Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Camping madness

the whole group

our make shift surf board table..
cool right?

watching the guys surf from our campsite
my beautiful German friend Jo

Here are a few pics of my most recent adventure. Last weekend me and some new friends went camping at a place called Pololu valley. The guys are all big into surfing so we went to this place because it had the best waves apparantly? Either way, we weren't complaining, as their "secret" camp spot was up on a hill over looking the ocean. It was a full weekend of good food, friends, watching them surf, waking up at 5 am to watch a sunrise that never came, cutting down my first tree with an ax (great therapy by the way!) :) and just an overall great time. I feel so blessed to have met such great people in such a beautiful place. What was I ever worried about? God is SOOOOO good!

On a seperate note, the students arrive in 2 days!! ten million things to do until then so a little stressed. please pray for calm, and that I would be able to prepare my teaching for next week in the midst of this madeness...
thanks for reading

Thursday, September 23, 2010

what?! teaching in 2 weeks?

Hey guys,
things here are busy, busy, busy as we prepare for our students to arrive. Currently I'm making welcome cards and baskets, choosing my small group etc... Also, was asked to do a teaching in less than 2 weeks! Are they kidding?! I don't know what I'm doing yet! But since I seem to like a challenge and didn't think I had quite enough on my plate yet :) , I said yes. Oh boy. So, the fun part is that I get to choose a story from Genesis to teach on. I prayed and decided to teach on Jacob and Rachel...awww... I did always love this story. So please, please pray for me as I prepare, I really want to help my students to understand this story and how they can apply it to their lives. Also, want to be able to be there for my students as they are settling in, and have time to prepare a teaching that will help them. I'm so thankful for this amazing learning opportunity, all fears aside. On another fun note, I am currently apartment hunting! I have been really feeling lately that I'm to make this more of a home. I think I'm over the whole transient, wanderer phase (at least for the time being :) and want a place that can be home for me. I also feel this will be a great way to connect with my students as I can get them off campus and have them over so they can get a much needed break. My good friend Janice is moving back here in November so we'll be living together. Please pray that the right place for us will open up. We need something close to campus, and reasonable in rent...as we are still Ywam ers after all.. :)
thanks for your thoughts and prayers, would love to hear from you all.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Aloha from the big island!

doing a little night fishing.i'm currently trying really hard to learn the guitar.painting bunk beds for the new students.reunited with my friend Jiin!

Here are just a few pictures of my life in Kona since I've been back.  I just finished a week of SBS training, it was overwhelming! We read through all the students applications and prayed for each of them (so far we have 24 students), went through the manuel, and got trained in grading assignments.  I know, sounds exciting right?! K, so maybe not, but I know it's necessary, I just want the students to get here already!! As I've been praying for the students, I've been getting so excited to get to know them. Some of the young girls were very open and honest in their applications, and I got choked up a few times just reading about their heartaches. I'm so thankful that our God is a God of healing and restoration. Please join me in praying for my students, that God would prepare their hearts for the crazy journey they are about to embark on. 
I'm so excited, tomorrow I'm going to a hidden place where you get to see lava at the volcano here! should be crazy..
Lots of love and aloha!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Aloha again Hawaii...

After a few very long flights, I finally reached my destination. I didn't sleep at all on the plane despite Nikki's prescription drugs that she promised would knock me right out...not so much Nik! :) Anyways, my friend Ray picked me up at the airport and took me back to campus, where I unpacked and got settled in. Had a pretty decent sleep and then started staff orientation today. Met some cool people and heard some really great speakers. It is so good to be back. I love everything about this place.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

It's almost time!!

Getting ready to head back to Kona early Monday morning. A little nervous but SO excited for what God has for me there. Thank you to all of you who have supported me in so many ways. I am so thankful for your prayers and support...couldn't do it without you. Bless you all and have a great long weekend!