Almost Time to go

In a little more than 24 hours from now, we will be heading out to beautiful Daytona Beach Florida!

20130323-154859.jpgWhile the weather forecast certainly looks promising so far, it isn’t the sunshine that has us most excited about jumping into the vans.  The thing that is exciting 28 students and 4 ‘adult’ leaders is the opportunity to connect with the wide variety of people that we will come in contact with and to see God reveal himself to them. It is an amazing joy to tell people that the God of the universe knows them….and more importantly LOVES them. So please pray with us that our words, and our lives will be used to point people to their savior.

The other reason we we are excited to go is we know we will see many old friends when we arrive. One of our favorite things to do is worship with the residents at Oceanview…something that is hard to forget once you’ve had the privilege. Here’s just a taste of it:

Finally, for those who don’t know much about the trip….here are a few shots to help acquaint you to what to expect:

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Thanks for praying!!

So Soon!

Hi! Thank you so much for visiting here to receive updates of our trip to Bolivia! We are leaving early, departing from Taylor at 2:30AM tonight/tomorrow to fly out of Chicago at 9AM tomorrow morning (3/26)!

We spent last night at one of the local churches packing supplies for the camp and orphanage where we will be working. As we packed everything up, we kept saying how this trip is finally becoming real! After months of preparing, I think it’s safe to say that we’re all ready to go and see what the Lord has for us at Monte Blanco. From what we know, we will be working at an orphanage on Monday and with a high school group in the middle of the week. Although we aren’t entirely sure what we will be doing the entire week, we are excited for any opportunity the Lord will bring for us to serve.

We will be posting here throughout the week, so make sure to keep coming back for more updates!

Kelsey

Almost There

Hello friends! My name is Mary Helen, and I will be blogging for the Dearborn Team. We are leaving on Saturday morning, and we are excited. For those of you who may not remember, we will be working with Dearborn Evangelical Covenant Church’s Friendship House. We will be assisting them in teaching ESL to the majority Muslim population in Dearborn, MI. We will also be visiting homes and learning as much about their culture as possible. Thanks for following us on this journey. Continue to pray for unity among our team as well as for the church and the people with whom we will be working.

SO CLOSE!!!!!

It’s time to pack up and take the short trip down to Indianapolis for spring break. Our team has been praying, bonding, and serving together in preparation for this epic adventure. Although Indy is so close, we have found that we have SO much to learn! Ryan Brown, who coordinates the service groups at Shepherd, came and spoke to our group last week. We found this to be a great encouragement as we heard more about what our team will be doing (packing food, listening to stories, sharing a bit of life) during our week. Thank YOU, our prayer partners, for committing to walk through this journey alongside of us. We will be using this blog to post updates about our experiences, and maybe a few pictures. Please continue to pray through the current requests throughout the week. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE.

The Home Stretch

It’s hard to believe that there are less than 10 days left until we leave for Memphis!

We just want to give a shout out to all of you who have supported our team, both financially and through prayer! On Monday we found out that we are fully funded! Hallelujah!

Even though we are fully funded, prayer is still appreciated! We ask for prayer with safety, both while traveling and while we are there, that God’s will be done, and that relationships will be built through our work with Service Over Self.

We hope that you continue to check this blog out to see how God is working while we are in Memphis!

Love,

Memphis Team

Honduras Team!

Back Row (left to right): William Hussey, Jackie Osenbaugh, Dr. Hadley Mitchell, Hector Milla Middle Row (left to right): Grant Henry, Mikayla Goode, Rosie Newman, Gloria Talbot Front Row (left to right): Rachel Beasley, Mara Lombardi, Katherine Fritzeen, Courtney Sullivan Not shown: Katherine Marquez

Back Row (left to right): William Hussey, Jackie Osenbaugh, Dr. Hadley Mitchell, Hector Milla
Middle Row (left to right): Grant Henry, Mikayla Goode, Rosie Newman, Gloria Talbot
Front Row (left to right): Rachel Beasley, Mara Lombardi, Katherine Fritzeen, Courtney Sullivan
Not shown: Katherine Marquez

Prayer Requests

  1. Clarity in communicating business and economics knowledge

  2. Safety

    • Flying in and out of Tegucigalpa

    • Working in an area where gang activity is prevalent

    • Good health leading up to the trip and during the week

  3. Cultural Differences

    • That we would all interact with these differences in respectful ways

  4. Continue to grow as a team

  5. Communicate the gospel well amidst the business work and education we are sharing

  6. Flexibility and open-mindedness throughout the entire trip

  7. That our hearts would continue to be in the right place

  8. That the funding would come in

Team Verse – Micah 6:8

“He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”