Thursday, January 31, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
You can see Lake Maracaibo in the background!
The view from my bedroom window...
While waiting for my flight in Cleveland, I looked out the window at the lightly falling snow. Anyone who knows me knows that I do not like the snow. However, when I was watching the snow falling to the snow-covered ground, I realized that I will not be seeing snow for quite a while. I will not feel the brisk chill in the air as I was outdoors (this actually occurs as you walk indoors in Maracaibo, due to the A/C). I will not have to clothe myself in heavy layers, sweaters, turtlenecks, gloves, coat, etc. As much as I do not like these things, I think I will miss them.
I will miss a lot of things while I am away from Ohio, but what I will miss the most are people. I will miss the important events (and even the not so important events) in the lives of my family and friends. However, I know that the blessings God is going to bestow on us will far surpass what we are "losing".
Mom & Collin
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
The time has come for me to give Him all I have. My tickets have been purchased. I will be Venezuela in two weeks. He has orchestrated everything according to His Will and His perfect timing and I am giving my all to Him. I praise God for all He has done in my life, showing me over and over His Sovereignty.
The time has come to stand for what I believe in and I am gonna give my praise to Him... today (and in two weeks) its all or nothing- all the way- I give my praise to Him... today (and every day) I live for one thing- to give Him praise in everything I do.... All I am is His and all I'm living for is all that He is!!!
Friday, January 11, 2008
- Its really cold outside (nope, not the right answer this time. Its been chilly but not bad.)
- I'm sick
Ding ding ding, I think we have a winner. Yes, I have been feeling a bit under the weather for the past 2 days. Yet, I still have so much to do as I prepare to leave.
I pray that the Great Physican will heal my body so I can give 100% to His Service. But, I also thank God for times like this when I am reminded that without Him, I am nothing and I really need to rely on Him for everything.
As much as I don't want to get sick in Venezuela, I hope God gives me these times when I can remember how much I need to depend on Him.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
2007 ended with me being homeless, jobless, and not knowing what was going to happen in the future.
What happened in between?? God happened!! God intervened in my life in 2007 (and really before), and when God intervenes, things happen.
In April, I took a trip to Maracaibo do work on preparations for the mission trip, which took place in August. While there, I was invited to come to work with Filadelfia Church full time in 2008. It was suggested by both my church in Ohio and Filadelfia Church that my date to begin ministry be the second or third week of January, 2008.
June was a very busy month with a lot of changes taking places. Within 3 weeks time in June, I finished my teaching, took 6 graduate credit hours of classes, finished preparations for the mission trip, prepared for language school in Costa Rica, gave away all of my furniture, and moved out of my apartment.
I spent July in Costa Rica at the Spanish Language Institute attempting to learn Spanish. From there, I spent 3 weeks in Venezuela working with the mission teams.
I returned "home" mid-August, staying the basement of a friend from church. On Labor Day, I drove down to North Carolina to begin classes at the Center for Intercultural Training.
I remained in North Carolina until just before Thanksgiving. I was "home" staying with my parents for 3 weeks, doing support raising, before traveling to Oklahoma to visit a friend. While in Oklahoma, my gramma passed away. I arrived back just in time for the calling hours and funeral. A week later was Christmas, then New Year's and then now.
Welcome to 2008!!!
My support raising has been going slowly and as January approached, I started to think that God was not quite ready for me to go to Venezuela. I trust His timing and when He feels the time is right, the financial support I need will be there and I will go.
Just yesterday, I was told that a significant portion of my support has suddenly come in and while I am not quite there with my support, I am close enough to begin looking for tickets. Within the next month, God willing, I will be in Venezuela.
I trust that God will provide the remaining support that I need before I leave. He has been faithful so far, providing all I needed at the right time. I trust He will not fail me now.
Thank you for your prayers and your support over the past several months. I ask that you please continue to pray, not only for me, but for the people of Maracaibo that will be impacted by the work of the Holy Spirit throughout this new year.