Thursday, July 31, 2008

48 Hours

There are less than 48 hours until I take off. It is hard to believe it is so close. This week has been very relaxing but very busy at the same time. It has been nice not working as I have had more time to take care of things. There have been multiple trips to Wal-Mart, trips to the grocery store, but also trips to the beach for an afternoon nap...and plenty of my mom's wonderful oreo dessert!
Today was the first day where I actually started to put things in suitcases. It was a bit stressful and overwhelming. The start of the packing also brought the reality of how little time I have left here before going to Germany. As I have said before - my emotions are all over the place. Excited remains the dominant emotion, and is the best word to describe how I am feeling. I am excited to have the opportunity to pour the love of Jesus into the lives of the BFA students. I am excited to have the opportunity to disciple, impact, challenge, and bond with the students. I am excited.
I am nervous. It is a foreign country, a foreign language, a culture I am not familiar with. There have been moments where I feel inadequate and unsure of my purpose and my own strength. I am sad to leave behind many individuals who I truly love. I am encouraged. I have received many letters in the mail, phone calls, e-mails, text messages offering encouragement. It has been a blessing to hear from many of you - and I thank you for that.

I know this post is a bit scattered - but I hope you appreciate the honesty and the insight into how I am feeling. This will be my last post before I leave, and I may not have the opportunity to get to a computer for a little while - so I do not know when I will post again.
I wanted to close this post with a portion of a letter I got today. It really spoke to me and I thought that it is a great picture to leave you with.

"You are going to Germany to pick fights with all the forces of hell - the same forces of hell that tried with everything they had to keep Jesus in the grave but they couldn't. They won't back down. They are mad. And you are just making it worse. Your light is so bright and your fire so strong, your purpose is so concrete and the forces hate the fact you are coming over. There are going to be some fights, this is a war. Get pumped up. Sharpen your sword. At the same time, sit back and relax in the knowledge that it is impossible for you to lose because of what Christ did 2,000 years ago."

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Counting Down...

August 2nd is getting closer and closer. The emotions regarding my move are fairly scattered but the predominant feeling is excitement. I am so excited to go. It is funny because I have noticed that every day Germany and BFA come up in conversation. I'm not always sure how it does - but out of my excitement and desire to go and serve it comes up.
To be honest I really do not have much to report on this week. Tomorrow is my last day of work for the summer (for those who have heard stories about know how excited I am to be done with work). Next week I will be at home finalizing the last details, packing, relaxing and spending time with friends and family.
I would encourage you, if you have the time to look at a few other blogs that have been created by individuals who will be serving at BFA. You can find these through this website - it has been a lot of fun for me to read their stories and thoughts prior to going to Germany, and I feel as though you may enjoy it as well.
Thanks for checking my blog - feel free to e-mail me ( before I take off if you want.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Challenging Thoughts

I just wanted to pass along a few sentences I read from a Max Lucado book. He is a phenomenal author and I always find myself intrigued and inspired by his work.

"If you know Jesus this world will be the closest you ever come to Hell. If you do not know Jesus this world will be the closest you ever come to Heaven."

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


I had a phenomenal trip to Wisconsin. It was absolutely amazing. Whitney and I flew out on Wednesday evening and left Saturday morning. It was such a joy and blessing to be able to spend a lot of time with Whitney on Thursday, as we walked around the city of Milwaukee. Neither of us really knew which way we needed to go in order to get to Lake Michigan so we walked about 15 blocks in the opposite direction when we only needed to walk 4. Yet neither one of us were upset as we just enjoyed walking around and talking to each other.
The trip was also a blessing because I was able to spend some time with Philip. We got tickets to Summerfest and Philip used his magic and got us tickets in the 7th row to see Tim McGraw. The next day the three of us walked from downtown to Miller Park (close to 6 miles each way) to catch a Brewers game. It was great to be at the stadium as we all talked about the memories we had of watching the Brewers growing up. Plus, you really cannot beat the smell of all those fans tailgaiting before the game. I had to take advantage of being in Wisconsin, and I think I had 5 brauts in four days.
Sadly I came back from a great weekend and have been working all week.
This Friday I get my wisdom teeth taken out! I'm not too nervous about it - but it should be an interesting experience.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Plane Ticket!

I have officially reached the minimum percentage level in order for me to purchase a plane ticket, so earlier in the week I coordinated with Janz Team and we bought a one-way ticket leaving Boston on August 2nd. I will arrive in Germany on Sunday the 3rd and will begin all of my training and orientation seminars on the 4th. This is a huge answer to prayer, and quite an exciting event! It truly has been a blessing to see support of all kinds come in throughout the past month. I really have been blessed and I want to thank you. I have enough funds to purchase my initial ticket, but I am not quite where I need to be. I am still hoping to get more support.
I have been e-mailing a few people about joining my 'prayer team.' I have asked individuals to sign up for one day a week to pray for me. If you would like to sign up for a day and join my prayer team please send me an e-mail,

One of the main things I have been asking people to pray for recently is my energy, and the ability to rest. I am constantly on the go and have not been able to rest at all this summer. Please pray that I would find a few hours, or days to rest and prepare mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically for Germany.
I am leaving for Wisconsin tomorrow night to visit my brother. I am very excited about the trip and the ability to spend time with Philip. It is hard to believe but I have not seen him since Christmas, so it will be a great reunion. In addition to this, Whitney jumped on board and will be traveling with me! So all three siblings will be together for the 4th of July.
Thank you all for checking my blog. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions. I would love to hear from you and know you are checking my blog.
Have a great holiday!