Saturday, August 28, 2010

a year defined.

2009-2010 [rachel's definition]: The time where stillness and solitude met and set the course for a year of understanding what it means to love yourself, stop running and journey along whatever road is put before you with this in mind: You are loved and held dear to the heart of God. Walk boldly and fearlessly forward, throwing yourself at the threshold of uncertainty and see it as opportunity. Do not be afraid of the blank spaces life presents you with-as if life has become a mad lib page to be filled in with places, people and things. Ask and seek for you will indeed find…and perhaps best of all- be found.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

back in action.

I'm back from Asia.

And I'm still not sure what to say about it...many adjectives come to mind, but it is one of those experiences that "It was great!" in response to the "How was Asia?" question doesn't do justice.

So, I'm still thinking. Still processing. Still learning.

What I do know is that it was a month and a half of deep investment into a team of people I grew to love and a city that I found myself marveling at daily. My time there was rich and full of joy.

Hopefully, the changes that have taken place in me will work themselves out as I continue to focus on the Source of my life, love and the Anchor of my soul.

This blog is about to take a turn...I've had some thoughts and want this to be more focused, more purposeful...more about Story. My mind is swirling with ideas...we'll see where this takes us!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

our God.

22So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: "Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, 'To the unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth,K)"> having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him.
Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28for

"'In him we live and move and have our being';b]">

as even some of your own poets have said,

"'For we are indeed his offspring.'

29 Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man..."

acts 17.

Monday, August 2, 2010

latest happenings.

If you've been following my blog while I've been in HK I want to apologize for my lack of posts. Time was precious during the days we spent teaching and honestly, it was difficult for me to set aside time to give you a little glimpse into what was going on with me, my team and in that great city...I'm sure I could have made time, but alas...I did not. As a compromise, here are some updates:

As I write this I am sitting on the floor of the Bangkok airport in Thailand. The clouds are hovering and rain is falling and I am reminded of the brokeness that exists here (one of the top cities for sex tourism/traffiking). I struggle not to judge every man I see here and wonder if he is one of the 80% of men who enter this place to rent a girlfriend and/or indulge in this terrible awful industry. (sorry, tangent...)

We're headed to Laos for the week to spend time with a couple who recently got married and have moved their lives to Laos to teach English and bring light, love and hope to a spiritually dark place (more on this later).

We finished teaching on Friday and saw many of our students for a youth rally on Saturday. It was there that we realized...the past month spent with rowdy students who we thought could care less was worth every second.

There were tears...the students and ourselves have been changed forever because of the time we've spent together.

One of the best parts of the week was taking some of our students ice skating and to see Toy Story 3. They were very much afraid of the ice...classic.

I haven't had much time set aside to really begin to process all I have experienced so far. I started to go through some questions on the plane and am starting to see themes that have been woven throughout the past month and a half. I've know God in a new context and have seen him make the ordinary sacred. It has been a month of growth and of challenges that I know are shaping me and molding me to be more like Him.

all i know is that this whole thing happened. it was hard, but worth it and i am marked by this place, this role and this team. Pray for me and my team as we begin to talk through specifics of how this experience will play into the things we are all stepping into next...

I hope to be able to write more while we are in Laos!