Pine Cove on Saturday.
I am having to subconsciously refer to myself as Winner Winner Pickin' Dinner to get used to my summer-time alias.
Excited to see the people I spent last summer with and serve high-schoolers in a very different way, THEIR LANGUAGE. (a.k.a. social media)
All the while ramping up for my first big step in this journey! Leaving for NY at the end of June to spend a week in training, fundraising seminars, advising sessions, networking, etc. In a nutshell, tell AIM what my vision is for Central Africa and start to hammer out more details as to when I leave, where I am going, who I am serving. I can't wait! I was telling a friend today that sometimes I stop and think, "I am flying to NY by myself..." Like I'm still 14? I am in my head. Don't worry though, you can still trust me with your children.
AIM has asked us to read three books in preparation for the discussions we will be having.
"Friend Raising" by Betty Barnett
"The Church is Bigger Than You Think" by Patrick Johnstone
"Cross-Cultural Connections" by Duane Elmer
They are FASCINATING. I've only made it half-way through Friend Raising but I have already learned so much about biblical friendship and practical ways to maintain friendship across oceans.
"Our ability to serve long-term on the field is directly linked to the health of our relationships back home."
"Careful not to manipulate others because of his (Paul) needs, he was free to serve others by seeking their increase, not his own."
"Jesus ministered to thousands, yet poured his life into the 12 disciples."
Amen to that! I have loved how AIM has already prepared me in so many practical ways for each step of this process.
I can't wait for that week in NY because I will have a better understanding of the region's needs and be able to pray more specifically about what the Lord is inviting me into. We will sit down and say ok, I like kids, youth ministry, women's ministry, counseling, and athletics. They will say well, Congo needs this, we want to start this, this trip is happening, Rwanda needs this, etc. And the magic will start to happen. Eeeek!
No summer camp staff can go without an ultra-hippie head wrap. So I had to buy one, because I am ultra-hippie. I mean, I even rent 80's yoga videos from the library so I don't lose my zen while I nanny.
I am thankful for you.
p.s. May I be praying for you?