In 16 days I will be boarding a plane with 11 other people to go on my first mission trip to Slovakia. As the time nears I get more excited! I have compiled this journal of pictures for you to view as well as myself to view when I get there. ( If I can access a computer!) This will help me keep my focus as I am away from my Homeland,my family, home, church , and community.
If you look at the rubber band on the globe, it’s not really that far away…( ha!) I did this for the kids, so they can refer to it and show thier friends. I will also be leaving some special things behind for the kids to read each day, words of encouragement and thoughts of love.
This is my small new testament bible that a friend gave me. I carry this in my purse and refer to it often. Today I had to reinforce it with some clear packing tape. Some of the pages were loose. I took a picture of my family and taped it to the front page and taped my parents picture to the back page. We are limited to how much luggage we can carry, so I thought my New Testament bible would do well, rather than my heavy study bible. My traveling buddies, the two pencils, will join me also. ( and probably more!!) They are on the bible, which is opened to John 3:16, in the shape of a cross to remind me of why I am going and what God’s purpose is.
I thought this was rather interesting….after I took the picture I realized how dirty the eraser was…yuck! But then I thought about how it is GOD who erases our sins with the blood of His Son…so that dirty eraser is a reminder to me of my own sins, and how God is constantly cleansing my heart with His own great big eraser! The wonderful thing about that is, he no longer sees the dirt! 🙂
This is my amazing family who I love very much. I will miss them more than I can probably imagine and I have a feeling we will all be going through some growth spurts! That is always a good thing! We learn who we are and what we can do in GOD’s strength when we are apart. Then when we come back together, it will be ever sweeter, like a hot, sticky, cinnamon bun fresh out of the oven! ( get the hint MOM??) Mmmmm….GOOD!
This is my heavy study bible, along with my traveling pouch of assorted drawing devices!
God has poured His love into my heart and He has compelled me to pour it onto paper in the form of drawing.
I plan to take some of my art with me and today I have been working on tshirt transfers so I can WEAR it! It will be a great testimony tool as we work.
Here is one of the shirts I have already done. ( The drawing in the middle is actually ironed onto a tshirt!)
Can you tell I LOVE this picture? haha! It says it all.
These are my parents! This picture is taped into my bible so I can “take them with me.” I get my creativity from both of them. My Dad is an amazing builder, carpenter, genius and Dad. My mother is an awesome photographer, seamstress, cook and Mom! They are taking time out of thier busy lives to come and take care of my family while I am gone. This makes me teary eyed and happy because I know how much they love me and I know how well Cort and the girls will be cared for.
Thanks Mom and Dad! I love you very much!
This is my adoring hubby, the love of my life! He has been the most supportive of all in my going on this adventure with God! I couldn’t do it without his love, support and encouragement. I love this guy sooooooo much and am really going to miss him! He is an amazing mechanic and can fix everything I break!
Wait…Who is going to fix things when I break them in Slovakia ??? Oh, wait…that would be Pastor TY! haha! You better PRAY HARD!
I love you hon!
This is my cute little sister, Linda. Isn’t she adorable? She flies all over the world with her hubby…well, mainly Ireland. She has been to Paris and Israel too! She has given me tips on how to pack and is lending me her luggage to take. I am sure she will be spoiling the kids with Mom while I am gone!
I love you Sis!
This picture makes me smile!
This is Emily and Cort. Emily is 8 going on 28! She is our “Mother Teresa!”
Our host in Slovakia has a little girl that is 7, so that will help me get some little hugs in!
Look Ma! You can see my tonsils!
I love you Emily!
This guy…well, this is my screwed up brother in law, Brendan. I don’t know if he’s eating the crab or if it’s eating him!
Love you bro!
And then there’s Corynn, my firstborn! She will be our next missionary! She wants to come with me and I wish I could take her in my suitcase…
She has a heart that is on fire for GOD and she is very bold in her witnessing! I want to be like her when I grow up!
I love you Roo!
They are forever clowing around….
This is Cheri with the girls and Cort. She is my “first” daughter ( stepdaughter) and she lives in NY, near my parents.
Funny how they all resemble each other…
I love these people soooooooooo much!
This is my Mom, Betsy, Emily and Corynn.
A few of my favorite people…they will be near and dear to my heart as I am in Slovakia.
They are my prayer warriors!
This is our dog, TROUBLE! Need I say more?
Love you pooch!
This is my church. First United Methodist Church Hillsville.
This is the place where I have been brought to my knees and filled with compassion and love for God’s people, the compasssion that it takes to have the heart for missions of any kind.
If you think about it, we are all missionaries right here in our own communities. The way we live, the way we act, what we say, how we love, how we serve.
God has spoken to me time and time again underneath this steeple and inside these walls. I have felt His Holy and all consuming presence here, beckoning me to come closer, to draw nearer to Him. This trip is a part of that calling. I long to embrace Him and I can only do that by doing this, by being obedient.
I am taking this whole congregation with me in my heart. God has used these folks to affirm that I am to go on this trip. They have loved, prayed, encouraged and supported me financially. God has used them to multiply my faith in Him. As Pastor Ronnie says, We serve a BIG God who does HUGE things! This is one of them! Thank you FUMC! I love you all more than you know!
This is the place where I fell in love with Jesus. Dinwiddie Church. It is an important part of the journey that I am about to embark on. I love these people and I love what this church stands for…JESUS! They gave me the foundation I needed to be able to hear God, to be guided by God and to be able to step up and out of that boat! I will be taking all of YOU with me too! I love you all very much!
This last picture says it all. They say a picture speaks a thousand words and these words are found in the bible. The entire bible is a story about God, who loves you so very much that He will do anything to get your attention! He created the world from nothing, he made man from a lump of dirt, he parted the Red Sea, he built an ark, he brought a flood, he built a wall, and he sends us on mission trips. The greatest thing He ever did was send His Son, Jesus, to die for us. Why would anyone do that? It is hard for us to comprehend. Just believe it! HE DID IT! He certainly got my attention and I pray that He captures yours too. I pray that you will let Him transform your life into something that is bursting with an overflowing love for Him!
It is the greatest story ever told…
He loves you…
He believes in YOU…won’t YOU believe in Him?
Serving a BIG God who does HUGE things!