Thursday, September 18, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
She said she had an issue of actually believing God and now it all made sense! Praise God! Pray for X. That she will grow in her faith to God and be obediant to His will for her life! We only have one full day left in Palmy! It seems like such a short trip! Pray for great weather as we debrief together next week in the South Island!
Can't wait to see you all again in the states!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Nav Attack is an altered game of capture the flag where the flags are glowsticks. You have two teams and instead of tagging the opposing team with your hand, you use a stocking filled with flour. So we drew up the teams and started playing. It was one of my most fun nights here in New Zealand. Koyo sifted a bunch of flour in Janeens's hair and Jess tried to take me down only to end up on the ground.
After all the 5 kilo bag of flour was dispersed on the grass, we headed over to a short night hike to see glowworms. It was probably the sweetest short hike I've been on since Colorado Summer 2002. We worn our gumboots and walked over little trees and through the river. It stopped raining just long enough for us to go. It was very enjoyable. Pray for our last week here in Palmy. That the non-Christians we met will make wholesome friends and our conversations will be glorifying. Pray for endurance for the team as we go about the many activities and divine appointments scheduled for the week.
God is at work in Tempe, AZ so I thank you for your prayers. I prefer not to give details, but situation became unglorifying to God and God wanted that rectified. That is all.
Thanks again for all the prayers and support...i hope i've given you a glimpse of how they have been answered!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
PRAYER REQUEST!!! I am not used to the cold! As a result, I am a little under the weather now. Pray i'll feel better quickly!
Thank you so much for commenting too! I love getting contact from the outside world!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I got into New Zealand Tuesday morning. I am 19 hours ahead of you all, so my Monday was very short and spent entirely on an airplane. We took a ferry to inner Auckland and explored for a bit. The time was "sweet as" (NZ for cool) to get to know my amazing team leader Janeen, and mates Alycia and Sarah. We are still missing one from Arkansas, but she gets in tomorrow morning. We bought "gummies" (rain boots) and headed to our rented cottage.
Janeen said something that really struck me. She said that when God created man, man got the seventh day off. He rested before all of the work begun and as Americans sometimes we have to change our mindset to rest first and then work hard. So we are taking three days to relax, chat, and prepare our hearts and minds for God's work.
One of the best things, is our cottage is just a short walk down to the Maori "Bay of Whales." We have yet to spot an Orca, but we did apparently have a penguin at our house a few nights ago! No one saw it sadly as they aren't fond of daytime or people.
For those of you asking, YES! It is cold! I am totally wearing four layers now and sometimes wear five! Sleep is going well as though indoor heating is foreign here, we build a fire each day and have hot water bottles (hotties) to put under our sheets. So i sleep with a hottie every night! :)
Friday, we begin the hard work and split up to team with other international leaders to work with other internationals to teach them about Christ. We'll be doing that for just under a week and then we begin the trek down south.
I feel confident this is where I am supposed to be, and am so thankful of all of you for your involvement in me and this trip. Yes, I miss you guys, but what an amazing opportunity I have here to delight in the Lord's creation and put myself faith first into his arms.
I pray for all of you as well, that these next six plus weeks, God will push you to grow closer to him. That He will embrace you so strong and give you confidence you are placed wherever you are at for a reason. I love you all!
For the joy of New Zealand and the nations!
Monday, June 23, 2008
"Don't worry about today, it's already tomorrow in Australia." -Charles Schultz
Well, I'm in the future now! Relax! Spread the news!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
A song of ascents. Of David.
1 How good and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in unity!
2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron's beard,
down upon the collar of his robes.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the LORD bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.
I have news! I now have teammates in New Zealand! It seems the three girls originally staying in Wellington the whole time will now be with me in Palmerston North! I am so glad to have a unity that we may present to both the New Zealanders and foreign students we will be working with. I had made peace with the fact I would be the only American going and and as nervous as it made my heart I accepted it. But now, God answered requests in prayers and there willbe a team of four! Please pray for us to bond well and strong. The other three are all previous friends and two have been to NZ before providing some awesome experience and insight to the trip. Pray I won't be inimidated by their friendship and will open my eyes to opportunities God puts in front of me!
I leave in less than one month!
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15: 5-6