Got a Panasonic camera for our trip. Was trying it out the other day, and was impressed with it. I am really hoping to bring back pictures as memories of the mission trip. It is quite user friendly - well it has to be if I have pretty well figured it out.
In my office at NCEM. (Elsie, and Sue.)
Peter hard at work, Cleanup day at NCEM headquarters yard.
Crocus down the road in the ditch from work.
Night shot down our street toward the west. (used truck roof as tripod)
Timed shot, used the stove as my tripod. (Peter, me, and Caleb.)
I would like to share this with you, hope you are encouraged like I am!
I mentioned in an email to a friend the following about our trip to Rwanda:
"I'm trying hard not to get nervous, and look at this trip as regular as I can."
The reply came back:
"God is good. Again, there is no need to fear as God foreknew this trip long before it was on our radar. Remember that God nudged me to nudge you even though I did not know He had already been nudging you a year earlier. Mike and Mary are leaders I look up to in many many ways and I entirely entrust you with them. Breathe deep...try to keep anxiety down for the sake of your health sister! And...thanks for being honest."
I was very encouraged with that and another email of encouragement and prayer from our leaders:
“There are times when the Lord calls us away from the familiar to …
…to places unknown in order to carry out His plan for our lives. A wide spectrum of emotions can accompany us in the new journey. Some people feel panic, fear or uncertainty. Others feel excitement and anticipation. For many the journey becomes one of growing faith and dependence on the Lord. We learn to trust Him step by step as we face the unknown. It is encouraging to remember that wherever the Lord leads, He has a plan in place and a purpose to accomplish in our lives.
The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you." Genesis 12:1
Prayer: Dear Lord, I feel at ease with the familiar things in my life, but I am listening for Your voice. I want to follow You. I trust Your purpose and Your plan for me. Direct my path and give me courage to face the unknown. In Jesus' Name, Amen!” From Lead Like Jesus Devotion www.leadlikejesus.com The fact that Peter and I are going doesn't stop us from feeling a bit overwhelmed, but we do have a God that will be there with us and uphold us. My human side tends to forget my Great and Wonderful God and His Power He gives us when we ask.
Dear Great and Awesome God, Please help me never to forget that You love me and want me to serve You in Rwanda. As the prayer above says, I want to follow You. I trust Your purpose and Your plan for me. Direct my path and give me courage to face the unknown. Give me peace about the unknown You are leading me to, as You have given me peace in following You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
My God is an awesome God! I've tears in my eyes because He has blessed me more than I deserve! I pray that our trip to Rwanda will increase His Kingdom and I can do something for Him! I am willing to be used by Him in anyway to reach those that need Him! Pray for Peter and I as we continue to prepare to go and as we are there that we will be willing servants for Him. Just a reminder: we leave Sunday, May 16, and return Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
Traveling back last night we saw a wonderful display of God's handiwork! The Northern Lights were spectacular! They were swirling in pinks and greens! One shape that impressed me most, looked like an angel's robe twirling on heaven's floor, in beautiful colors.
My only regret is that I don't know how to operate my camera to take night pictures and I didn't have a tripod! I WILL have to learn! I can't think of anything more wonderful to take pictures of than God's handiwork in the skies, (that and His gift of "grandchildren"!)