Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
- I drove 2094 miles across the country with my mother in a Honda Civic full of all of my earthly possessions. This took 2.5 days and we crossed 7 states along our route.
- I moved into a house with five awesome roommates, only one of which I knew at all.
- We spent the first week of classes on campus meeting students and prepping for an unpredictable quarter of campus ministry with RUF.
- We had our first RUF of the quarter and my first RUF with the UW students and our campus minister, Ryan.
- We had our first social event, a bonfire on the beach at Golden Gardens.
- I attended my first Husky football game - they won!
- I came to know and love the OU Sooners Club of Puget Sound - the alumni association chapter of my dear university where I was able to watch the football games all season.
- Our RUF small groups started meeting
- I had my first one-on-ones with the women in RUF as I started to form relationships with students
- Our house received a name - The Burrow - and had a housewarming party.
- Our house found a free upright piano on craigslist and moved it into our home - where it will stay until the end of its life because it ways no less than 1000 lbs.
- I attended the quarterly Presbytery meeting of our denominations pastors in our region - met many local pastors and met the new campus minister for the only other RUF in our region - Boise State.
- I found a church home at Grace Seattle in Capitol Hill.
- I joined a community group at Grace and began babysitting for the Mom's Bible study group once a week.
- We launched our second year of RUF Bible Study at Bellevue College on the east side of the lake and I got to know the students in that group as we wrestled with the book of Galatians.
- I started having students over every Tuesday to help me make cookies for a local homeless ministry.
- I hosted a Hymn Sing at my house and enjoyed an evening of worship with students in my living room.
- We had a dinner at Ryan & Amy's house for some of our new students to meet some of our returning students.
- We had game nights, played frisbee, played soccer, and grew to know one another better through fun activities throughout the week.
- I travelled to Atlanta for intern training and got to be encouraged in my work and in my heart by the fellow interns and other RUF staff.
- Saw Bill Gates speak on campus.
- We took 15 students to a local corn maze for some Halloween Fun!
- Ryan and I got to see four of our students perform with the UW Gospel Choir at halftime of the Husky football game with the University marching band!
- I started my most successful endeavor to date, "Thank Goodness It's Thursday(s)" - affectionately referred to as "Donut Day" - which has become a weekly breakfast fellowship on campus and my favorite morning of the week.
- We played football in the pouring rain on Veterans Day with about 17 hardcore students.
- We took 16 students to volunteer with a ministry to hand out meals to one of the low-income neighborhoods in Seattle.
- We had 17 students sign up to be part of our student leadership team.
- My campus minister and his wife had a beautiful baby girl - Jane Elizabeth, born 11/9/11.
- I spent my first major holiday away from my family and travelled to Oregon to spend the holiday with a few friends from OK.
- Relationships with my students continued to grow and we began to delve deeper into the issues of sin, community, grace, and the church as we talked more and more regularly.
- I was able to attend an evangelism seminar with Jerram Barrs here in Seattle and brought some students along.
- I ran in the Seattle 5k to raise money for one of my favorite local non-profits, Street Youth Ministries and beat my personal best time!
- We had three days on campus where students met to sing Christmas carols and hand out hot chocolate to students in Red Square.
- We had a very successful RUF Christmas party.
- I went to see three of our students perform with the UW Gospel Choir!
- We had a beautiful lessons and carols service as our last RUF of the quarter.
- Two of my dear friends from Oklahoma came to visit me.
- I hosted a girls night at my house where about 12 of us made DIY Christmas gifts, watched Christmas movies, and drank hot apple cider.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Classes do not start until the end of September, and so in order to be there about two weeks before school starts, I'll roll out of town on September the 9th - my goal move date. Please be in prayer for my mother (!) and I, who will be trekking the 2000+ miles over 32 hours to drive up to Seattle in a few short weeks! I still have some money that I have to raise in order to be fully funded, but I am so very appreciative of each and every one of your prayers and the financial support that you have so generously given! Continue to check back for updates and pray as I work to find a place to live and roommates to live with!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
It's been a hot summer in Oklahoma. The hottest in history, in fact. The hottest in the history of the country, to be more specific. Yes, it's official. Oklahoma is a hot, hot place.
Contrary to the norm: the average high temperature for the month of July being 103 degrees, we've been having a few thunderstorms the last few nights but most of them have happened during the night while I slept. Waking up this morning with the clouds pouring rain down on our thirsty state nearly brought me to tears -- of the deepest weather-related joy possible. I walked outside to my car and back to the house with no umbrella, because somehow when the rain is so welcome the raindrops are not so troublesome as usual. It's beautiful to see the way the Lord has provided the rain that we so desperately need, and his blessings are new every morning!
This summer I have continued to work at my position in Norman as an Americorps member at the Center for Children and Families in addition to my support raising and preparation efforts with RUF. This has made for a busy summer and very little down time, but I have been amazed time and again to see the ways the Lord has provided rest and solace for me. Last night we had our last "Girl Power" event (a monthly event with our female staff and middle school girls) that I will participate in, and it was an incredible way to end my time of direct service with CCFI. My contract is finished at the end of August, at which time I will have served over 1000 hours over the last year. It's been an awesome experience and an incredible preparation for future work in social service and relational ministry, including the work that I will begin on campus this fall.
This week has been exciting in the intern world as many of my intern friends have received the "green light" to move to campus! This is exciting for all of us as we are able to rejoice with one another and share one another's excitement as we transition to each of the campuses where we will serve. There are 43 interns in my intern class going all over the country! I love these people and am so excited to serve alongside these incredible men and women of God. Please continue to be in prayer for me and the others who are still working to meet their support goals.
The Lord has continued to pour down his grace on me as I grow closer and closer to my fundraising goal! Right now my greatest need is for one time gifts - of any size! I have reached my 85% goal (Praise the Lord!) with the help of many monthly pledges, but must have $10,000 of this be actual money in my account in order to be officially cleared to move. I have about $8500 of this money already, so every little bit helps so much! You can donate online at www.ruf.org/donate or mail gifts by check with my name and 79753 in the memo to: Reformed University Fellowship, 1700 North Brown Road, Suite 104, Lawrenceville, GA 30043.
Thank you for your love and support. Counting down the days to Seattle 2011!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Prayerful Support and Encouragement
Please be in prayer that my time spent with students will be fruitful and beneficial, that I will be able to communicate the love of Christ and the richness of his grace to them, and that the Lord will use me to be an encouragement and a support to them. Please pray that the Lord will grant me strength and endurance to maintain a busy and demanding schedule, and that I will be challenged but will also find rest in the Lord’s faithful provision.
All of my expenses as well as my salary will come entirely through financial contributions and gifts from individuals and churches. Please prayerfully consider financially supporting my work with RUF for this next year. I will need to raise $34,500 for the year, but will need to have 85% of this raised before being able to move to campus in September. This will only be possible through contributions and monthly pledges from family, friends, community, church members, and RUF alumni. All contributions are tax deductible and the enclosed envelope outlines several ways you can support my work with RUF including monthly support, quarterly support, and one-time gifts. You can also give directly online at www.ruf.org/donate.
Thank you for your support and encouragement and for being willing to partner with me and pray for me. I am excited to see the ways the Lord will be working in my life and through the work of RUF at the University of Washington over the next year. Please feel free to contact me if you have further questions about my work with RUF.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) is a campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) whose mission is to reach students for Christ and equip them to serve in their churches, campuses, and communities. RUF has been instrumental in preparing and supporting me to serve in these ways. The importance of the Gospel and the freedom of its message is powerfully communicated through the preaching of scripture and through opportunities for fellowship, discipleship, and service in both the local and global communities. RUF’s primary purpose is to teach and demonstrate the love and grace of Jesus to college students from all walks of life: whether convinced or unconvinced, cynical or spiritual.
Starting in September, I will be moving to Seattle to serve as the RUF intern at theUniversity of Washington. My job will be to work alongside the campus minister to coordinate large group meetings, meet with students, plan RUF events, lead Bible studies, and be present at conferences. I am so excited to have the opportunity to serve RUF and the students of the University of Washington and the city of Seattle. Seattle is among the most unchurched cities in the U.S. and the city’s need for hope and healing from brokenness through the Gospel is an undeniable necessity.
I'd love to talk to you more about this or answer any other questions you might have. You can find out more about RUF at www.ruf.org or you can call or email me! I'm so excited about the work that the Lord has called me to and to partner with the existing ministry at the University of Washington.