Thursday, August 27, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
I'm preparing to leave to head to New Jersey in a few hours and have so much on my mind. So much has transpired this week. Funny things. Sad things. Things I would not trade for the world, and things I would rather have not had to do. Packing. Working. Laughing. Pondering. I promise to write about a lot of these things when I return from camp, but there is no time now.
If you think of me this week, I would covet your prayers. Team Uganda will be together at a camp in New Jersey with a precious group of 5th through 7th graders. The theme of the week is Acts 1:8, and will have a focus on what missions looks like across the street and around the world. With people who look like us, and people who don't.
I would appreciate your prayers for:
-Traveling mercies. I'm driving (stopping along the way), but it takes about 11.5 hours to get out there.
-Good connections with people. I'm speaking at my friend Mosel's church with her on Sunday. Also, for good connections with the kids at camp. And, I'll be speaking at a church in New Jersey next Sunday as well.
-My class. I really feel like God has given me a specific topic to teach on, and He has really provided illustrations and personal stories to drive the point home. I'm talking about how, before we can "go into all the world," we really need to understand Who God is and who we are as a result. Talking about His identity and ours. These are truths I continue to learn, and they continue to be sort of a "life message" for me. Pray for open hearts to hear and receive God's heart for them.
-Good weather. For obvious reasons.
-Good time with friends. On the way out, I will be stopping a few times to stay with old friends. While I'm there, we will have some free time to go to Philly and to the beach. And I will stay with another friend when I return home. I'm so looking forward to reconnecting with old friends. It is refreshing to my soul.
I will be out of bloggy-land until I return, so you will have to wait on the regular weekly blogs. I don't even know how you'll be able to stand it.
Thanks for praying! It means more than you know!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
- I'm thankful that I made it home safely from Evansville. Crazy Rain + rushing water + driving = danger
- I'm thankful for the 41 minute conversation I just had with my brother. We laugh so hard together and it makes me so happy.
- I've been so blessed by the new Hillsong CD "Faith + Hope + Love." You should check it out. It's "Hillsong Week" on iTunes.
- I'm thankful for sweet brothers and sisters in Christ in Chandler, Indiana who were so attentive on Monday night and responded to God's leading. I am blessed.
- I'm thankful that I got paid today. Thank you Jesus for a job. And for people at work who make me laugh.
- I'm thankful I have friends who I can laugh with...even a lot of miles apart.
- I'm thankful that God chose to make His dwelling in us, even though we truly are jars fashioned from clay.
- I'm thankful for 2 journalists who received a pardon in N. Korea.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Or maybe even this one:At least I would have laughed.
I made it through the first half of the trip back to Indy without being too annoyed. Until I got about 30 minutes from home and ran into what you might call "a monsoon." I think I've heard it called "Raining Cats and Dogs." Shortly after it started raining, I began to notice the rain was not going anywhere on the sides of the interstate. It just kind of was sitting there. Traffic slowed to a crawl...then finally came to a dead stop. And we sat, in the pouring rain, for 45 minutes. Not moving an inch. I turned off my car after a while, and after it was raining the hardest, I found my camera. I really wish I had taken a picture 5 minutes before. It was unreal.
-I kind of wish I had this video on my iPod. It would make me laugh.
On a serious note, I was so thankful for Jesus' protection as I was driving. I found out the reason for the delay on the interstate was because a car heading southbound hydroplaned and was sent across the grass median and into the northbound lanes. And that happened literally 5 minutes before my arriving on the scene. Thank you Lord for construction and slow trucks early in the trip that kept me safe!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
So, in lieu of Monday's normal post, how about something different?
I had the opportunity on Monday night to be the missionary speaker at Chandler Interdenominational Holiness Camp (near Evansville, Indiana). I am humbled each time I am given the opportunity to share God's heart for Uganda. Sometimes, the task seems way too big, but inevitably, God reminds me just how big he is.
When I arrived at the camp, I saw these posters all over the place. Recognize that girl in the bottom right corner? Whoa. About that.
Last night, a beautiful snapshot of the body of Christ gathered under the open-air pavilion.
They fought the humidity and the mosquitoes, and were quite attentive as I shared the vision I feel God has given me to carry the baton of faith to the next generation of Ugandans. Afterwards, I had the opportunity to speak with a lot of them and was so blessed by their feedback, questions, and generosity.
Thank you, Chandler Interdenominational Holiness Camp! Praying you continue to carry your baton well.
And tomorrow, I'll fill you in on some of the stream of conscience (or is it conscious) thoughts I had while driving home. No need to be scared. Unless you know me well, then you may already be scared. But do come back. It could be interesting.