Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Feb 8th

Yesterday we went to campus it was an interesting day. We went to campus. Um I’m not going to lie I was ready to go after like a half an hour. People weren’t coming, and there were people selling coffee everywhere where we were trying to pass out free coffee. Three people came to get to get coffee. So we waited and waited for a while. I think it might have been an hour and a half. I was even asking people if they wanted free coffee and there was no one really coming. After a while, these two students came up. They were like so what are you guys about? So we ended up talking to them for a while, and their friends came by and we started talking to them. We really connected. Like Ben pointed out that it was cool that everyone in the group was there from our team who was there because each person was using their gift in this situation.
I think it is cool that God is moving, but I think there is something big right now about Persevering! God has a plan! He has a purpose! If you hear from Him to do something, we need to act on it and do it, but not only do it we have to persevere through it. Even when we don’t understand what is going on. This is definitely an act of Faith. I think also a big stretch is even more so how long it is going to take. James 1:2-4 says Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. That word let there is defined as: steadfastness, constancy, endurance) in the NT the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings
b) patiently, and steadfastly
2) a patient, steadfast waiting for.
It is interesting what God is doing! I think He is moving and doing things in so many different places and areas. This was just an example in my life this week. God gave me this word about endurance James 1:4 on Friday and Monday was the “test.” I think the funny thing is that the promise in this is that we will in the end be perfect complete lacking in nothing. That is a pretty cool promise to stand on! It’s like that Brian and Jen Johnson song “Where you go I’ll go, What you say I will say…” Of course we have Jesus who says He only did “What he saw the Father doing.” It so worth it in the end for the other person, and for us! You never know what God is going to do!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Feb 4th 2011

This week has been really cool. We went to campus on Tuesday and passed out coffee. It was really cool when we first started there was a girl that came up. She stayed and talked for a while then three of her friends came. It was really awesome talking to them. So we are going to try and meet up with them.
Today my friend Tiffany and I went to the gypsy village with Yana to see if we could help Yana. It was amazing to see what Yana had been doing with them. She has about four teens she has been teaching Greek to. She has been doing such a great job. You can tell the kids really respect her. You could tell they really wanted to learn from her. It was cool because they sang a song with her and they really loved it. We will probably go back with her to help with the younger kids. I definitely need to work on my Greek! It was so eye opening to see their living conditions. They were worse then what I had seen in Skopje. Their stories are just heartbreaking. It is cool though that Yana and the crew she is working with are making a difference.