Dear lovely friends and dearest family! 9/19/2013
I am writing because I have an urgent request for you to pray over. I have been given the ability to go on a mission trip with Tates Creek Presbyterian Church, from Lexington Ky, on the 21th of November through the 1st of December.
The cost will be $2350 which I will be raising through support letters. I will be traveling with around nine other team members from the Lexington area, and also a close friend from south east Kentucky.
It has been planned by alumni of the trip that we will be traveling through Lithuania, Germany, and spending the majority of our time in Belarus.
While we are traveling we will be ministering to Orphans, College students, Homeless, and Believers in two Churches. Neither I nor my close friend, Lindsey Anderson, has ever been to Eastern Europe. We have however collected some information on the economy and how the government is faring and have come to the conclusion that the people are still under the whip-lash of the communist rule, though the people are “free,” they have to live with harsh rules of conduct and the silent oppression of western countries, where they accept them but think less of them because they are from eastern Europe.
As you can imagine this feeling can dull a person to the extent where they learn not to care what others think about them or how others feel about them. It is the same way with spirituality, the vast majority is Eastern Orthodoxy, 48.3% and Irreligion or atheism is 41.1%. Belarus, since the spread of the Gospel in the Middle Ages, has been taken with the gospel in some form. There has always been a light in this place. It seems however Satan is using this recent acceptance and rejection of communism to gain a foothold in the countries soul, the people. For once the western people of Europe start rejecting the people of Belarus then fear, hatred, guilt, and then apathy sets into their hearts and it is very hard to become closer to the Lord with this corrosion of the soul.
Missionary friends of mine has said that their time in Eastern Europe, be it a couple months or a couple years, was filled with spiritual battle, a heavy and weighty soul and mind. It is through this 10 day adventure into God’s beautiful creation that we expect to serve the church and encourage them, to pray for them and to be a friend, and to show the Light to move toward for the people around the places we will be staying.
Please pray for preparations of our and the European’s hearts and souls as we prepare to go. Please also keep me in prayer as I balance going to school at University of Kentucky, raising money, getting my passport, and becoming different and one with the Lord.
I am so excited for this opportunity to serve! I haven’t been out of the country since I came back from my time with YWAM in Norway and I know that God has great things to show me even though it is 10 days. Even though it is 10 DAYS! I will be missing some school for this. I have really been loving school, but I know that I need to do this. If it hurts my grades a bit for the cause of Christ, I am willing to sacrifice to see what God is doing in Europe. I will Follow Him anywhere!
I am just getting so excited writing this! God has given me the ability to serve Him at the University of Kentucky as well. The Students in my classes are becoming friends. I see around campus and get coffee with them to see how they are doing, and ask if I can pray for them, and to let them know that I will do anything I can for them. God has brought me to a place where I know that I am serving Him and I am so content, happy, and satisfied with life.
If you would like to a part of this ministry…which you already are just by reading this. HA! But, really, If you would like to consider helping me meet my required goal for the trip, with a gift of $50, $100, $200 or more or helping with a specific area, such as putting money toward the airplane ticket, or if you would like to help with the renewing of my passport fee, which is around $135 and will be a great investment for future mission trips.
Any gift that you feel God is leading you to give would be appreciated also. If you would like to give towards this need simply make your check payable to Tates Creek Presbyterian Church and mail it in the envelope provided. All gifts made out to Tates Creek Presbyterian Church are tax deductible! Please send all letters to:
1828 McDonald Ave
Lexington KY, 40503
I am looking forward to hearing from you. Just to say that you are praying for me and the team would be such blessing. I will also make sure to send a weblink connecting you to the pictures of me and the group in Belarus, to those who are interested in supporting me in prayer and with finances. Just make sure to leave an email or Facebook name on the letter.
God bless you in all you do and may your feet run down the path that God has set at your feet.
All my love,
Summer, sigh, it is too great to pass up; So many adventures to capture and live.
So what I am to do this summer? Where is that path that God has walked before me? Well I asked him and this is what he said…’I want you to work at Sal’s.’ -Sal’s being a local posh restaurant- I was hoping the answer would be something like ‘Go abroad!’ - Such as Ireland or even out of state- Sitting stunned for a bit I replied, ’hm. Well I’ll give you a bit of time to think about it.’ But I came back and the answer was the same. So I know that I am working in Lexington for a reason. AND let me tell you! God has done some pretty amazing things in Lexington already. He has given me vision of why I am at school at UK and he has given me power in his spirit to see him…which can do more to further his kingdom than one can fathom.
*spiritual truth to follow*
Okay, as a Christian you have the blessing of seeing God change your life and you want to share that with other and have them change and experience God exactly as you have experienced him; which is great, somewhat dangerous, but great! We SEE exactly what God is doing in our own lives. Question, what if we could see what God is doing around us? What if we could see is presence move on people and change the atmosphere of where we stand? It is the most ecstatic experience that you can ever have as a follower of Jesus because you realize that God is right here and you DON’T even have to move and God still works in lives. He changes the atmosphere and makes people more like himself just by you being there. YES,you are the one who brings him. Since you are the one he inhabits wherever you bring the spirit he works. For example, when someone close to you becomes angry, annoyed, agitated you soon have the same attitude, this also happens when someone is happy. It’s spiritual! This is exactly how the Holy Spirit works. You go and he is moving. OOO! Let me tell you a story.
One night I was at a prayer meeting and I told a friend that sometimes I wish that I could just impart God’s passion in my heart to people. She said, ‘You know that happens when you’re around people right?’ Im like, ‘hm, yea, I accept that.’ She said, ‘you don’t have to accept that because it does happen.’ ‘…’Speechless, as I let what she said sink into my soul.
So I went to work that week and I become spiritually tierd of the crude atmosphere so I prayed that God would be released in that place, that He would change the people’s hearts to make them beautiful in spirit. Soon I realized that the atmosphere had changed it was not as thick and heavy. I stood amazed as I filled up a glass with soda, thinking about God’s presence and His power. As I stood there one of my dearest co-workers came up to me and said, ‘You know? You just make me so happy when I am around you.’ MY EYES GOT SO WIDE! Heart throbbing, energy building, I literally wanted to jump up and down the rest of work, probably did. I thought, really? This is exactly what my friend was talking about! Okay God yes, I understand. You are working and I literally will just stand here and watch you work because this is freaking AWEOME! And then I couldn’t help but tell people about it.
What a blessing that God has given to us with his Spirit.
I can say I have no idea about who God is and what he wants to do through people. I know some of it through the bible and studying but really what does God want to do through me? So I asked him and He told me.
Is it true that some people have no idea what God wants from them in this life? For me I always looked to the future and never took advantage of the moment and what God wanted me to do right now. He reveals what he wants me to do and then, Oh, the joy when I see it fulfilled!! I want to pray daily this summer to take off the blinders to my sight and for God show me what to do in this moment…and I will do it.
Man, Oh, Man I wish that everyone had this passion. I’ve lived that life with pain and disappointment which turns into the deadening of the soul and of life. There comes no more color and life lived becomes what resembles a zombie. ---feeding on the blood of others. Gross. Really, that’s disgusting. But honestly I couldn’t help it. We were stuck like that forever, protecting ourselves from the world and from the savior we try to hide our disappointment from. Until, Thank JESUS, he comes to our aid and you and I are loved on by Jesus and we love Him back and nothing is the same and everything is changed again. YES! And we see with Eyes wide open and He says, watch this….Bam! my love in the world. And he smiles as we are running in the opposite direction to tell the closest person we can get our hands on. Haha! Gospel Truth. Hope for the lost.
So that is what I am doing this summer. Going on adventures with Jesus and watching him work wherever I step.
This week I finished up babysitting two wonderful children. I am going camping to the Gorge Monday-Tuesday and then going to Hazard for Wednesday to see my lovely cousin and her family then it’s back to work on Thursday and again on Saturday then Sunday is my first training at Southland Christian Church for their production team. God has super-duper plans for this week and I will definitely let you know what he does because I want it to inspire you. That is the point of this blog, to inspire you to want Jesus more.
God bless you and keep you! May God give you the blessing to know what he wants you to do this summer and in this moment.
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors
whom the Lord calls.
He promises Truth.
All my love,
To all my dear ones!
It is just over a month since I have returned from Norway to my beloved home in the mountains. Of late I have been babysitting two boys from church, working with the Ransomed (youth group at Davidson Baptist) and volunteering at Camp Nathanael. In my free time I have been working hard on getting things prepared for my freshman year at the University of Kentucky.
This is the main stream of my life and what is taking most of my time and energy. Through these summer events God is still working. I am fulfilling His plan for my life. It is so different from what I have come to know at my DTS. Through my return God has taught that He wishes me to know how to minister in different cultures, different lifestyles, different places. I will be stepping into a situation to which I have never been. Interesting, No?
Here are some memories of this spring. Enjoy. This is the place where God changed my life.
How tragic that this shall be one of my last updates of my time in Europe. Oh, the
sadness over whelms me! Actually, I am enjoying these last weeks at Nordtun
tremendously! Spring is here and that means warm sunny days-not typical in the
north or Norway-the trees blooming, and little white and yellow flowers
everywhere. Really I think that spring the most amazing time of the year!!
Spring came just in time of Nordtun's last out door trip. This time the theme
was island hopping. We backpacked to four islands and climbed amazing mountains
that over looked an endless stretch of Norwegian Sea and islands. As some of
you may have noticed on my facebook status the sun now never completely sets.
So that means more energy!! It is amazing how the weather can affect your body.
This is true. Last night I stayed up until one and decided, Okay, it is really
late I need to go to bed. This with so much energy that is took me almost an
hour to go to bed after I was there. Ah, God is so creative!
Back on topic. The last day of the ten day hiking trip was my favorite...this
day I also was very much sun burned. Oh, so sad no more Greenlandic tan ;)
.... We, the students, split up into groups on the island of Traena. One group went to the old folk’s home, one went on a prayer walk and my group went to the local grade school. My group took on the challenge of having a P.E. class with ten year olds while we were waiting for the class to finish their studies. We went to the Kindergarten recess time. These kids were so CUTE!!! I instantlymade friends with a boy from Sri Lanka. I read some Norwegian books to him. :) I don’t think he could tell the difference.
Switching over to P.E. Class, we played Capture the flag and a host of other team
building games. After the games were over, Brian-from Canada- gave and analogy
of how this applies to our lives with God. The rest of the day we were on Traena
we had a barbecue with the youth as well as playing MORE GAMES!! WHOOO! ---
There were a couple girls that I stuck close to for that day. One in particular
was named Sarah. She took me home to see her pets and walked with me around the
island. At the end of the day I walked her home. She was sad that we were only
staying for one day and wished # for me to come back next year. I am so touched
by these children that are longing to be loved. I gave her multiple hugs and
thanked her for an amazing day. I pray that God will keep this day in her heart
and that this will give Him the opportunity to work in her heart.
So, almost two weeks hiking/ministry was pretty much amazing! Good
combination, I think. Only you might want to just hang around with kids after
not taking a shower for a couple days. They are more understanding I think.
Catching up to today, which is Friday 13th, everyone is preparing for a weekend
overnight for the youth in this area called DIVE. The theme is Rock Solid
Foundations. We had one of these in the fall with around forty kids. This time
we have around...five. Yup, five. But that is okay since we will be able to
pour more into these five kids than if there were forty. My jobs for this
weekend is cleaning toilets and presenting a devotion on Sunday morning. The
devotion focuses on having your foundation on Christ and how to deal with the
rest of the world. I am having fun putting it together. I think that I will
throw in Rebel by Lecrea. Good message by the way if you have never listened.
All in all we here at the base is praying that God will be glorified by this
The last two weeks of the DTS will be teaching. Teaching focused on
how to live after aDTS and a debrief time to process everything that we have
learned. This is pretty cool->the teacher of the last week will be the
head of YWAM Norway! I know his name but I am not exactly sure how to spell
Well that is pretty much all the big things that are going on in the remainder
of my DTS. I will be flying into MI on the 30th of May and Lord willing I will
be landing in Grand Rapids at 5:3o in the afternoon. So that is something to be
praying for-which I know you will. Please also be praying for the kids that we
met on the island of Traena (especially Sarah) and the students coming to the
DIVE weekend. Thank you for all the prayers. I know that you won't stop praying
for me even after I am back safe in the states; so for that I am extremely
Looking forward to seeing all of your beautiful faces once more! Live for Jesus
with all your heart because it is the most amazing thing
EVER! Phil. 1.20
It's Youth With A Mission and High Adventure. I am glad Shalisha is back in Norway. She called Monday. We talked for a good 45 minutes. She wanted to get on skype that night, but Nate and I were up on the mountain clearing some trails. Wish I would have cut that short and been back in time to talk to her.
She said this week they were going on another adventure. This time it was snow caving. Don't know exactly what that is, but sometimes mom's get going with too many crazy thoughts. II Corinthians 10:5 "Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself againsdt the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ."
The safest place for our children to be is in God's will.
WELL, I am back in the swing of the things. Back to the normal at Nordtun. YUP YUP. Here is a long awaited update of the last week in beloved Greenland.
We left Iluisaat and stayed the weekend in Aasiaat. On Monday we flew out to Qeqertarsuaq...in other words this place is called Disko Island. :) The name is pretty
awesome and so was our experience. The team said it was the best of all weeks experienced during this outreach. Truly it was.
The first week the team and I reached out in the form of street evangelism. Erik, Team leader, contacted some evangelical nuns in Germany who had translated encouragements, prayers, and Bible verses into Greenlandic. This was such a blessing seeing that Greenlandic is NOT on Google translator! LAME.
We handed these out to many people, some receiving with gladness. Others probably threw them away the next time they came near a trash can, BUT, as long as they
started thinking about our heavenly Father, the time and paper was well spent.
The next week was the most intense week ever! I absolutely loved it! The few Christians
that were there wanted to have a meeting with the community. So, to some team member’s fear we committed to this project. We decided to have meetings for six days in a row. Each night we would have worship, a devotion, and prayer. We made posters and hung them up around the town. I think there were about 5000-7000 people living there.
When walking around and seeing Gods amazing creation we would invite people we met on the street to come at 7:00. The Meetings were amazing! The attendance ranged from
20 to 30 people. All of these stuffed in a small town hall, where we were sleeping.
The first evening was focused on the Gospel! Else, from Finland, and I gave a clear
presentation of the Gospel message. Oh the wonder of our Savior that He would
let me do this to the far-reaches of the Earth! The rest of the week different
team members spoke. The themes were two nights of "being a disciple",
a prayer meeting, Tiaze, (Taize is a french monestary. It is with really pretty singing ,
bible reading, praying and quiet time. In the end we partake in communion. This
type of meeting style is from that monestery so that is why it is called taize. I
have some of the music on my MP3. Very pretty.) and a wonderful community dinner.
During these two weeks I saw God working in our team’s lives and the lives of the
Greenlandic people. The encouragement we left with them was the hope of them to
get together by themselves as the Church of Christ. This was the great passion our
team had as we were leaving.
To finish this week our helicopter canceled and we had to suffer and stay in a hotel.
Each of us had our own room and bathroom and shower! Let me tell you not being
able to sleep on the floor in Aasiaat was such a disappointment. ;) This night, I am sure, God was giving us a gift. Oh, it was WONDERFUL!
Our trip home was delightful too. We stopped in Copenhagen at a hostel enjoying the warm weather and then jumped to Norway. All in all a smooth quick trip back!
Thank you for all the prayers as I was on this mission trip. Don’t worry, I have many
more stories, and I am sure will be sharing them the rest of my life.
SO this week at Nordtun we have teaching about Spiritual warfare. Very Enlightening I must say. This week is challenging and making me think about things that have never come to mind before. WOO! KNOWLEGDE!
This weekend the base will be heading out to our mini-outreaches that we
started last semester. Compared to main outreach this will be cake. yum! To remind all those who have forgotten this amazing place, two other students and I took a drive south from here to a town called Nesna. This semester we have a schedule all worked out. This prepared before we even set foot on Nesna soil. It is wonderful to have a schedule! WOoo! I will give a update on how the week went when I get back.
The week after that is an outdoor adventure week! This time the theme is SNOW CAVING! This includes building a snow cave! SKIING! and trying to keep warm for a couple nights. Brrr. I am sure parents will appreciate prayers of safety for this week.
Guess WHAT! Only two more months until I see most of you guys again! WAAAA!
Crazy right? I know! If you want to see me at the airport you can talk to mom and
dad about the time and give me an amazing welcome home song or dance or
something. Hehehe. I want to thank all those who sent me packages and
encouragements over the beginning of this year. I shared some of the candy with
my fellow students, who as you could probably guess, were extremely
I can’t wait to see everyone! Until then, I am still keeping busy learning and
working in the name of the Jesus Christ my Savior.
Deuteronomy 31.6 "Be Strong and of good courage. Do not be fear nor be afraid of them for the Lord, your God, He is the one who goes with you. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. " <-- WOOO!
Hey Everyone! I am back in Norway! Though there is still snow, there is such a difference in weather.
We are the only team that is white, white, white! (because the other groups chose warm climates for their major outreach). I was laughing so hard when I came in and gave everyone hugs. There was a grand reunion for the Greenland team since we were the last to arrive! HEHE
Today at the airport we had PIzza Hut! Yum yum yum! Then we stopped in Bodo and ate Kababs or how ever you spell it, so you can imagine I am very full and need to brush my teeth sooooo bad!
There are so many things to share. :)
Give me a chance to get it all together.