Thursday, January 31, 2013

¡Bienvendia!

Welcoming the New Year in a new a place, comes along with tons of mixed emotions. Well, I didn't actually celebrate "New Year's Eve"in Argentine, but arriving here January 10, makes it feel close enough! Feelings of joy, for new beginnings. Feelings of sadness for the tough 'good-byes' that came. Feelings, of excitement and of hope for what God is doing, has done and will continue to do!

One of the many things that I was thankful for this month, was the joy of being received by my home church family, Olathe College Church. They were here on a Work & Witness trip, and to be able to arrive to familiar faces was beyond a blessing. At the end of their week here, we even had the opportunity to learn more about the Argentine culture together. We went to an 'estancia' which is basically like a fancy farm - in simple terms. We ate a traditional Argentine meal, along with learning about their history that included learning how to ride a horse! Here are a few of the pictures from that trip with the Work & Witness team, which did I mention - I was also to share that experience with other missionaries here too. It was fun!

Location: South America Regional Office Campus
Picture Of: Olathe College Church Work & Witness Team 

Location: Estancia Santa Elena, Argentina
Picture Of: An Argentine Gaucho

Location: Estancia Santa Elena, Argentina
Picture Of: Guacho Competitions 

Location: Estancia Santa Elena, Argentina 
This first month of January, came with tons of adjustments. Learning new cultural norms, re-learning Spanish terms that I had stored away. The most beautiful thing about all this learning, is that daily I re-learn to trust God more and more. And as I learn new things, and learn about my community, neighbors and new environment I'm reminded. That I need God more and more, that He is not done with me yet. Yay, for God's faithfulness!

Praises:
- It's summer, I love the sun!
- Being 'indirectly' received by the College Church team!
- God's faithfulness and love.
- I'm really thankful for you, for your prayer support - thank you!

Prayer Requests:
- For missionaries, both young and old, that are serving that they may know and feel God near to them!
- Adjustments, and culture-shock it happens. Trust me.
- For my family back home, they are going through adjustments too.
- Quick to listen and slow to speak; both in my relationship with God and others around me.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

So Awesome!



I stumbled upon this video, on Facebook. Honestly, I watched it a couple of times during that week. It's just too good not to share. So, I'm sharing it with you too! 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

See Y'all Soon!

So thankful to have been able to spend time with very special people in my life these past few weeks. I'm also so ridiculously thankful to be part of an amazing faith community. You all are will always be family to me! Thank to everyone (friends, professors, neighbors, family, etc.) for their prayers and support during the last weeks in the USA. It was full of transitions, packing and some emotionally filled days. Thank you for your patience and love, through it all. Seriously, God blessed me with many special moments, to cherish and take with me in my heart during those last few weeks with you all.

A very special 'Thank You' to my pastors and church community for their prayers and encouraging words! Your prayer support is a vital part of this ministry! Thank you to each one of my family members and friends for their unconditional love!

See y'all very soon!

One last silly picture with the nieces at the airport!