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

Monday, May 21, 2012

Lack of words

Since I've been home, I've had an incredibly difficult time expressing myself in words. Even in my journal there is a significant decrease in the frequency and length of my entries. It's frustrating. Writer's block at it's worst.
But as they say, pictures are worth a 1000 words.

Akaroa, NZ

The view from the lookout in Oxford, NZ (one of my favorite getaways)

Amy, Kathryn, me, and Becca in Hamner Springs, NZ

One of my favorite places in the entire world. Castle Hill, NZ.

Punakiki, NZ-home of the pancake rocks!

The women's side of the Western Wall. Jerusalem, Israel

Inside the Shepherd's Field Church. Beit Zahour, Israel (right outside Bethlehem)

The security "fence" separating Palestine and Israel. Bethlehem, Israel

The Church of the Nativity Bethlehem, Israel

The cave in which the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Qumran, Israel.

A cross near one of the first churches in the world. Between Jericho and Bethlehem, Israel.

Looking out over The Dead Sea with Jordan in the distance. Israel

The amphitheater in Cesarea on the Mediterranean Sea. Near Haifa, Israel

Stones from the temple that date back to the time of Jesus. Near Peter's house in Capernaum, Israel.  

The entrance to the Daughters Day Center where I spent the majority of my time volunteering in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

The street leading to Psar Toul Tom Poung (The Russian Market). Phnom Penh, Cambodia 
Looking at the Mekong River from The Riverfront. Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

A small way to express my gratitude for all your support. Thank you! Ashley River Gorge, NZ.
Peace and love.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Back home?

I was warned. A wise woman told me that once I went overseas, I would never feel completely at home again. Now, I completely understand what she meant. Don't get me wrong, there are advantages to being "home", namely being able to spend time with friends and family that I love; however, there are so many things I miss about being overseas that I try not to think about it. Instead of thinking about what I don't have and the places I don't get to be in this next season, I am going to thank God for what he has given me and the places he has allowed me to go.
Thank you for St. Matthew's and their extremely generous hearts.
Thank you for faithful prayer warriors and encouragers all over the world.
Thank you for allowing me to go to cities and towns all over New Zealand, Israel, and Cambodia.
Thank you for your nearness.
Thank you for mountains, valleys, rivers, trees, camels, kiwi birds, and geckos
Thank you for the ability to buy a cell phone and a car.
Thank you for a bed with a mattress.
Thank you for a new pair of Toms shoes.
Thank you for love.
What are you thankful for today?
Peace, love, and thankfulness.
At Ashley Gorge outside of Oxford, NZ