[photo by ramsey. see more here!]
If you've followed this blog for at least a year (God bless you!), you may know that the WM Staff travels each year to participate in a mission's conference at a church down in Florida. Their GIC (Global Impact Celebration) event brings missionaries together to love on and encourage. But bigger than that is their heart of having their church body get involved in some way with the ministries represented. You know, get off the couch and do something type of deal!
Sadly, me and the kiddos were left in the dust this year (our decision– That algebra, you know!). Which means I don't have the usual postcards to share with you all. But I do have a few scenes Shaun sent my way!
His Colorado roots soak in the sunshine and palm trees of Florida's perfect winter weather!
The trip is usually packed full of meeting together with people, catching up with old friends, and speaking to different groups of people. Adding to the full this year is the elementary school hosting WM as their missionaries. Which means speaking in their chapel service each day!
There's been lots of minute to win it games, classroom checks (to resemble camp cabin checks!), and Hope (a last year's summer staff) sharing her experience! The classes are in competition to raise money for WM! Such an awesome way to involve kids. And help WM! (Our WM FB Group page has more pics and a couple video classroom checks if you're interested!)
Well, I'm off to get my man from the airport and hug his neck!
See you back here tomorrow for the Big Picture Game!!
Imagine a large space, shelves and tables filling the room. Household, personal, food and office items fill those shelves and tables. Now imagine you are told to walk through this large space and fill as many boxes as needed with any amount of the items found in the room. Welcome to the Blessing Mart!
Each missionary, while at the GIC conference, was given the opportunity to *shop* in the Blessing Mart. If you've ever experienced living on extremely limited funds, then you share our excitement over things like shampoo, soap, toilet paper, canned foods, mac and cheese being given to us!! We feel grateful and humbled to receive these goods from those in the church that helped stock up the Blessing Mart!
(Side Note: the pictures above show some of what Whisper Mountain was given through the Blessing Mart. We then bring the goods home and divide among our staff!)
Never doubt the importance of giving a little! We will be clean and fed a while longer(!), thanks to those who gave. If you are one of those givers reading this, we thank you for your generosity. It matters!
04 February 2012
hello to you,
Had a little stormy weather yesterday. Outwardly and inwardly. But alas, today is a new day! Last night as a staff, we enjoyed sharing about God's story as unfolded at, in and through Whisper Mountain! Praying His name was well represented!
In other news…the Key Lime Pie was amazing!
We ladies are looking forward to a day out with all the other lady missionaries (and our men likewise!)
As I was reminded yesterday, if you are in a storm…the wind will move it out. Stay the course!
happy day to you,
02 February 2012
Last night, each missionary at the conference was given a lively, lights flashing, name announcing, aisle walking introduction to the church family! Encouraging, this walk, as they were supported by the hearts of all those who gathered for worship last night. Yes, we walk carrying the jugs of water because we believe God turns the water to wine! May we get out of our safe harbors and risk it all for Jesus! His power moves when we surrender all!
Well, we are enjoying a little bit of a free day today! Resting and a little playing is on some of the agendas!
The WM Crew
02 February 2012
Also wanted to share this moment with you! Laughter is such good medicine! Our family is enjoying the togetherness in this trip!
Soaking it in,