Monday, June 29, 2009

God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame. ~EBB






Here I am in my 5th week of Summer Missions in Montana! God is so good. Let me tell you. I have surely been shown that I am blessed beyond measure and I should Thank him everyday. We talked about yesterday how our parents should teach us about Jesus and I can't thank my parents enough about raising me in church and showing me the way i needed to grow up in God.



I am having a great week in Helena. We have been able to help out and teach in VBS and we have also had some down time. Today we rode a carousel, went to some shops downtown where i got an ICED COFFEE! WOO HOO!!!! :)

God has shown me this summer that I can do anything in him if I believe in him even more, and Trust him for it all. So far we have been able to share our testimonies and just be a friend to these precious kids. They may not remember a thing we said but they sure remember if we LOVED on them or not.


Please pray for us that we have a HUGE impact on them and their families. We are doing a food drive at the end of this week and I know God will show up and bless that.

Lovin this summer.

Peace!








Friday, June 26, 2009

I just hiked a Mountain!

Today is our last day in Belgrade. We have had a lot of fun here this week, it has been amazingly laid back and restful. Well.. except for yesterday and today. Yesterday we made reservations and went white water rafting. It was AMAZING! :) We had a blast and we shared a raft with some guys from London. They made us laugh and laugh. Today we visited houses in the community, and then they gave us the rest of the day off. We decided(to please Stephanie) that we would hike to the M which is a 2 mile hike up the mountain. Goodness, we made it but it about killed me! I am soooo out of shape, but we had a lot of fun in the process! :)

We are leaving tonight to go to Belgrade Stock Car Races and then to Helena where we start off our week with an air show. I love Montana.

Today was my mama's last day as a University Employee and I am sooo happy/sad for her! She is going to be missed, I am sure.

Love and miss all of ya'll! See you soon!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Belgrade.. I love you! :)

ok.. So we are in Belgrade Montana having a ball. We got to this town yesterday and the people pretty much had no clue what was going on. We are staying with a PRECIOUS family though. :)

I have figured out that God knows exactly what he is putting in our path and we have to be ok with that. Our group is like a family now!

This morning we went to the Church and they had nothing for us to do so we got to drive to Bozeman and go to Target. I had fun for sure. We then went to the church and met the pastor, Curtis Crow. We organized the VBS material and then we worked in their clothes closet. We threw out the old clothes and pretty much just started cleaning out the room. It was a lot of fun!

We then went back to Bozeman and went BACK to Target and then to Borders. I bought "Crazy Love" and "Captivating". I am soooo excited and can't wait to read them!

Hope everything is good in Mississippi! :) Miss and Love YA'LL!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

He Must Become Greater. I must Become Less!

So.. we are finishing up our last day in Boulder, Montana. This week has been great and we have been able to work with little kids. We have been a part of a drama/basketball/backyard Bible Club. It was so much fun and we have learned while preparing for our lessons. :) God has brought us closer together as a team and that is for sure an answered prayer.

I have to share a funny story. I am one of the Backyard Bible Club teachers and we usually on a good day have 5 kids. Well, one of the little boys,"Rutger" asked me the cutest, most innocent question the other day. We were learning about how Joseph and Mary were traveling to Bethlehem to have baby Jesus, and telling all of the details about their travels. Well, he looked up at me and said," How did her stomach open?" It was so precious, but I just told him that she had him like all other mama's today do. He was completely ok with that answer, Praise the Lord.

God is really doing some awesome things through us and for us. We are so blessed.

Please pray for all of my friends doing summer missions. :) I am sure they need our prayers too!

Peace!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Boulder.. 3rd week!

We are in Boulder, Montana and it reminds me so much of a little western town. We are all tired but having so much fun with the kids already. This week is much more laid back than last week and we have a lot more downtime. Praise the Lord. :) We have a church van that we are driving and that is pretty awesome.

I am so excited about my time in Montana because I am definetely seeing some things I could never see in Mississippi. But.. I have found out that I am a Southern Belle for SURE! I could never live here. It is wayyyyy toooo different.

I still have no wireless internet so no pictures. :(

Having fun though.

Peace

Friday, June 12, 2009

What a week.. Wolf Creek! :)

This has been our first week in montana working for Jesus! .. We went to Wolf Creek Baptist Mission and they are a precious community/church living for him! They served us meals daily and took the best care of us EVER! We are going to miss them soo much.

God has BIG plans for us this summer though. I'm excited. I taught preschool with Maggie and we had a great time teaching those little ones Bible Stories. I really hope that they learned a lot about Jesus!

We get our mail tomorrow and are meeting our supervisor for lunch. MAJOR EXCITEMENT.
Will post pictures as soon as I can.

Peace!
Miss all of Ya'll- Not you guys!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

A Wild Crazy Adventure!

Here we are. We are in Missoula, Montana and we are enjoying ourselves for sure. We had to get up at 6:00 and drive 2 1/2 hours to get here. We got here and met our other 2 girls Maggie and Stephanie. They are awesome girls and I think Maggie and I are going to be great friends! :)

We met tonight at Bro. Rich's house in town where he has an in ground pool. Some people got in but the water was FREEZING! We had BBQ and potato salad, and brownies. Wow! A southern meal.

The people here are awesome and they treat us soo great. We have been fed, driven, and taken care of everywhere we have been.

Pray for the people in Montana. They are very to the point and they are not going to be changed. The staff are telling us to form relationships and become friends with them, and only then will they become people of GOD. Pray for us and them, please.

I also have a lot of other friends that are around the world this summer. Please keep them in your prayers also.

Love ya'll! :)

This was our group for Orientation for Summer Missions!

This was a view of Montana from our Front porch! :) In case you can't tell.. it is Beautiful!








Thursday, June 4, 2009

Being a Rubber Band!

hey Ya'll.

I am sitting in Townsend, Montana with absolutely nothing to do. We have had a great first few days but now I am getting very bored. I am ready to start working with the kids in Montana and getting my hands dirty! I know God has a big plan and I am anxiously awaiting that plan. I have been thinking about home and wondering what they are doing there. A lot of my close friends are in other parts of the world and I am praying for their safety also. :) Please do the same.

I am so glad to have a chance to be in Montana and see their culture, it's excited and VERY different. They don't have a Wal*Mart every 20 miles, more like 2 hours away. No Wendys, Burger King, or McDonalds, where I am anyway. We are roughing it! haha

Pray that God would bring excitement to us right now and that we be grateful for what we have.

Peace!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Montana.. Here I am..

I am here. Loving it!

There are 5 of us missionaries in Montana at orientation right now and we are having a blast. Our flights were good and we have been busy ever since we got here. :)

We have eaten Montana Pizza and Buffalo meet so far and it was good. Pictures to come soon

Love ya'll!

Lauren