Saturday, 21 April 2012

2 Weeks In

Wow, sorry it has taken me so long to post. It's been a crazy couple of weeks.  I'm not really sure where to start.  The first week was kind of all over the place. Not everyone arrived at the same time but it was kind of nice cause we all got to know each other better that way. In fact, we've been told, on a number of occasions, that no one has ever seen a DTS become so close so fast! We already Phileo (friendly love) each other so much.  Our TDTS is different in another way, the guys outnumber the gals! It definitely creates a very different atmosphere from what most of us are used to.  I'm excited to see how it affects our dynamic a couple months in.

Our first couple classes were on hearing God's voice and intercession. Actually, they taught us intercession before how to hear God's voice which I thought was a little backwards. None the less, I learned a lot and have been really aware of God speaking to me this week.

I am constantly amazed at all the things God has been doing in all of us in just the first 2 weeks.  He has been challenging and comforting all at the same time and I'm loving every minute of it.  This week we learned about getting more into the Word. How to take a passage and grasp a greater revelation just by using other scripture.  I am so excited to get more into the Word!

We also talked about relationships, family dynamics and codependency. Those were a tough couple days for me.  There have been a lot of hurts in my life, especially from family.  I have a long road ahead of me, to heal from those hurts, but I feel like I'm finally ready for God to take the reigns and free me. Praise God!

What else... oh ya! We found out about our local outreach that we do every week! Were helping at an after school program for kids age 10-17. we will be teaching them art, drama and dance for 1 1/2 hours every Wednesday afternoon. I'm in the dance group and am so pumped to see what God has in store for these kids!

Last but not least, Our worship team is gonna be off the chain!!!!!  We have workshops twice a week where we are preparing for London outreach.  We have an amazing talent filled group! There are only 8 of us but we have 3 electric players, 3 bass player, 5 acoustic players, 3 keyboard/piano players,  6 singers and a drummer! CRAZY!!!!! The begging of our set list is coming together already and our first opportunity to lead is in 2 weeks... eek. I know we'll be ready cause we all have Christ at the center of our team and talent. What a service its gonna be :)

That's all for now. I'll try and write more often if I can. Be blessed everyone!

My voice gives out before my heart does

Monday, 2 April 2012

It Has Begun

I still can't believe this is actually happening. I am going to South Africa!!! It's so surreal. Right now I just feel like I'm taking a short holiday in Minneapolis but deep down I know that in the at 11am tomorrow Dan and Kathy, my pastor and his wife, will be dropping me off at the airport.  How did this happen?!? It feels like just yesterday I was telling people I felt God calling me to South Africa! Now I'm only a 23 hour plane ride away :s.

It certainly has been an amazing journey so far. Every step of the way God has been teaching me to trust Him. I didn't know where I was going to get the money for flights, tuition, and supplies, God provided. I didn't know if my Study Visa would be approved or if it would arrive in time, God provided (in a very timely fashion I might add). When I found out that we were going to London, England during the Olympics for outreach I didn't know if I had the extra funds to cover the extra costs, God provided. I have never found myself more in awe of God than I am right now. The fact that He would take someone like me, someone broken, unclean, and wholly unworthy, and send me halfway across the world to mold and shape me for His glory... AMAZING, AWESOME, HUMBLING!!! Trusting in God has gotten me this far and as long as I continue to trust in Him I will be able to do everything else.

I always wondered what people meant when they said they had been "called" somewhere by God. What does that look like? What does God's voice sound like? Are you sure it was God and not the 5 burritos you had for supper?  Now I know! This is what it looked like for me. I never heard a voice, didn't receive an email, a tweet, and IM, nothing. I just had this overwhelming knowing in my heart that this was where He needed me to be. So that's where I'm going. As crazy and nonsensical as I sometimes think it is, I'm going!

I think that's all for now. I've typed enough that the music running through my head has gone down to a soft whisper which means I may get some sleep tonight. I will try and post again when I arrive in Amsterdam.

As always,
My voice gives out before my heart does!
God Bless everyone