Firsts from travel week 2:
1) Went up Mt Washington to see a great view of Pittsburgh
2) Played an awesome game called “things”with the very awesome Walsh family!
3) Saw the Riverwalk and the ALAMO in San Antonio!
4) Ran a Half Marathon in San Antonio in 2 hours 2 seconds!
Recruiting Thru My Cold…
My second week in PA was another amazing testimony of God providing opportunities to speak to students about what He’s doing in our ministry and to catch up with friends I had met in New Orleans. Unfortunately I had a cold the whole time but that didn’t seem to stop people from hanging out with me..haha. I hung out with my friend Kim who is the reason I was in PA in the first place! I’m grateful for our friendship and loved seeing how God is moving in her life in PA! THANKS for everything girl!
One of my favorite experiences from the trip was the chance to share my testimony with InterVarsity at Pitt. I love telling people how God called me to the mission field and how He really can use anyone to do His work! I shared how it’s on us to join God where He’s working so no matter where you are God can use you now! One cool part was my friends Kim and Ross shared how God connected the three of us together in New Orleans, how he allowed our paths to cross, and how He grew us in our faith there. It really is cool to think how because of the call to serve God in New Orleans and my obedience, I now have friends not only in Pittsburgh but all over the country! Thanks be to God!
Another great time on my trip was reconnecting with Ben and Emily in San Antonio..they used to serve with our ministry. I’m also stoked to be in their wedding on Jan 1st and enjoyed running the half marathon with Emily. She did a great job of pushing me to run faster than I thought I could!
God also allowed me the chance to speak to the youth group at Northwest Community Church and be encouraged by Scott and Ruby, the youth leaders there. It’s awesome to see how their week in NOLA has spurred them on to work in inner city San Antonio! Their desire to take back what they learned on their mission trip reminds me why we host teams in the first place! We want teams to take back what they learn in NOLA and apply it to their lives back home! It’s not just suppose to be a one week experience but a life changing experience that brings God glory!
I’m back in the NO for the next month. While I’m here I’ll follow up with the connections I made in PA and continue to get the word out about our internship program. Let me know if you want any info on the internship program, I’d love to share with you more about it!
I’m headed home for two weeks for Christmas so if you’re in the NC area I better see you!
Please keep praying for:
1) Interns to come and serve in New Orleans, Haiti, and Peru
2) The internship program itself…that it glorifies God and grows the interns closer to God
3) My decision to fill out the long term application and to fully trust God with my future plans
LOVE YOU ALL! thanks for taking the time to read this and thank you for the prayers!
Devo from Oswald Chambers that speaks to the internship program and my role in it:
Thank God for being able to see all that you have not yet been. You have had the vision (for the internship program) but you are not yet to the reality of it by any means. It is when we are in the valley, where we prove whether we will be the choice ones, that most of us turn back. We are not quite prepared for the bumps and bruises that must come if we are going to be turned into the shape of the vision. We have seen what we are not, and what God wants us to be, but are we willing to be battered into the shape of the vision to be used by God?
Praying I'm willing to let God mold me, beat me, batter me, and stretch me to make this vision a reality! Praying I don't let the thoughts of inadequacies and inexperience paralyze me from running the race He's marked out for me! Praying I do not turn back!