Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday Thoughts

Dear friends,

It's a little windy today, but sunny and filled with joy all the same.

Last night we played capture the flag in the forest and it was the most exciting/scary game I have played in my life. We smeared mud all over ourself and wore black clothes. It was almost dark and everyone was sneaking around through the thick of the forest trying to get the other teams flag or free the people in jail without being captured by that team. Three other people and I started out together and then two were captured, so me and the other girl crawled through the trees to save them and we were only 10 feet away when she was spotted and a giant of a boy chased her down and captured her. I was hiding behind a stump and I barely saw a black figure poking their head out from behind a tree and look my way. Fight or flight. So I booked it so fast, I had no idea where I was going and could barely see. I ended up running into a pile of twigs, surrounded by pokey plants and had to assess the situation a bit. Long story short. If you want an adrenaline rush, this is a great game to play. No one ended up winning because it was nearly impossible to sneak up on the flag, but a guy from our team was able to free half of our team from jail. I'll post some pictures from this soon. :)

This morning I had a reality check moment. We leave in 20 days. That's so soon! Our leaders were able to find really good flights and so they booked them this week, praise God! We will be flying out from Geneva to Vienna to Bangkok to Cambodia. I don't know what to think sometimes, a part of me knows it won't seem real until I am actually there in Cambodia. We have been having more team meetings lately and they make me so excited for what's to come. The dynamics in the group are so good and it just feels really right. God knows what He's doing ;). We will be doing ministry in Phenom Penh, Battombang, and some of the provinces as well. Our visas only last for 30 days so we will have to leave Cambodia and stay in Thailand for a few days while they are renewed.

Prayer requests:

Unity among the team, vulnerabilty and love for one another
Wisdom and discernment for our leaders, Ruth and Daniel
Protection for the team
Health
To accomplish all that He has for us to do
Have God's heart for the people
To believe and trust in Him

The DTS as a whole still have people who are in need of finances for outreach we are believing God will provide for them. In total we have a need of almost 11,000 dollars. This may seem huge to you but to God it's not! Being here I have heard so many amazing stories of how God has provided for people, of how faithful He is.

"Therefore I tell you do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Matthew 6:25-27

Your prayers in this area are much appreciated! This is when faith in God becomes real, He really is our provider. Our needs give Him a chance to show us just how much this is true, just how much He loves and values us!

This week we learned about the Father's heart and just how much He loves us. We hear it so often, Jesus loves you, and we forget the power and truth behind those words. He really does. In such a vast and intimate way... and He reveals His love through His word, through creation, through the people around us, through those little moments that fill our hearts with joy.

His word says that, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."

He gives because He loves.

Another thing that changed my heart: our teacher spoke on how Jesus came to reveal the Father. How He only did what He saw the Father doing, He only spoke what He heard the Father speaking. Everything that Jesus is came from the Father. This truth is restoring my image of the Father.

He is who He says He is.

He does not change.

I love this scripture... "They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them..." Nehemiah 9:17

"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him." 1 John 4:9

He came
"to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness."

If you don't see, know or understand His love for you ask Him to open your eyes. Growing in His love for you is a lifetime process. Those that are hungry to know Him and His love will know it!

"Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied." Luke 6:21

"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13

I pray that He will create a hunger in you to know Him more. To walk in relationship with Him in your everyday. Be blessed today :)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Almost September?

Last week we went on a 400 K bike ride! We took the train to Romanshorn and then from there biked five days back to Switzerland. The first night we stayed on a farm and slept in the barn where the cows normally stay. It smelled a bit, natural? :) Then we had bread, cheese, and coffee for breakfast. The next night we stayed in a church basement and then woke up to a rainy day. We rode about 50 K and then realized we were extremely lost... we called out leader and told her where we were and she said, "You're where?" We were so far off the trail in some random city that she didn't even believe us. We ended up taking a train with our bikes to the place everyone was suppose to meet for lunch. Then from there we rode in the pouring rain to a Christian retreat center and ate amazing food!! After that we stayed at another YWAM base the next night and then in a church the last night. Our leaders surprised us on the last night and took us to a pool/spa. After five days of biking - wonderful!

This week we learned about missions and worldview. So interesting! We talked about the biblical views on education, government, etc. Gods ways are always so good!

Four weeks until we leave for Cambodia... September 19th. Our team met together on Monday and our leader wrote 10 ministry options on the board. We all prayed and felt drawn towards working with the orphans, those dealing with HIV/aids, and prison ministries. On our bike trip we met a woman at the other YWAM base who had lived in Cambodia for five and a half years. She gave us alot of practical information about their culture, history and background. It is really hard to grasp the reality that I am going there. It will be such an eye opening experience.

I wish I had more time to write about the things I am learning, there's so much! Thank you for your prayers - they are effective! I love you all :)













Tuesday, August 5, 2008

GUESS WHAT???

We found out our outreach teams about an hour ago...


I'm going to CAMBODIA!!!


It feels like a dream. It is so amazing to see how God hand picked the team! Everyone went to God and recieved His direction on where they were to go, Brazil or Cambodia, and it worked out perfectly! God is so good. Just a testimony of His goodness: we didn't know any details about the locations or leaders of the two countries when we prayed for direction and no one could talk to each other BUT - I ended up with my one-on-one (person on staff that you meet with individually, she's amazing!) and the other leader is a guy from California who tends to remind me of Andrew, haha. AND the girl that I have connected with the most and really had some sweet times with is on my team. I feel so blessed! The other two girls on my team have been really close also!


I see such a heart of compassion in the people on our team. We watched a documentary on Cambodia tonight and I was speechless. This missionary desire in my heart is becoming a reality. I am so filled with hope and faith for what God will do through our team. Wow, what an honor! I know that this won't be easy, but I am so open to God changing and stretching me... opening my eyes and giving me His heart for the people of Cambodia.

Thanks for all your comments and encouragements, they are so special to me! Please be praying for me and my team (Ruth, Daniel, Justin, Luke, David, Jana, Hannah, Stephanie, Bethany)

Blessings of peace and joy in your hearts :)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Outreach, Love, Hike

First thing: Thursday we were lead into the classroom and welcomed onboard an airplane. Pretend of course. We all sat down in the chairs that were set up like an airplane and then they had us take a paper from off the bottom of our seats. Each paper had a letter on it and we all had to put them together and figure out where we were going. We finally figured it out after about five minutes and everyone was screaming. :) We had 24 hours to pray about it and then yesterday we all revealed our decision seperately to our leader. I am so excited!

Here's the letters for the two locations...
AAAABBCDDIILMNORS

Have fun guessing! :)

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Last weekend we went on a hike and it was beautiful!
Here are some pictures mixed in with quotes from a book called
"Fruits of the Spirit"



"Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning... but let it be the hidden man of theheart, in which is not corruptible, even the adornment of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." 1 Peter 3:3,4


Love is patient, kind, generous, humble, courteous, unselfish, good tempered, guileless and sincere.

God is Love.

We are called to become like Him!


"Be courteous; not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing"


"We are to be thermostats, not thermometers, affecting the environment, not just reflecting it."


"Real love that is the fruit of the spirit is the love Christ showed toward mankind."


"You may give without loving, but you cannot love without giving."



"How can we have joy, peace, long-suffering, or all the others without first being saturated thoroughly with the same love Christ knew? When we learn this love and express it, there is a beauty that comes to life we never knew before."



"We love because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19