|The beautiful town of Casorate|
|Working with our hosts at their home in Casorate|
I'm sitting on the balcony of a home in the little town of Casorate, enjoying a rare thunder storm. This is a beautiful place. A quaint village with little streets, old houses, little shops and restaurants. Nine of the thirteen people in our team are staying in Casorate with a host family of 5. Jason and I staying about 30 minutes away in Milan in a 2-bedroom apartment (or "flat" as it's called in Italy) with another couple, actually our team leader and his wife. We're typically together with the entire team during the day, usually we commute to Casorate, but some days they drive to Milan to meet us there.
|Jason in the "pandemonium"|
We have been in this part of Italy for about one week. Our days have rather diverse. So far our time has been mostly divided between hanging out at local parks talking to people ... partnering with an organization working with teens ... helping our hosts with projects at the house ... squeezing into our small rented Fiat Panda (aka "pandemonium") for our daily commutes ... volunteering at church events and joining the youth group for an evening ... participating in an informal worship team on frequent occasions (Jason plays the keyboard and I sing) ... and just spending time in and getting to know the communities in which we live. We are still figuring out what the routine here will look like, but are excited about what is ahead. Already, we have met some amazing people and have made some wonderful friends.
|Ultimate Frisbee at the park|
As always, thanks for your interest and support. We love and miss you all!