I love design and I love the fact that I get to use this passion in a couple different facets of my job as a Career Missionary with Cru. Prayer letters, prayer cards, outreach materials, etc. YUM. It’s slightly therapeutic for me to mix and match patterns, colors, overlays, new fonts (Thanks Maggie) and see what works and what doesn’t!
Here’s what I’ve been playing around with for my prayer cards. I haven’t decided if I’m going to put magnets on the back so that people can put these on their fridge or not, but… I probably will. I want to create something for people to put in their Bibles as well to remember to be praying for our ministry. But right now, I got the hook up with a friend who is printing these for me at cost, so I don’t want to do too much. You know. I’ll only be able to afford so many Starbucks gift cards for payment.
Prayer Card 1:
Prayer Card 2:
I’m still tweaking these of course. And, yes I’ll have my real phone number in these. I’d rather the interwebs didn’t have access to that. 😉 Sorry guys.
And I got to play around a little after realizing I didn’t need to create a back to these if there was going to be a magnet for a back. 😉
So, the Lord has been doing amazing, AMAZING things in our campus ministry. We’ve grown so much these past three and a half years. We started out with 30 students (max) and now we have around 300 students. It’s crazy. It’s grown ten times as large as it originally was in three years. That’s outrageous.
This weekend was our women’s retreat. 107 students went to a lodge in Horn Lake to fellowship, learn, be refreshed and worship. It was awesome. Our speaker, Jill, was precious. I loved hearing her heart for serving the Lord and surrendering her life entirely to God. She’s been all over the world sharing the simple yet powerful message of the cross. She’s so in love with God that it is highly contagious. I loved getting to know her and hear her speak. Here’s a few of the main points of her talks:
We are lovely.
If we are redeemed by the blood of the lamb, there is nothing that God will hold against us because He won’t hold anything against God.
We are too prized for Jesus to have gotten off the cross.
He values us.
“I belong to my lover and His desire is for me”
Anyways, that part of the retreat was so great. I feel so honored to have been able to attend to get to know so many lovely ladies. I’m so glad I went.
The last night we had such a sweet and precious time washing each other’s feet. I’ve seen this done once before at Lizzy and Jon’s wedding, but I’d never seen it done before that. I still don’t know that I fully understand the whole meaning of it, but it was just sweet to see how God used that to restore and redeem so many relationships within our group. It makes me think of how Jesus coming to serve (and not be served) is why our relationship with God is able to be restored. Because He came to die for us, to serve our deepest need, we can have a relationship with God. Footwashing is just such a beautiful picture of Jesus to me. He died for me and you. And trust me. He’d do it all over again just so that you could know Him.
Anyways, I have so much homework to do. I’m in way over my head haha. I hope you all have a beautiful, blessed week. I pray that those who are reading this will experience God in a personal way and have a real relationship with Him through Jesus. I can’t imagine what my life would look like if it weren’t for the power and mercy of Jesus. So, I just pray that you know Him and know that you are loved by Him.
I’ve kept mum (from this blog at least) about this for a while now. Okay, it’s only been about three weeks. But that’s a long time to keep a secret when you keep a blog (which is basically publicizing your secrets).
So, here’s my big announcement. Ahem. Me me me me me meeeee.
Ladies and Gentlemen, children of all ages.
I, Mary Smith, have submitted my application to go to Africa for one year in September. I won’t know if I got accepted for another few weeks. I should know by Valentines day.
What will I be doing?
I will be on a college campus in Northern Africa sharing the gospel. At this college there are 60,000 students. They come from all over the western part of Africa. Only 30% of women are literate and 50% of men. I know that we’ll be in an English group for the students who want to practice their conversational English I’m not sure about what else we’ll be doing while we are there. I’ve seen some pictures of other people who have gone and they worked with children, so there might be some of that. 🙂 I hope so!
Anyways, I’m trying to not get too excited because it’s not guaranteed that I’m going. I haven’t gotten accepted. And even if I do get accepted, the Lord might shut the door. I really, really hope I get to go in September.
Anywho, that’s all the news that I’ve got. Hopefully in two weeks I’ll have amazing news for you. We’ll see! 🙂
I forgot to mention, this past weekend two of my friends from the Daytona Beach Summer Project came to visit. Stephanie is on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ at Clemson. She’s super sweet. She was my discipler this summer. Tessa is a senior at Clemson. She was my bedmate for half of the summer and was on the leadership team with me. 🙂 I love them both DEARLY! 🙂
Here’s some pictures we took up at Sunset Rock. It was beautiful.
So, I remembered why I wanted to update my blog frequently. I wanted to make posts daily so that my posts won’t be so long! I know reading stuff online for long periods of time gets boring, but today’s post is GREAT. So, please stick it out.
Thursday night at our CRU weekly meeting one of the campus directors came up to the front to talk about Tyson. He talked about his involvement with CRU, the accident, and how God has been healing him. We all prayed for Tyson and then sang a ton of worship song about God’s healing powers. It was a really, really overwhelming, powerful night. I felt the presence of God so much. I know everyone in that room was opened up to God’s faithfulness and love. It was super cool to see God pull His body together like that.
Friday afternoon I went to Bonnie’s house just to hang out. About an hour after being there, she gets this call from Tyson’s girlfriend Jenna. Jenna says, “Tyson’s mom walked into his room this morning and Tyson said, ‘Hi Mom.'” That’s not unusual because Tyson has started saying people’s names but normally people had to ask him questions for him to speak. Tyson didn’t just stop though with “Hi mom.” He continued talking. He was asking questions about where he was, what was wrong with him, he got all these scars, what happened, and my favorite question was, “Am I missing school?” Thursday night Tyson could only say names. Friday morning he is asking questions! REALLY!? Is this real? Yep. There’s no way I can ever deny the existence of God. This alone is proof that there is a God who hears and heals. Amazing. Here’s a picture!!!! 🙂
I was talking to Bonnie the other day about people expecting God to show Himself or perform miracles before they’ll believe. The truth of the matter is, He does perform miracles everyday. He’s doing them now. We, the human race, tend to give credit for His work to others. We could say that Tyson is just a strong fighter, the doctors are just really good at what they do. So often, our eyes see what’s fleeting, and we give what’s tangible (and un-eternal) the credit. Our eyes are not seeing what is truly there. Proverbs 20:12 says, “The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both.” Our eyes were created to see Him. We are blind too often. Open your eyes. See Him. See His hand working. (I’m saying this to myself too!) God is too glorious not to notice.
That’s all for now! I have a lot more I could say, but I’ll hold off for your sake! 🙂 I love you whoever you are.