Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thoughts you have in Venezuela...

Did we order enough drinking water for this week?

Does that grocery store have... (milk, eggs, flour, sugar, toilet paper)... yet?

Fireworks, moto, or gun shot?

How do you say that in Spanish?

How do you say that again in English?

Is there water?

Is the water hot?

Is there electricity?

Are we doing home school?

Are we still in mourning?

How can I make that from scratch?

What can I substitute for (milk, sugar, flour, eggs)?

Should I fill up my water bottle here or can I get drinking water there?

How much does this food weigh to carry up the death hill?

What time is it going to get dark?

Can we make it before dark?

How much is that in dollars, and at what exchange rate?

Venezuelan time or Gringo time?

How long does it take to walk there?

What will I eat today?

Do I need to go to the store for tomorrow?

Do I have to walk the death hill or can I make something else work?

Ten dollars for a cup of peanut butter?!

What's the most effective way to push water out of the house/school?

Oh, what a beautiful place....

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mission Work...

Wrong girl...
Are you sure about this?...
I don't know if I am... if I could... if I can...

Missionary - what?

That is my title.

About a year ago, I got an official certificate saying that I was a bonafide missionary.

Whenever I was asked about what I was going to do, I would give the "missionary teaching in Venezuela" spiel with the shields and armor ready to explain "Yes, my faith is really important to me" ... "Yes, I am aware it's unsafe" ... "Um... yeah, they support me" ... "It's a minimum of two years, but we'll see" ... "I know there are problems here too" ... "It's what I feel called to do" ...

If you would like to know why, go back to "Why Venezuela?"

This morning in devotional we were asked two questions:
1. What is God's mission?
2. What is your mission?

With a devotional about Philip's mission...

On Mission with God

Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go near and overtake this chariot." (Acts 8:29)
Missions is God finding those whose hearts are right with Him and placing them where they can make a difference for His kingdom. Some of the great missionaries in history did not live long lives, but their lives dramatically affected eternity.
God had access to Philip, and the Book of Acts gives the exciting account of how God used Philip’s life to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Philip was preaching powerfully in the city of Samaria (Acts 8:5). So mightily did God use him that the entire city was rejoicing at the miracles God was doing (Acts 8:6–8). This would be any evangelist’s fondest desire, to see an entire city responding to the gospel through his preaching. Yet Philip was not activity-centered in his Christian life. He was God-centered. Philip was not preoccupied with expanding his reputation as a great preacher or miracle worker, he was concerned that his life remain in the center of God’s activity. When he was instructed to leave his fruitful ministry, he did not hesitate (Acts 8:27).
God continues to seek those as responsive as Philip to go on mission with Him. The reason God has not brought great revival to more places is not that He is unable or that He is unwilling. He first looks for those willing to have their lives radically adjusted away from their self-centered activities and placed into the center of God’s activity around the world. Have you seen the activity of God around you? What is God presently inviting you to do? How are you responding?

 (Experiencing God Day-by-Day - May 23, 2013)

I think back on this year... What have I done?... This message talks about how it's not the work - it's not the activity... What I have done is nothing. What God has done in me is everything.

Our Secondary Bible teacher mentioned that our 11th and 12th graders said that the greatest testament to Jesus Christ is when they look upon someone who is in love with Him... The love is captivating... not the works, not the prayers, not the rules, not the 'goodness'... the glory of God is in the love He pours upon us and out of us.

This year... I have changed... I have grown more in love... My view has grown. My desires have grown. The ways I give and receive grace have grown. The way I love has grown. I am far from perfect...

Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me." 
 2 Corinthians 12:9

I have shared in my weakness and in my suffering. 
This year I have shared much. 
This year I have suffered, too.
I am weak.

I think about the weakness that I have shared over this year. 
I thought about making a list.


Earlier this year, a friend told me, 
"One day... there will be a time when you will no longer just write about the past."

...I am an offering...

...and I give You my heart, 'cause it's all I have to give...

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, May 13, 2013

One Month...

In one month, I will be returning to Atlanta...

In one month, my life will be unsteady again - for nothing there will be quite the same as it was, and when I return back to Venezuela in August, again, nothing will be quite the same here either.

I am in this place of unsettledness... but I feel such peace. This is life. Nothing remains - everything changes.

I feel such joy. I feel such bliss in the uncertainty and unsteadiness of the waves... I float. On this raft of open waters... on these broken boards of ship wrecks past, I float.

Ship wrecks past? Yes... Quite frankly, yes. Everything I have ever tried to build for myself has only ever amounted to some sort of ship wreck. For truly nothing is within my control. Nothing is within my grasp.

So instead, upon these broken boards, I float. There is nothing more I desire, for the sun on my face, the breeze of this day, the mist of the sea on my skin... this is all I need. In my heart, forever I float.

Let me share some joy of the moment...

Spirit Week.... For celebrity day, I dressed up as Charlie Chaplin and lasted the whole day not saying a word to anyone...

By the end of the day...
"Ms. Loomer... This started off really funny. Then it got kind of annoying. Now it's just sad... I miss your voice. It's so beautiful. I never knew how much I liked to hear you speak."

We had a Teacher vs. Student Basketball game. Although there were a few injuries (eek), it was a blast to watch!

Ending of a year means grades and projects, grades and projects.... hmmm

Science Fair....

"Ms. Loomer! I see you...." 

On Friday, we had our final Fusion (Friday night youth group) of the year... It was so much fun, but so sad to acknowledge our staff and students who are leaving...

On Saturday, we had our banquet for secondary students.... Dancing... Dinner... Dessert Buffet... mmmm

Photo Bombing...

 Ladies with "D-Funk"

 Our Fusion Team!