This week was interesting. We had a team come unexpectedly last Saturday, so Philipson, Anacias Vogly, Julia, Karli and I went to stay at Mais Gate and host them. It was an interesting week for me. I was struggling with some things internally, but I feel like God really moved and showed me some really awesome things. The other night, I went on the roof to be alone with God. I listened to a sermon on Stillness by Graham Cooke. It really spoke to me. I really struggle with being still before the Lord. Something that stuck out to me is that as humans, we punctuate our words with silence, but God punctuates his silence with words. Also God doesn’t usually answer our prayers at the decibel level as we pray them. Like if we’re yelling to God about something and He whispers, we’re not going to hear Him because we’re too busy yelling about it.
Also, our outreach teams were announced this week. I thought I was going to be on the Haiti/Dominican Republic team, but Sean called me earlier this week and asked me to pray about being on the team going to the US. My first thought was, ‘No way!’ We want it to be a faith based journey by basically just taking money for the airplane tickets and gas to get from place to place. I thought, ‘There’s no way I can go to America and not spend money. That is way out of my comfort zone!’ I felt the Lord say, “Yeah. It is.” I felt like God was saying that it’s outside of my comfort zone and that’s why I should do it, and that my faith will grow in leaps and bounds. I don’t know much else about the trip. I believe we’re going to meet tonight to pray more about the locations we go to in the States. As far as I know, my outreach fees are going to be about $1,200.
Yesterday, the bus had to come back to Belville, so we brought back mattresses and people’s stuff, and some people. It was an ok trip until we got just a few minutes from the entry to our neighborhood. We ran out of fuel. We were sitting in the middle of the road. There was almost a head on collision. We were getting choked out by exhaust. I started to get irritated, then I was like, actually, I get to spend another hour and not be around 80 people. I just started thanking the Lord that I could spend some more time with Him and spent some time journaling and listening to the Lord. The other truck brought us some fuel, but it still took a little bit for it to start. By then, I was praying for the engine to start working. Part of the reason I chose joy in this situation was because earlier in the day, I reacted very poorly and with a horrible attitude with something that was not that big of a deal. I was thinking how stupid it was of me to react like I did in a small situation, so I intentionally chose joy!
I just hope that I can continue to remember to choose Joy!!!
Tomorrow is Independence Day. I don’t think we’re going to have fireworks. That makes me really sad. July 4th is pretty high on my favorite holiday list. We’re going to the beach, then a revival at the church of one of the DTS students. Then we’re going to the St. Marc to spend the week with them. We’re sharing a speaker and staying up there. I am lucky enough to get to stay in Sarah’s apartment with her. I’m pretty excited to get some quality time with her. So I might not update again until next weekend.