First of all, March was a very interesting month for me with lots of things going on. The biggest thing though is that because of a particular situation here in Germany, YFC/USA and I thought it would be best for me to leave my team, therefore I am leaving Germany one week from today. I am very sad about this situation because I don’t want to leave my team-members and this ministry but I know that this is what God wants me to do and I know that He would not want me to stay in the situation that I was in. (If you would like to know more about the reason that I’m leaving Germany, feel free to message me and ask!) I can thankfully say though that even through this one bad situation, my ministry and work was not affected! I have had so many amazing times and mission trips here, I’ve met many wonderful Christian and non-Christian teens, I’ve seen more than 8 teens give their hearts to Jesus, and I have learned a lot more about teaching the Bible! Tonight is my last event with teens here in Germany so that will be sad but I still know that God is in control!! Through all that has happened here in Germany and even though I will be leaving here next week, I am very reliant on God and his plan for me. After the plan was made for me to leave Germany, I have been open and listening and waiting on God and what He has next for me. The last thing that I wanted to do was go home but I was willing to do whatever God had planned. When I explained the situation to someone who works in YFC Germany, he commented that he could see that even though I am sad to be leaving early, I am hopeful and looking forward to the future and what God has for me, which is very true!! For the past two weeks my supervisors at YFC/USA and I have been working hard, going through options for a new placement for me. We have gone through a few different ideas and we have finally found one that as soon as it was mentioned I knew it was what I was supposed to do! I am excited to tell you that this summer, from May 27th - Aug 20th I will be living in Denver, CO where the YFC/USA and YFC International offices are to work as an intern with YFC Camps! You can get more information about YFC Camps here: http://www.yfc.net/camp. I am excited for the opportunity and I know that God will use me this summer in Denver and other places across the country (I will be traveling to a few of the camps during the summer)!
Thanks for the prayers!! :)
Back in July when I first found out where in Germany I would be living I googled the area to see what interesting things there were nearby, and this, Frankenstein’s Castle, was one of the things I found! I even made a post about it here on Tumblr saying that I wanted to go. Now, after living here for 6 months, we finally went!!! It’s only about a 15 minute drive from where we live and it was awesome! I just wish so much that I could have seen it back in the 1200’s when it was new and lived in! There are rumors that it was the inspiration for the castle in Shelly’s “Frankenstein” but who knows?!
I had the opportunity to go to Switzerland two different times a few weeks ago! One day was just for a few hours and we talked to a Bible College and had lunch with them! The next time was for a Sunday morning church service where I shared my testimony and my teammate Esther and I sang a couple of songs (one was in German too!!). We stayed with the sweetest Swiss couple and just felt like family. I’m so glad that God allowed me to visit Switzerland again! Last time I was there was when I was 14 years old.
This is the one thing I will NOT miss when I go back to the US!!!!
Last week we got to go to a town called Sassnitz on the Island, Rügen, here in Germany. It was such a nice, beautiful place and I am really excited because we will be going back there for a ministry in July! We were there for meetings with the church and high school that we will be working with this summer and everything went REALLY well!!! Looking forward. :)
Willow Creek is a big Christian conference in Germany every year. This year, the Lifeliner (you know, the big blue truck?) is there and guess who got to clean it up and get it ready for the big event?? My team and I! So we spent two days cleaning it until it was shining and now the YFC Germany staff is there at Willow Creek showing it off (haha not really). So here are a few photos from our time there!
Happy 2014! I hope that you’re all doing well in this new year! I know I certainly am. I had the amazing opportunity to visit South Carolina and spend Christmas and New Year’s with my family! And like Dorothy says, ‘There’s no place like home.” Especially around the holidays! I hope that your Christmas season was filled with family, friends, laughter, and sweet memories! So now I’m back in Germany and I am really joyful that God has placed me here and given me this opportunity. I can’t wait to get back out on the road and do ministry with my team but for now we are in the office doing tasks here and preparing for future ministries. One thing that we will have the opportunity to be a part of soon is called Youth Alpha, and basically, it’s a training course over several weeks (10 evenings, and one weekend) for youth in the area where we live to come and learn more about what it means to be a Christian. Some of the questions asked are, “Why and how do I pray?” “How can I be sure of my faith?” and “Who is Jesus?” I am excited to be a part of these evenings and to meet the youth that will come! My job will be to do an icebreaker at the beginning of the gatherings. Please pray for the youth that will come to the Youth Alpha meetings, for my team and the rest of the staff and youth leaders who will be working together to make this happen. Thank you for your ongoing support as I serve God in Germany!
I took this today in Kellenhusen! :) It was a beautiful day at the sea. Now we’re at Anna’s house near Bielefeld, tomorrow I will travel on the bus all day, and sleep in Mühltal tomorrow night, and then Wednesday morning I go to the Frankfurt airport and begin heading HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!