Over the course of my language study I became very close to my teacher. She lives a stone’s throw away and we make it a point to be in each other’s lives. Every year for her birthday she goes to an empty lake behind a famous monastery and celebrates her birthday with her friends and family. In this culture, relationship is important and the best way to show your love is to spend time together. This year as I joined in the birthday celebration I was reminded of the simplicity of spending time with people. God has called us here to do just that and the result is beautiful, growing relationships that bring us closer to the ones we aim to reach.