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West Virginia day 2

The work began this morning, and it was chilly, and I was not complaining! Our pcc students and adults overwhelmingly had great days. As always, some are a bit bored painting or sitting when there is not enough labor to go around. We are spoiled by our church services each week, and this reminds us of just how blessed we are. We are trying not to let these issues be distractions. You can pray for that with us.
I'm on a crew with Ryan king and savannah ford from our church. They both got to try out a drill today. Craig, Franco, maia, and Brittany are working on the same street. I walked by today and said hi to the guys as they were installing a window. Franco thought I was Mandy--seriously. Personally, I did some demolition, threw the trash in a dumpster a foot taller than me, sat on my butt, held four by four posts, and did the pythagorean theorem--a lot. I hope my husband is proud of my freshmen math.

West Virginia day 1

We're here! We had a thankfully uneventful trip. We have spent the evening preparing logistically and spiritually for our week. We think we are sleepy...just wait a few days:) Our speaker is good this year--still different from our usual--but entertaining and engaging. Oh, and there is a manned security booth to enter or leave the high school property. With a gate. And I cannot figure out how to add photos from my iPad to the blog:(

To the Puerto Rico Team

I am so proud of you for making this trip a priority in your life!You’ve worked hard to raise the money.You’ve stepped out on faith and signed up to fly in an airplane for the first time, to live in a different culture for a week, to work hard, to sweat lots, and to serve God with all of who you are. And now it’s time to go.DO NOT WASTE this opportunity.Do not waste it by having a bad attitude, by being a slacker, by complaining about the heat or the food, by thinking about home instead of being present in Puerto Rico. Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.And pray for us (the West Virginia team), too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.Pray that we may proclaim it clearly, as we should.Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.Colossians 4:2-6

Presence of God

This past fall, I gathered with some other student pastors in my area.Mark Yaconelli was with us.He led us in an experiential prayer exercise when we were to pray for God to reveal to us, to remind us, of a time when He was present with us. As I got still and quiet, my brain was still running.I was thinking about how this prayer exercise would go (instead of actually being present for the praying).I expected God to bring to my mind a worship moment from my first mission trip, or maybe my wedding, or maybe that moment at a huge youth rally in 2002 when I felt called to ministry for the first time, or maybe, or maybe… Then God actually began pulling memories to my mind’s eye.It was like a slideshow that went quickly at first, and then the images stayed longer.There were no large, corporate worship experiences.Instead, these images were faces of a teenager or two.I saw myself sitting on a curb at Pocahontas Elementary School between Bronson and Craig, hearing heartbreaking stories of their…

Half or Double?

No, I’m not asking if you want that overpriced coffee beverage half-fat or double blended. I’m talking about ministry…together. When Sammy and I were ministry interns ten years ago, we heard that a partner, a spouse, a girlfriend will either half or double your ministry.We vowed then and there to double ministries. Truth be told, there have been times in the last ten years when I have halved my husband’s ministry instead of doubled it.Oftentimes, my selfishness has gotten in the way.Once I was injured (8 months pregnant with my dominant arm in a sling), and had to have help doing everything.When I had newborn babies, I needed him at home more.Sometimes, when I was emotionally unwell, I just needed him nearby. This summer we enter new territory.In addition to his usual role at our church, he’s kind of the man in charge, too.I guess that kinda, sorta means he’s my boss this summer…at work.There is more expected of him mentally, emotionally, and physically.By default, that means there is mor…