And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Blessed beyond measure.

I've arrived safely in the middle east and have pretty much settled into our new home with my team. Because of the holidays we haven't quite established our schedule yet, but we're slowly getting everything figured out and its allowed for some good time with Papa. Its definitely been stretching...learning to get used to my lack of communication skills and the lovely scent of cigarette smoke that seems to follow us where ever we go...but Papa is soooo good. And faithful. He continually draws me near. The other night we were robbed and unfortunately my laptop was among the casualties. By his grace, I've had complete peace about it. Really, its just a thing. Its valuable in the world's eyes, but at the end of the day its not a big deal. And Papa has taught me a lot through it. Which is way more valuable to me than a laptop. Here's a poem that I wrote about it:
Blessed Beyond Measure
I am a first world citizen, a daughter of the privileged 10%.
I wake up each day warm and comfortable.
Fully clothed and safely sheltered from the cries of those less fortunate than me.
I speak the world language that others desperately long to know.
My passport holds power that is unmatched.
And why? Simply because I was born in one country and not another?
My needs and "rights" are beyond the dreams of others. 
The worth of my clothing could feed a family for at least a year.
When my possessions are stolen, it only causes me inconvenience, never true loss.
The real problems of this world are lucky to be on the news in my bubble.
I live the life of luxury compared to the second and third worlds.
But that's not really being blessed beyond measure is it.

The real blessing I have received slips through the manicured fingers of my fellow Westerners and falls into the calloused hands of those who actually understand need.
I possess joy and hope and real intimacy.
I have experienced true relationships and have been made strong in absolute weakness.
I know Love.
That is how I have been blessed beyond measure. 
That is the blessing I must share with the world.
Yes I, 
I have been blessed far beyond measure.


Papa's peace and love.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Why not make life more interesting with an ER visit?

I am currently sitting in Zurich's airport waiting for the final flight in my journey to the Middle East. As you probably already figured out from the title of this blog my travels thus far have been eventful to say the least. But, as always, God has been so faithful!
To elaborate...We started out our journey with another team flying from Christchurch to Auckland. Its a fairly painless flight and should have been routine and it was...until the last ten minutes of the flight. On the descent I was suddenly overwhelmed by a massive pain in my left temple. The best way I can describe it was it felt like someone was stabbing me. I kept waiting for the pain to go away, but it persisted and the pain was so strong it brought me to tears. My friend Kathryn grabbed my stuff and we began walking off the plane. I felt incredibly weak and the pain was really bad. As we were walking out the exit ramp I passed out. So to make a long story short, after a visit from few paramedics and a small army of airport staff and an ambulance ride I arrived in the emergency room in Auckland. They pumped some morphine into my system as well as some fluids and eventually decided that it was simply a bad migraine. I was discharged at 3:30 in the morning and the airline put me and my leader up in the airport hotel. Since then we have been a day behind on our journey and have had numerous setbacks. Everything from the hospital filling out the wrong discharge papers to the people in Shanghai telling us we didn't have a ticket and would only be allowed on the plane in the next 10 minutes if we purchased another ticket.
BUT I am not complaining at all. Seriously...God has been so faithful!!! There have been so many moments where only God's provision can explain what has happened to us. First of all, it was such a blessing that I had to go to the ER while still in New Zealand. We were still able to easily contact staff and the other leader was able to travel all the way to Zurich with the rest of our tem. The hotel we were put up in was SOOO nice. We got free meals for the entire day in Auckland (and the budget was approximately $35 a person for dinner...no big deal). Our outreach coordinator happened to be flying through Auckland at the same time we were leaving and was able to get all the flight stuff figured out in person. We had an extra seat next to us on the ride to Shanghai...which is when I still wasn't feeling the greatest. We got tickets for the flight to Shanghai even though they said it was impossible. Stephanie was on stand-by for the flight to the Middle East and she got a ticket without having to wait in the massive line because she called the airline on Skype. And most of all, I feel 100% better. I'm still a bit tired from all the travel, but I am so grateful for God's constant presence. He's awesome.
Thanks for your prayers for my travels...it may not seem like it to you, but I have TRULY been blessed by them.
God is awesome.
Merry Christmas :)
God's peace and love! (from Switzerland!)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hope of a Reunion.

This week is so bittersweet. I think I've cried more this week than I have the whole DTS.
I am amazed at how God's love has been woven throughout this week. I am sad because I am leaving behind amazing friendships. We have become family here at Oxford. We have laughed, cried, been vulnerable, shown grace, loved, challenged, encouraged, danced, sang, prayed, worshipped, learned, and grown...all of it together. Nothing can ever replicate this time. Never again will we all be together again here on earth. And yet, in the midst of it all God is giving me an incredible peace and joy. We have an incredible hope. We have a reunion unlike any other awaiting us for eternity! God has done so much in each of our lives, I can't imagine keeping it to ourselves. We have to take it to the nations! We have to go!
Tonight we have the commissioning service. We will gather together once more to send each other off in prayer. I'm sure that tears will come. But they aren't sad. They are joyful. We have been abundantly blessed and now its time to share the blessing with the world.
JDTS, BDTS, and all the amazing people who have been here at YWAM Oxford during this season-I love you all very much and will miss you lots. I can't wait for our reunion :)
God's peace and love.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Middle Earth to the Middle East.

This is the last week of lecture phase here in Oxford. It's incredibly bittersweet and difficult to believe that in less than a week I will be flying to the Middle East with my team. (We fly out from here on Sunday at 8:30pm). Keep us all in your prayers! And specifically pray for me for discernment. I'm starting to really sense that God is leading me to Asia after DTS. He is doing so much in my life. It is incredible. But prayers are ALWAYS greatly appreciated.
God's peace and love!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Trampolines.

I have officially decided that I need to have a trampoline for the rest of my life. Its necessary. I get so much thinking, praying, and jumping done while I'm on the trampoline here and I absolutely love it. I have to admit, this week was a bit tough. It is the first week I have really felt homesick at all. Especially when I saw the picture on my dad's blog of our house with snow on the ground and Christmas lights up! I love snow. And as much as I love the warm weather here, it just doesn't seem like Christmastime without winter coats and the advent calendar my parents made (although...I have introduced everyone here to the family tradition of counting down the days until Christmas...21 more days til Christmas! 21 more days til Jesus' BIRTHDAY!!!). I have had quite a bit of fun around here despite the homesickness. Last weekend I went to Narnia!!! Its called Castle Hill and its a dreamland for those of us who like to try their hands at bouldering. Not to mention we got to go to Cave stream, and underground river we got to hike through. It was a lot of fun :) So this post is mostly going to be photos from that day. But yesterday I also got to hike with a couple other YWAMers around Mt. Oxford to a waterfall. It was a lot of fun. Especially when Joanna and I had to escape from the Orcs. 
Enjoy the pictures!
 Johnathan and I conquering the second boulder :)
 Me, Katie M., Chris, and Sam!
 Sonya (one of my outreach teammates) and I.
NARNIA!!!!
Right before heading into Cave Stream. 
This last one isn't from Castle Hill, but its my entire school together in one picture :) (The backpackers DTS that is here right now isn't included).

Peace and love!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Prayer.

“Prayer is, after all, a very dangerous business.  For all the benefits it offers of growing closer to God, it carries with it one great element of risk: the possibility of change.
In prayer we open ourselves to the chance that God will do something with us that we had not intended… This possibility excites us, but at the same time there is a fluttering in the stomach that goes with any dangerous adventure.”  Emilie Griffin
Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.
[_] love O
Peace and love.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy American Thanksgiving!

My thanksgiving is a bit odd this year. Its a pretty normal day. Lecture, work duties, intercession, outreach prep, small groups...its a normal Thursday. No turkey or stuffing. No football. No Macy's Day Parade. But in spite of it all I am so thankful. SO thankful. I don't really miss the American holidays. No Halloween was actually quite wonderful! I'm actually, dare I say, quite content without Thanksgiving (well...minus the whole not being with family. That definitely sucks.) But in honor of thanksgiving I thought I would share with you all some of the things I am thankful for here in Oxford (and consequently things I will miss in the coming months...) because it is always good to be thankful :) "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thes. 5:18
1. Construction signs with giant exclamation points on them. Seriously they crack me up every time. I tried to find a picture online but was unsuccessful. So just imagine. Huge orange diamond sign with a GIANT bubble exclamation point. haha
2. Other people driving. The whole driving on the left side of the road thing still messes me up. I still don't look the right way when crossing the streets. I still attempt to get into the driver's seat thinking its the passenger seat. I'm so grateful other people are driving...I'm pretty sure if I was driving we would have been in at least one accident thus far.
3. Will Reagan. One of many worship artists I've been introduced to here. By far, my favorite. Here's a little taste

4. The Prayer Room. I love having a place of worship. No shoes. No agendas. Just prayer. It is beautifully holy.
5. Lara. Not only is she an amazing cook who has been incredibly accommodating when it comes to people like me with weird eating habits but she has the best sense of humor, she loves Jesus more than anyone I know, she has been a great person to hang out with every morning for work duties, she speaks truth into my life, she always points me back to Jesus, she has a heart for missions, and she is an amazing friend. AND She's British (which means she gets 10 extra points for having a sweet accent). But really. I have been truly blessed to know her.
6. Sweet as. Its a common phrase here. Like when something is good instead of saying "awesome" or "cool" or whatever you say, you say "sweet as." At first I thought everyone was swearing...and then I found it slightly annoying...and now I say it. haha You can also say any descriptive word (cool, gnarly, dopey, etc.) with as after it. A trustee here on the base said dopey as yesterday. I nearly peed myself. She's so precious.
7. Getting mail. I absolutely love getting letters and cards. I don't know why. There's just something about the tangible expression of encouragement that makes me smile every time I get a letter.
8. Mountains. Oceans. Rivers. Gorges. Hills. New Zealand landscape. I see God's handiwork everywhere. New Zealand is honestly one of the most beautiful places on the planet. No joke.
9. The All Blacks-Never have I seen a country so dedicated to one sports team. I love it!
10. Google Voice. (Liz :) Enough said.)
11. A limited wardrobe. Many people here despise the fact that they have so few clothes. I find it incredibly freeing!! It gives me the opportunity to be creative with my clothing and an excuse to wear my favorite clothes a lot :) Plus it just makes you aware of how excessive we are with clothing. Honestly, no one needs more than a suitcase full of clothes.
12. Awesome friends. I have met so many wonderful people here and have been so blessed by each one of their friendships. I'm just not going to think about the fact that we only have a month left together here on base.
13. Trampoline. I love the trampoline. This may not make sense to many of you. But my absolute favorite way to worship is to jump on the trampoline and sing/listen to worship music. I just have a blast with God!
14. Teddy grahams with your coffee at Cafe 51. Seriously America...we definitely do better with the whole flavor in coffee thing...but where are the teddy grahams or fudge or marshmallows with my latte?
15. Skype! Technology makes being away from home so much easier. I love getting on to see my little cousin sing "Zaccheus was a wee little man...". Or my parents smiling. Or my best friends joking around. Its awesome :) (PS-my skype name is kkulchar...)
16. Anytime toast. There is always bread available for toasting. Butter. Cinnamon sugar. I've been reacquainted with a childhood love. How sweet it is!
17. My supporters. I am truly blessed by each person who prays, gives financially, sends encouragement, etc. It is such a privilege to have each one of you behind me! I amazed each and every day by the people who God has brought into my life. Ah. I just love you guys!!!
18. I have ALLLLLL my funds!!!!! In case you didn't read the last post...haha
19. Most importantly God. I'm not being cliche when I say that. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him better in this season. The more I know Him, the more I realize I don't know. But the closer I get to Him, the more I realize He is all that I need. Words are not adequate to describe my thankfulness for Him and for the gift of sacrifice he has given for me and for the whole world through Jesus. Ah. He's awesome.
Peace, love, thankfulness, and turkey!!! :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Face of Excitement.

This is my face of excitement.
Why, you may ask, do I have this face of excitement today?
God has provided ALL my outreach funds!!!!!!
This past week I was blessed by several large gifts. This morning during prayer the leaders asked all of us who still didn't have all our funds in if they could put our names on a white board with the amount we owed next to it (we agreed). I didn't have a chance to tell them about the money that had come in this past week but I thought I still owed quite a bit more so I figured I would just tell them to change the amount once they showed us. Well they turned the board around...and I have almost the exact amount I need!!!!! I was sooo excited :)  I am so blessed by all of you that have given, prayed, given more, and prayed even more. You truly have been a part of this mission and I am so thankful for all that you have done. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
Peace, love, and be blessed! :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Taste of my processing.

This past week has been crazy. Lots and LOTS of time thinking, praying, processing, praying, talking, praying, jumping on the trampoline thinking, and more praying. I have been so blessed by mail this week its beyond words. I know it wasn't necessarily intentional, but I needed encouragement this week and your cards/packages did just that. Mom, Dad, Liz, and Jordan. You guys are amazing. I am sooooooo blessed. Check out some of the goodies they sent me! (And yes...that is a balloon. And yes it does have a smiley face on it :) And yes the chocolate is all gone. haha)
 So here are some of my thoughts...straight from my school journal. 

God has been teaching me a lot this past week about His provision and how He sustains me. Over Faith Weekend I really experienced having nothing and having God be my everything. It was incredibly humbling, challenging, difficult--but in some upside down God way really good. (It took me a couple days and lots of prayer to be able to say that...). What I'm learning is God doesn't promise us physical provision (clothes, food, shelter, etc.). He simply tells us not to worry about those things. He actually promises us that we will experience the opposite--the poor will always be among us, we will experience persecution, hardship, struggle. But God is so much bigger than that. He sustains us in spite of our needs. His knowledge of provision is so far beyond my understanding of what provision is.
So what does provision look like?
It is Jesus Christ. He is the bread of life. His sacrifice on the cross makes it possible for every single one of us to live for eternity with our heavenly Dad, to live forever without any needs, to live infinitely in complete fulfillment.  And in this earthly life, the bread of life still sustains because He is always with us. God promises he will never leave me. God promises he will never forsake me. God promises he will never forget me. I don't believe God is in all circumstances (specifically in suffering), but he is ALWAYS with me, even in the midst of those circumstances. When it seems I have nothing, by earthly standards, what I have found is that God can best provide for me in those moments. Because it is in those moments that He is truly my everything.

My prayer is that I can live with God as my everything even in the moments when I have earthly things too. My prayer is that prayer becomes your prayer too.

Peace and love from spring in New Zealand!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Loss for words.

This past weekend was faith weekend. We were journeying around New Zealand trusting that God would provide. It was definitely difficult. It was definitely a learning experience. It is definitely difficult to describe. So this post is going to be short. But just pray for me as I process this weekend (and the past 6 weeks of lecture too haha). Hard to believe in 6 weeks I'll be heading to the Middle East!
Peace and lots of love :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Scars on our hands.

I love reflecting on all God has done for me in the past few years. Especially when drinking coffee. He has taught me so much. One thing God has taught me in the past few years is the importance of vulnerability. Today in one of our prayer sessions they asked all the students and staff from our school who didn't have all the finances for their outreach to step in the middle. Talk about vulnerability... So I got up and walked to the middle. Despite the fact that I almost passed out from the heat (50 people gathered in a small space all laying hands on each other doesn't exactly cool you down haha), it was so encouraging to have people praying for me. Because the reality of the situation is I am still at least $2000 short of paying for the rest of my outreach phase and the actual figure is probably much closer to $3000. 
I heard a sermon by John Piper about missions and he used a really good analogy, so I'm going to share it with you. He said God calls us all to be to share the gospel with the rest of the world. Matthew 28 Go into ALL the world and make disciples of all nations. But it looks different for different people. We're digging a well in search of living water.  There are those who hold on to the rope and those who are lowered down into the well. Either way, you get scars on your hands. If you are reading this here's my challenge. Be one of those people holding the rope. Give $100, $200, $1000, or more. Help lower me down into the well. Because God hasn't created all of you to be down in the well, but that's how he has designed me. But there is no way I can go down into the well without your help. And when we show up in heaven, we both need scars on our hands.
Reminder: If you want to give, send a check (made out to "New Wine Anglican Mission" with "Katie-YWAM" in the memo line) to Katie Kulchar 420 Dale St Flushing, MI 48433. If you make out the checks to me personally that is totally fine...but your gifts won't be tax deductible. 
Peace and Love

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Core.

I hesitate to do public acknowledgment of people because inevitably you leave someone out and they are hurt and offended. So to preface this posting, I want to say that I am thankful for every, single, one of my supporters, friends, and family and my intention is not to diminish what other people are doing for me, it is simply to say thank you to these wonderful people in my life.
See I have this group I call my core. They are my prayer warriors back home. They are some of my dearest friends. They are the ones I can go to no matter what. And I am so blessed and thankful for each one of them.
So dearest core,
I love you all dearly and am so thankful for your prayers and encouragement. I am truly blessed to know each one of you! An email thanking you just doesn't suffice!
Ps- KT you better do 5 sit-ups. Core. Do another 5. ;)

My Prayer Warrior (LIMPY!)- Jen :) (PS-Don't think about penguins.)
 The Southern Belle and Wonderful RA-Rebecca :) (PS-Why do we have no pictures together???)
 My Long Distance, Long Lasting Friend- Jill :) (PS-Yes, this picture is from high school haha)
The Farmer's Daughter (And My Lovely Roomie)-Anna :) (PS- I wish I had the picture of you on the floor with all the food that you and Sarah threw on the ground in the corner of our kitchen...haha.)
Beautiful, Bible-studyer- Brittany :) (PS-I swore we had a picture together...but you look beautiful without me!)
Mi Amiga de Autobus y Eternal Secret Hermana- KT :) (PS-We were so ridiculous. Who am I kidding? We ARE so ridiculous. I love it.)
Friend through Thick and Thin- Cara (We were so hardcore. I can't even begin to list of all the wonderful memories we have together!)
My Best Friend-Liz :) (I read this quote today and I thought of you.
"We all let people into our lives, but you will find that really good friends let you into your own." Thank you for doing that for me.)
 
May God bless you with amazing friends like he has blessed me.
Peace and Love :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Expansion.

I wanted to expand on the lesson I mentioned in my last post.
Last week our speaker said, "You can be saved but still waste your life by not building up the the Kingdom of God." His words have really stuck with me and they are words that I have been ruminating on ever since. The speaker had a really unique perspective on the vision of greatness that God has for us (as illustrated in John the Baptist's life). He expanded on the above statement using 1 Corinthians 3:15, "If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss, yet be will be saved--but only as one escaping through the flames." (If you don't know the context of this verse I would suggest reading the whole chapter by clicking on the link above). See, many people are saved, but not all are great. I, like many other Christians, have been sucked into the trap of simplifying the journey of following Christ to a single event, salvation. And man, have we been sucked in because following Christ is about so much more!!!
Although I've heard many sermons/lectures on the importance of having a deeper relationship with Christ, I don't feel like anyone has ever really been explain to me why we need that deeper relationship. I have always used John 14:15 "If you love me, you will obey my commands" as justification for following Christ. As I mentioned earlier, however, its never been a convincing argument for a deeper "die to self" relationship with Christ because it is still dependent on our immature love. When looking at 1 Corinthians 3:10-15, we can see that its about more than just putting down the cornerstone of a building, or salvation. The work of salvation is already done, Christ put down the cornerstone for us. Getting into heaven is based solely on the acceptance or rejection of that work. Do we acknowledge the existence of the cornerstone or do we pretend it isn't there? That doesn't mean that after salvation the work is done!
As the speaker said, God has a vision of greatness for each one of our lives. If we don't strive/work toward that vision, than our eternal reward will be diminished. I kind of see it like this...Everyone who accepts Christ's work in his/her life gets to place a cornerstone for their house down in heaven, but those who go through life and never seek a deeper relationship with God will have just that--a glorious, perfect cornerstone to rest upon for all of eternity. Those who choose to strive for Christ's vision of greatness, however, are those who not only lay down a cornerstone and a firm foundation, but they continue building a mansion! There are too many people who are content with thier cornerstone; they live in apathy knowing they are saved. Which is true. God's grace covers all.
But I am not content. And I don't think God wants us to be content either. I want to build a mansion. I want to know the fullness of God. I want to seek greatness, which means seeking humility, meekness, love. I want to stand before god and say with confidence that I strived for HIS vision of greatness for my entire life. I don't want to waste my life. I want the secret desires of my heart to be overflowing with the desires of God's heart. And I am so thankful that our speaker was able to give me the words to express this desire.
So what about you? Are you content with your cornerstone? Are you wasting your life?
Or are you seeking more?
Peace and love :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Walking humbly.

I've been in a time warp the past four weeks. Its pretty crazy. And all the staff say that it usually lasts (in real time) about 6 months. But I find that very hard to believe!
We are currently in the lecture phase of our DTS (discipleship training school), and anxiously awaiting the announcement of our outreach locations. But honestly, as much as I am excited to do outreach, I am so thankful for this incredible time of preparation. God has been teaching me soooooo much and showing me that my theme verse for this season (Micah 6:8....the title of my blog) has three very important parts. He is focusing on the walking humbly part right now...and well, as you can imagine, its been quite humbly. As much as the humanness and indpendance in me hates when God shows me
the areas of my life I need to work on, in some twisted-God way I am learning to truly love these seasons in my life. I am so thankful that I am not the person I once was and that I will forever be able to say that as long as I keep seeking after Him.
One thing that the speaker this week said that has really stuck out to me was "Just because you are saved, doesn't mean that you can't waste your life." Wow. That hit me hard. In a good way. See, salvation isn't about us. God already did all that work for us by sending His Son as a sacrifice sufficient to cover our sins. But salvation isn't the end of our story. God still gives us choices in life. We must choose, daily, to follow him. God has a vision of greatness for each one of us! I don't want to look back on my life in 50 years and say, well I was saved, but I did absolutely nothing of purpose, that I did nothing to advance His kingdom. No. I want to strive for greatness. Not human greatness. But humble, meek, God-centered greatness.
Will you walk humbly toward greatness too?
Peace and love.
Note: I don't have the cord that allows me to take pictures from my camera and put them onto my computer. Which is SUCH a bummer. And I apologize to everyone who has been begging for pictures. I will try my very hardest to still put up as many pictures as I can through other means. But this photo is taken via my trusty MacBook. The building in the background is the main building on base with the offices, our classroom, and dining hall :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Faces to love!

We found out the outreach locations for our DTS yesterday. We were then given the opportunity to pray about where we felt God was leading us and had to turn in our choices in ranked order. The task was quite difficult for me, but thankfully the final decision is not up to me. The leadership staff now will pray about the decision and will announce the teams once they feel confident in the groups. I am really excited to find out officially where I will be going. Here are the faces of women from each of the locations :) (I can't say the names of the countries publicly.) I can't wait to love on the people there!!!

With this new sense of excitement also comes a reminder that I still do not have all the financial support I need for the outreach portion of my trip. If you feel led, please check out the information on the "about me" section in the right hand column to find out how you can give or contact me via facebook or email (kkulchar@live.olivet.edu). All your support (both financially and in prayers) are truly appreciated!
Peace and love from NZ :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Christchurch

Most of you have heard about the devastating earthquakes that took place here, the biggest of which was in February. This past Friday we had the opportunity to go into the city and see the effects for ourselves (for those of you who don't know...I live in Oxford, a small town about 50 minutes from the city). Now I had expectations of what the city would look like and what state the city was in...but my assumptions were completely off. Since I believe one of the most powerful things in the world is knowledge, so here's my small perspective on the state of Christchurch. I hope it enlightens you and inspires you to spend some time in prayer for the city, its people, and the people who have been sent here to help (including my teammates and I).
Before I jump into a description of the city I want to give you a little background. The first major earthquake that hit Christchurch actually took place last September. While New Zealand has been known to be an "earthquake zone," Christchurch was never thought of as one of the cities in real danger. (Making them less prepared). While there wasn't a lot of damage and there was no causalities, it weakened the structures of many buildings and really put the people on edge. Then in February when the second earthquake struck, the buildings just fell apart, literally. The foundations moved several feet. The pavement buckled. One of the hardest hit areas was the city centre. To give you a good analogy, think of the Magnificent Mile in Chicago being destroyed. Although the city isn't quite that big, that is the importance of the city centre to Christchurch. It was the center of all the main restaurants and tourists attractions. As you can see on the map below (areas known as the red zone) those areas are completely fenced off. There are several blocks of buildings that are completely condemned. 1/3 of the city has to be demolished because the buildings are no longer safe. That is approximately 900 buildings and homes (no exaggeration. i think its actually a little over 900.) Can you just imagine? Its heartbreaking. This city has been rocked to its core. Literally.

As we toured around the city and looked into the red zone areas, I couldn't help but be reminded of the movie "I am Legend" (the movie with Will Smith in NYC after it is overtaken by a plague). There are buildings everywhere with red circles on them signifying their condemnation. Entire streets are empty, void of people. Cars are abandoned, houses are left just as they were the moment people were forced to evacuate. Some buildings an entire wall would be knocked down and you could see the rooms sitting exactly as they were when the earthquake happened. It felt like looking in a Barbie house that had been shaken.

At one point we stopped by the former location of the CTV building. This was the big news station in Christchurch. This was one of the buildings that not only moved but completely collapsed. Here is the building pre-earthquake:
 And after:
When we visited the site, the wall wasn't there any longer. The saddest part of being here was the make-shift memorial that has been erected. Since this 6 story building completely collapsed it was the source for a majority of the deaths (somewhere around 80 of the 120 people who were killed). There were flowers and notes and poems lining the fence. Moms. Dads. Sons. Daughters. Sisters. Brothers. So many people died in the blink of an eye. And it really is hard to comprehend. This wasn't just a natural disaster to a lot of people. It was the loss of people they loved dearly.

And then as we went further out toward the outskirts of the city (closer to the epicenter) there were even more homes that had been abandoned. It was so sad to walk through entire neighborhoods and see that only about 1 out of 3 houses were still inhabitated. In the neighborhood we were handing out cookies in, I had the opportunity to talk to a woman named Jane about everything that had happened. Her house was in the red zone. Everyone in that area has to leave by March 2012. Yep, that's right. Even if the house isn't condemned the earth they are living on is no longer safe so EVERYONE has to move out and the government will come through and plow down the entire area. The plates are not expected to be settled for another 50 years. An entire suburb of Christchurch will be no more. And not everyone has places to go. Insurance claims are a nightmare. And because the neighborhoods are starting to become empty looters are a major issue. People no longer know who is supposed to be in their neighborhood and who isn't. Its quite scary. And so sad.  
What has been done? Well the process of rebuilding Christchurch is no easy task. Most of the buildings have been inspected (EVERY building and home has to be inspected) and now the process of demolition has begun. Understandably, this process is quite complicated. Not only are there still aftershocks (there have been 1000s of aftershocks since February and we actually felt one in Oxford last week), but the buildings are quite fragile. The big concern is that if they blow up some of the bigger buildings, which is the normal process of demolition for big buildings, it will create another earthquake/aftershock and destroy other buildings. Its like a giant game of pick up sticks. Everything has to be meticulously cleared away. 
Needless to say, my heart is heavy. The people of Christchurch need our prayers. Prayers for healing. Prayers for comfort. Prayers for the restoration of the city. One girl talking about our visit poignantly said, "Christchurch isn't completely dead; it's now time for a resurrection!" Christchurch, like many cities throughout the world, has become quite distant from its namesake in the past few decades. It is my prayer that Christchurch will become a city desparately following after the Savior of the world; please join me in this prayer.
Peace and Love.
Katie

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

His love goes deeper!

Wow! We finished our first week of lecture on "Calling and Destiny". It has been such a good week and God has been teaching me a lot about my calling. And I've definitely had some ah-ha moments! God is so good. This song has definitely spoken a lot of truth into my life so I want to share it with you all :)
I also wanted to let you all know that I have really appreciated all the emails and facebook messages sending love and support. I seriously can't tell you how much it has meant to me. I can assure you-I am right in the center of God's will for my life. My soul is truly at peace.
I also wanted to share with you a new "feature" I've added to my blog! In the about me section on the right I will be updating you on things I need. Soooo if gift giving is your love language (or even if its not...) and you want to support me with gifts you can check out that section to know my specific needs and wants!
Sorry the post isn't longer but I have to go to a meeting!
Peace and love :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

genes from mom :)

This is my mom. Isn't she beautiful???? I love her. A lot. (Mom. Take a deep breath. I'm still alive :) ) But I'm not just saying that. I really love her. She's an amazing woman.
And I've had the honor of having lots of her genes bestowed upon me! Two of which have been very apparent in New Zealand.
1- Curly hair. Can I just tell you that I love my hair? I'm so thankful mom chose to pass that one along to me. Obviously I'm the favorite child...haha. Being able to let my hair air dry after a 5 minute shower in the morning? Yea. That's awesome. And to have it still look good? Yea. That's a blessing!! Thank you mom! I've gotten sooo many compliments here and I always give you the credit :)
2-Introversion. Honestly, I think introversion is a blessing. I thoroughly enjoy spending time on my own to recharge. Reading books. Listening to music. I really can't imagine how extroverts get anything done hanging out with people all the time! But unfortunately in a situation like here at YWAM Oxford, with two DTS's going on simultaneously (there's a backpacker's DTS here along with my Justice DTS) and a total of 50+ people constantly being around each other...let's just say it's not exactly a "dream" situation for an introvert. As we speak there's an entire group of people playing extreme ping pong in the room below me. And I'm not introverted in the sense that I'm incapable of making conversation with people here. There are some really, really awesome people here and its been such a blessing to begin to get to know them. But let me tell you...by the end of the day I am exhausted. I just want to crawl in the fetal position and spend 3 days in solitary confinement. Haha. Okay its not that bad. But I am tired. And its not even the talking with people that makes me tired. I honestly enjoy learning people's stories. Its just the constant group situation that is a little difficult. It's nearly impossible to be by yourself here. Not to mention I am in a room with 5 (super cool) girls. So even being in my bedroom is usually not alone time. I'm in noooo way saying I'm having a bad time. Because that is nooooootttt true. I am right in the center of God's will and I can sense it more and more every minute I'm here. It is such a joy. Seriously, I have already learned so much and know that God has SO much in store for me here. I'm extremely excited! But if you could pray that my dad's extraversion genes would somehow take over for a few days so I can regain some energy...that would be awesome. :)
I miss you all and love you EVEN more!!!
Here's a little taste of what God has been encouraging me with:
Commit your way to the LORD. Trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness radiate like the dawn, your justice shine like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:5-6
Peace and Love!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

safe in NZ :)

I arrived safely in Christchurch yesterday (Saturday) around 5:00pm. Our flight was a little delayed because in Melbourne there was only one runway not under construction...good idea? bad idea? Anyways. My travel wasn't too bad. It was a lot of flying and unfortunately my stomach was upset on off for the duration of my time (and is still not feeling well), but other than that it was pretty uneventful. So here's a quick recap of my travels thus far. Saying goodbye was tough, but I had some chips and salsa in Chicago that helped haha. In Denver there were birds in the airport...which was just random. And it wasn't just 1. There was pretty much a whole family of birds. But I also met this awesome girl that was from Point Loma and she was a missionary too! She's doing campus ministry at San Diego State University and was just leaving a fundraising conference. We had a reallly good conversation and I hope I was as encouraging to her as she was to me! (PS-Hi Jessica :) ) In LA there was an alarm that went off for a good 10 minutes. When they finally stopped the beeping everyone in the international terminal cheered. It was pretty funny. The trip to Melbourne wasn't bad at all. The food was really good! And I sat next to a nice couple from Melbourne and they helped me get used to the new accents I'm surrounded by. In Melbourne I met up with some other people on their way to YWAM so it was nice to finally meet some of my teammates in real life. And then the flight to Christchurch was fine...except you had to pay for food. In Austrailian dollars...soo I didn't eat. haha. And customs was customs. But I made it through without too much trouble.
And now its Sunday afternoon and here I am in Oxford, New Zealand. I went to an Anglican church just down the road this morning (oh how I wish you could have been there with me Dad...you would have loved it!) It was so cool to reflect on how awesome God is. Here I am on the other side of the world, and yet I am united with every other Christian in worship. And even though its different services, denominations, accents...its the same. We all love and serve Jesus. And that, my friends, is the beauty of faith.
My biggest prayer request right now? Please pray about supporting me further financially. My outreach expenses are due MUCH sooner then I expected and as I mentioned earlier...I still need about $2000...possibly more depending on where I am placed. So if God is prompting you...give give give! :)
I love and miss you all. But I'm doing so well. I am confirmed more and more each minute that I am right where God wants me to be!!! And I am so full of joy!
Peace and Love!
PS-hopefully pictures will be coming soon! i live at the base of a mountain. no big deal.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

$2000

how much I need to raise while I'm overseas. since I was looking at the wrong total in my excel document when I was looking at the total amount I have to raise. sigh.
THANKfully I have a God who provides. Jehovah Jireh!
Peace and Love

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Itinerary

The long awaited itinerary has finally made its appearance on my blog. Note...all times are the local times.
Chicago to Denver Departs at 12:35PM on Thursday
Denver to Los Angeles- Departs at 4:45PM
LA to Melbourne, Austrailia- Departs at 8:35PM
Arrives at 5:25AM on Saturday! (Its about a 16 hour flight...)
Melbourne to Christchurch!!!- Departs at 9:45AM
Arrives at 4:05PM (Its a 3 hour and 20 minute flight...)
So basically I'll arrive in Christchurch at 11:05PM on Friday in Chicago.

Peace and Love!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Anonymity

2 posts in 1 day? Yea, that's definitely a new record. What can I say? I have a lot on my mind.
The word anonymity has been on mind a lot today.
The first reason I have been thinking about it is because of all the woman and children that I am leaving here to serve who are just that...anonymous. Some of them don't know their names. Some of them don't remember their childhood. Some of them do, but what they remember is simply a title. It's a label. No one really knows them. No one really has a deep relationship with them. They are in a business where faux relationships are created everyday and in a short time those "relationships" are over. Their human desire to be known and to be loved is never fulfilled. (Not that it is ever filled without God...but that's beside the point.) They live a lonely life filled with pain, abuse, and constant struggle. And it is those people. Those children of God that I am going to serve. I want the anonymous to be named. I want the lost to find a home. I want the lonely to feel love. And not love that is purely physical and completely temporary. Love that overflows from the love of our heavenly Father. The love of a God who calls out to every orphan saying "I know you and I love you more than you could ever imagine." The love of a God who looks past our sins and our struggle and sees the beauty of Christ in each one of us. My heart has been broken for the anonymous and, God willing, it will continue to be broken. Not so that I can live in sadness, but so that I can share the joy that I have found in knowing Jesus. My Papa.
The other reason the word anonymity has been on my mind today is today I recieved an anonymous gift. A rather large sum actually and I have no way to thank them. I'm so blessed by their generousity and so my hope is that if anonymous is reading this, he/she/they will know that I am so humbled and blessed by their love, support, and encouragement.
Peace and love.

1 week.

We are in the single digits my friends. In one week I will be leaving for New Zealand. Its difficult to believe that it's actually here. This week is going to be tough-saying good-bye to friends and family I love dearly. But God is going to do so many crazy things in the next 6 months and for that I cannot help but rejoice. Pray that I continue to prepare as best I can. Pray for wisdom about some decisions I need to make. Pray that I can be fully present and available while I am gone.
I love you all.

Peace and love.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Nervsacited.

TWO WEEKS! From today! Ahhh!!! I can't believe it. The only way to describe how I'm feeling right now is nervsacited.
So to break it down for you.
Nervous: I'm nervous in a weird way. When I really think about what I'm doing from an earthly perspective I think, "What in the world am I doing?" Or when I think about the fact that I don't have all my funds yet I am like "How is this going to work out?" But when I really think about it and really look at how God has opened this door for me and provided so much support already, I know that I can trust him to take care of me. I recently reread The Shack and one quote that really stuck out to me was from Jesus said this, "Do you realize that your imagination of the future, which is almost always dictated by fear of some kind, rarely if ever, pictures me there with you?" (pg. 142...if you are really interested haha) So when people ask me if I'm a nervous, my knee jerk reaction is to say yes because really...who wouldn't be at least a little bit nervous. But I'm not afraid. I know this is what God has called me to do. And when I picture these next 7 months with God right there with me (as I know he will be), I can't help but be at peace.
Sad: As I mentioned in a previous post, I am sad to be saying good-bye to all my friends and family here. Especially when I start thinking about small things like not being able to give hugs or go to soccer games or see people open my presents in person...I get really overwhelmed. Its not that I don't think I'll survive or that I doubt my calling..Its just that I'm struck by the reality that there are times when it will definitely be difficult being away from so many people I dearly love.
Excited: I'M GOING TO NEW ZEALAND TO BE A MISSIONARY!!!! How could I not be excited???? Honestly, its a dream come true. God has put a passion for missions on my heart since I first went on a mission trip to Juarez, Mexico back in 7th grade and throughout the years he has only confirmed that calling over and over again. I really can't imagine myself doing anything else more joyfully challenging or beautifully fulfilling. This is where God has called me to. And I cannot wait to see what he has in store for me. Yea! YEa! YeA!
So until next time, I'll leave you with a song that God has put on my heart.
Walking by faith and by sight :)

Peace and Love!

Friday, September 2, 2011

i must share.

So I read this article today and my heart was broken. I know its long, but seriously, it is so important to know about this stuff so I encourage you to read it. National Geographic-Child Brides

For those of you who choose not to read it, its an article about girls who are married as young as 5. Can you imagine? Five year olds don't even understand what marriage is. Five years old can't multiply, or divide. Five year olds can barely write their own names. And yet in some places in the world they're expected to be married? That is injustice.
And in 27 days I'll be leaving to try to stop it. Keep me in your prayers!
Peace and love.

Friday, August 19, 2011

people :)

I am getting soooooo excited for my trip overseas! Its in less than 6 weeks that I will be on a plane to New Zealand. Crazy.
But one thing I didn't consider is how hard it would be to say goodbye to everyone here. This weekend I was able to hang out with my family for a wonderful vacation on Lake Michigan. It was seriously amazing. But it was really hard to say goodbye. So because I love pictures... here are some pictures of people I love. And already miss dearly!!! (but don't worry if you're not included...like Jen and Kyle...I still love you and miss you too!!!! these are just the pictures I have)

Adorable Ava

Goofball Emma and best aunt ever Diana  (with her favorite person...Elmo)
my amazing older brother and his puppies (Lt. Javier, Lord Nugget, and Fergie Ferg...who didn't make the photo)

my favorite sister in law Sarah Danger.

My hero...my daddy.
Dr. Jen :)



And these are more amazing people in my life that I am so sad that I will have to say goodbye to soon.

Spunky Torrie (who I don't have a picture of)

So stinkin cute Connor
Precious little Kate Kate :)

Model Logan haha

my dear bestie Jilleth
My incredible. incredible. incredible. best friend liz.
my b.e.a.utiful mom.

Love you all!!!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

ramblings on a summer of justice and love :)

Lately I have been posed with the question what is justice? What does it mean to promote justice? And while I don't really know the exact answers to these questions, there are a few things that I do know. 1-Part of the mission of me going on this trip is to be able to better answer these questions. I think one way to define justice would be to say it is the absence of injustice. While I'm at YWAM some of the specific issues of injustice that we will be looking at are slave labor, displaced people/refugees, human trafficking, corruption, human rights, oppression, gender discrimination, and racism. Not exactly light issues to discuss that is for sure. But issues that need to be talked about in order to better promote justice. 2-I know what the Bible says. The Bible says we serve a God of justice. God is just. And so this battle for justice is temporary. But while we are here, if we want to truly become more like Christ, then we must also strive to become more just. One of my life verses right now is Micah 6:8 "And what, oh man, does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." So that is what I (well...we all) must strive to do. Act. Love. Walk.
Speaking of love. Some of you may be wondering what I have been doing all summer. And a lot of what I have been doing is attending some of my dearest friends weddings. It has been such a blessing to witness the union of these amazing people. Lindsay, Amanda, Cara. You were all so beautiful. Words cannot describe. And its not just on the outside. Inside you are even more beautiful, displaying God's love, grace, and joy daily. Thank you for being such amazing friends :) Jonathan, Tito, Justin. You guys are so awesome. You each demonstrate such deep care and affection for your wives. Thank you for showing me how Godly men live. I cannot wait to see how God uses ALL of you.
So now to everyone else...a few pictures for you to see what I mean when I said beautiful :)
The Mikhail's :)

The Mendoza's

The Shonamon's :)

Peace, love, (and justice)!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Burn me up.

Two weekends ago I had the blessing of going to Sandblast, our summer youth retreat with my church. God was working in incredible ways and the Holy Spirit was authentically moving. It was amazing. And I got back feeling rested, refreshed, and renewed. My desire to serve the Lord and to do his work overseas was reaffirmed once again. But God was also speaking to me and asking me to ask myself some tough questions. See these past few months as I have been fundraising I have been putting my own efforts above the work that God is doing. I think of the song by Shane and Shane called "Burn us up" and the story it is based on of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abenego (I probably slaughtered the spelling...but just work with me here haha). What incredible faith that they had.
Seriously. I'm in awe.
They believed, without a doubt, that God was completely capable of saving them from the sentence of death. I imagine them looking the King in the eye and saying, "Bus us up; we will not worship your idols." A courageous stand, no doubt. But I think what's even more courageous and truly awe-inspiring is their courage to say more. "Even if God doesn't save us, even if we die, we will burn on His behalf because we know that he is the one and only true God."
Wow.
These past few months I definitely have not been in that place. I've been saying, "Lord, I'll do all this fundraising, I'll go in the furnace but only if you'll provide all the money but only if you'll save me." I've been willing to go overseas and willing to put my faith in God that He will provide enough money for me but only if He did actually provide the money for me. See, if I'm being completely honest, it scares me to death to think that God won't provide the money. Not because I don't think he can, because I KNOW he can, but because if he doesn't that means He is leading me down a path that I haven't been aware of, a path I've had no control over. And I hate not being in control. But that's exactly where God wants me to be. He wants to be in control.
I want to be in a place where I can say, "Lord, throw me in the furnace! I know you can save me. But even if you don't, I will burn because I know you are the Lord of all the universe and worthy of my service, worthy of me following you, even if it means I will burn up."
So to leave you all, here is the song I was talking about. "Burn us up" by Shane and Shane. May you be challenged and inspired. And may your prayer for me and for yourself be simply this, "Lord, burn us up."


Peace and Love.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Time flies!

Wow! I can't believe its been over a month since I've updated my blog. For all you avid followers out there...I apologize! But also...there's not a ton to update you guys on. So here's a snapshot of what's been going on in the past month

1) I reached the halfway point! That's right I have over $5000 :) Which is truly an amazing blessing. I am so thankful for all of you who have given me money, for those of you who have prayed for me, and for those of you who have helped out in any other way. God is providing...sometimes slower than I imagined he would haha... but he is definitely providing.
2) I bought my plane tickets!!! My departure date is official. I leave Thursday September 29 at 12:30 pm from Midway :) From there I go to Denver, then Los Angeles, Melbourne Australia, and finally Christchurch New Zealand. Woop!
3) I got my second shipment of t-shirts. I still have quite a few t-shirts left so if you're interested, check out the design below and email me the size you want (kkulchar@live.olivet.edu)
4) I'm still collecting cell phones. I've gotten about $80 from cell phone recycling and am hoping to double my profit on the next shipment. If you have old cell phones you want to donate, let me know!
5) I emailed several churches in the area asking them if I could do any work around their buildings...unfortunately its pretty much been a failure. Although about 5 churches responded to my email, most of my original contacts have told me to talk to another person at the church and I haven't heard from any of them.
PR (prayer request): I could really use prayer for wisdom. In particular, prayer for wisdom to know how to raise more funds.
So that's pretty much what's been going on.
Peace and love :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Update!

Its been a while since I've posted so I decided to give a little update. There isn't much going on. I'm continuing to collect cell phones (I actually went door to door this morning asking people to donate their old phones YIKES!) and am still selling t-shirts as well! ($15 :) ). 
The newest thing is there is a way for you all to give tax deductible donations!! Just make out the check to "New Wine Anglican Mission" (my dad's church) and in the memo write Katie-YWAM. You can still make out the check to me if you don't need the tax deduction. And then you can just mail the check to my house...420 Dale St Flushing, MI 48433.
Peace and Love :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Desert.

March 13, 2011. 

The day I was baptized. It was such a a joyful day, a celebration :) I'm told I fist pumped when I came out of the water haha.
But I came to a realization that day, that I may be regretting now.
That day I read the story of Jesus' baptism. Its a familiar one. You know the characters. John the Baptist, Jesus, the Holy Spirit in dove form. You know the setting, the Jordan River. But do you know the plot? Because the realization I came to that day is the fact that the Baptism isn't the climax to the story: its the introduction. Its the beginning of Jesus' ministry. And the fascinating thing is that after Jesus is baptized, he didn't go right into ministry.
He went into the desert.
I waited a long time to publicly confess my faith and it wasn't until that day that I really understood why. My baptism marked the beginning of my ministry, just as it did for Jesus. I told my best friend that day that I knew that the next few months for me was going to be my time in the desert. (Yea. I forgot God hears all our conversations.) And it has been. Not like some of the deserts I've been through before in my life, but definitely a desert. I feel this anxiousness, a lack of control as I wait for my time in ministry to begin. There is so much uncertainty surrounding my time overseas next year and even more uncertainty surrounding my time afterwards. And if you know me, you know that I don't do well with sitting around. I'm definitely not the best at unknown. For years, in fact, I told people that was my biggest fear.
What I'm realizing now is that I need this time. I need this time of preparation. I need this time to sit and rest and listen to God. I need this time to trust.
So if you're reading this, don't worry about me. I will survive. My time in the desert doesn't include forty days of fasting (thankfully!), but it has been difficult. And I'm sure, it won't get any easier. But I am thankful for this time because I know that God is with me. And He will prepare me.
Peace and love.

Friday, May 13, 2011

One step closer...

It has been so hot here these past few days. I'm living in Bourbonnais this summer with a wonderful family (almost identical to mine. girl, boy, girl, boy...and the third child's name is Kate. She might be my favorite haha). Its just so hard to believe I'm a college graduate. Last weekend my parents came down for a few days and cheered me on as I walked across the stage in the hideous gown and super awkward square hat, but I did have a medal. It was pretty cool..haha.
Here are some pics :)


Main point..My summer has begun! And I'm a college graduate!
Which also means that YWAM and New Zealand are one step closer. Which is very exciting. Very exciting :)
And my fundraising is going pretty well. I have about $4000. Praise the Lord! So now I have 4 months to get $6000 more. Which in my mind is a lot. But for God. Its not.
But if anyone has any ideas about any other ideas to fundraise...it would be greatly appreciated.
Peace and love :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth to the Day!

In honor of Earth day I'd like to dedicate this blog to my other fundraising method..Cell phone recycling!

Wait...did I just say cell phone recycling??
I did! I did!
Its super cool!
So let me explain.
I was googling different ways to fundraise and I found this organization (GRC recycling) that helps people and businesses raise money by recycling old cell phones. Here is how it works. You give me your old cell phones (battery has to be included but chargers are not needed). I collect at least 10 cell phones and I send them into this company (using their free postage...yea!). They look at the cell phones and determine the worth of each cell phone based on the quality and current condition of each phone. The better condition they are in, the more money they're worth (obviously..). After determining how much each cell phone is worth, they send me a check. Here's the cool part. They guarantee a minimum of $.50 for each cell phone. No matter what. On average, each cell phone will be worth about $2-4. But potentially a cell phone could be worth up to $30! Now I realize that may not be a ton of money, but it adds up! And lets be honest, what good are those old cell phones doing just sitting around your house? No good at all! Its basically a free way for you to give me money :)
AND it helps save the environment! Did you know? (warning: I'm about to get on my soap box) Cell phones are quickly becoming the number one e-waste product around! And all of these obsolete items of technology contain toxic materials that are harmful to the environment (boo!) if not disposed of properly. So what to do when trying to recycle mobile phones? Give them to me!!! And I'll make sure the cell phones are disposed of in an environmentally friendly way! 
Its win for you. Win for me. Win for the environment!
And who doesn't like winning??
PS- Don't forget to enjoy the beautiful Earth that God has blessed us with today :)
"The earth is the Lord's and everything in it" Psalm 24:1a 
Peace. And. Love.

Friday, April 15, 2011

o.f.f.i.c.i.a.l.

THE T-SHIRTS HAVE ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And don't they look stellar?
If you want one, I bought a few extra so let me know...otherwise you'll have to wait until the end of summer when I put my second order in. :)
Today made it official. Not only do I have the pleasure of wearing my t-shirt, but I made my room deposit. I am going to New Zealand in September. If you think about it pray for my sanity the next few weeks. School is almost over and I've been experiencing a wiiiiddddeee range of emotions. Excitement. Sadness. Fear. Joy. Stress. Relief. You name it. I've experienced it (or will soon). I think mostly I'm really just ready for the next step. I'm ready to go where God leads. But sometimes it feels like someone spinning me in a circle and then leading me through a forest at night, in a rainstorm, all the while I'm blindfolded. I just have to keep reminding myself that the person leading me is...well...the creator of the universe. And he's not going to leave me alone in the wilderness. Which I'm very thankful for!
That's all for now. I have to go write a final exam.
Peace and love :)