“Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.” -Isaiah 26:4
I’m back at Indiana Wesleyan University for the last fall semester of my undergraduate career. That’s a bittersweet feeling, let me tell you! By the time graduation comes around in the spring, I will be so thoroughly frozen from Indiana’s bitter winter, that getting out of here will be a beautiful thing. Autumn, however, with the weekly bonfires, piles of colorful leaves, the advent of sweaters, homecoming, and hot cider, is a wonderful time. I’m enjoying, relishing really, every moment.
I have been back in the United States for two months now. Let me brief you on the past few months.
– Agricultural seminar in the village of Toul Sre, Cambodia.
– Attended Arun’s wedding in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
– Visited the ancient temples of Angkor Wat.
– Finished my evaluation and completed my internship with World Hope in Cambodia.
– Said goodbyes…
– Arrived back in the USA (saw General Wesley Clark at the baggage claim in LA… haha…).
– Went on vacation with my mom, dad, and brothers.
– Visited my extended family in southern Missouri.
– Spent time with my church family in Missouri.
– Shared about my time in Cambodia at a daycare and several churches.
– Visited my extended family in Michigan.
– Moved back to college at Indiana Wesleyan.
– Began classes, practicums, research, and work.
Books I’ve read in the past three months:
– Lucky Child, by Loung Ung (Book about a child growing up in the States with the memories of the Cambodian genocide.)
– The Making of the African Queen, by Katherine Hepburn (Hepburn’s stream-of-consciousness account of senseless drivel about actors and Africa in the early 50s… still, it’s fun reading!)
– Practical Justice, by Kevin Blue (Thought provoking and prophetic.)
– Bonding and the Missionary Task, by Tom Brewster (Challenging advice that has gone unheeded by most mission agencies…)
– Intentional Diversity, by Jim Lo (Good for the modern American church.)
– Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis (Ah… set me to thinking! Good job, Clive Staples.)
– The Knowledge of the Holy, by A.W. Tozer (READ IT. A great book about the attributes of God.)
It is amazing how quickly life changes. During the past three months, my mind has been occupied with many thoughts, concerns, and deadlines, but each month, those thoughts, concerns, and deadlines have been different. Now they are focused on school, friendships, church, work, and my senior research project.
So, life is hectic, but the LORD is good!
My dad is in Mozambique for most of this month, so please take some time to pray for the Mozambican pastors with whom he ministers, the team with whom he’s traveling, and the Dedricks, currently the only OMS missionary family on the field. I keep taking these and other needs to the Father, where I lay them soundly in His capable hands.
We love you LORD!
Yeah… my head is spinning and I have a to-do list as long as my arm. So… that’s all I will write this month.
I hope you can rejoice in the reality of God’s ability today. Whatever is weighing you down- turn it over to Him. We’re pretty weak… but His strength never fails.
Jy!!!! (Jy means “peace and happiness”… it’s my new favorite word.)