God does not withhold love to teach people a lesson. .. neither should we.
"It’s always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen. Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like running, but life is on a stroll. This is how God does things." - Donald Miller
So this has been my wonderful project for the last 4 weeks, and today was the day that the staff and project directors said their goodbyes and left Traverse City and left the project to us. So for the next four weeks, all of us students will be taking over all the leaderships roles (that were decided about a week ago) and running the project on our own.
These past four weeks have been a blessing and I have learned a lot about patience.. especially in my job, a humble attitude, God’s design for community, boldness in sharing my faith, serving others, the transforming power of the Bible and so, so much more.
I am on Prayer and Praise team, so I, along with 3 other people, will be leading our Sunday night prayer and praise on the beach and keeping up with the prayer room and related things throughout the week. I am very excited about my role and excited to see how God works through it and his provision for all of us still here and still eager to serve and to seek Him.
But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29
Just a great day and and time to head downtown to Traverse City’s annual Cherry Festival, so a group of 9 girls and myself did just that. I love the carnival atmosphere. I love the rides and excitement, the colors, decorations, the people. I love how full of life it is, always.
This firework was like a shooing star and by far the coolest of the night! … to me.
God only wants me to become like two people: myself and Jesus.
Anyone staying in the dorms that has mail will get their name put on the white board in the lobby. So everyday day at around 2:30, people walking by will scan that side of the room and either walk on or get extremely excited because they have just received an envelope with their name on it. I have had my name on that white board once and I would like to say a BIG thank you to my mamaw, Mary Covert for writing me a lovely letter that had me smiling from ear to ear the 3 consecutive times I read it. I love you!
Oh, and Happy 4th everyone!
Today we’re going to play volleyball and basketball outside our dorms and grill out. Then we’re all going to head to a park close by to watch fireworks. I’m thinking Katy Perry’s “Firework” song will be sung quite a bit tonight. … Her songs seem to be pretty popular among this project.
In other news, our last outreach I believe 2 people accepted Jesus into their lives (at least 1), He has been providing a lot of good opportunities and planting seeds, He has been teaching me and all my friends SO much, and Traverse City is having it’s annual HUGE Cherry Festival this week, so there will be lots of people around= hopefully a lot of spiritual conversations, new relationships, a lot of FUN, and decisions to follow Christ!
Keep us in your prayers! They are SO appreciated.
Meet Andy, Molly, and Kaitlin. …Three students on project with me that decided to get baptized in the bay! So following our regular Sunday evening prayer and praise on the beach, we all headed towards the water to hear them give their testimonies and watch this beautiful display of their faith. It was a wonderful night.
It was our first day of work at McDonalds!
Jackie and Amanda are really neat girls and I’m happy to be working with them for the next 7 weeks!
Every Thursday evening, we have an outreach around the area and tonight I went with one of my roommates, Mandy. There is a bridge I had seen the other day while running with a long dock running along the water and I thought it would be a good place to go because there were a lot of people down there fishing and the like when I last checked it out.
So Mandy and I got down there and this very nice man was sitting on some luggage and we told him who we were and were apart of and asked if he would like to take a picture survey. He was very interested in it and said yes almost right away. We got to the first question, “Pick three pictures that describe your life right now,” and he ended up picking 5. He picked a picture with a mountain, trees in the fall, a family, a person sleeping on a bench, and a sunset. We asked him why he chose those cards and he said, “Look around. What do you see?” There was just one other family fishing in the distance, but I said something about the peace and beauty of the place. He said that he loves nature, he loves to people watch and he loves color. He was talking about his life being homeless and a drifter for about 15 years. He talked about traveling with the circus, and he talked about all the places he has been. When he talked about some of the people he has met from traveling around, sleeping under bridges, etc., it was very endearing because he spoke with such compassion and understanding. Some of these people are on the streets because of bad decisions in their past, some are just wanderers, and sometimes they have no other choice, but the way they connect is very unique. They have nothing to hide and they don’t look down on each other because they are all in the same place. They watch out for each other and they really love each other.
There was also another older man and woman who came later and they had all known each other from a year ago. All three of these people believe very strongly in God and say it is what has carried them through life. Donald is the man in the second picture. He is a very sweet man. We were talking and he started quoting a whole chapter from Matthew or some other Gospel. And then we prayed together and it really made me so thankful how God creates people to need each other.. no matter where we are. I had brought a Bible from home that I don’t use in case I could give it to someone I met and it was in my book bag which I brought with me this night and I asked them if they would like to keep it and Donald said he would like to. .. So there is a picture of him holding up that Bible. (I must also add that I felt slightly bad for them because it was getting dark but I still wanted to take pictures and the flash was really bright… but they were really nice and cooperative for me! :) )
Sue and Mandy talked the most. She has a really kind spirit. She gave us a lot of information of the local charities around here and places for us to connect with churches that minister directly to the homeless.
These people are wonderful and probably out of Traverse City right now (I am finishing this a day after) Jim was headed to another part in Michigan and Sue and Donald were also headed to other cities. God creates divine meetings and he really humbled my heart tonight. He is all together good and wonderful and He really showered me with blessings and His love tonight.
Traverse City is a beautiful place to spend my summer growing in my faith and love ..for God and for people.