This post is going to focus on more on a couple of the lighthearted and somewhat funny events that happened during our time in Samoa. I hope I can paint an accurate picture of these events and that you will laugh with me not at me (maybe at little bit at me).
A tale of two centipedes.
While the power was still out after the cyclone, I had to venture to the bathroom in the dark one night. In the cubicle, I looked down at the ground and I could make out a black “thing” scuttling towards my feet. Well needless to say, I got out of there as quickly as I could. At first I thought I had overreacted because the cover on the strap on my jandal had become a bit loose so it must have been that. I wish it was. I turned to look back to where I had been 5 seconds before and caught sight of a thick, black, possibly 30 centimetre centipede!!!! I was horrified. Possibly one of the scariest encounters with a bug in my life!!
I practically ran back to my fale to tell the other girls what had happened. We were all sitting on the floor and as I am trying to describe what the centipede looked like, one of the girls from my team said, “Was it like that?” A smaller brown centipede scuttled its way into our room!! Really??!! We all screamed (okay pretty sure it was just me) and moved to our beds as quickly as we could. The centipede scuttled under one of the beds. The fijian girl we were staying with, had to carefully move the bags from under the bed so we (she) could get rid of it. I don’t know what she planned on doing. I was already writing my will in my head. Once she had moved a couple of bags, it got scared (how dare it) and dashed through a small gap between the wall and floor to under the fale. Thank goodness. After that we were all very reluctant to step foot on the ground again. I remember asking our roommate if centipedes can climb and would we be safe. I noticed she paused before answering and said that we should be fine but to just make sure our mosquito nets were completely tucked in to our mattresses. But she didn’t tell me whether they climb or not… I think I already knew the answer but I wouldn’t have minded if she lied to make me feel better. 😂 The next morning we all carefully checked the ground before getting out of bed and opened our bags extremely cautiously. I hope I never cross a centipede in my life again! Two in one night is more than enough!!
Over the Edge
On one of our last days with YWAM Samoa, we decided to spend the afternoon at some waterfalls called The Sliding Rocks. They are natural waterslides, at your own risk of course. I am not someone who is very adventurous so I knew from the start that it might pose a challenge. The waterfall we were at started with a small slide into a basin where you then sit up on a ledge and slide down a bigger waterfall. (Scary right!!??) My team mates made it down the slides no problem, however I took a bit of convincing. This did not seem fun to me. After 10 minutes of trying to convince myself to do it, an american tourist offered to slide with me because I was getting nowhere. He sat next to me and counted us down before we both took the plunge.
Even though it was only about 2 meters into the first basin, that was the scariest thing I have done in my life. The tourist then told me that I should go the next one alone because he nearly crashed into me down the first one. I told him to go first and then slowly pulled myself onto the ledge. It was then I realised I had been wrong with my thoughts before, sitting on this ledge about to slide down a waterfall was the scariest thing I have done. I looked for any other way down to where my friends were but the only “safe” way down was the waterfall! (Gulp) I took a deep breath and pushed off and slid down which half way through the slide it turned into a free fall as the rocks only went part way down. I was shaking and gasping for breath as I came up for air. It was the most crazy and scary thing I had done. But hey, I did it!! And you know what, I climbed up and did it again. It was a day of conquering fears, realising that I am far more capable of things than I thought I was, and it was also a day of fun with many happy memories!!
There are so many more stories and memories from my time spent in Samoa but the ones I have shared have shaped me the most and left lasting impressions on my life. In 3 weeks time I head to South Korea for a discipleship training school with YWAM. I will be away from home for 6 months!! My short term discipleship training school with church has helped me prepare and helped me grow more in myself. As I head overseas for a longer period of time, I now know that I am capable of so much more than I give myself credit for. I know that God is ALWAYS with me and He has me in His hands.
I hope you have enjoyed my very long drawn out series (really sorry about that. Bad time management) on my discipleship training school and mission outreach. I hope it encourages you to reach out and trust in God wherever He leads you!!
Princess Warrior Maid