Monday, July 30, 2007

2 things

First of all....hi to the other Elisabeth Renee that left a comment. I think it's so cool that there is someone else out there that knows Jesus with my same name. That is sooo interesting! So Hi! Thanks for stopping by.

Second....I have an interview tomorrow at Wilmington Christian in Wilmington. It will be for 7/8th math and science. I've already had one interview. This is my second. Pray that the Lord will lead me in the way I should go. Thanks!

More on the missions trip soon...Wed-Fri. :)

Friday, July 27, 2007

Mexico Tuesday

On Tuesday we went to an orphanage in Tijuana. This orphanage is only for boys and is run by a man and his wife. They have some helpers that come in during the week, but Luis and his wife do most of the work. These boys were the nicest, most respectful young men we had seen. It was a joy to help them. We tore down their old kitchen...or tore down as much as we could. It was a hard day of work.

The building behind the boys is the kitchen we tore down. You can see our buddy, Hilario (in the hat), playing soccer with the boys.

The boys wanted to get in there and help us tear down the building. They were in and out the whole time, making themselves useful.

This is side-ways...I tilt your head. When they were not working, the boys would sit outside with my sis Grace and some of the other girls on the team and sing and play the guitar. We were really blessed listening to them worship. The kid on the right is Andreas...he was cool!
It was kinda dangerous at the end of the day when we were taking the last parts of the building apart. But oh so much fun!!!

All the insulation from inside the walls. That is some nasty stuff!!! It was in our hair and on our skin for way too long afterwards.
YES!!!! I AM using power tools (under the watchful eye of Chris). It was soo fun!!

This is our whole group as well as many of the little kids that were there. The little guy that Grace is holding was the cutest little guy! The minute we drove up he had captured all of the girls' hearts.
That night we went to a community and passed out fliers for the carnival that we were going to have there the next night. This is what the flier looked like.
Someone took a picture of Chad, Kyle, Grace and I as we were walking around said community passing fliers out to people. I must say that I was extremely tired by then. But it was a good time of sharing and laughing together.
Again...please tilt your head for this one :) I was going to be heading up the balloon animal department the next night at the carnival, so I practiced that night and tried to teach others to do them didn't work. But it was fun and we ended up with a ton of balloons hanging around for the next few days.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Mexico Monday

I am going to post pictures of each day on the missions trip and provide explanation for them. Sooooo here we gooooooo.......

This is our team. We have Ashley R., Vanessa, Chris, Chad and Wes in the back. Ashley P., Carissa, Grace, Leilani, me, Felicia, Lydia and Heather in the middle. And Cassandra, Joel and Albert kneeling. Amy joined us later.
I was not really happy with my sleeping arrangements...the top bunk which were 3 bunks high. I was right up there by the ceiling. We eventually arranged it so that I could sleep in the middle bunk, which was much better though still a bit scary.
We are getting ready to hand food out in Tijuana. We put beans, rice, pasta and a tract in the bags and went and gave them out in the community.
Our team with the guy that runs the ministry at this church, Eddie. He is on the left in the black shirt. The guy next to him in the hat is a young man that was from the church we stayed at. His name was Hilario and he became part of our group during the week. He was soooo much fun!!
This is the community we handed food out in. It is right over the hill from the TJ dump, so they are all extremely poor and live very meager lives. It was a privilege to give them food and pray for them.
After handing out food, we did some projects. One group went to paint the trim on the house of a lady in the church. The other group put a door in the house of the people that lived next door to the church we were visiting. Can you tell what group I was in????
Leilani and Hilario were part of the door crew. Leilani and Grace were able to use power tools for the first time....go girls!!!

That was pretty much what went on on Monday. Tuesday-Friday coming soon.... :)

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Long time no see

Sorry that it's been forever and a day since I last wrote. I've been extremely busy. We went to Mexico. It was a huge success. I will post pictures in a few days when I have more time. Some of our kids grew in our time there which was encouraging. I came home and stayed for about 5 days and then it was off to Seattle...the beautiful see my aunt. Unfortunately, I don't have a camera, so there are no pictures of my time there except for a few on my phone. I don't know how to transfer them to the there are no pics. Great things happened while I was there. I'm glad to be home though.

I did VBS at my aunt's church, First Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Renton, WA. This is the 3rd year that I did it. It's is always soooo much fun. I was a teacher in the 4th grade class. We had a few un-churched kids that came. I gave the gospel presentation every day which was a huge blessing. The curriculum called for me to use these posters with a continuing story of an astronaut that is lost in space without any hope and then Redemption Rocket comes and saves him. It all had good parallels to Jesus coming to save us when we were lost and in sin. On Open House night, I saw one of the un-churched kids telling the story to his unsaved parents...he was preaching the gospel to them even though he didn't believe yet himself. What a blessing!!

The other highlight of my time there was the fact that I got to go to Mars Hill, a church in Seattle. It is a different kind of church than most are used to but they are reaching those in the strange Ballard/Seattle culture (if you've been there, you know what I mean). They are a very big church. Their pastor, Mark Driscoll, is a great expositor of the Word. There was some disappointment in the fact that Mark was not there but on vacation. However, the sermon that was preached was great. Listen to it here. It was called "Leading out of Chaos-Ballard" Extremely good stuff.

The even bigger and better thing about going there was seeing Mikes brother Ed in the midst of all the people there. I don't really know Ed...I met him once after Mike's memorial service. He didn't know I was coming even, so I didn't expect to see him at all. There are 4 services on a Sunday at that location, so I thought he probably wasn't even there. But yet as I walked out of the building, ready to go back home, there he was. Standing there with his three little girls running around, playing outside in the little courtyard. I went up and introduced myself. He actually remembered me. We had a great time of remembering. He wanted to know how everyone was at Amy was doing, how GAP was doing. He really has a heart for us. Just like Mike did. After talking for a long time, he invited me to come to his house sometime. Amy came up 3 days later to visit them, so I was able to go over to their house and visit for a while. It was great to spend time with them. They are such good, godly people. I praise God for allowing me to see him when it was statistically not probable with all of those poeple there. God is good. He is AWESOME!!!!

That's all for now. I have to go get ready to do an outreach thing for my church at a festival in Wilmington. Should be interesting!!

Friday, July 6, 2007

Baby Alivia

Baby Alivia has been fighting leukemia for more than a year. She just turned 2 years old a few months ago. Today at 2:45, baby Livi went home to be with Jesus. Please pray for her parents, James and Emily. I don't know this family, but I've been following the blog for about a year. Her parents love her so very much. As her mom said on the blog, they are undone. Pray for comfort. Only Jesus can help them. My heart breaks for them. You can visit the blog here.