JP 2017 Update - Day 42
Hello friends! (stay tuned for information about my baptism and membership)
I am finishing out my time at JP on Sunday, meaning I have 5 more days of serving in this ministry. It's very bittersweet for me. I have come to love my days with each weeks staff, the new campers, my morning conversations with Melissa and Kristy, and playing the Jammies song right before bed. At the same time, I terribly miss my family, my friends, my coworkers, and my church. I think my body is starting to take the toll too. Last night, I didn't sleep too well and I really just miss everything about going home and relaxing.
One of our homeowners, Mr. Richard Unger, we helped him get an aluminum wheelchair ramp. His entire story is so amazing and beautiful, at the end of everything, he ends with a comment about how God isn't done with him yet or he is only here by the grace of God. It was so refreshing to have a homeowner who credited his existence and purpose to serving our Lord. I spent 2 hours at his home today talking with him and his wife. They were so sweet and welcoming. They definitely remind me of David and me. Mr. Unger never stopped talking and Mrs. Unger just let him talk on and gave a few clarifying details every so often. It made me miss my David all the more.
This week I am working with Jessica Dodson, my friend from elementary school. She and I haven't gotten a chance to interact in years and I have been looking forward to this week more than anything! Unfortunately, she is busy working as an ACD and I am busy with client closeouts and last minute Todd errands; so our conversations only cross every so often. She is, however, doing devotional tomorrow and I am looking forward to hearing what she is going to speak about. Tomorrow's devotional topic is Love with our primary story focus of Ruth and Naomi.
I'll be working a half day in the morning and then driving to Manassas to visit my little Goober Corbin. He and his mom, Joan, fell down the stairs on Sunday. Corbin is doing great! Joan, however, broke her nose, her arm is in a sling, and has a concussion. All while her husband is away on travel the last few weeks. Jeff is flying in tomorrow morning also and I'll be stopping by to say hi. I wasn't sure exactly when I was going to go back to nannying Corbin, but in light of recent events, I am taking Monday off and getting back in the swing of things with the wonky wild energetic three-year-old I love so much on Tuesday.
I want to ask for some prayers. The last year has been a transitional period for me. I cut back my involvement in various ministries at Grace, I started attending a new church, I have met the love of my life, I gave a sermon, I got this internship; the last few months have been a time of closing chapters and opening new ones. I am very excited for the new plans God has in my life. However, before I left for JP, I said I was not going to come back to working at the FAFC Kid Kare. Meaning, I was going to have Corbin probably one day, school 2 days, and that was my week. Working one day a week with Corbin, while my pay with him is good, it is not good enough to have that as a once a week employment. I ask for your prayers for future employment options. I haven't looked at anything yet, because I am waiting for my internship to finish with JP and I also am waiting to see where the Lord guides me. I would like to work with a church again. I was the youth intern at GUMC for 2 years and enjoyed every second of it! But because I am becoming a member of a different church I am not able to regularly attend and assist their youth any longer, I am no longer going to have that job. King's Cross is only a church plant currently and they have a budding youth program right now that I am hoping to get involved with, but nothing very solidified (especially nothing where I could find a job or internship with). So please pray for God's guidance in my job hunt next week.
This is the important part!!! My baptism and membership date is August 13th, 2017 at 10:15 am. King's Cross is in Ashburn at Stone Bridge High School. I would love for any and all of you to attend! I am so thankful that this day is fast approaching. Over the last few months, I have been anxiously awaiting to hear an official date and this is it! August 13th at 10:15. Mark your calendars and invite anyone you think would be interested in coming.
Thank you for all of your love, support, and prayers. I love you all!