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