Friday, May 30, 2008
Thanks for checking out my blog! I can't believe how long it has been since my last posting! I also can't believe that I leave in LESS THAN 2 WEEKS!
To update- all the needed financial support has been raised!!!! Praise the Lord! A big thank you to those that donated, prayed about donating, or just prayed-you are HUGE blessing! As I mentioned earlier, I hope and pray that you feel like a part of this ministry. Without you, this trip would not be possible!
I officially fly out of Dallas on June 10th. I will be spending around 3 weeks in Montenegro and 5 days in Thailand. If you are wondering why I am spending more time in Montenegro, it is because they have some specific ministry needs for the summer and an easier housing set up. I arrive back in Dallas on July 20th.
Because of flight arrangements and the challenge of coordinating transportation/schedules to the different areas, I will also have an opportunity to take a few "tourist" days in the midst of my stops in Montenegro and Thailand. Basically, I changed 4 hour layovers into 2 day layovers. I will be having extra stops in Rome (not overnight), Athens, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles. No support money will be used for this part of the trip. It added no extra cost to the plane ticket, and I will be paying any additional costs out my own pocket. If you know of anyone in these areas, I would love to meet up with them!
"Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:30-31
The last few weeks have been very hectic for me, and it doesn't look to slow down any leading up the departure date! I praise the Lord for the way he has given me energy, the ability manage the schedule, and good health. I truly don't believe there is any other explanation as to how smoothly the last few weeks have gone. As the old saying goes, "If the Lord calls you to it, He'll see you through it."
Thanks for checking in- I appreciate all of you!
Monday, May 12, 2008
1. Where the heck is Montenegro?
Imagine Italy as a boot. Now, put spurs on the boot and you kick Montenegro.
And for those of you that saw the last James Bond movie Casino Royal (if you haven't, I strongly recommend it!) NO-that is not what Montenegro is really like. But, I wouldn't necessarily mind it if I happened to run into David Craig.... :)
2. Why would you want to go to Montenegro?
I have always felt the Lord calling me to serve overseas. In the past, I had an interest to go to China, but I was convicted that my main reason for interest in China was because of friends around me who wanted to go there rather than God's specific leading to that country. While I didn't have a specific place or a culture I was interested in, I did have the desire to go overseas to a group of people that have a very little Christian population and no established church (an unreached people group). The Lord had also given me the specific desires to go to a warm mountainous area and use the gifts he's been given me.
This conviction/realization happened when I was at the orientation program at PIONEERS this past January. The next day, the team from Montengro was there, recruiting for "an outdoorsy person who could get involved in a local music school and be involved in athletics." My heart just about beat out of my chest. I spoke with the team leaders afterward and we really hit it off. I plan on spending the majority of my time in Montenegro ministering with the missionaries that are stationed there now.
3. Why Thailand?
Like Montenegro, Thailand is a warm, mountainous area and a need for workers. They also have a very large international school in Chiang Mai for English-speaking families. I love to teach and I feel that the Lord has gifted me in teaching, and I could be a full time teacher in Chiang Mai. I will be taking a short survey trip (4-5 days) to see the area, look at the school, meet the missionaries stationed there, and experience the culture.
4. How can we get in touch with you this summer?
By emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org, posting on this blog (yay, class participation!!!!!), and/or facebook stalk me.
5. How is support raising going?
This has been an overwhelming process for me, but in a good way! Thank you to all of you that have given financially and prayerfully. Without you, THIS WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE. I hope and pray that as I send updates that you will be able to fully understand how you are as much a part of the ministry as I am. I am an extension of you.
I am still in the process of raising financial support. It is difficult to know exactly how much as been raised do the the delay in having it sent directly to Florida. Once I get a final word, I will let you all know!!!
6. What is this PI organization you speak so kindly of?
PI is a Christian missions sending organization. They focus on teaming up with the local church to send missionaries to unreached people groups. They do not financially support missionaries, rather, they help you to organize to go, provide accountability, follow up, etc.
7. When will you be gone?
School for me does not get out until June 5th and I have a rehearsal on July 20th. My specific flight plan has not been finalized. I am looking to leave on June 10th or 11th and return on July 20th.