Saturday, May 21, 2011

Oh Training Camp. Here we come!

Contributor: Hannah Avila

Today our team is embarking on our training adventure. I would love to give a little description of what we are about to experience…but we actually have no idea what’s going to happen.

Today is certainly a day of preparation and stress. I’m sure that each team member is wracking their brain to make sure they aren’t forgetting anything and are adequately prepared. Everyone is busy packing and weighing bags, making sure supply lists and talks are ready, and mentally preparing for our adventure. Certainly a day of busyness!

I can confidently say that busyness and stress are common themes in the lives of almost every, if not every, one of our team members. Similar to what Michaela mentioned a few posts ago, Paul’s words in Philippians 4 have been running through my mind over and over in the past month. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” The thing that blows me away about this passage is how the Lord promises the peace of God when we lay our requests at his feet, and the God of peace when we follow Christ-like examples such as Paul. The peace of God and the God of peace. Both sides of the coin (credit to Corey Mitchell for that phrase). Peace that transcends all understanding. That is exactly what we need!

My prayer is that in the midst of all our busyness and stress, not just in this day as we prepare to leave for training camp, but in all the days of our life, we will seek this peace of God and God of peace. Will you join us in praying for that peace? Not just for us as a team, but for yourselves as well…for all of us as followers of Christ.

Thank you so much for walking with us as we move toward our incredible opportunity in Indonesia. We are so grateful for your love and prayers.

Hannah

Friday, May 13, 2011

A Long Time Coming.

Contributor: Jesse Hull

In case you missed this photo, this is from our very first Indo team meeting on February 19th - almost 3 full months ago!

From the bottom left, clockwise: Jesse Hull; Hannah Avila; Peter Englund; Whitney Seifert; Kyle Anderson; Katie Dickinson; Michaela Price

Everyone except Lauren Barth was present (don't worry, she'll be in future shots!), as we sat down together for the first time and put together our team contract. It's crazy to think that was a almost 3 months ago, and since then we've had lots of opportunities to learn about each other, to hang out, and to work on our plans for the MAF Conference camp that we'll be putting on for a week once we get to Indonesia.

We just had our last Saturday meeting, and the only things that remain on the schedule until our departure date are Training Camp, and Eastern Escape! Training Camp is only one more weekend away, and none of us know exactly what that entails as it's a widely guarded secret; there are guaranteed to be more blog posts leading up to, and following Training Camp, so stay tuned, and pray that we prepare in full, to the best of our ability as this major training event comes around the corner!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Building.

Contributor: Michaela Price

Hello Friends!

With less than two months to prepare until the day of our departure, we're all getting extremely excited, but also so busy. Not only are we all preparing for leaving America, we're getting ready for the end of this school year. We have a couple "lucky" team members at Multnomah and WSUV finishing up their finals this past week and next, starting their summer break a full month before the rest of us. While they're cramming for finals, the four high school Seniors on the team, myself included, are preparing for our graduations. When sending out graduation announcements, deciding on our futures, and dealing with the ever inevitable Senioritis, we're are all SO fortunate that we have God to help us deal with this extra stress.

And that is one of my favorite parts of this experience! We are constantly being reminded that we need to rely on God for EVERYTHING, not just this adventure we're going on this summer. We need to rely on him for school, work, friendships, and everything.

For every training meeting, we're required to memorize and recite a new passage. This week's passage is Philippians 4:6-9. Verses 6 and 7 say "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." That is exactly what we should be doing, and it's what we're being reminded to do all of the time by each other. When we're stressed about the worldly problems, we need to go to God and he will give us peace!

I am so thankful for this opportunity God has given me and every one of us. He has created this team for a reason, and each week I see another reason why. We've been lucky enough to find time outside of our meetings to spend time as a team [or as a partial team] and to grow in our friendships with each other. It seems like we're at the point where I could call up anyone on the team and I would find someone willing to pray for me and be there for me. He's building us as a team so we can work together to serve Him and His people this summer. How awesome is that?

Praise God!
Michaela