Saturday, June 16, 2007

yea! an update after much motherly nagging (love you mom!!)

So... two weeks down! And what an absolutely amazing second week! God is good and really big.
I spent this past monday-friday in a place called Shelter Cove. It is a beautiful little community right on the pacific Ocean... this is the view from the balcony off of my room...
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and we spent some time on the Shelter Cove Beach... pictured below

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So yesterday I moved into Redway, and got an opportunity to go to Whitmore Grove... BIG REDWOOD TREES!!!

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Wes, on the left, is the summer missionary from last year, who came back this year on his own because he loved it so much, and Chris is my partner this year... this is us at the grove...

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So, the past week has been pretty laid back, but God used the stillness and the beauty of His creations to really show me that no matter what I do, He is in total control, and He is way bigger and better than me... and I'm really happy about that... I am pretty blessed to serve such an AMAZING Lord!

and I have an address now!!

Jessica Young
1890 Cliff Ave.
McKinleyville, CA 95519

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

here i am...

So... here I am at Jenness Park, California, way up on a mountain... no cell phone service... wireless internet though praise the Lord. This week is just orientation so no super cool stories to tell just yet, but I am surrounded by the Lord's beautiful work and by His people. There are about 35 of us here and these and some of the neatest and honestly, strangest, kids I've ever met! Everyone is so in love with God, and everyone has such inspiring testimonies. It has been a busy week full of seminars and such but I has been so blessed by everyone I've met here. I leave here on Friday for Mckinleyville, which is about a 7 hour drive... from Sacramento, which is about a 3 hour drive from Jenness, where I am not... So please pray for safe travel and for God to be preparing the hearts of the kids and youth we will get to minister to next week. I am not sure yet what exactly we will be doing but I should know by Friday. Thanks for all the prayers that got me here!

Friday, June 1, 2007

my new motto...

So, we (all the BCM summer missionaries) got these boxes toward the end of last semester and people wrote little notes on them for us to save and read one every few days once we were on the field, and being the curious girl that I am, it was quite a challenge not reading them and I have to confess that I broke down and read one, I just couldn't take it. Boy am I glad I did. I am not sure who wrote it but the message simply said, "Live the summer by Colossians 4:2-5" Immediately I opened my Bible and it said...

"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity."

So I think it was a "God thing" that I read this particular note and it will indeed be how I strive to live everyday this summer and for the rest of my life.*