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"I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night." - Sarah Williams

Friday, June 24, 2011


Sydney and I have made it safely to Seoul. We arrived here 3 days ago and have had a busy schedule with orientation at Connexus and the effects of a 13 hour jet-lag to overcome but we're both doing well and enjoying the company of friends as well as the beginning of the rainy (or monsoon) season.

It feels nice to come back to a place that is already familiar and to know everyone we will be working with as well as our land lord, Hun.  Personally, though, I do wish I had a little more time to spend at home visiting friends and family. The month I was blessed with to spend back in the States went very quickly, there were so many things to so and people to see. In spite of those feelings I am still quite sure that Korea is the place God has for me for right now. I feel a lot of peace about being here and I am really looking forward to when I start teaching this Wednesday. Yes, of course I'm nervous. Of course I wonder how things will work out. Yet I am confident that I will work hard and learn a lot as I go and that God's grace will be there to carry me every step of the way.

If I have learned one thing since I left on this adventure 9 months ago its trust. Trusting God is the only place to be. He always shows himself faithful. He always provides for you when you wait for him. So I want this new chapter in my life to be marked by my trust in God. I want to see myself grow while I'm in Korea, to build meaningful relationships, to touch the lives of my students, and to become more like the woman God has created me to be. I want to make friends and learn to speak Korean and to value this culture for all the great things it has to offer. Even though I'm here working to earn money to pay off college debt and its not explicitly "mission work"  per say, I still want this time to glorify God and to allow the light of his kingdom to shine though my words, attitudes and actions.

Keep us in your prayers as we also remember you!

Rejoicing in this new season and anticipating God's great works ahead,
Katrina Elyse

Monday, June 20, 2011

10 hours and counting...

Sydney and I leave for Korea in 10 hours!

We're down in Philadelphia with Jackie who will be taking us to the airport in the early morning.

Please pray for our safe flight and adjustment to the new culture and new job.


Saturday, June 18, 2011


Hello blog readers (if there are any of you left after our 6 months of silence)!

It has been a very long time since I've posted anything. I'm sorry about that. Things in India got very busy and one thing led to another and well, we just never got around to posting anything new.
Our time in India has come to a close. Sydney and I left India in March and then we spent 2 months in Seoul, South Korea. We were volunteering at Korean Anabaptist Center (KAC) and they hired both Sydney and I to become full time English teachers. We came back to the States in May and it has just felt like a fly-by, rushing around trying to get our visas in order and visiting with friends and family.  This position beings on June 27th, and Sydney and I will be moving to Korea on Tuesday.  So much changes so quickly! Sydney and I spent a lot of time prayerfully considering our next steps in life and we feel very comfortable with this next step. We ask that you all continue to support us in your prayers as we move into this next step in our lives.

Right now I'm getting the last few things together and its very busy as we prepare to leave our families. I'm really excited about this next opportunity and I look forward to updating more regularly!

Peace to you all,
Katrina Elyse