So we have been in Northern Ireland for a while now. And i love it. It has been so amazing. I met people that changed my life. I have made friends that i will never forget and have experienced moments that truly take your breath away. Scenery that will amaze you and a last month to remember.
I want so baldly to come back. I actually thought about coming back to live, but when i talked to Jesus about it he pointed out that it was purly selfish reasons. Friends, weather, the church, its IRELAND! But he hasn’t called me here. And He as assured me that he will bless me with a community like the one i have found here. And that i shouldn’t settle for less then what he has for me, even if it is Ireland…
We have done healing on the streets, public toilet cleanings as a way to bless people, prophesying to people in coffee shops and the craziest VBS I have ever been too. I have seen children rise up and do things i never thought possible. I have seen adults equip each other to do crazy things and build up a whole community. I have whiteness what it looks like to be so focused on the community that it really does change the atmosphere of a town. It has truly been the chance of a life time.
I really will be leaving my heart here when i leave. But i am so excited for what God has for me in the future. At home. And thereafter. One thing never changes. God is good. And he will be forever.
Im not looking forward to all the goodbyes i have to make in the next week. But I am ready for whats next. :-)
As 10 months becomes reality its harder and harder to keep up with this thing. And i doubt many people read it anyways…. so here’s a summery of whats been happenin.
We are living in a little town called Ocnita, Moldova, right on the border of the Ukraine. Our ministry consists of demolishing our contacts bathroom for remodeling purposes and children’s ministry in the evenings. For the first half of our ministry we deck ourselves out in long sleeve hoodies and gloves and sunglasses, making sure that all skin is covered. And then we swing hammers at the wall and shader glass tiles everywhere. The first day i didn’t know what i was getting myself into and i wasn’t dressed properly. I ended up with glass particles everywhere… Down my shirt, in my scalp, splinters stuck in my palms…. not too fun. But we figured it out after that.
The children’s portion is basically youth group except the age range is more like 6 to 15. We play games, act out bible stories, sing songs and just hang out, every day. So that has been fun. Our team has really needed some fun. Playing dog ball and basketball with the kids is just what the doctor ordered.
As far as other aspects of life, this month has been hard for our team. We have been learning a lot about how to love each other well. And love is hard. But God has been teaching us all how to do it better. Our friendships have gone through a lot this month, but they are stronger for it.
And our living conditions are pretty fun as well. We are living in this really small little house that is painted to be so colorful. It looks like some one went in there and exploded color all over the walls and ceilings. But in a good way. I like it a lot. We don’t have running water, so we walk to the well just next to the house and bring back buckets for dishes and showers and drinking, i like that part. Going to the well is pretty fun for me. Its one of those old fashioned ons with the bucket and the crank and everything. I love it.
But the downfall of no running water is the outhouse….. This has been the worst one we have had yet. Basically its just a hole in the ground covered by boards. I’ll spare you from the gorse details, but the smell is just horrendous. There are days when its hard not to throw up. But thats really the only thing about our living conditions that makes me scared. And we take showers behind the house under this owning with a comforter on one side blocking the view of the neighbor using the water we have just heated on the stove in a bucket.
So that has been our month so far. Im excited to see what the next half looks like.