NO MORE BRAIDSSSS!!! Lol It has been a LONG time.. about 5 weeks to be exact since the last time I’ve updated you guys. I have been super busy so I apologize. There is so much to share but I will squeeze 5 weeks of my experience into one short blog post. Please feel free to email me or comment your email address if you have any questions :).
Week 3 ( Killing the Giants ) The theme for Week 3 was “Killing the Giants”. This week we were challenged to look at situations that are “giants” in our lives. My giant for this week was showing the love of Christ. I don’t hate people, its just with the transition of not having roommates to living with three other roommates, it has been a little rocky. During this week, God just really showed me that I needed to constantly depend on him to lead me in how I should love others. During this week we also had a “Will Listen” outreach where we went out into the community with “will listen” signs to spark conversations. So many times, as Christians we do all the talking, but this outreach was just an opportunity to listen to those in the San Diego Community.
Week 4 ( Empowered) Week 4 was all about being Empowered. During this week,we had an international dinner. We were all split up in different countries and I was put in America of all places. Being in America, life was good,we had sooooo much food. I ate for about 8 people that day. We were able to visit other countries and give them money but we couldn’t give them any food. The staff kept encouraging us to eat and eat and eat. It was so tempting, but after a while I stopped because I was so full. This was such a powerful experience!
During our debrief time , we learned that so many times when we travel to different countries we focus on ourselves instead of focusing on God and how we can lead people to Him. This experience also helped me learn how selfish I am and how easily distracted I can get. Being in America, we had it all…food, games, movies, music…EVERYTHING. I watched the other people in the other countries as they stared at my food. The staff did a great job of showing how easy it is to get distracted and fall into temptation.
We also went on a women’s retreat this weekend. It was awesome!!! We went to Indian Hills camp site and we did an obstacle course and some team building activities with our roommates. The women’s retreat was super cool because we finished our series on learning the women in the genealogy of Jesus(sOOOOO GOOD). This was a super POWERFUL WEEK!
Week 5 ( Transition) Week 5 was all about Transition. As apart of our project, we have about 40 staff members who are here with us during the first 5 weeks of project. They leave during week 5 and choose students to step up as leaders. We had a core leadership team of 4( two directors and two operations staff) as well as ministry team staff members. I was chosen to be on leadership as one of the project directors. I was so humbled and honored that they chose me. I was finally starting to get used to being a follower and learning how to be a great follower when God called me to step up and lead. I did not know what to expect and I still could’t believe it was time for staff to go. I wanted them to stay ! lol The encouragement I got from my peers when my name was announced as project director was incredible. It felt good to have the support of those around me. So many other staff members came up to me and told me how proud they were of me.
During week 5, I was also baptized. I had never been baptized before so I prayed about it and asked my missional team leaders from back in Springfield if they would baptize me at the project wide baptism. On Monday June 23,2014, I made a public declaration that I was a daughter of the King and that I would do WHATEVER IT TAKES to worship God and do what He calls me to do. It was such an incredible night. I also really wanted my best friend and one of my first college friends Sarah-Grace to baptize me. Yes, three people baptized me and yes it was AWESOME! Getting baptized was definitely one of the highlights of my summer.
Week 6 ( Step up and Push Through) This week was our first week without staff. As a responsibility of being on the leadership team, we are required to set the theme of the week for students. We chose the theme “step up and push through” to encourage students to step up as leaders and to push through the end of project. our theme verses were Hebrews 12:1-3 and Philippians 3:14. This week myself along with the other members of my ministry team had the opportunity to train students on how to share their testimony. It was really cool to see students step up as leaders! On the 4th, I got a chance to go to the San Diego country fair and it was a blast!!! I got to ride so many rides and go to the petting zoo. #funtimes
I love this lady! She invested in my life so much this summer and I am excited to see how God works through her as she travels to East Asia. #welovefreestuff