#440: Being able to share about my trip

We had a sharing time about our recent trip today. About 20 people came and it was great to be able to share about our trip and everything that happened while we were away. I hope everyone had a good time, and I was glad to have the opportunity to talk about my experiences. It was an amazing experience and I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to talk about it. You can talk to people about it, but things happen, you get interrupted or don’t have enough time, so you can’t share everything you wanted to or you forget something, so it was great to have a setting like this to be able to talk in.

#440: Thank you Lord for the opportunity to share about my trip today, and being able to talk about everything I wanted to.

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#436: Foreign Language Class

Over the school year I took a class in the language of the country I just visited, and I’m glad I did! While I didn’t get to use my knowledge as much as I would’ve liked, it did come in handy several times when I was talking to people with limited English. I couldn’t carry on a conversation, but I knew enough. While I was there my speaking level didn’t really improve, but my listening and comprehension level certainly did. By the end of the trip I could listen to a conversation and about half the time I could get the gist of what they were talking about, considering this would probably never happen before the trip I’d say that’s a huge improvement!

#436: Thank you Lord for my foreign language class and how it helped me during the trip to communicate and understand the people around me.

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#434: The Airline Finding my Bag

If you’re wondering why I haven’t posted anything in almost a month I have a very good reason: I’ve been out of the country on my big trip. The trip was incredible and I’m sure I’ll be posting more about it soon, but first I have something more pressing. After our long flight back we had a short one on a turbo prop plane home. Unfortunately there wasn’t a lot of cargo space on it, and everyone in my group had big bags; also one of the other passengers had a heavy electric wheelchair, and as a result when we arrived at our destination we discovered most of our bags had not made it. It was almost 11pm, but we had to fill out a ton of paperwork so we could hopefully get our bags back. I was glad I didn’t have anything irreplaceable in my checked bags, but I wasn’t looking forward to having to replace what I did have. Yesterday I got a call from the airline saying they’d found my bag and I was so relieved, it arrived today and I’m so grateful the airline was able to find it.

#434: Thank you Lord that the airline found my bag, I was not looking forward to replacing everything in it.

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#424: Changing my Trip

In May I’m going out of the country on a really amazing trip that I’m super excited about. When I first heard about the trip I learned there were two options: one week in one city or two weeks in a different city in the same country. I really wanted to visit the city for the one week trip, but the two-week trip sounded more interesting, so I decided to go on the two-week trip. Over the weekend I got a call from one of the trip organizers who asked me if I would be interested in spending one week in the city I was planning on going to and the second week in the city I had wanted to visit. Of course I said yes! After hanging up the phone I started crying tears of joy, I couldn’t believe how God had worked things out, and I’m even more excited for the trip now!

#424: Thank you Lord for the change in my trip in May. I still can’t believe how you worked things out and I can’t wait!

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#402: Friends with Vacation Homes

I spent this past weekend at the beach, staying at the beach house of a family friend. While there are several things I can think of that I’m thankful for related to the weekend, the main one I want to focus on is having friends with vacation homes. Who doesn’t like to get a way for a few days or a week? But it can get expensive especially if you have to find a hotel room. That’s why its so nice to know people who have vacation homes, it cuts out most of that cost, its more convenient, and you don’t have to be out of there by a certain time the day you leave.

#402: Thank you Lord that I know people who have vacation homes who let me use them to get away when I need a vacation. It can make things so much easier and less stressful.

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#394: The People who Traveled with me this Summer

I’ve been back from my big overseas trip for almost a month now, (See post 391) and I’ve spent a lot of time since I returned reflecting on my time away especially in the last week. While some pretty cool things happened and things I need to be gratful for that I wrote about in that post, I realized I completely overlooked an important element of the trip: the people I who traveled with me! I don’t know about them, but for me they were an important part of the trip, and I have reasons to be thankful for each and every one of them!

First of all our group leader who did a fantastic job of leading our group and keeping us all on track, we would’ve been lost without him. On a personal note I was very thankful for him during one of our touring excursions where we did quite a bit of climbing. I should mention that I have a HORRIBLE fear of falling, especially falling backwards, and at one point I came pretty close to completely freaking out. The only thing that stopped me was knowing that he was right behind me.

While I’m talking about our group leader I should mention his wife, who did a great job in organizing the VBS, and her helper who developed the materials we used. The VBS had a big impact on me personally and I truly enjoyed being part of it.

Each night we had a time of singing and sharing about the day and I’m grateful for the person who led that each night. It was a great time to reflect on the day, get our focus in the right area, and hear about other people’s experiences.

I could go on and on about the other group members, but I don’t have the time. I’m grateful for the three siblings who by the end felt like my little brother and sisters. The three youngest girls for their examples of how to interact with the kids. The teenage boys for their servants hearts. My roommate for our great conversations each night. The other single woman who after we returned gave me a new perspective on the whole trip. I could say more about each person, and why I’m grateful they were on the trip, but some of it is a bit too personal to write here, so that’s all I will say.

#394: Thank you Lord for each of the people I traveled with and the impact they had on me and the people we met, may it have a lasting impact.

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#391: My Trip this Summer

For my regular readers I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but I’ve had a very good excuse: I’ve been out of the country! I’m back now, and let me tell you it was an amazing trip! I traveled with a group of friends to an orphanage for children with special needs. We spent time with the kids, and ran a VBS.

I had so much fun with these kids! There was one boy who can’t walk at all but is just small enough that I could carry him around. Every time he saw me he would say “Up” and I would pick him up and carry him around. He has limited use of his hands too, but has found ways to use what they can do to do what he needs. He’s inspired me even more to try not to let my own disability stand in my way and try as much as I can.

I had some really great conversations with one of the older boys. He’s too old to be adopted, but he really cares about the people around him and tries to make them feel special. Most of our conversations were hilarious, but underneath all of them I could see his heart, and tell he’s really being used there in wonderful ways.

I don’t know how much of an impact the VBS had on the kids, (I hope it had a big impact, but I don’t know) but it certainly had an impact on me. I got to play one of the women at the cross and the empty tomb, and let me tell you its impacted the way I see those events. During the skits I felt like I was there and felt real emotions. I know I will never see those events the same way again.

#391: Thank you Father for what happened on my trip. May it have a lasting impact on my life, the lives of the team, and the kids we went to see.

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