Thursday, April 27, 2006

First Impressions

I've arrived at my new home. Kris and Nicole were the smiling faces who greeted me at the Hamilton airport, two others on the program. It will be the three of us until Saturday, when everyone starts to arrive. Picture a small country church on the side of a road converted into a beautiful accomodation building, and this is where I'm staying. The sanctuary now is host to a large common area, with multiple sink-into couches, a long, hand-made dining table, a pool table, air hockey table, and sweet projector system, and this is where I will be spending my evenings chilling with the rest of the team. The basement and upstairs now contain bedrooms and bathrooms, and what used to be the church foyer is now a kitchen. It is quiet and peaceful here, and I can hear the dull roar of lake Erie when out for a walk. The short of it is this: I'm going to enjoy living here. I've met most of the leaders of the program, and they are wonderful people, the few stories that I have heard already of how God has brought this program into being, speaks of his blessing upon the leaders and the vision. This is the Lord's work.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

What in the world is Kat up to now????

Back in January, Mom told me about this incredible summer opportunity that she had read about in the MB Herald. She said I should look into it, so I did, and within two weeks my application and references had been mailed in. I am one of the nine priviledged college students who has been accepted into the Global Shore Student Program. A two part program, I'll begin work on an asparagus farm in Port Burwell, Ontario, on May 1st. Together with the others in the program, we will be employed on the farm for the two months of the asparagus season. The beginning of July, we'll fly down to El Tizate, Guatemala, where the part two of the program will take place; the mission aspect. In Guatemala, we will take part in work projects, and teach English to bless this small community. At the end of the program, each student will receive a scholarship towards their education. It really is an incredible opportunity, and I am honored to be able to take part in it. I will be updating this blog on a regular basis (hopefully), so stayed tuned to hear more about the adventure! I would be grateful for your prayers regarding team unity and safety. Such an experience could potentially have life-changing, heart-changing, mind-changing affects, pray that this potential is met, and that God would have his way in my heart and life. Each student has the responsibility of raising $1000 to be used towards the mission work to take place in Guatemala. 100% of the money goes straight towards the work in Guatemala, and the materials and supplies needed, it is really a neat opportunity to give. If you are interested in supporting this, contact me by email. Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog, and for taking an interest in what God is doing in my life.

In Him, Kat