so sorry!
November 15, 2008, 11:27 pm
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O my have I been bad at blogging!

I wish I had a better excuse, other than that the Internet went out for about four days this week.

Let me try and catch you up on some exciting stuff!

1.) Launchpad graduations-amazing! The learners, grew in the Lord, in their leadership, in all ways possible they grew! Including growing close to my heart! I will miss them and am SO proud of them!

2.) Last Hope House- We had a ‘celebration’ party for our lat hope house, crystal, Matt and I made about 90 sugar cookies. Blue, pink and purple icing. 33 gift bags (including, bracelets,puzzles, jacks, and beanie babies!!) I LOVED being with those kids this year! I would do anything just to hug Teboho one more time…

3.) Shannonmas Party-Ms. Shanon Wing has her birthday after the internship is over, so we threw her a HUGE Shannonmas party ( it was our way to have a Christmas party and her birthday all at the same time!) Jody and I worked long and hard (yet super fun!) hours working on making tons (again!) sugar cookies that were stars, santa’s and little angels (or ginger bread women.) We made a shannonmas sign, snowflakes,a Christmas chain, had hot chocolate and whip cream, chips and a cotton ball snowman making station! Yet the very best part of this surprise party was Dave coming in a full Santa costume!! It was amazing!! Thanks Dave!

Sorry to have to give you such a broad over view.

I will be leaving for Cape town early Monday morning, for about ten days. The blogging will continue to be sporadic!



Amazing Grace…How Sweet the Sound
November 2, 2008, 10:28 pm
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The song ‘Amazing Grace’ has been my theme song from Friday night on.

I think no I know that I am still learning more and more about repentance and how amazing God’s grace really is, with everyday that goes by.



God’s grace is intoxicating. It sets me free. It brings me new life.

Thank you LORD, thank you so much! I am literally eternally grateful!

Your grace is enough.

Pee my pants scary!
October 31, 2008, 11:43 pm
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Tonight was one of the most terrifying nights of my life, and also the funniest!

To begin, we all dressed up in costumes (some funny, some scary, and some just down right witty!) and went “trick-or-treating” to two houses (hehehe) To Niel and Alece’s and then one of the girl staff houses. We ‘crashed’ the staff Halloween party and Niel and Alece voted Kaylen (one of the interns here) the best Halloween costume! She got an abundance of ‘American’ candy!

Then the interns left to watch a scary movie. I stopped by my room first, and on my way to the living room I was scared half to death by some other interns hiding in the bushes (I screamed my head off!) and then I made some cute spider sugar cookies.

We then watched a very scary movie. It was the scariest movie I have ever seen in my life! I screamed, jumped, and at one point almost bit Kaylen’s arm. I was a mess from the beginning of the movie to the end. I don’t like scary movies that much. Then we watched a romantic comedy to calm our ( or just me) selves down.

All in all it was a wonderful night. Just a tad bit scary.

Happy harvest day!

Show me the money!
October 30, 2008, 9:28 am
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One thing about being with a ministry that gets all of its financial support through donations, you need money a lot.

With the economy in America as it is, it has a huge impact on the ministry here.

Currently the ministry is struggling because of supporters have to stop, or cut back, since the economy has gone down so dramatically.

Through all of this though, Niel (the Founder of Thrive Africa) said a phrase a little while back that has stuck with me in my prayers-‘This week is going to be the million dollar week’

I love that phrase and pray it often, because if we ask little, we will receive little, but if we ask much we will receive much! Praise the Lord for ALWAYS providing! (I love Him!)

October 29, 2008, 8:58 pm
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In the class that Alece teaches, Intro to World Missions, we are doing a project on studying different religions.

My fellow intern Marc and I has Orthodox Jews and Hinduism. In Hinduism on of the ways to move up in the caste system is by practicing yoga, so I decided to try yoga!

One of the staff members here had a yoga video for beginners (perfect!) So I started it on Sunday. Since Sunday, my yoga group has grown from one member to about five.

I also started to really like yoga! This yoga is faster pace, and helps develop your muscles while making you much more flexible! After tomorrow morning I will have done yoga 6 times since Sunday!

My favorite part of it is when the instructor says “keep your supporting leg stable and lift your flying leg, up into the air.”

Now go into down ward facing dog position, breath and relax.

Pampered chef?
October 25, 2008, 8:28 pm
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Tonight, I really wanted some relaxation time.

So I decided to give myself a facial, since I don’t have any facial mix or gook, I made my own.

I also decided to exfoliate my feet, since it is the time for flip-flops.

The recipe I used to make my own facial was

1.) 1 Tbs. Honey

2.) 1 whole ripe banana

3.) A few drops of orange or lemon

4.) Oatmeal

After I made this yummy concoction, I went to my room made a low bubble bath for my feet and spread some fruit on my face!

My face looked like a baby barfed on it. My bath salts that I got from the safari hotel (free!) we went to earlier in the year, turned my bath green.

All in all though my face feels great, and my feet look and smell so nice!

It was a wonderful relaxing evening!!

Adieu, Adios, Bye-Bye, Cheerio, Ciao, Godspeed and Goodbye
October 24, 2008, 7:15 pm
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This week has been a week of goodbye’s

Starting on Monday, I had the realization that I had to end a wonderful friendship. The friendship ended on Wednesday.

Thursday evening all of the interns and staff said goodbye to Rebecca, who is on staff here at Thrive Africa and left a little earlier to go back to the states to do some fund-raising.

Friday afternoon all of the interns said goodbye to Anna and Jeanett, who are on kitchen staff. They prepare almost all of our meals and we see them about nine times a week on average. I will miss them a lot.

This week has been a little taste of what it will be like in a month when we all have to say goodbye to each other. I am not looking forward to that, though I am looking forward to what lies next for after this internship.