed my feet - I almost took them off to walk back to my apartment after the programming but readjusted my bandaid and hoped for the best until I got back. They were flat, too! But the backs rubbed and jabbed my feet. Fortunately only one of my feet is jacked up, the other one is just a little in pain. Freaking shoes.

But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them;

Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations.

And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the Lord done thus unto this land, and unto this house?

—  - 2 Chronicles 7:19-21.