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Christmas 2008. Me and Carol.

Christmas 2009

Oh the places I will go! πŸ™‚

My schedule:

Dec. 11th- Christmas Party!! (where Carol and I will take our 3rd annual Christmas photoshoot! πŸ™‚


Dec. 12th- Start my crazy month of busyness! I head to GA to a retreat place called Restoration Road. There I will spend a week by myself with Jesus…and my sewing machine! I am soooo excited to be by myself with the Lord!


Dec. 17th- Head to Atlanta, GA to catch up with my wonderful friends down there, and one of my best friends new baby boy, Josiah (who is due to make his arrival any day now!)


Dec. 17th/18th- Head to Florida for Christmas!! I will get to spend my days with my niece and nephews and parents and sister! I am very excited about this time with them!! And celebrating Jesus’ birth!


Dec. 27th- Fly out of Florida on a missions trip to Romania!!!! I have the awesome priviledge of going to Romania for a young adult conference over New Years! I will be helping out with the conference, teaching/ministry for 3 or 4 days. Then I will get to go to Bazna, Romania to visit the house of prayer there for 4 or 5 days!! This is going to be an amazing trip!


Jan. 5th/6th- Fly back into Florida, where Carol will be flying into as well and spending a few days withΒ  me and my family!


Jan. 8th- one of my best friends, Josh, is getting married to his amazing fiance, Bekah!! (and they are in a contest to win a honeymoon at theknot <—click there and vote for them…their story is called Worlds Apart…it is amazing!)


Jan. 9th- drive back to North Carolina and begin a new and fabulous year!!!!! πŸ™‚


Oh the places I will go!!!

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This is team 1 and team 2 working on team building activities! The Lord was really dealing with me and exposing me and my selfishness during these activities! Help me, Lord!

This is me helping run games the 2nd week with Jeff. He is one of my best friends brothers!

We worked pretty well together…until…

There is one game where you call out random items for the campers to bring into the center and place in the game leaders hands.

Things like a braclet, toilet paper, hair, pastor, or earwax.

Well, without me knowing (since the translator was speaking) JeffΒ  planned for all the runner who bring the things into the center to have them WIPE the EARWAX (from a campers EAR) onto my ARM!!!!!!!!

It was the most disgusting experience of my life, to this day. I was furious. I stomped off the field.

BUT Jeff apologized and I forgave him and got over my anger. It was actually pretty funny. The campers LOVED it.

Here I am watching intently to make sure no one is doing anything illegal during this game of crab soccer.

Romanians are AMAZING soccer players. And they were even exceptional in this special edition of the game! πŸ™‚ And it was pretty hilarious to watch all these big guys crawling around on the ground!

Katrina sprained her ankle really bad one of the last days at campe the 2nd week! We got to go to a Romanian hospital and they put a cast on it! But the worst part was that she had no crutches for the remaining time and had to be carried everywhere!

She was pretty happy to get back to US and get crutches!

The 2nd week of camp is always HUGE and has older kids. Some of these kids have been coming for 5 years or more! It is really incredible to see them year after year and to watch them grow in love for Jesus!

On our way home after camp and during our flights to the US, we had a layover in Munich, Germany….and while we were there….

We got to go into the CITY! We were only there for about an hour. But it was totally worth it to get to see Munich!!!

All of us walking and taking pictures! Katrina had to be carried because there were no wheel chairs available! The boys were a blessing, to say the least!

Girls in Germany!

 

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2nd week was a week of exposure for me. The Lord was showing me MANY areas where I still needed to become like Him! But He really worked in me!

Not only that but it was incredible to watch the campers worship Jesus. Many were dancing and rejoicing and cry and just experiencing the Lord!

I got to pray and minister with girls almost every night and many got saved! There were also quite a few who were renewed in their passion for Jesus!

The Lord is so good to let us go and minister and share His love with the WORLD!


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Here we go! Pictures from my trip to Romania this past summer!

This is the team that went for the first week. We helped run a camp for kids-20 somethings!

We all got really close and had a GREAT time enjoying each other, enjoying the Lord together and enjoying the campers!

We taught the campers a game called “Ninja”. It was a huge hit and we all had a blast playing it with them!

 

This was mud games day! This is the campers favorite day! I think that all of us Americans have a blast too!

We play a ton of different mud games and basically get the campers as muddy as possible. Then at the end we have them all wash off in the creek! I participated last year and was covered in mud!

This year I decided to stay clean! πŸ™‚

One of the days during the first week it POURED down rain. And so I decided to have fun anway! I went out and started playing in the water on the volleyball court.

Before I knew it all the guys were out there splashing and playing around. It was a blast!

Basically it was them vs. me. I really didn’t stand a chance!

I was getting tired! It is a lot of work trying to run around, not getting splashed and trying to splash!

The boys really didn’t know what to do or what was wrong! ha!

This guy who is diving into the water, which by the way isn’t deep and the sand is like SAND PAPER, his name is Vali.

I decided….

….to get him while he was down! It’s the only way I could even get them! πŸ™‚

And then it was over.

This is one of the last nights for week 1. We ate pizza and hung out. This little girl is one of the pastor’s daughters, Julia.

Friends! πŸ™‚

American girls doing Romanian girls hair! πŸ™‚

Butterflies literally land on your fingers and don’t fly away for a long time! We had fun with this one. (it was not hurt)

He would fly from person to person!

The last day for team 1 we got to go to a little touristy town and we got to paddle boat in this like pond! It was tiring but very fun!

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This first week was my favorite missions trip I have ever taken. The kids encountered the Lord like I had never seen before. The Lord was speaking to them and showing them His love! It was incredible!

These kids fell in love with Jesus and I am praying that they continue to stay in LOVE with HIM!

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Carol and I at a wedding in August. I just pierced my lip like an hour before this!

**Scroll down one post to read the interview with David Rickman!

2010 has been a crazy year. I stopped blogging last year (2009) after Romania. Why? I just didn’t feel like keeping up with it. It was getting too much for me. But I have decided to take the task on again! I am excited and I am loving writing again!

There is just too much information to write about to catch you all up. But I might do a few posts with pictures from some different adventures from the past year. But I am back. Back to writing as often as I can. Keeping you all updated on the daily happenings of my life, as an intercessory missionary.

What the Lord is doing in my life, what is happening at IHOP-AC, what fun things I am participating in.

2 major things that I did this year were cut my hair off and pierce my bottom lip! I am loving the new look. It has been fun and refreshing to not have all that long hair.

I did take another missions trip to Romania which you can read about in my October newsletter.

And I will post more pictures here! Have a wonderful day and look forward to much, much more blogging to come!

**Scroll down one post to read the interview of David Rickman!!

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Romania Pictures Week 2

volleyball

We played volleyball all the time. Romanians are AMAZING at basically ALL sports! This is me jumping…and I’m pretty sure there is no ball coming…oh well…:)

horse!!We definitely thought that these horses were…wild…but they weren’t. Someone around this camp property owned them and they wandered around in the pack eating the grass. This one actually got loose and was really annoyed about something. We followed him…from a distance…and he went back home himself.

small group with girls

Me, Hannah and Katrina helped lead this small group of girls every day. We had a good time, it was very hard to get the girls talking and open. But by the end of the week the Lord was moving on a lot of them. It was really amazing.

Abby and IThis is Abby and I. They “adopted” me into their family so she is like a little sister! πŸ™‚ This was her first missions trip and she is 14 years old! It really changed her life in an amazing way! I love it when God does things like that. Especially at a younger age! Keep her loving you Jesus!

me

Just a random picture of me sitting and hanging out.

mudgamesweek2

This was mud games week 2 and I did NOT participate. That is me in the background with the hat on observing. That was all I was going to do this time. AND some boys put some cow manure in the mud and so it SMELLED TERRIBLE!! There was no way I was getting in that. But it didn’t stop those kids! They had a blast!

jumping for joy!!!!!

Me, Kirsten and Becca. This was one of our last nights there and we went out to dinner at a pizza place. It was such a treat and it was soooooo good!!! We were having fun outside taking jumping pictures. I think this is the only one that came close to getting all three of us in the air.

me and kirsten

This is when we were saying goodbye to the campers and to Bazna House of Prayer. They were the Romanians who helped translate and were just AMAZING we could not have done it without them!!

groupweek2

The last day we were there we went to a church service. It was all in Romanian except for the preaching, because our Pastor from here in America preached! It was really amazing, I LOVE being in church services in other languages and watching them worship the same wonderful God as we do!

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Thats all the pictures I have of the trip. It was amazing, and challenging and maturing and hard all at the same time. God is amazing and I am glad that He could use me in some small way in another country bringing Jesus to people!!!

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travelingThis is the team on the way over to Romania! Want to hear a funny story? While most everyone used the escalators to go up or down levels, I would race them and use the stairs, to see if I could beat them. Some of the stairs were incredibly steep. One time, I think it was in Paris, I was racing down the stairs. But the first person from our team was beating me down! There were about 5 more steps left before I was at the bottom, so I jumped them all to make it down first! Well I made it before that person, but I hit really hard and I had my backpack on, so I dropped to the floor. Totally involuntarily. There were tons of people all around looking at me. And it did hurt, haha, my knees had carpet burn!

team pursuitAll of us in Paris! We had a four hour layover, and the part of the airport we were in didn’t have chairs, or benchs. So we found this staircase, and it had a platform at the top. We played cards, ate each others snacks (Paris is EXPENSIVE!), and napped.

tiredairport

Here we are again…this is the FUNNIEST picture ever! I think we were pretty tired by now…this is in Romania, but still one more flight to go!

painting with Katrina1

Katrina and I, first day of camp! We were put to work! πŸ™‚ We were painting some pieces of wood that were going to be used for something…can’t quite remember what.

game leaders1

Here are the game leaders!!Β  L to R: Me, Dragos, Claudius, and Jesse. See the paper in my hand? Basically I wasn’t a real game leader. I just kept track of the VERY important scores. One member from the winning team one an MP3 player. Which was a pretty big deal! πŸ™‚

me, jesse, jen1

I just LOVE this picture. Thats why I’m putting it on here…no story. We just posed for a picture! πŸ™‚

me, percida1

This is me with Persida. She is from Bazna House of Prayer. She is an intercessory missionary just like me but in Romania! There was a team from BHOP that were there leading the camp with us. They were AMAZING! God has anointed them so much! They had a HUGE impact on the campers AND the American team! They also were the ones that translated to us!

i think bugs

I zoomed in on this picture because its really funny. I think the reason I look like this is because of BUGS! The bugs there were crazy!!! We were outside like 90% of the time, and the bugs were crazy!!! This day the leaders were together having worship outside…and I kept getting distracted by the bugs crawling and flying around me.

jenandiLike the 2nd or 3rd day of camp, inspectors came to inspect the camp to see if it was up to standard. So we had to evacuate the camp. All leaders and campers climb up this mountain and played games on the top of it! It was really BEAUTIFUL! This is me and Jen, you can see some of the mountains in the background.

me in the mud

One of the days for games we did a MUD DAY! I didn’t play games usually because I was a game leader, but this day I totally had to participate! I can’t pass up MUD!!! This part of the game was to get as MUDDY as possible! It was SOO disgusting. My hair weighed like a ton, I could barely lift up my head, and it took FOREVER to get the mud and sticks out of it!

mud strength!

This was BEFORE the last picture. We had to put our hands in the mud pit, and our legs outside of it, and hit a ball with our heads through the OTHER players hands. Kirsten and I played against each other…this is my winning pose. Haha!

sadjenandmeWeek 1 of camp is over. Jen was heading back to America. We were sad. I think this is really cute.

groupweek1This is the last day. All of the leaders and campers of week 1! It was a blast!


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June/July Newsletter

me in the mud

Here is a peek at my time in Romania! This is me sitting up, covered in mud!!! πŸ™‚


June and July newsletter in one!!! Check it out!

P.S. Hopefully I’m back. πŸ™‚ More to come about ROMANIA! First check out my newsletter!

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