Thursday, May 26, 2011

Less than 24 hours...

In one day until we fly out to Haiti! 

I am currently in Miami staying at one of the girl's house, it is absolutely beautiful!!! Here I have finally met the team that I will be with for 5 weeks. It has been wonderful meeting everyone, they are all so nice and ready to serve in Haiti! We have been getting to know each other and sharing our hearts, it's like we are family! :) Also, we have discussed a lot about culture shock, being flexible, and understanding graee and turth. I have learned so much already. 

Tomorrow, we fly out at 1:30pm straight to Haiti. It's nice to know that I am not the only one anxious, because we all are. Please pray for me and my team, that we rely on the Lord for His stength. I may be nervous, but I am SO ready to experience Haiti. I already know I am going to fall in love. God is so good. I  praise Him for this opportunity. I know He is going to do powerful things during my time there. He is going to challenge me and push me out of my comfort zone, it is going to be awesome! Because with the hardships comes growth and wisdom. It will be so humbling.

He already has been challenging me... I had a really hard time saying goodbye to my family and friends. But I know He has called me to go to Haiti. Haiti here I come!

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."  -Ephesians 2:8-10

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Starting now!

So the time has finally come for me to actually leave. The last few days have been filled with the craziness of getting ready and meeting with as many people as I could before I leave! Today I fly out of RIC at 11:24 am to Fort Lauderdale and get in at 1:42pm! There we will stay 2 days for a briefing and getting to know each other! Then on Friday, May 27th we will fly out to Haiti! Thank you so much for everyone’s prayers and support and encouragement! I am so excited to see how the Lord will use me to glorify His Name! See you all in five weeks! 

 "And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to Him, to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul."  -Deuteronomy 10:12

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Days away!

Four days… until I leave!!

I am freaking out (in a good way)! My mind can wrap out around the fact that I will be gone for 5 weeks! This week it has hit me how hard it is going to be for me to leave all my friends and family. I feel like I don’t have enough hours in the day to hang out with everyone before I leave (my love language: quality time). I hate goodbyes. I know it’s not forever but I am going to miss everyone. However, I know God is going to use this time away for His glory! I can’t wait!

Saying goodbye to one of my best friends, Katie!
Today my mom and gammy (my name for my grandma) went shopping for my trip. To socks, to bug spray, to long shorts, I felt very overwhelmed to how I am going to fit everything in my bag (for 5 weeks) and not over the 50 pound limit. My goal is to pack light, but I definitely tend to over pack. This will be a challenge for me. I like to be prepared for everything. But with the help of my mom, who is a great packer (in terms of packing efficiently), I should be able to fit everything. Afterwards, we had lunch at Chick-fil-a (there is no better place). Gammy who has a huge heart for Haiti and has been many times, told me some of the history of Haiti and some interesting facts. It was awesome to hear her heart/passion for Haiti! She has always wanted me to go to Haiti. When I told her I was going to Haiti back in March, she asked if she could come too! :)

Please be praying for preparation over these next 4 days. I have a lot to do, but I don’t want to get wrapped up in the busyness of getting ready that I don’t make time for Jesus. Also be praying for my friends who are going to be all over the world this summer for missions! God is doing awesome things in my friends!!
Michelle: South Africa
Bryan: China
Shelley: Durham, NC and Malaysia
Cary: Chicago Summer Project
Katie: South Africa
Mark: San Diego Summer Project
Jonathan and Cody: Venezuela Summer Project
Katilynn: Ozark Lakes Summer Project
… and many others!

"Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures." -Psalm 119:89-90
Thank you for your prayers!

Monday, May 16, 2011

And so it begins...

So this is my first blog post ever. I never thought I would have a blog, but as you can see things change.

My intention for this blog is to keep anyone who interested updated on my preparation for my trip to Haiti and during the trip itself. Haiti Summer Project sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ which starts May 25th and ends June 29th (5 weeks!!). I will be serving in Chambrun, Haiti.  While there, I will be ministering to college students, serving the poor, loving the orphans, and doing manual labor.

For this trip I needed to raise $4,175. I am happy to say as of today I am finished support raising! Praise the Lord! I am over whelmed by how faithful God is! I remember doubting in the very beginning by thinking, “Is this really possible in 2 months?” God has definitely showed me how powerful He is and how nothing is impossible for Him. I am so thankful for all who supported me and my trip!!! I am so blessed!

As of now, I leave next week! That is crazy when I think about it! Today was the first Sunday back at my home church (Fairmount Christian Church) since the end of school year. It was so encouraging when people came up to me and told me they were praying for me, asking me questions about the trip, and welcoming me home! Because of this, today was the first day that it became really real that I am leaving for Haiti NEXT week! So many emotions run through my mind… excited, nervous, anxious, etc. Nevertheless, I am so pumped to see how God challenges me on this trip. Right now I am focused on my preparation. I have so much to do, so little time! I have done the big things, bought my plane ticket, renewed my passport, finished support raising (well not me, but Jesus), and made an appointment for my shots and to get my malaria pills (well my mom did). However I still have a lot of little things to get done before I leave, so I must be diligent (aka not lazy)! On top of that I want to hang out with my friends and family before I leave, which for me takes A LOT of time and I love every minute of it! In all this crazy busyness, I NEED to make time for the Lord. I don’t want to get caught up in the busyness of summer that I forget the most important relationship of my life (Jesus and me). I am pray that I make this a priority and something that I am passionate about doing everyday!

“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to Him, to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,” says  Deuteronomy 10:12.
 This is definitely my verse for this trip. I am not going to lie, I am really nervous. Going to a place that I have never been to for 5 weeks with no one I know is really intimating to me. However, I know in my heart this is where the Lord wants me to be this summer, and that is all that matters and very exciting!! I will obey and follow Him, even if I am scared. Through all of that, I will be serving His Kingdom and relying on Him to do that. That brings me so much joy, and my fear for the little things is nothing in comparison. Ultimately this trip is not about me; it is about bringing God glory and sharing His love!

Jesus I love you and thank you for this opportunity to go to Haiti and serve for Your glory!