I just wanted to let you guys know a bit more about what I am doing here in Nova Scotia. On Thursday at noonish, I head over to a church which is about a 5 minute walk from the boys house. At the church we use their gymnasium and we serve a couple hundred teenagers craft dinner. So my job is to help with set up, setting tables, and getting things ready to serve. As the kids start to come my YWAM team split into mixed gender pairs. In twos we stand outside and greet the kids coming in.We also hold our free prayer signs that we have made and allow kids to approach us to pray for them. When I am not at the prayer station I am inside eating at random tables and getting to know the kids who are at KD. It is a great way to reach out in our community. Thursday nights I head down to the Salvation Army church where I volunteer at a after school program. The kids that come are from the community and many of them are unchurched. I was assigned to work with the kids ages 4-6. Its been interesting as sometimes it feels like I am being more of a mom then a leader. I assist soemtimes with their eating of dinner and colouring but its been amazing getting to know them. One little boy always saves me a seat at dinner and guards it with his life. We have really been working with the community and it is great. Please contact me if you have any questions or to receive our prayer letter.
Please Pray for my financial situation. I need to raise another $700 and then my outreach portion is finished. This money helps pay for my time in Thailand. If you have any questions or want to talk to me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson (via thelovelyloner)
I am in Truro, as a tyoe this. I have arrived, unpack and moved in. The last few days have gone by so fast I have not even had time to blink and bam its done. I am here. I am not going to lie it feels very surreal. I am so busy at the moment with getting to know the group and unpacking I feel like I have no extra time. I want to give myself some time to settle before I am blogging away at this like a dirty shirt :)
On a short note that brings a smile to my face. today I was asked if God answers prayer. My immediate response was yes absolutely. Tonight our ywam team was trying to jumpstart the ywam van so that we could move it. Me and my housemate Janine, were sitting in the back on the van having some life chats as the boys worked on the engine and getting the car started. After waiting for awhile and not being able to start the car we all starting praying. In our own ways, each a little different. We were able to start this car which has been in storage for 2 years tonight. God answered our prayers as we waited in the back of this van. If God cares enough about starting our van I am amazed to unravel my own worth through him!
"…memorizing Scripture is absolutely essential to defeating temptation. You have quick assess to it when you’re tempted. Like Jesus, you have truth stored in your heart, ready to be remembered. If you don’t have any Bible verses memorized, you’ve got no bullets in your gun.”- Rick Warren
I have found that fundraising is a very hard process. It can be extremely awkward to ask for money, or to feel like you are pushing an agenda. I have learned alot about prayer but then at the same time understanding that I have a part to do as well.
I like the story of the man that is constantly on his kness asking God to win the lottery. He prays this daily saying, “God please,please let me win the lottery.” After a few month of him praying the same thing he again is on his knees. The next time he asks God leans down and says to him, “please, please buy a ticket.”
I have found throughout this fundraising that many a times I am being asked to buy that ticket. Its been a long and frusturating process at times but it has required full trust. I have 3/4 to still raise and I find myself on my kness asking God for a lot these days.
Thanks you to all of you who have supported me thus far. Its been a journey and I am excited to continue on this path. Its been hard to write as I find I am so busy getting things ready to go off in two weeks time! I will try my best so please keep checking this blog!
Most of the time when people think of mission trips they think that they start the minute their foot touches a plane. I know that when I step on a train to go to Nova Scotia or a plane to go to Thailand that God will do wonders in my heart. But I also know that He has started that now. As I fundraise and get ready to go. So here it is. The jouney starts now.