Monday, September 29, 2008
God has been good as He has handled the financial aspect of my training.
My training budget for this year was originally estimated at $10120 but thankfully the price has just been lowered to $ 8892 because I will be able to keep my current medical insurance during my 15 weeks of training!
Of the $8892 that I need, I have received pledges and donations in the amount of $7235 over the next 9 months! This includes $280 in the form of re-occurring monthly support!
That means that I only need $1657 in additional sponsorship from now until my departure next July! This amazes me!!!
If you feel lead to partner with me financially simply click on the NMSI donations link on the right side of this blog.
God is doing mighty things and He amazes me everyday! THANK YOU Father!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
If God is for us, who can be against us!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I would encourage any of you that are remotely interested in partnering in ministry with me to attend this conference.
It is at the Oaks Conference Center in Lake Hughes, CA from October 24th - 26th, 2008.
For more information on the conference check out the flyer at:
To sign up, please contact Jen Yun at:
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I met with my childhood church global ministry board on Sunday which was a rather weird experience. You can be praying for their decision. They put together the new budget in November so I you can also pray for patience on my part as I wait to hear back from them.
On another note...
I find it funny that people I don't talk to very often are surprised that I am still planning on going...some even sound shocked like they expected me to say I was going and then never follow through on it. The thing that I think most people don't understand is that my decision to go was not thought up 10 minutes before I announced it rather it has been something I have been thinking about and praying about for about 5 years. It's something that took a lot of prayer and a lot of heart changes. So just so the record is straight...unless God changes HIS mind, then I am still going.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sorry it has taken awhile for me to get you this update. Thank you for your continued prayer for my friend Rachel (sitting next to me in the picture above)…
Also, please pray for other families at my church. The last I heard there were two other members of our church that were killed in the collision and one other person from our church who is also in critical condition. I will continue to keep you updated with what I find out.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Please pray for her as well as her family.
I will keep you posted on the situation as soon as I find out more information.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Gary: So how is everything with the trip going?
Me: Good...I had no idea the amount of things you have to have done before you go to Africa though!
Kaleb (3 yr. old): "Wait, Stop...Africa????"
Me: Yes, Africa.
Kim: Yes, Lena is going to tell people about Jesus in Africa.
Me: Do you want to go to Africa?
Kaleb: Yes!!! Can I go mom?
Kim: Not until you are much older.
Kaleb: Okay. They have animals.
Me: You are right
This conversation happened at the beginning of dinner. It was cute how Kaleb totally interrupted me when he heard the word Africa. The conversation was brief though (as any conversation with a 3 year old would be) and we moved on to other topics.
After dinner we decided we would hang out some more so Gary took the kids in his car and Kim and I rode together in mine. Gary told me later about the conversation that unfolded in the car...Here's the gist of it:
Kaleb: Lena is going to Africa.
Gary: Yes, she is going to tell people about Jesus
Kaitlyn (5 yrs old): She should be careful of lions
Kaleb: No hippos
Kaitlyn: Yeah hippos, they bite.
Kaitlyn: She should be careful of zebras
Kaleb: no zebras, they don't bite
Kaitlyn: Yes zebras, they can kick!
That made me laugh! So often people are concerned about my wealth, or my possessions, or my job when I tell them that I am going to Africa...the two most asked questions are "What about your condo?" and "Will you make enough money to live?"
I liked that these kids didn't question that. They were truly excited about the prospect of living among God's creation and they didn't question the reason why because in their minds, of course we should be telling people about Jesus! Duh!
I love how kids think and I wish we as adults could think the same way!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
- At least 2538 individuals went through the exhibit!
- 413 children sponsored (That is a 16% sponsorship rate)!!!
If you went/prayed/volunteered/sponsored a child thank you for contributing and changing the lives of these 413 children's lives forever!
God is using you and your commitment in a very mighty way!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I was the first one to arrive and thought I was lost! The address was home to a small, no window corner bar with a sign above the door reading: "Azules Bar"....not "The Nile Spot" which was what I was told the place was called.
It was recommended by a friend of a friend of a friend...and was said to be a place with good food and not so good service. Being adventurous we decided to give it a try anyway...
I called my friend and asked him to verify the address...apparently I was in the right spot.
Naturally, I decided to wait for more people to show up before walking into the dimly lit door...not sure what to expect but still a little unsure based on what I know about van nuys...
Sure enough, when we all walked in together there was African art and TVs playing Ugandan music videos...we were in the right place.
We moved every table they had into the center of the room to fit our group of 17 people.
While we were there I got the opportunity to sit next to a guy named Saba (also known as Julius) who is a friend of a friend. He was born and raised in Uganda and it turns out his mom owns a restaurant off of Ggaba road which is where I will probably be living when I am in Africa. He is going to give me her contact information so when I am there I can send his greetings and get to know his family.
Monday, September 1, 2008
You are invited to a Home-Front Dinner hosted by Al and Christine Farrar on Saturday, September 13th at 5:00pm.
The purpose of this gathering is to help support Janay Garrick (a friend of mine) who will be leaving for Africa in the fall. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet Janay and become familiar with the ministries she will be involved in. We will also be discussing ways to support her both spiritually and financially.
Please bring ace bandages and/or reading glasses (old or new) to help support our MossyFoot project in Ethiopia as well.
Chef Thomas Yun will be preparing the following menu:
- Marinated Korean BBQ with a Sweet Soy Ginger Glaze
- Grilled Chicken Breast Marinated in Balsamic Herb Reduction
- Caprese Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Sweet Grape Tomatoes & Fresh Mozzarella
- Chef Thomas' Pasta Salad and Potato Salad
- Seasonal Fruits
- Banana and Strawberry Cream Pie
If you are interested in coming please let me know and I will email you directions on how to get to Big Al's house. It is going to be a great time! I hope to see you all there!