I Will Follow You

"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." Mark 1:17 (NIV)
"Where you go, I'll go
Where you stay, I'll stay
When you move, I'll move
I will follow you
Who you love, I'll love
How you serve I'll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow you
I will follow you"
I will follow-Chris Tomlin

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Week 23!

I am in the center right under Dora with the yellow shirt. And apparently it is a tradition for Kairos classes after the scavenger hunt to take a picture with Dora. haha
 Our first full week back was great! At the beginning of the week we learned about our strengths. We took the strength finders test (If you have ever taken it and know your strengths, please share! I'd love to know more about you in that way!) Strength finders fascinated me! It was so cool to see how my class' strengths play out in our day to day lives. And it was cool to be able to put to words what I've only ever just noticed.

So if you were wondering, these were my top 5 strengths in order :
1. Responsibility
2. Discipline
3. Achiever
4. Restorative
5. Intellect ion

The first four strengths are Executing strengths and the last one is a Strategic strength. And now I don't remember what exactly that means. haha
But it was super cool to learn more and say for sure that yes, these are my top strengths and I see them in my everyday life.

The rest of the week we learned more on Leadership and our very own Tom Ives, director of Royal Servants came and spoke. It was amazing to hear his story of how he was practically thrust into leadership and how God used him.
Wednesday we had internships which was so fun to get back to! I felt like for the first time, I connected really well with my small groups that I am apart of. Which is 7th grade girls and 11th grade girls.

On Monday alot of us went and got our free cones from Dairy Queen. Yum!
Thursday was our cat Okin's birthday! He turned 1! He is such a fun little guy! Helps me not miss my kitties too much.
Saturday we went roller skating through my church that I intern at. It was alot of fun, painful but fun. Great memories!
On Friday our class went to the Mall of America and had a scavenger hunt...we had to find our staff! We had one hour and were split up into teams. We were allowed to use twitter to check for updates on our staffs location. Out of 7 staff, my team only found 2! Another team found 4! Some of hte staff were not found by anyone! haha! It was a great time, alot of running around. One of our staff changed so drastically that he walked right through one of the teams, literally could have touched them. Being the funny guy that he is, he snapped a picture of one of our guys walking past him, arms length away. And no one noticed!
I even saw one of our lady staff. I stared at her for 10 seconds and went "Nah, it's not her." I also walked right past her later on! And when I saw her at the end and realized it really was her, oh man! haha
But it was so fun. And wow, it was my first trip to MOA and it's crazy huge!!!! I mean it has to be to have a small amusement park inside....

So yeah! It was a pretty great week!
Also, thanks to a gift card, I had a nice treat! A large iced white mocha with cinnamon dulce drink from Starbucks. So refreshing!
The weather has gotten slightly more chilly but still beautiful!

Monday is my teaching so I have a busy weekend ahead to prepare for that and get a bunch of other work and projects done.

Prayers are greatly appreciated for some unspoken requests. Thanks!!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Week 22!

 Hey everyone! It's been so long since I last updated you all! Well, I have so much to catch you up on so bear with me. Also, I don't expect to go in order as I blog.
But just a general update, on 2/4 we flew out to Honduras. We actually flew into San Pedro Sula, it's like the most dangerous city...everywhere. Ya know, no biggy! ;)
We drove for 4-6 hours (in van for 4 but with stops it was about 6). It was a long day. We arrived in Yamaranguila at Mercy International's base, "The Farm". It was a beautiful place. Honduras was amazing. The weather was beyond fantastic. The people were beautiful and sweet. Don't get me started on the kids, not to mention the babies!
I had the time of my life! It was full of ministry and memories. I can't wait to blog about it!
After Honduras I had two weeks off for our "spring break". It was a great break which I will blog about as well but in short, I got to spend it with my family in the north. I stayed with my grandparents mostly. It was so great to see them and all of my other family. So be on the look out for pictures and stories from break and Honduras! I promise they will come!

I arrived back in Minnesota on Monday night. Wednesday morning Kairos drove down to Bricelyn, MN for an overnight stay at a camp. It was just a re orientation to just spend some fun time together as a class. We had an overview of what the second semester will be like and what we have to look forward to! Many leadership opportunities ahead! Because that is what this semester focuses on, LEADERSHIP. Which will be interesting and new for me. But I'm excited for what's in store!

Friday was our first day of class. Erika taught us on leadership and the qualities and characteristics of a leader and the importance of integrity in a leader.
We also were handed our books for the semester and given instructions on an upcoming class. Except for these classes, we the students are teaching! We all got to choose our characteristic of a leader that we will teach for 15 to 20 minutes on. I chose Self Discipline/Control. I'm pretty excited about creating a lesson. I've already found some funny videos and pictures that I can't wait to share! Haha! So hopefully I'll be able to do a blog post about my teaching! That way you are included!
Getting back into the routine of Bible reading and fitness. Over Honduras and Break these slacked alot. Well, I missed a few days in Honduras of Bible reading due to busy days of ministry. But everyday we had some sort of fitness (mostly just our ministry can be counted. You'd understand if you saw how those kids played with us or how loooong those hikes were...haha).
And over break, well, it was a vacation. Fitness wasn't on my to-do list ;) But it feels so good to get back into the swing of things! Especially now that the weather is soo nice out! I can start taking walks and reading my Bible on the porch! Yay for Spring!

Well, that was it for this week! It was a short one but a great one.

If you all could pray for my family, I've received some hard news from several members of my family (extended) that was unexpected and hard to process. They (we) need a lot of prayer. Most of that side of the family is unsaved and two of the families are going through some just very difficult things right now. And these, on top of several other things, can be so distracting to me. It's hard to focus on where I am when these things are going on. So prayers for me are appreciated as well!
Also, a door seems to have been opened for me this fall after Kairos ends. I need lots of prayer about this. I'm patiently waiting and praying about this possible next step. I just want to know if this is what I am supposed to do.
If so, I can't wait to tell you all about it! haha but for now, I welcome your prayers!

Thank you all so much! Your support means so much to me!

Love, Beka!!!