(a picture of my pal Felice and I on our recent cruise)
I have decided that it is necesary to express some important realities concerning my departure date. At this time, not all of my support has been pledged. For very understandable reasons, I cannot leave the country until I have reached 100% of my goal. Now I havn't cut into stone yet with this, but there is a high chance that my departure date will be postponed a few months until the rest of my support comes in. I struggled with this a bit at first, wondering why I would continue to be held back from something that I've been waiting for for eight years. But after prayer and wise council, I recognize that it was God who planted that calling into my life and heart, and it can only be He who decides my exact departure date. I have placed it in his hands. Meanwhile, I continue marching on. I'm making more contact with potential financial partners and trusting that everything will be done according to His will.
If you are a financial supporter at this time and have any questions that you would like answered, please do not hesitate to call me. I'de love to chat. Many blessings and a happy hot summer to ya!
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Thursday, June 21, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Happy Happy Father's Day to all you dad's out there! Its a day where you get a portion of the credit that I know you actually deserve. The more appropriate gesture would be to celebrate dad's every day because I know you guys do so much for us kids! And, if I do say so myself, my dad is winning the race for best dad of the year.
So many people ask me on a regular basis "how does your dad feel about you going to Colombia?" The truth is, he's my number one supporter and fan. When I get discouraged or nervous about the big move, HE'S the one that's right there showing me God's truth and encouraging me to press on. We've been through so much together and I am so thankful that God chose me to be his daughter.
For all those who have lost their dads like my grandfather this year, or my precious step-siblings whose dad died before his time, I hope you will find your strength and encouragement in the arms of our heavenly father. I love you all!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Well, I'm headed to Colombia in July! No, not for good...yet. I'm going back for a visit to meet the team that I will be working with once I live there. I'll be gone for 9 days total and will get back only 3 weeks before I'm supposed to officially leave for good. Not only is this trip going to serve as an introduction to the UCU team down there, but I'm very excited to be refreshed there by God's promises in my life.
I was talking to dad the other night and was remembering the story of my last trip to Colombia in summer '06. A few days before I left I had a very intimate time with the Lord. I felt that I would be back to Colombia but that the Lord had a lot to do within my life first. I kept feeling a time frame of about one year. I could never have guessed what all would take place in that year. It has been filled with ups and downs. Mostly, it has been God breaking and rebuilding me in a way that I know will allow my time in South America to flourish. But the breaking of oneself, in any situation, is painful. I do recognize the necesity and privilage of this process and I am seeing changes within myself daily. It is a journey. It certainly will not just end the moment I move down there. Of course not! But I am looking forward, with great excitement, to this new season in my life!
Blessings to you all,
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