Our Unmistakable Task

This quote is from George Ladd via David Platt. It really stuck with me after reading it.

“God alone knows the definition of terms. I cannot precisely define who “all the nations” are. Only God knows exactly the meaning of “evangelize.” He alone…will know when that objective has been accomplished. But I do not need to know. I know only one thing: Christ has not yet returned; therefore the task is not yet done. When it is done, Christ will come. Our responsibility is not to insist on defining the terms of our task; our responsibility is to complete it. So long as Christ does not return, our work is undone. Let us get busy and complete tour mission.”

Isn’t that great!! Such a good reminder of the work to be done!

reminising

So I have had a lot of time recently to think about where I was a year ago.  Last summer was a pivotal time in my life.  I learned a lot about who I am and what the Lord has for me.  I learned how to work with people of all types, how to serve in many different situations, and how to work with myself.  I made friends that I know I will have for the rest of my life and I travelled to place near and far from home and truly saw the need for the gospel EVERYWHERE, not just overseas.

This time last year on July 4th, I was driving to Indy with my parents for my aunt Rochelle’s wedding reception.  It was family weekend during 1:8 and was just 4 days before I left for Haiti.  It was a good time to spend with my family before heading off.  It is kinda hard to believe that it was a year ago.  Some days it feels like just yesterday that I was with my 1:8 team and other days it feels like forever ago.

I can’t even really put into words what last summer meant to me other than I am pretty sure I wouldn’t be on the path I am now.  I thank God for the opportunities He gave me last summer and this past year to grow, serve, share, and learn.

I wish I had a more eloquent way of putting into words what I am thinking and feeling, but I don’t so I am just going to leave it at this.

NEVER TURN DOWN A CHANCE TO GROW.  IF IT IS A LEAP THAT YOU AREN’T JUST GOING INTO BLINDLY, THEN TAKE IT, IF YOU ARE LIKE ME THEN YOU WON’T REGRET IT.

Support for going overseas

So I am going overseas from July 2010 – January 2011 and in order to raise the support I need to go I am doing several different things.

1. Sending out support letters to people interested in prayer and financial support.

2. Selling Thirty-One Gifts.

-You can check out my website at http://www.mythiryone.com/kelseydiane to check out the products. If you have any questions or want to look at a catalog not online, just let me know.

3. Making and selling journals.

-I am making composition notebook journals. They are super cute and a great gift. I have used them for girls I taught at D-Now as well as for birthday and other presents.

-The journals are $6 a piece and can be personalized.

-Currently I have fabric shown in the photo below and am working on getting others.

-Pink & Black

-Lime Green and Pink Floral

-Black and White Zebra

-Black and White Giraffe

-Brown Circle Spirals

-Aqua, Lime & Brown Stripe

-Navy with assorted color circular pattern

For some other patterns check out the album on my facebook “Journals for Sale”

This is my desire

This is part of a speech given to the class of 1932 at Moody Bible Institute:

“Let us remind ourselves that the Great Commission was never qualified by clauses calling for advance only if funds were plentiful and no hardship or self-denial involved. On the contrary, we are told to expect tribulation and even persecution, but with it victory in Christ. … It is ours to show, in the salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in personal communion with Him, a joy unspeakable and full of glory that cannot be affected by outside circumstances.”

Who said this? John Stam, a missionary to China, said this right before he went with his wife to China. Within a few months after this address, he and his wife were beheaded.

This story was in my bible study by Beth Moore today and it really hit me.

I want his words to be lived out in my life. I want the boldness to go and share the gospel with all nations and to be unafraid of the persecution.

Snakes, Finding Nemo, Tattoos, Road Kill and much more

You may think by reading the title of this blog that all of those topics are very random when put together. So where do I come to relating them all? Well all of these were something encountered at DNow this past weekend. My friend Ashley asked me if I would help her church out with leading a small group at DNow and I of course said yes! I love working with youth and really miss my girls and the youth from BG.

So Friday afternoon after work I headed to Btown to help out. I wasn’t really sure what to expect because I had never done a DNow where you stayed in homes and where there wasn’t a main speaker, but it was AWESOME!! When I got to Btown I met my girls. I had 8 girls who ranged from sophomores to seniors in high school! They were such a fun and sweet group.
The theme for what we were studying was Complete – being complete and pure in Christ. But the overall theme for the weekend was Animated Disney Movies!! Each group was a different movie. My group was Finding Nemo!!! After dinner and the welcome on Friday my group headed out to the home we were staying at, but we made a pit stop at the Dollar Tree to find fun stuff for our Finding Nemo theme! After DT we went to the Brother’s home to get settled in. After unpacking we settled in for our first two lessons. In the middle of our lessons the church’s video guy showed up to get some footage for the DNow weekend video. So we took a break from the study and went into Coach Brother’s snake room to see and hold his snakes. He has eleven snakes of various types and sizes. Before the end of the night, all of the girls, including me had held a snake and this was not the easiest thing for most of us. I will be the first to tell you that I was very hesitant to hold a snake. After the distraction of snakes and getting some video footage, we went back to our study. When we finished these it was bed time for us.
Saturday morning we got up to an amazing breakfast of biscuits, muffins, fresh fruit, and breakfast casserole. Yum!! We then went back to the basement and got back into our study. We covered the next two lessons of our study talking more about purity in our lives.  After two productive lessons, we had some free time before we had to head to the church for the scavenger hung, mission projects, and dinner theatre.  We took this time to finish getting ready and practice our Finding Nemo skit for the dinner theatre that night at the church.  During this time we all also got tattoos!  And by tattoos I mean temporary ones, not as painful and lots of fun!  After the free time/lunch break we went to the church to prepare for the scavenger hunt.
The scavenger hunt was so much fun!!!  We had a lot of random things to find as well as Disney related items.  We had a blast driving around Btown and finding almost every item.  This is where the Road Kill comes into my title.  This was one of the items we had to find during our trek around town.  My girls were having so much fun with it and it paid off!!  We ended up coming in 5th, which isn’t bad considering there were around 20 groups.
After the scavenger hunt, the groups went out around the community and did some sort of missions project.  The host homes decided what the project for their group would be.  I had girls from two of the high schools in the county, so we split up into schools and went and prayer walked at them.  It was an amazing experience.  I was with three girls who had never prayer walked before and it was so neat seeing them grasp the concept and really get into praying for their school, their friends, teachers, and students.  It was one of my highlights of the weekend!
After the mission projects, everyone headed back to the church for the dinner theatre.  While we ate a delicious dinner, most of the groups performed some scene or segment from their movie.  It was so much fun to watch and participate it.  My girls decided to do the scene from Finding Nemo where Nemo first goes to school and goes to the edge of the reef and then gets captured.  We had a lot of fun with it!
The dinner theatre was over and it was time to head back to the house for our last study and night together.  The last lesson was an overview and reflection on what had been learned and happened over the weekend.  I had several things planned for the last night.  We had a time of reflection, a sand demonstration, a prayer circle, and a time of commitment.  I loved just getting to really see the hearts of these girls and see what they had taken from the weekend.  At the end of the night, I spent some time one on one with each girl that was a great learning experience for me and also another great way to see more of their heart.
Sunday morning we headed to church for the final wrap up and worship service.  It was a marvelous morning spent focused on the Lord and worshipping Him!  Then I said goodbye to by beautiful group of girls and headed home.  I was exhausted, yet full of joy!

Life isn’t always what it is cracked up to be

So this has been the week for me to see that life isn’t always what it is cracked up to be.  I have been bogged down with school, my job, and life in general.  I don’t even feel that busy, but I feel overwhelmed!

School to me seems manageable and I am working on and learning prioritizing my life.  I am taking Greek, which is a lot of work, memorization, and time! That alone has been a stressor.  Not to mention I have to read, a lot!  I love to read, but sometimes I want to read things that have nothing to do with something I am going to be tested over or have to write a paper over.  However, being in seminary is completely different than college.  I am learning things that I can apply to life, which makes it easier and I am really having to learn to not think about seminary just as school, but as a tool for ministry.

My job. Well, I love the kiddos, but I am learning that I do way more work than I am credited for or paid for.  Part of me is saying, “just be a servant and keep helping them out, credit isn’t important.”  The other part of me is saying “you aren’t going to be able to save money, pay of debt, or travel if you don’t make more money for the amount of time and effort you are putting in.”  Again, I love the kids, but this is the hardest job I have ever had.  I am not sure what to do.  I would love to look for a job that is going to pay more, but I don’t know if that is what I am supposed to do.

Life – my life has been in upheaval since moving.  I haven’t had a church home, a circle of friends to hang out with or encourage me, or challenge me, and I haven’t felt like I am making a difference.  I know part of my problem is that I have been lacking in my daily quiet time and I am working on getting that back on track.  I am starting a new bible study tonight!  I am also starting to get involved at a church and I love it!  Tomorrow I am going to the Wednesday night prayer service.   I am hoping that I can find a small group to get involved in, because I really miss having the accountability, challenges, and encouragement.

Another huge thing in my life is that I am praying about going overseas for 11 months later this year and next.  I would love the opportunity and think that this is where the Lord is leading me, but the thought is also overwhelming knowing I have a car loan, school loans, and the general cost of the trip and all.  I know that if it is in His plan that everything will work out.  I guess we will see what happens.  I would appreciate your prayers in this area for sure!

World Race?

So I just applied for the World Race.  It is an 11 month long mission trip to 11 different countries.  It would be from July 2011 – May 2012.  I am super excited, nervous, and can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store.  It is going to cost about $15,000 if I get accepted but I know that if it is God’s will then I will be able to raise the money.  My interview is on February 15th and I should know more about what is to come and what will happen if I get accepted.  Please pray for me through this experience.