Thursday, May 10, 2012

Summer 2012 - Philippines

Well, the number of days standing between me and the Philippines is getting smaller and smaller! 21 days until I set off for Birmingham and training with Nehemiah Teams. Honestly, I think I am still in shock at the fact I will be spending two months on the other side of the world!! It scares me and at the same time completely humbles me to know that the God of this great universe is using me to do His work.

I would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to every single person who has supported me financially for this trip. I was moved to tears each and every time I found a new name on the list of contributors. Each one of you will never know the impact that you have already had on my missions experience. YOU have made this trip possible for me, and I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart. When I was reading through the book of Ephesians the other day this verse kept coming back to me - "Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to his be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21) After reading that scripture, It was as if Jesus was whispering to me - I can and will provide more than you could ever even imagine in every single season of your life. What a sweet blessing and wonderful reminder that verse was for me.

Also, I would like to thank all of you for lifting me up in prayer. I know that the 10 weeks I am away are going to be a test of my mental, spiritual and physical endurance and I need dozens of prayer warriors sending up prayers daily on behalf of me and my team. I believe the power of prayer is far more powerful than most of I can comprehend but I want to have that power working for me. This summer, I may not be able to communicate my immediate prayer needs but I trust the Holy Spirit will guide you in the right direction. THANK YOU for praying! I love to pray verses "over" people and this is one of my favorites--

"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in you hearts through faith-that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:14-19

I am very excited about the things to come and can not wait to share this adventure with all of you! 

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