I am very thankful for all of the prayers and encouragement that I have received during my time in the Philippines. I am very blessed! God graciously allowed me to return home to Maine for the month of June which was an amazing whirlwind of a month!
In my time at home, I grew a deeper sense of all that my support system means to me, and I thank you for that! The little words of encouragement, the commitments to pray, they all encouraged me very deeply. Thank you!
As I venture into this next commitment of 14 months, there are many unknowns ahead...
*I am still in need of financial support (due August 1st). If you would like to help support my ministry here in the Philippines please either contact myself, my sending church, or my parents...
*There are family changes- my younger sister is in a courtship and my older brother just married
---just to name a few! But through all of the changes happening in my life at this time I have learned to focus more on the Lord and to just TRUST Him... I know that He has a purpose and a plan! And that plan is for my good and for His glory!
Refreshment came in other forms as well this past month- here are some highlights (no list of priority)!
*spending one-on-one time with family members (my grandmothers, my uncle, my siblings, my parents, my new sister-in-law)
*spending time in the Lord's house! I absolutely LOVE my church family, the preaching, the singing.... What more can I say than that the Lord really used my church to encourage me and lift up my spirit!
*helping my mother get her new milking goat, and spending mornings milking the goat
*witnessing my little brother run into the house yelling "baby ducks! We have baby ducks!" and then dragging me out to see the fuzzy newly hatched babies!
*participating in the most beautiful wedding I have ever witnessed!
*visiting the Portland Head Light
*walking in the woods (Getting poison ivy though was NOT part of that refreshment :P )
*riding in a 2014 Mustang (a NICE car, and no I didn't get to drive it, but the ride was still a TON of fun!)
*Shooting my peeps- ok, this one does deserve a picture
*making bread, cheese, and different goodies for my family and friends
*sitting by the fire pit, watching the stars and listening to the loon call
*having a picnic with close friends in the woods... while wearing ball gowns! (May I just say to those of you in Maine, Red Barn is good picnic food!)
*and many other things!
I just want to again thank everyone who participated in my trip whether through prayers, or physically participating... It was a wonderful time of refreshment! You are such a blessing to me! I do ask that you would continue to lift me up in your prayers as I still have need of support and life is starting to get busy (4 clinic shifts per week, heavy assignment, etc)... I do covet your prayers!
One more time I just want to say