Monday, June 28, 2010

Night Before

Well it's the night before I leave! Everything is packed, or I hope it is anyway, and my head is just full of detail on flight schedules etc.
Everything up to this point, even though frustrating and stressful at times, has worked out! My Dad doesn't have to leave until Wednesday, my medications don't seem to be causing too many problems-I did get sick this morning but hopefully spreading out the times that I take them will solve this problem. Please do pray about this though!
So here's the run down for tomorrow at least as much of it as I know.
8:00am depart from Central City to Omaha
11:15am arrive in Omaha for lunch with my family
11:50am check in at airport
2:50pm flight takes off for Minneapolis
4:05pm flight arrives
5:05pm flight takes off for Amsterdam
1:19am flight arrives
3:25am flight departs for Nairobi
11:25am flight arrives
***All times are based on CST
Once I get to the airport in Nairobi, I will go through customs and shortly after meet Aly!
Next time I post I will not be in the U.S.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Hebrew 10...3 DAYS

What God reminded me tonight...
Hebrews 10:32-36
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Updates...4 DAYS

Hello everyone!
I found out today that my Dad isn't leaving until Wednesday, so he gets to go with us to send me off!
There was lots of confusing, and frustrating phone calls today concerning my medicines; however, i took one of my medicines this morning and am still breathing, so i think I'm gonna be okay! There were many conflicting opinions, but what I've been told is the only reason they don't like you to take them together is because one could lesson the effectiveness of the other or vice versa. God's my true physician, and I believe he will protect me from these things!
He's reminded me today in Hebrews 9 that He's already saved me from the worst death and now I get to live and serve for Him!
Hebrews 9:14-15
"How much more then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!"

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Nothing New. 5 DAYS

Nothing has really changed, and I don't have a whole lot of answers yet! I still haven't heard anything about my Dad's business trip, so please keep praying about that. I found out a little bit of information on my medicines, but still not completely sure how its all gonna work.
Thanks for you prayers, hope to know more soon!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

What Satan doesn't know about ME! 6 DAYS

Sometimes all we can do is live moment by moment, and make the best of each of those moments. Satan has definitely been very busy in my moments today, but little does he know that God has had the upper hand in them today!
Well, I woke up this morning with a broken tooth! How it happened I don't really know, but I wasn't going to allow that to get in the way of the ministry opportunities I had today at VBS-so I dealt with the pain, (mostly hunger pains cause i was afraid to eat as it was sensitive). Through VBS, God reminded me that I've committed to being obedient in giving my life and my all! (Post from 6/21/10)
As I arrived at the dentist office my mom called me with some difficult news. She told me that my Dad just found out he might have to go on a business trip the day I fly out of the country. After talking with a friend who has some say in my Dad's travels, I was informed not to worry. God knows what's gonna happen with this moment and He has mine and my Dad's best interest at hand!
On top of all of this I have a little bit of a cold/sinus problem, so I went to the Doctor to try to get this issue solved before leaving! All went well at the clinic and I picked up my prescriptions. As I began to read the side effects, "Don't take if..." stuff, I soon discovered that I could not only take my antibiotic for the sinus junk, but I also couldn't take my malaria medicine because of my typhoid tablets! I still don't know the outcome of this moment yet, but I do know that God is good and already has the solution to this problem figured out!
He has definitely been at work in my life today as He has also only let my overwhelmed feelings last a few minutes out of each of these moments!
Please continue to pray for overwhelmed moments, and for my health!
Thank you!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

More Info to Pray About! 7 DAYS

Well I'm feeling completely overwhelmed today!
I just got off the phone with Amanda and Aly. I found out that Amanda, who has been guiding me through this whole process, is no longer going to be in Kenya with me. Aly will still be flying into Nairobi on the same day as I am, so that's good.
They also gave me a fairly detailed description of what will take place at the airport in Nairobi. Which right now is completely overwhelming, but Amanda says I shouldn't be worried at all. She says the people are all very nice and helpful!
There are still many unknown details about this trip that make me quite nervous. Please pray that going through customs goes well, and that I am able to find Aly. Please also pray that I am able to find and make all of my connecting flights and have no problems at check points!
Thanks for all your prayers, they are very much appreciated!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Let the Countdown Begin! 8 DAYS

Let me just begin by saying...God is AWESOME!!!
He's already brought me on quite the journey with all the preparatory work. Just to update you a little, all of the funding that I was budgeting for has come in! So thank you to all of you who have been so generous in your giving. Second, God has provided a place for me to stay while there. I will be living with Stephany Hawk who is a pediatrician. Please pray that God would help us to connect instantly and that we would be able to have a relationship that builds each other up in Christ.
Like I said, God has really been doing some awesome things in my life. Since school has been out, I have been quite busy! The first three weeks of May were spent with family, helping my sister in her classroom, building my parent's house, road tripping with my Dad, catching up with old friends, and two very special weddings. The first week in June, I was able to help with Royal Family Kids Camp which i feel can only give me a taste of what I will experience when in Africa. The past two weeks, I have been traveling as a sponsor for New Way Singers. It is an auditioned Choir Tour that NCC does to help high school students deepen their walk with Christ. I went into it thinking it would be a great way for me to prepare for being an RA this coming fall. It was great for that, but little did I know that God was also preparing my heart in mighty ways for this trip!
The Theme for NWS was Inside Out. It was about learning to allow God to have everything on the inside so that we can love and serve people on the outside, just as He has called us to do. While on tour, I realized that even though I had committed to going to Africa, I hadn't yet let Him have complete control over the trip. I had been holding onto parts of it, mainly the idea of my safety while traveling, and issues concerning fear, anxiety, etc.
One of the songs, "From the Inside Out" has a line that says, "Your will above all else, my purpose remains, the art losing myself in bring you praise" I finally understood, that I have to be willing to even risk my life to completely give Him control. Another song, "Ready Now" says, "I'm ready now. Do what you will!" These two lines have meant so much to me and I truly have been praying them and am now beginning to feel ready to go on whatever journey God has in store for me. I have complete confidence that He will take away all the fears. But I now understand, all that matters is my obedience and willingness to serve him in order to glorify His name!
Please do continue to pray that I would be able to clearly hear from God, that He would protect me, calm my fears, bring comfort to my family when I'm gone, and guide every step I take the next 8 days leading up to my departure and the 6 1/2 weeks following!