Well, here we are in week 11 of class. After the end of this week we will only have one week left in the DTS lecture phase. I haven’t been able to post recently, because I have been SUPER busy.
Shortly after the GO Conference (mentioned in my last post), we went on our final camping trip. We took off for the mountains again and went rock climbing. We had a blast! During the week in the woods, we had a speaker named John Ray. He was awesome! He spoke on our identity in Christ! It was awesome! We climbed and had a blast! On this trip, I received a call from Winshape Camps, informing me that I was going to be working again this summer! I will be a counselor! YESSS! Super pumped! That made my week even better!
I must mention in here, that we have discovered a new church called “Full Gospel Temple”. This church is tiny, and has a piece of plywood as its sign. We discovered it after eating McDonald’s for breakfast one Sunday. After attending one service, I was hooked. We sang hymns and old church songs for the first 45 min and had a 15 min sermon, but it was the most powerful sermon I had heard the past 2 years. After returning the following Sunday with the rest of our clan, we were welcomed warmly and even asked to hop up on stage and sing a hymn for the congregation. THEY LOVED IT!!! They even asked us to bring our guitars and do some contemporary worship, which we did, and they also loved. They have truly adopted us into the body and they LOVE us, and WE LOVE THEM!
The week after that, we had a VERY unique week of class. It’s focus was “the story”, and with that we dove into scripture and really studied the life of Jesus. We read about 5 books of the bible in this week and really studied the life of Jesus and his walk on earth! It was SO cool. We got really interactive and actually ate the food that was eaten during his life (bread, fish, water, wafers, etc.). The week was awesome and I really developed a new view of the Word.
After that week, we had an AMAZING speaker named Mike Esposito. He was a true blessing. He taught on the Holy Spirit and the Trinity. This was a very convicting week and a very jam packed full of information. We learned about evangelism and how to approach certain people groups, while constantly loving through the Holy Spirit. We learned many characteristics of God, The Holy Spirit and about his heart for us as individuals and as a body! Mike was awesome at speaking and REALLY brought it home with the wisdom that he shared. He was just so genuine with his words and you could actually sense the passion in his voice when he spoke. The best part, however, is that he lives in ATL. Heck yea!! And upon discovering that, I actually found out that there is a YWAM base in Atlanta and I will now have YWAM connections there too. Mike’s week ended very well and led well into the week after…
Tricked ya…they had NOTHING to do with each other! Week 10 was a 2 day week (because of Thanksgiving), and was all about dramas and skits and how to make ministry creative. This was AWEOSME! We learned how to take a simple toy like a rubics cube, and turn it in to a great ministry tool. We learned skits and dramas and just many ways to creatively minister to kids and even adults. This 2 day week really opened my eyes to a lot. Magic tricks, card tricks, skits, dramas, songs, dances, etc. can all be great tools for ministry. And to top the week off, I LEARNED HOW TO JUGGLE! I’m pretty much a circus act!
THEN…after much time away from home…THANKSGIVING! I got to see my family. It was amazing seeing them and my Week was absolutely full of fun! I flew back the Wednesday we got out, right after class, and spent the rest of the night with my parents, friends, and extended family. Then Thursday was great. I got to spend thanksgiving day with all of my family and cousins and it was a great time. THEN….BLACK FRIDAY!!!! It was a mad house, but it sure made for a great time! The next day, I drove to Dacula, Georgia and visited with my Friend Hannah, and watched a high school football game. On Saturday, I went to the UGA vs. Georgia Tech football game with my best friend, Ches. Tech lost, unfortunately but it was absolutely awesome. I got to see some of my old buddies at the SAE fraternity house and it was so much fun! After visiting with Ches and seeing my friend Kent, I headed back and stayed at Ches’s house. Sunday, I flew back and here I am in Arkansas once again.
This time, with only 3 weeks left, we are winding down. In 2 weeks we will be done with DTS and will have one remaining week of Christmas outreach before Christmas break, and we’re off to Cambodia. I am More than thrilled. In Cambodia, we will be spending about a week and a half doing touristy/historical stuff, before heading into ministry. We will see kids ministry, construction, evangelism, etc. There will never be a dull day. There are definitely some cultural rituals and cultural do’s/don’ts to get used to. For example: I am not allowed to touch a girl AT ALL in public, however, it is socially considered just friendly (and nothing more) for me to hold hands with another male while walking. These are things that might take a little bit of getting used to. As far as preparations, I will have to prepare a 45 minute sermon, and a 25 min. Sunday school teaching. While in the churches and other places, we might be pulled away at any given point and just asked to speak. I will also be the worship leader for my team and have been asked to prepare 20-25 songs. As you can see, I have quite a bit on my plate; however I know that The Lord desires to bless me in this time so I am not worried. I do, however, ask that you all keep me in your prayers and just intercede for me. I need strength, wisdom, and COURAGE! I am so ready to go, and I KNOW without a doubt that this trip is going to change my life! PRAYER PRAYER PRAYER!
“John 14:26- But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
Here we go… Prayers appreciated as always.