As I am approaching the 5th week of outreach and the 4th month of DTS, I am learning that life is one crazy, beautiful, wild, unpredictable, exciting adventure. Full of potential, possibility, and growth. In this crazy, beautiful, wild, unpredictable, exciting adventure we will experience pain and hardships but with God there is ALWAYS joy and a reason to be thankful!
One of the biggest things I’ve been learning on outreach is how God truly desires to use my story to inspire, encourage, and bless others. Your life and story hold an amazing purpose and is meant to be shared with others. You’ll never know how much your story could impact/encourage/challenge another person. Don’t be afraid to reach out!
“There should be nothing separate about “Christian life” and “Normal everyday life.” The Holy Spirit is constantly ministering to us, teaching, and helping us. Wherever we go, He is there and is forever with us! The Gospel is not just simply, Jesus came, died, rose again, etc. It is more than that – it is Jesus meeting people where they are at. Jesus met people according to their needs – as a healer, father, savior, friend, forgiver, etc. That is the GOOD NEWS.”
Amen! As I explain at the end I our UK outreach recap video:
God has really been teaching me how to love people as He loves them – unconditionally. Despite different circumstances in life, cultural differences, language barriers, etc. We are called to love as He loves.
We’ve officially been in Tirana, Albania for one week and it has been incredible so far! I am absolutely loving how beautiful, warm and sunny it is here! Such a nice change from the cold winter I’ve just spent in England 🙂 Despite the occasional language barrier, the people of Albania are very friendly and welcoming. We’ve been working with an international church in Tirana doing various different ministries. The Albanian culture is very relational so we’ve been doing things like youth cafe hang out nights, worship nights, and just hanging out/playing with the local kids in a park nearby.
One of my favorite ministries I’m involved in here is helping out at a local orphanage. I got to cuddle babies all this morning so my heart is very happy 🙂 The orphanage is very nice and the kids are very well taken care of but caring for orphans is never an easy task and the staff could always use more helping hands. We’re hoping not only to be a blessing to the precious kids, but to the staff as well.
This first week has been amazing and I am so excited for the next 5 weeks in Albania!
Also, this is happening:
I am so excited to be returning to school in the fall! Shout out to my amazing advisor, Betsy, who has been helping me register for classes while I’m on the other side of the world!
I am so thankful for where God has taken me, where He is leading me and I can’t wait to continue in this crazy, beautiful, wild, unpredictable, exciting adventure 🙂
Here are some pictures from our time at Easter Camp and in Liverpool:
And some from Albania so far: