Saturday, July 11, 2015

Waray Teams picture

Most of the Waray team members saying good-bye to midsummer last week! We cannot believe we only have 3 weeks left. Thank you for your prayers and please continue to pray for us as we finish up the summer in new villages!

Buka Puasa

Selemat Pagi!

Recently we have been able to break fast with friends pretty often. This means that when it is about 6pm people who have been fasting all day will line up at the local food markets and buy food. These foods can range from chicken satay, freshly caught fish, squid, seaweed, rice on a banana leaf, all kinds of fried breads, even fried bananas!

After food is bought, people will go out to a place near the water or find an empty table in the market to sit at and just wait until it is about time to begin drinking and eating for these people for the first time in that day. 

For us, we have been able to meet friends that we have made at about this time to join them in eating and breaking fast. During these times, we have been able to share the Story, talk about the Father, and even lift up these people while we are together. We have found this to be a great time to just talk and sit and learn about our new friends as we share with them also.

Just the other day we were able to meet some local university students while we were out during the day. That same night, we were able to go out and break fast with them. We were able to talk with them a lot, as they were excited to practice their English with us! We got to share with them the Story. This was the first time they had heard. They were all interested to learn more. We were so happy to get to spend time with these new friends.

Please lift up these university students as well as all of the other friends we have made that we are getting to break fast with. 

He is Worthy!
 -Courtney

Family Reunion with pictures!


This past week was our midway mark for this summer. July 1-3 we were blessed to have a midsummer break. All the teams were able to meet up and rest and fellowship with each other. It was a great few days and I’m not going to lie... the air conditioning was a huge plus.  It really did feel like the family all getting back together again.

We started the trip off in style by renting our own jeepney and pilling everyone up on top. Lets just say we turned heads.

It was after two hours and some really windblown hairdos that we arrived at our hotel in Borongon. It was a glorious place. Beds, air conditioning, showers, toilets! Pure paradise to our tired bodies and we even got a pool. I can promise you right now that each and everyone of us will come home and never take for granted the comforts we enjoy that we used to not even give a second thought to. Some of us may even freak out over water left running so forgive us if we come back a little OCD. Those three days were a much needed rejuvenation period and just getting to have everyone together in one place to hang out and tell stories was a blessing.

On the second day that we went out to a small island close by and spent the day exploring the beaches, caves, and cliff diving into the bluest water you’ve ever seen filled with tropical fish and colorful coral reefs.


At night we met together and covered each team in prayer for the coming month and gave thanks for the individual growth in each of us as well as the safety of each team. We sat down together and went through each team and talked about both our ups and downs, our favorite moments and how God has grown each of us and what He's shown us. I know that personally God has moved in a big way in my life and matured me in ways I never even knew I needed. We have all benefited and learned from this experience and we still get another month to see God do even more!






With our supervisors, Kuya Carl & Ate Suzie Miller



Some of our incredible national team members













The Nations Tour Downtown Nashville

Recently in Nashville we took about 30 newly arrived refugees to the downtown public library. We had families from Syria, Burma, the Congo, and Cuba... so many languages and cultures! We picked them up at their apartments and taught them how to use the bus system. Unfortunately, not many of them spoke English... having just arrived to the States a few days ago. So, I spent the bus ride covering them in prayer. I can't imagine the stress and culture shock they must be experiencing. How overwhelming everything must seem to them! I asked the Lord to help me share the love of the Gospel though my smiles and encouraging gestures. On the way back to our apartments, we realized (a little too late) that we had gotten on the wrong bus! Our refugee friends were very understanding and forgiving, saying 'It is good. It is ok. No problem."

Pray for these newly arrived families... that they would feel safe and cared for during their first few weeks in America. 

Pray that our team would continually reach out to them and love on them with the truth of the Gospel. 

An Urgent Need

In a city with over 3 million people, it is easy to be overwhelmed at the work needed here to spread the Gospel. Even more there are language, legal, and religious barriers that have taken a stronghold in this city and the country. The good news is that the impossible does not rest on our abilities to reach the people but on God's promises:  to reach every tribe, tongue, and nation. Without God, the task would be impossible. And He even chooses to do the impossible through ordinary people like me. The overwhelming task has helped me see more urgently the need for the Lord of the harvest to send out more laborers (Matt. 9:37). Because God makes Himself known through His people telling about Him, my prayer for God to take His people to the ends of the earth continues to grow more urgent. And not simply for short-term work, but for long time workers who will go out of their way to learn the language and look for opportunities to love the people and clearly communicate the gospel to a lost and dying world.

-Caleb

Please pray that we could share the gospel with urgency and the Lord would be working in the hearts of the people in this city. 

The Light

Last night, I walked outside to see the most beautiful starry night sky I have ever seen in my life. While looking at the sky, I was amazed at how much light a sky full of stars can bring to the darkness of the night. I was reminded of Gen. 22:17, "...I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven..." 

Paul writes in Galatians 3:7 "Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham." We are those of faith. We are the children of Abraham. We have faith in the God who created each of the stars. We are more numerous than the stars of the night. We bring light in the middle of the dark night. We have the light of the gospel wherever we go. We can dispel the darkness by sharing the story about a gracious Father that loves us. 

Pray that we will finish strong and not hesitate to share the gospel wherever we go. 
Pray that we will shone the light of the gospel in the place that has been our home for almost two months. 

We have grown to not just get by but to adapt and live life here in the Philippines. We are nearing the end and feel as though there is still too much darkness remaining for our work to be finishing. I personally have begun to see how much I have grown since I first arrived, I have become patient instead of stubborn. I persevere with joy now instead of whining. I don't just know now that I can lean on the Lord t get me through the tough times. I believe that I can. The Lord will continue t work here after we leave. People's lives have been and will be changed by the light that our team has brought to our villages. 

Pray that the harvest will continue long after we leave.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Patience is a Virtue

We have been in Thailand for a month now, and have really become close with the people, culture, and about a million friendly ants. God has been faithful and has answered our prayers. Our prayers that we would find people that could speak English well enough that we could share the gospel with.

Last Thursday we had a day off from school and we decided to split up; one of us felt called to go to a fair that was going on and the other two felt like we should explore. When we met back up at the house in the evening we had both explained that we had shared the gospel with people. At the fair it was an English teacher we had at a school we help at. The exploring team met two guys outside the "Monkey Park". One was Buddhist, the other was Muslim.

We praise God that He gave us an opportunity to share the Gospel with those who had not heard it. God has humbled us and has shown us that we should be patiently obedient. He has shown us that He has a plan for this region and that if we stay obedient to him people will hear his good news. Praise God for everything he has done and will do!
Our friends from the monkey park

Please Pray:
  • For those we share with this week... that the Lord will continue to speak to their hearts
  • Our friend we are preparing to share the Gospel with this week
  • That we would find more English speakers
  • That we would be continually strengthened and encouraged

Missionary MMA

I have a new hobby: wrestling. I've had lots of practice this summer. I might even consider myself a professional. Hey, maybe I have a future in the women's MMA after I return to the States? I had not tried it much before coming to the Philippines, but people here love to wrestle. Many people invite us into their homes not realizing that a wrestling match is coming, but many times, that is the outcome. My team has won many matches this summer, and we are all becoming more comfortable with the idea. I hope the rest of my team will leave the Philippines much stronger after a summer of wrestling, because I know I will.

Okay, we aren't actually physically wrestling, but we are definitely spiritually wrestling. Before I go any further, I would like to say that my team has not won any matches by ourselves-those victories are only credited to the Holy Spirit for working in the lives of many people that were hungry and yearning for the truth. Wow, have we had some good long and hard fights! There is nothing more energizing than hearing someone say that their works will forgive them of their sins, and then after a long, hard match hearing them say that they only need faith in Jesus Christ. With no tools other than the armor of God, especially the belt of truth, we walk in to every match confident and expectant to see the Holy Spirit work in their lives. Have we won every match? No, but we presented them with the truth and that's all we can do; it's not our job to persuade them. We trust the Holy Spirit will do that in the right time.

We are simply obeying 1 Peter 3:15 which says, "But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.

I don't know what I thought this summer was going to be like. I guess I thought it was going to be all sunshine and roses and people were just going to accept what the Bible said. I was wrong. It's definitely a process for someone to accept that they only need faith in Jesus when they have been deceived their whole lives and told that they must pray certain prayers and must do good works. But WOW, the look on their faces when they truly understand. There's no greater feeling than to hear them denounce their old belief and say "pananampalataya"- FAITH!

To God be the glory!

A little faith goes a long way

Last week, I was getting discouraged that we haven't had as much success as the past teams. I'd also heard how our team was doing so much work yet seeing so little product. We went to a beach last Wednesday, and after getting my fill of swimming, I climbed a small cliff that overlooked the beach. While I sat on this little cliff watching my team enjoy the beach and laugh together, I looked out over the ocean. In my view was a countless number of waves and the next island over from us. I could clearly hear the waves, which is unusual because I have hearing problems. 

While I was listening to the waves, I was reminded that just as each wave crashes into the rocky cliff that I was on... that the mercy of our Father is washed over me more than that. We serve a God who is merciful. He is mighty. He can do all things. I sat there for a little and a song began to come to mind, so I sang. "Give me faith to trust what You say. That You're good, and Your love is great. I'm broken inside, I give You my life....I may be weak, but your Spirit's strong in me. My flesh may fail, but my God You never will." 

As this song played through my mind and came across my lips, I was shown how little faith I have. I looked at the mountains across from me and remembered the passage about faith the size of a mustard seed being able to move mountains. I have been shown time and time again, yet I did not even have faith that He would would bring the harvest of people we have shared with. I made that song my thought for the day. I repeated it in my mind over and over. Patience. Perseverance. Faith. 

These are gifts the Lord bestows upon us so that we may follow Him into the dark places, into the places were the light of the gospel has not yet reached. 
Have I really given my life to even though I'm broken?
 Is this summer a glimpse of what that looks like?
Do I trust what the Lord says?
Will I follow him into the hard places?
I may not have the answers to all of my questions, but I do have faith in the God of all creation that does have the answer to any question that I may have. 
  • Pray that our team would have continued patience and perseverance. 
  • Pray that our faith would grow to an immeasurable size.
  • Pray that we would trust what He say, and that we would give Him our broken lives for the sake of the gospel.

First Fourth: Two Worlds-One Family

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience the Fourth of July for the first time? Here in Nashville, "First Fourths" are very common. New refugees arrive each week. Three weeks ago, a Muslim family arrived from a camp in Rwanda. I (Hannah) have learned to follow where God draws my heart, and this family definitely pulled me. The family consists of two boys, A (20) and S (16), and three girls, F (19), S1 (15), and S2 (9), and their mother M. Their father remains in Africa.

Since my family lives close to Nashville, they decided to join me for July 4th. I wanted to introduce them to the Rwandan family, and after sharing a meal together, it was decided that we would all go to downtown Nashville for fireworks. I wondered if it was the right decision. After all, the crowds might overwhelm them, they dressed differently, and M had said that fireworks reminded her of gunshots.

Within the first hour, my worries evaporated. The two families (mine and the new Americans) could not have been more different, but we all walked together, dancing to the blaring country music and sharing the occasional hug or high five. Although the rain completely snuffed out the fireworks, it will forever be the most memorable Fourth of July. F told me she was so glad to spend her First Fourth with me and that she never wants to forget it. God blessed me incredibly by allowing my family to meet and connect with people I a ministering to. The relationships that were formed between us all that night will remain for years to come. Isn't God amazing?!?

-Hannah

Please pray that our team will have opportunities to share Jesus' love with this beautiful family. 
Pray that He will provide a way for their father to join them in America. 
 Dinner cooked by the talented F!

 A's First Fourth!
 Shaylyn, my apartment roommate, joined us!


God bless!

Two choices.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. -Proverbs 3:5

Throughout every moment of each day, I'm faced with two choices:  1) Trust in God's way or  2) trust in my own understanding.

This  verse reminds me to trust in the Bible over my own thoughts. There have been many opportunities to share & make friends with people who come to the center. Sometimes I get impatient with a person's slow reaction to the gospel. Other times I get frustrated because I share my heart with someone, and then he rejects what I say. I find encouragement that God forgives me of my impatience & my misplaced hope (1 John 1:9). I also find relief from 1 Peter 1:21 which says "... your faith & hope are in God," not people's reactions.

Please pray for endurance, rest in the Lord, and for our team to place our faith & hope in God. 

-Samuel

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Follow the Arrow

Romans 5:20 says that "grace abounded all the more..."  this week I have seen his grace pour out onto my team and the people of Masalong Salong.

This week our team went to a new location in the Philippines. We are now in a barangay  (village) that is a coastal region of Bicol. We are living in very tight quarters, and this week has presented several new challenges. But the Lord has taught us that even in the discomfort of our new 10' x 10' house, the adventure of seeking after His will is what brings us closer to Him. 

I never thought that I would find myself at a literal crossroad in life where I would be solely relying on the Spirit to direct me. I certainly never thought that such a crossroad would appear in the middle of a jungle with one path leading up a mountain and another path leading across a river.

Team member Rachael
This past Monday was an adventure like no other. After a discouraging week of no Bible studies we decided to "go where no one had gone" to share the gospel. That afternoon we set out with a very simple plan, we would stop by the houses of the people that we had met and ask if they would like to study the Bible.  If they were still uninterested we would hike to the mountain in search of those who were. 

On the way we met a man and sat to chat for a little while. We took his blood pressure, and shared with Him the story of Jesus. As we shared the gospel with him, with kind smiling eyes he nodded as we began to talk about God's grace. He was a fellow brother in Christ who was placed in our path to give us direction for our journey to the mountain. He said that there was one house about an hours hike away. With gentle warning he told us that it would not be easy to find. He would have been right if we did not have the Spirit to guide us. 

We came to a river and awkwardly clambered across. There we met some locals who shook their heads and said that there were no houses on the mountain. We went on anyway. In the words of Kuya Nonoy, "We are not looking for houses." We were on an ordained search for lost souls. 

As we went on our way we came to a resting point and Kuya Nonoy noticed some water buffalo, which are called caribou here. As we came upon them we met a man who directed us 1km up the mountain. He said there were people there. He sincerely wished us a good trip, and we bid him "Magadang Hapon" (good afternoon). Yet again, at a literal T in the road God placed an individual in our path with a smiling face to lead us. 

The path grew narrow and the trees became increasingly dense. As our hike approached an hour we came to a split in the trail. Rachael was in front and turned back to ask the team which direction to go. We grinned and said, "Let's follow the arrow..." Sure enough, nailed to a tree in the middle of the jungle was a wooden sign pointing to the left. 

We walked on and only a few moments later came upon a clearing where we spotted what we immediately knew we were looking for! We stopped briefly to pray and hesitantly walked towards the two sided house. There were two women there. One woman named Nanay Charita was paralyzed due to a stroke she had recently had. They invited us in. 

With confused looks they asked what we were doing, and we explained that we had come to help with medical needs and teach about the Bible. We took her blood pressure and it was alarmingly high. We prayed for her, and I presented the gospel to her and her daughter. When I asked if they would like to pray to accept Jesus as their Savior they nodded their heads in unison. 

On that mountain side, with mosquitoes buzzing around us, those two women bowed their heads and prayed in Tagolog to ask Jesus to be their Lord and Savior. He is El Shaddi, the Lord God Almighty. There is no mountain too high, or river too wide to stop His gospel from reaching the ends of the earth.

Please pray for the people in our current barangay.
Please pray for Nanay Charita and her health. 
Pray that the Lord would be glorified in our last two weeks of ministry here in the Philippines.

-Cloe

Bushman Pics



Pray for the Bushman teams:
*Perserverance in difficult living circumstances
*Discipline in daily living

Coffee Shop Friends

We've had an opportunity to help out an English center! We have only been one time so far, but are hoping to get to go several more times. All of the students were so friendly and eager to get to know us. I learned two not so deep things from this experience: 
  1. If they ask you if you like to sing and you say yes, then they are going to ask you to sing karaoke, and
  2. If you honestly answer the "do you have boyfriend" question, then people will offer their brother who "loves tall girls" to you.  A boy might also dedicate a song to you and proceed to sing "She Will be Loved" by Maroon 5. There is truly never a dull moment here! 

Also, last week, we hung out at our friend's coffee shop even more than usual because it was extra hot outside and we did not have plans with any friends. We usually go during a slow time for business which has provided us with a chance to become friends with the workers. We have gotten to share several stories with them as well!  

Please think about these coffee shop friends... that they will begin to ask more questions. 



As always, thank you so much for your thoughts for us and the people we are working with. Dad is so good and so worth it! 

Camp Wings

Giggles filled the air, erupting from joyful faces. What actually caused this laughter, we had no idea. Nikki, MaryRuth and I (Hannah) had the privilege of going to a farmhouse with 10 Burmese Refugee girls. Though most of them spoke English, they preferred to speak to each other in Quran. However, we were never annoyed. It was rewarding to see these girls who had been through so much laughing, smiling, and teasing each other.

During small group time, we split up into our groups to teach about Ruth. I had grown up hearing Ruth's story, but it was completely new to the girls. They were overjoyed when Ruth finally married Boaz and were amazed by her kindness and dedication to Naomi. One girl told me she wishes she could be just like Ruth. By the grace of God, I pray that she will be!

Throughout the two days, we took the girls fishing (for their first time!), picked blackberries, went on a hike, and made s'mores. Although no professions of faith were made, plenty of questions were asked, and I pray that their precious hearts will be drawn to their Creator and One True Love.

Please pray that the girls will realize their need for Christ, that they will continue to be filled with joy, and that they may, in fact, become women like Ruth.



Lessons Learned

God has worked in so many ways within the past four weeks. He has continued to open doors and provided a way when it looks like there may not be one. We have had our ups and downs, but God has remained faithful. God has taught us so much individually and as a team.
  • We have learned the definition of missions. That in our every day lives we are on a mission to share the Word of God. We serve a missional God and His Word is a missional Word. Missions is not always a foreign country with people we don’t know; it is in our neighborhoods, schools, and workplace. 
  • We have learned that evangelistical job of being a believer. We are meant to share, to always share, and to never stop sharing. The life of Christian cant be separated from evangelism. 
  • We have learned that we serve a patient God and through that we have to be patient. Patient to see God work and to see His plan. 
  • Lastly, we have learned to trust. To trust in God and all that He does.
God has worked in mighty ways and continues to show us how great He is. God is already in Batangas and continues to show how mighty and wonderful He is.

Continue to pray for our team as we finish the second half of our summer in Batangas.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Kari in... Thailand

Just spent a fun past two days with two of our Nehemiah Teams here in Phrae, Thailand! Yesterday I spent time with a team of two girls in a nearby village at the home of their host family having wonderful conversation and enjoying some good Thai food. Today, I got a crazy tour of Phrae City via motorbike with two of our guys... visiting with people, playing badmitten, and sharing the Gospel. 

Pray for these two teams as they develop relationships and make disciples so that missionaries and Thai believers can start a church.

A Song of Praise is Fitting.

"Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting."
Psalm 147:1


A song of praise is fitting.
When it has been a long day, a song of praise is fitting.
When I am not feeling up to go out and love and extend myself, a song of praise is fitting.
When my heart is missing home, a song of praise is fitting.
When I'm irritated, a song of praise is fitting.
When it rains and our plans are changed, a song of praise is fitting.
When I'm happy and full of joy, a song of praise is fitting.
When I make new refugee friends, a song of praise is fitting.
When I get invited into a new home, a song of praise is fitting.
When it is easy to sing and be thankful, a song of praise is fitting.
As I grow to love the city I have been placed in for the summer, a song of praise is fitting.


Oh what encouragement and what a challenge this Psalm brings. It brings my focus back to where it needs to be. No matter how high or how low... God is faithful, and a song of praise is fitting.


This past week, an old Iraqi woman pushed a wheelchair full of laundry by. We will call her Amanda. I smiled and noticed how beautiful she was. As she passed back by later, I offered her a cup of water. She smiled and accepted and sat down beside me. Struggling through language barriers, we made conversation. Next thing I knew, my team and I had spent three hours in her home with she and her mother.


Her mother is old and sweet and speaks no English. She is sick and forced to stay at home. She has eight children still living, but Amanda is the only one close and the only one to take care of her. She is lonely. As we left that evening, Amanda urged us to come back. Her mother kept saying something in Arabic, and Amanda told us she was saying that us being in her home made her feel like a mother again.

What a beautiful friendship we have been given, a song of praise is fitting.
Please pray for us as we continue to grow our friendship and love our new friends.
Pray that our love will be genuine and they would come to know truth.

-Hannah

Learning from others

"A tiny group of believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it before fall into the flames of eternal Hell without ever hearing the salvation story."   -K.P Yohannan 

As I think back on these past couple of weeks, I can't seem to find a word to describe them. My teammate, Adrien, and I have had both spiritual highs and spiritual lows that have challenged our faith. God has been teaching us so much. 

First, He is teaching us that He is truly indescribable. He is not a God that will "fit" into our lives and He is not someone we can even begin to try to define. Our God requires so much more than the words and the thoughts we attempt to give to Him. Yet, by the grace of God, He is approachable. He desires us to have faith in Him, and He desires His people to see that He is life. 

Being in a place with so little knowledge of our Lord, God has given us glimpses of the lack of hope all over the world. Countless men and women are dying without any knowledge of Jesus, and we are held accountable for this tragedy. 

During these past couple of weeks we have been reading short biographies of men and women who have surrendered their lives for the sake of the gospel.  I have been challenged with the idea of the Lord's yoke being light. So many people in the world are suffering for the sake of Jesus. How can the Father allow those who love him to go through such grief and still say that the weight of his yoke is light? 

After struggling with this idea the Lord showed me John 17:20. In this passage Jesus talks about His desire to make us one with him and the Father. He desires to fill us up completely and to give the love and glory to us that God has given to Him. The Lord showed me that when we are stripped of ourselves, we are able to be filled with Christ. This filling is unlike anything in this world. It is true joy and it lasts in all circumstances. When we make ourselves His, we can have peace and rest in our Savior. He is the one who carries our burdens and He is the one worth living for. 

Another thing the Lord has been reminding and teaching us is the power and the importance of prayer. Jesus has instructed us all to pray fervently and faithfully. He has showed us the importance of praying persistently. James 5:18 says that the Elijah prayed "again" and the heavens rained. Before this, Elijah prayed 7 times. As followers of Jesus, to be able to proclaim His message, we are called to pray earnestly. 

Thank you all for the prayer and support. God is working here in Cambodia. 
-Gabrielle

"Enlighten our minds that we may know thee as thou art, so that we may perfectly love thee and worthily praise thee. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." A.W Tozer 

Undeserving Love

Church lock-ins. So many thoughts come to mind, good and bad.

But this past weekend, we had the privilege of joining a local church at their young adults lock-in. I had been a part of several lock-ins in the past with youth at my church, but never one with young adults. It was an experience I will never forget.

Our night was filled with many games, snacking, bible studies, worshiping and praising God, and prayer time.
Our theme was North vs. South Fears, so the idea was that we had people from the Northern hemisphere and people from the Southern hemisphere, and we were gonna see how our fears compared or contrasted.
I did not know what to expect, whether our fears would be different or not, but I knew the evening would not be a waste.

Once we started the Bible study, we all had to write down major fears we had and we shared them in an open group. One girl stood up and listed off a lot of different fears, but stumbled a little in saying her last one, clearly showing this was the fear that is weighing her down the most. She said she fears her dad will die without him knowing that she loves him and then she sat down. Hearing that struck a nerve in me, but I could not quite put a finger on it, because so much has happened in my time here in Zimbabwe that so many other emotions and thoughts flooded my mind.

After enough people shared we broke into groups and I was placed in the same group as this girl and two other girls. We again shared our fears and talked more of them. When the girl stated again that she did not want her dad to die without him knowing she loved him she broke down in tears and I finally remembered why this resonated with me. I too went through a point in life where I struggled to find love for my parents. Without even saying anything, we simply sat there weeping together and praying to God.

After we finished going through the group time I was able to take her aside and hear her story. We had very different situations concerning our parents, but the bottom line was we had both come to a point in our lives where we lost love for others. I was able to share my story and how the only reason I found love for others again was through Christ. I had to really understand His undeserving love he pours out to me. I had to understand what He did for me on the cross. I had to believe in that and let Him change me and my heart. Only by Christ, was I able to find real love to have for  others. We were able to talk a lot more about it, and she was so encouraged to hear someone else having struggled with the same thing before and to hear truth.

I was not prepared going into that lock-in to have my heart broken for someone else's struggle so similar to mine. To have God use such a private and not talked about much part of my life. It showed me that God uses everything in our past to glorify Himself. To draw others to Himself.

Please continue to pray for us. 
-Allie
 
Pray for the girl I met and that she can find love for her father and others. 
Pray that as God continues to show us his undeserving love he has for us, that we can keep pouring it out to others we come in contact with.