Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dalton, Georgia

Georgia is absolutely beautiful right now! The leaves are falling and changing like a normal fall season, whereas in Arizona I'm use to... dirt. 

Ashlan helped me pack the night before I left. I greatly appreciated all her help that night :)
My flight the next day had a stop in Chicago 

This is what it looks like incase you were wondering.

When I finally arrived in Atlanta and my friend Katie picked me up from the airport! She was kind enough to drive me all the way to Dalton (which is about a 4 hour total trip) It was so good to see her! Hopefully I will be able to again before I leave!

When I pulled up to my host home it was a farm! It's owned by my host parents who use to own over 100 llamas, but a few years ago they sold all of them.

I took this at the top of their hill. Apparently, if you get there for the sunrise you can see it come over the mountains. I obviously never did that, but if I had a day off I would!  

My host parents home!

They own a couple donkeys... no big deal. 

This is a barn on their property where they hold weddings.

My host mom has a beautiful rose garden!

My host mom, Nanette, loves her dog! 

And my host dad, Joe, reminded me of my dad when he pulled out his big camera! Except he was shooting with a Canon... I know dad, i know, Nikon is "the best" type of camera to shoot with!

Host parents and their host children!

My friend Andrea! We got hot apple cider from the apple farm!

Petting Zoo!

Team picture at the Christmas party!

This is my friend Cameron! He's from Ethiopia :)

This is my good friend Trysta! She understands me :) 

Now we're more than halfway into the summit and on Sunday, our minister, Steve, spoke about salvation. I'm glad to report that a large number of the church went into the prayer room when he was done and about fifteen people made a decision to be in a relationship with Jesus. 
Even more have since then and we are so excited about all that God has done here at Grove Level Baptist Church!
As we continue to minister to the children, teens, and adults here please pray that what God is doing in the church will make long lasting differences and that once we are gone that their lives wouldn't return to the way it use to be before we arrived.  

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Sweet Home Arizona

If you haven't heard, I am currently back home for a few days! I've really missed my family and I'm so glad i get to be home to help plan my best friend's wedding! The wedding is on the 22nd of December and i'll get to watch two of my very good friends finally be wed. I absolutely take credit for introducing them three years ago and now i get to be in their wedding.

Since the soon to be bride has to learn how to cook some meals, my mother decided it would be great for her to know how to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving. So last night, on Halloween, we had a small Thanksgiving meal prepared by the future Mrs. Greenfield! 

She did a fantastic job! It all tasted amazing and we'll be eating turkey for days. 
(considering that's what happens after thanksgiving)

Tomorrow will be my last day at home, and since it is officially the holiday season we will be decorating the house for Christmas. Then, very early on Saturday morning I will fly out to Georgia to be with my team on our fourth Summit of the year! The last summit was is Huntsville, Alabama and had some very cool history. They celebrated the buildings' 113th years of existence and the church was excited to have Life Action, for a second time! Life Action was at the church in 1988 when my parents traveled. Meaning, when I realized what they were saying I was sitting in the very same pews my mom and dad once did. Then, it got even crazier when I found out that my mom's old host parents still went to the church and I got to meet them! 

Twenty-four years later, and they still go to the same church, how many people can say that?

My host mom was also super great! Her name is Suzanne :) 
Maybe twenty-four years from now my kid will get to meet her! 

Anyways, since I've been home God has helped grow me as an older sister and a little sister. The older we get, the more we learn about each other, and without God's help I would never get to know how amazing my brother and sister are! I love them so much :) 

And last but not least, I would never have been able to get home without the permission from my leadership but also from the help of my parents. I love them both so much and am so grateful I got to spend some time with them, I can't wait till it's Christmas break so I can be home again! But for now, my team needs me!