I have been having a great week! God has been teaching me to be content and happy with my situation where as before I was bitter and unmoving to the people around me. I find I am having better relationships with my fellow students and my roommates. God has been calming something in me and I feel wonderful and content. :) Thank you for all the prayers. I know it has been a blessing. All my love.
Okay I am going to try to write again what I had on the blog before I lost it. lol
So this last weekend after the caving trip I had local ministry weekend. My group has a youth club called 7-eleven. There is literally like thirty teens. It was a crazy night. We had a toilet paper fashion show. The contestants would shed paper every step they took.:) By the end of the show we had a mound of toilet paper that the kids were rolling, crawling, and sliding through.
After this was Fika - what the swedes call coffee break- and devotions. I was particularly excited tonight for I was to give the devotions. I found a verse in psalms 33:15 which fit perfectly with our fashion show. It states that He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works. I told them that God created them with their individual interests, talents and quirks ( but my translator did not understand the word quirks so I had to think of something else:).
I told the teens that God loves you, his creation, even though we rebelled against Him, and that He sent His son to die for Me and you! I could see the interest in their eyes. There are so many these teens that are looking for something real for which to live their lives.
After the devotions we played more games and just spent time with them. I mingled among them trying to start meaningful conversations and conquer the language barrier. The night ended at eleven but the last youth actually left closer to midnight. After that I night I felt wonderfully exhausted and said good night to my group and headed to bed.
This week has been amazing! The topic of this weeks teaching is God's Word. The teacher is a fellow American from Colorado named Mary Jeane and has actually been to the Appalachia's. We started a conversation over lunch and come to find out she has actually been to Hazard! Miss Mary Jeane takes mission trips to the Appalachian Mountains whenever she can. I was so excited when I found this out! She even talked about Wal-mart being the social meeting place. When she said that it was a conformation that we were talking of the same place. :D
The teaching has been wonderful. The students are finding out that God Speaks through the Bible and that makes it powerful. Like a fire in our hearts as Jeremiah writes. They are starting to see this and it makes everyone overcome with awe and excitement.
I have finally learned where I am to go on outreach after the new year. I am to go to Greenland! Please pray that God will show and prepare my group of eight where we are going to be working.
Thank you for all your prayers and encouragements through emails and letters. I miss you and am praying for opportunities you will have to share the Good News with those around you.
"The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light ;
Those who dwelt in the land of the
shadow of death,
Upon them light has shined."
As we who have once walked in the darkness how much eager should we be to point those who are walking in darkness to the light. To be a light we must be consumed by it. Those who have ears let them hear.