Monday, February 28, 2011

Starting an Adventure...

Last fall, I was introduced to the OMP (Overseas Missions Practicum) at GCTS.  The OMP gives students the opportunity to do a missions trip either with a team already set up or to make a trip up on their own.  I knew immediately that this was something I was on board for when it was presented.  When I found out that there were no trips headed to the European continent, I began doing research and got hooked up with World Harvest Mission www.whm.org.  My friend Brie, who also has a heart for European ministry, was interested as well and so long story short--Brie and I will be headed to Vienna, Austria on June 14 to work with a church plant, New City Wien!  We will spend 8 weeks ministering and assisting with our other teammates--Amanda Arfsten, Allie Dyar, and Eva Holder.  We met Amanda and Allie this weekend at our orientation with WHM.  It was an instant click and made me even more excited about this summer and the opportunities that await.

So...for the next 6 months, this blog will be updates of support raising and ministry in Vienna and I hope you will join with me in prayer and excitement about all that I'll be experiencing.  Life abroad has always appealed to me and I know that this is just one more step in furthering the plan God has for me.

I encourage you to check out the WHM website as well as New City Wien's website:
www.newcitywien.at

Also, Brad & Stacey Hunter, who are the head team leaders in Vienna have a fantastic blog and it's definitely worth a read:
www.5hunters.blogspot.com

Below is a pic of the four Vienna interns:  Amanda, Allie, Brie, & Alli!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Wagamama NonValentine Dinner

The night before Valentine's Day, a bunch of us got together to celebrate at Wagamama.  Wagamama is a Japanese noodle bar that first got its start in London.  In fact, outside of Boston, there aren't any other Wagamama restaurants except in the UK, South Africa, Australia, and some parts of Europe.  Ok so now that you have the history of the restaurant...

Anyways, we had a great time just eating and talking and laughing a lot.  I am blessed beyond blessed with my friends here at GCTS!  Enjoy some pics from Sunday night:

Carrie, Nathan, me, Joel, Sean, & Melissa

Melissa, Carrie, & me

April & me

Friday, February 11, 2011

What a sick bunch we are...

My friends and I do everything together...study, eat, hang out...and get sick. When living and going to class in such small quarters, it's bound to happen.

It started 2 days ago.  I was sitting in NT Survey and felt the tickle in my throat.  Sean said he was getting a bad cough at the end of class.  I ignored it, went and enjoyed a great dinner w/ Nathan, Jessica, & Brian, and by the end of the night, the cough was much more apparent.  Normally, I go to the gym every morning at 6:30 w/a group of people and when my alarm went off yesterday, I knew it had gotten much worse.  I called into work to tell them I wouldn't be coming in and thought by my 2pm class I'd be better.  Nope.  Even worse.

By 4:30pm, it had spread from Sean to Melissa, to me, to Nathan, to Joel and so on.  I was supposed to go to a class tonight for my Overseas Missions Practicum (OMP), but instead, I'm trying to fight off whatever this is so that I can be in the OMP class tomorrow morning.  I have some pretty great friends, who, even when they're feeling crappy too, still take care of me :)

We all need to be better by tomorrow.  There's a Settlers of Catan tournament and Sunday night we're celebrating Valentines together at Wagamama in Cambridge.  So this thing has to go.  Soon.

Please pray for a speedy recovery for us all.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Snow

According to Webster - SNOW:  atmospheric water vapor frozen into ice crystals and falling in light white flakes or lying on the ground as a white layer
verb: "be snowed in": be confined or blocked by a large quantity of snow

I've seen more of this substance than I ever thought was possible.  Sometimes, I walk to class wondering if somehow I've really been going to school in the North Pole.  We've had a snow day or delay every week for the last month.  Yesterday, I nearly went stir crazy.  Classes for Spring started on Monday and my first one of the new semester was to be yesterday at 1:15.  Instead, I sat in my room reading and catching up on my J-term class. It was a good day to be productive, looking back.  But I'm ready for a routine.  I guess I can tell that I'm growing up.  Normally, I'd be praying that everyday would be a Snow Day.  Even when I taught school, I'd always hope for at least one snow day.  Well, my prayers have been answered...two years later.  I'm getting more snow days than I ever wanted.  Yes, it was fun at first.  Building a snow man, sledding on cafeteria trays, drinking hot chocolate and watching movies....this was the first week of J-term, before I realized exactly how much work I'd have to do and how often I'd have to shovel out my car.  I will say that my guy friends are all pretty awesome and have offered every time to shovel out my car or scrape the ice off my windows (thanks Joe, Sean, Nathan, & Dan!).

But after a month of this, I'm really ready for it to end.  The snow is pretty.  And it's nice to look out over campus and see the trees and hills covered in it.  I just wish it didn't hit us all at one time.  The shoveling, de-icing, scraping, etc is frustrating all the time.  I'm pretty sure all of my Northern friends reading this are chuckling since it's just the beginning of February.  I know we're getting more of it.  I just need to vent about it!!