Thursday, March 31, 2011

Blessed

I find it funny that I still tend to doubt myself when it comes to raising this support that's due for Vienna.  Every week I'm amazed at how much money has come in and who gave what.  I think that I'm more amazed at my friends who are in seminary with me because we are all on such tight budgets, yet they have given so wholeheartedly!  Today was my 50% deadline and I'm officially at 65%!  Crazy.  There's nothing that's impossible with God, that's for sure.

Please keep praying for the remainder of the support to come in in due time...or I guess I should say in HIS time :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Visit with Old Friends

 Three years ago, I lived in the little town of Weil am Rhein, Germany about 10 minutes from the Swiss town of Basel.  I spent 2 years here teaching at Rhein Int'l Academy and learning what ministry abroad was all about.  During that span of time, my roommate, Anne, and myself became friends with the Antrim fam.  We taught their kids, Jordan and Ashleigh, and were always over at their house for dinner or to watch The Polar Express and eat cookies!  Some of my favorite memories of being abroad are with their family.

The Antrims live outside of Philly and this past weekend I was able to go and visit them for the first time in nearly 3 years.  We had SO much fun catching up and reminiscing.  We went into Philly on Saturday and on Sunday we did the Hershey tour. On Sunday night, Cherie made Swiss raclette and it was so good!  I'm so thankful to still keep in touch with such wonderful people!  Here are a few pics from this weekend:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Just the Way it Happens...

I got my weekly phone call from WHM yesterday regarding my support.  I'm supposed to have 50% raised two weeks from Thursday.  The call was a little discouraging.  I didn't have it yet.  I needed to call, email, whatever I needed to do to get more in.  And obviously, I definitely needed to pray.

So...I had to go up to the Missions office after I got off the phone to drop off a copy of my support letter for them.  I was a little bummed about my support statement and immediately began to think the worst, even though just an hour before, I had been thinking about how excited I was to get this opportunity.  On my way to the Missions office I ran into a friend of mine.  He asked me how I was and I told him about my phone call with WHM.  Almost immediately he said "I'll give you $100!"  I thought at first he was just joking around (we are all poor  seminary students after all!).  He wasn't kidding.  He was serious!  And that happened literally 5 minutes after I'd been wondering what I was going to do if I didn't get all of my support in.  Yep, that's how God works.  That's exactly how He does things.  When we least expect it, He steps in and provides.

I leave you with 2 links to 2 videos.  One is a slideshow on the website for the Vienna Team and the other is a short video Brie found on the Greater Europe Mission website.   I encourage you to view both :)
Vienna Website Slideshow
Brie's Movie from GEM

Monday, March 14, 2011

Another Team Member Blog!

This is (the other) Allie's blog.  Allie goes to Covenant College in Chattanooga and I am so excited about sharing in this experience w/her this summer, as well as with Brie, Amanda, & Eva!!

Enjoy Allie's Blog

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

40 Days


It starts tomorrow.  This year's Lent is going to be a little different than others.  I don't want to give up something just for the sake of giving it up.  So I prayed long and hard about what needs to be taken out of my daily routine for the next 40 days.  As most of you might (or might not) know, I've lost about 70lbs in the last year 1/2.  Since coming to seminary, I've been quite tempted with desserts.  They're just always available and sadly, I feel my willpower slowly disappear.  It's not something I crave, but it is something that I have tended to gravitate towards after a meal.  Sitting there with my friends and talking, it's easy to get up, grab a cookie, sit back down and continue talking.

What does this have to do with me going to Austria?  Well...maybe not much of anything.  But I know that I need to bring discipline back into my routine, not just with the sweets, but with studying and socializing as well.  And since I'm taking a course for the OMP for Austria this semester and it requires a plethora of reading and paper writing, it's best to really start learning to focus on what's important.

So I guess all of that to say, I need to bring discipline into my routine for Lent and take out laziness and procrastination.  And since Lent ends the week before Finals, I don't think I could ask for a better way to start out this Lenten season :)


Saturday, March 5, 2011

So often we forget...

Reading Tullian Tchividjian's blog  is one of the best things for my soul, especially in preparing to do what I'm doing.  I think it's easy for me to forget the simplicities of the Gospel.  For some reason, it's easy for me to forget that I'm loved in spite of the way I think & act.  Here's just a sampling of what was on his last post:

Because Jesus was strong for me, I am free to be weak;
Because Jesus won for me, I am free to lose;
Because Jesus was Someone, I am free to be no one;
Because Jesus was extraordinary, I am free to be ordinary;
Because Jesus succeeded for me, I am free to fail.

Can't get much better than that :)