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

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.