Wednesday, July 27, 2011

VBS Update

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23

This week, 22 kids have joined us in learning the about God through the "Fruit of the Spirit." We've had fun playing games and making crafts, but we've also learned that without God, its pretty much pointless to be good on our own. There's been a lot of spiritual opposition, so please keep praying for us.

Though we have limited staff, God has blessed, and we've had enough people each day to keep things moving. Praise the Lord! I look forward to what the Lord will do the rest of this week!

Snow in Summer

In junior church this class, I had GIRLS! I don't usually have girls. Ah. What to do. Since my curriculum had run out last week, I just decided to do a short missionary story, since I would be leaving after that. Previously, we had talked about the power of God, so I told a story of how God sent snow in the summer time to answer a missionary's prayer. The kids were so surprised.
"It can't snow in the summer!" They informed me.
So we were able to relate God's power to us. The link is prayer. As Believers, we have access to God's power through prayer. It is so cool to share such amazing concepts with a group so young and have them understand it. Then I asked them for prayer requests for while I am in Taiwan. What a great way to leave my class!
(The kids made great "summer snowflakes" to remind them of God's power.)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Leaving Montana :(

Yes, that's right. In less than two weeks, I am leaving Montana for about two years! I will spend a month in Chicago and surrounding areas, and then I take a plane to Taiwan where I will be teaching English. Montana holds many memories, both happy and sad. I will miss the smile of my nephew when he sees me, mom's flower garden, the cat claiming my lap during milking, and SO much more. Most of all, I will miss my family. However, thanks to facebook and skype, I will be able to keep up with them. If you stay tuned in to my blog, I'll try to keep ya'll updated as well.

It has been a while since I've posted. Mainly, this is due to a crazy schedule in preparing VBS and then leaving for Taiwan. -And of course there are other things going on in life as well, so life has been very busy. Here is just a small picture of the craziness going on in my room right now (and mind you, this is after 30 minutes of putting things "away"). Yes, my life is tumultuous right now, but God is still here, leading, guiding, giving His peace.

"He is the ROCK; His work is perfect, all His ways are judgement, a God of TRUTH and without iniquity, just and right is He."

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A New Bible

Ah! The thrill that goes up my back as I open the box on the counter. It is! My new Bible! I had recently given my Spanish-English Bible to someone who had a greater need of it, and the Bible I was currently using was hard to read. My Bible is like my journal, and I like being able to write in the margins, reference special verses, and underline passages, so I had made sure I got a new Bible that would enable me to do this. You know, it is such a blessing to be able to order a Bible and use it freely in this country. Not everyone has that privilege.

While I was serving in Mexico, our team went for a bus ride. (We did them for ministry, not to get anywhere.) The girl who sat next to me looked to be about seven. I greeted her in Spanish, chatted with her for a few moments, and then delved into the gospel. She did not receive Christ, but was very excited. When I asked her how old she was, she said "I am seven, today." "Why happy birthday!" I replied. Then I proceeded to give her a Spanish New Testament for her birthday. Smiling from ear to ear, the girl clutched the Bible to her chest, and turned to her parents. "Look, she gave me a Bible!"

Mexico is a Catholic country, and many of the people do not have a way to get a Bible. I was reminded of this when I gave my Spanish-English Bible to a new Spanish member of our church. He asked where to get more so that he could send some to his family. What a privilege it is in America to have the freedom of having not one, not two, but as many Bibles as we please!

Thank you Lord, for this freedom. May I see it as a gift from God and an opportunity which I should share with others.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Crew's All Here!!!

What a blessing this weekend to have Alicia & Isaiah, Cassie, David, and I all home at the same time! It was good to reconnect and hear everyone's hearts and what the Lord is doing in their life. Since it very rarely happens that we are all together, when we are, we take pictures. So, Sunday morning, everyone dressed up for the picture.

As I prepare the camera and setting, everyone is asking questions like "Do I have to be in front?" "Are we seriously looking into the sun?" "Where do you want Isaac?" It may be craziness to some, but I love it. I enjoy making chaos into a beautiful picture. Such fun.

Of course, taking pictures was not all we did. We played games, sang, threw together a presentation of the Declaration of Independence for the Tea Party meeting, worked together, and just hung out. I hear there were a lot of fireworks involved as well, but I wouldn't know; I wasn't up that late.

Thank you Lord for family such as mine that delights in being a team and is following Your plan wholeheartedly!

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
Psalm 133:1