Heading Out!

We are leaving the church in 6 hours to head to the airport (at 2am). We're excited and exhausted. Trying to fit all of our stuff and VBS stuff in our suitcases without going over weight. Finding out my problem is that my bag is just heavy by it's self! My personal things only took up half of my bag, which left tons of room to pack supplies for the mission trip.

We finished 2 full days of training for the mission trip. We have a great group of students and adults going to Belize. Today was awesome. God has already started answering our prayers for the trip and people are starting to mesh. I can't even imagine how close everyone will be by the end of this. First thing this morning everyone shared their testimonies for practice while we're in the mission field. It was awesome hearing everyone's story. I loved it!

I'm trying to make this quick 'cause I'd really like to get some good sleep before we leave. Please pray for us without ceasing while we are gone. God has really timed this trip at an incredible time. It's been about a month since the pastor passed away from the church we will be working with. Pray for Kevin and Robin, the leaders who are taking us to Belize. Every time they have gone down Pastor Dyer has greeted them and been with them on their trips, this will be their first without this.

Pray for my patience and wisdom and to learn how to use the grace of God. I have found out in the last couple of days from watching Tim and Kevin that I hardly follow God's example of grace, and I would really like to. I think along with that will come the patience and wisdom.

Pray for health with everyone. We're all going to a new place and will eat new food, and stomach problems are bound to happen, but if we can stop it at that it'd be awesome.
Pray for the people in Belize. For the children and adults that we will be meeting. That their eyes and ears will be open to hear about Jesus Christ and that their hearts will be open to accept Christ as their savior.

We are so excited and can't wait to see how God is going to use us, stretch us, and teach us new things. Tim will be updating our youth group website about the trip hopefully every day if we can get on the internet. And hopefully pictures will be posted too. So make sure you check it out (every day!)! :)

Alexandria Youth Group

Happy Father's Day!

You have been such a wonderful man in my life. You were always loving and caring. You never stopped teaching me even when I didn't want to listen. It took a while for things to sink in, but you were patient and waited for me to learn my lessons in my own time. You were my prayer warrior (along with Mom) while I was away on mission trips, and you stood by my side without question when I was following God's will. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for telling me I am beautiful. Thank you for being my Dad.
I love you!

Getting Ready

Wow it has been a while since I have written. Pretty much all of this time has been spent getting ready for Belize. There are a lot of details that go into making this mission trip work that I didn't realize. Tim has been working on details for a few months now, and I just started a couple weeks ago. All but a handful of our supplies are in. We are having balloon pumps ordered tomorrow that should get in by Wednesday. I just finished the VBS curriculum that we will be using. I took it from the children's ministry curriculum the church has used and tweaked it to fit our trip.

Yesterday I woke up with a sore throat that didn't go away all day long and turned into something that felt like the flu almost. I was achy all over and felt really weak. Tim preached this morning for Graduation Sunday! I am so proud of him. God did an amazing job through him. I was bummed that I wasn't feeling well because I was wanting to go in early with him and stay through all the services, but I had to get home to rest. I did go in early to get copies of the VBS curriculum ready to be handed out at the Belize meeting, but then skipped out on the meeting so I could support Tim's preaching and be there for him.

My day has been pretty uneventful. Tim came home for lunch, we watched some TV, then I took a nap, which I just woke up from at 5:30. I could probably keep on sleeping, but I want to be able to sleep through the night. All I want is to be healthy. Wednesday I am babysitting a friend's 2 month old which I am really excited about. Hopefully I will be all better in the morning, otherwise I'll have to cancel on her so I don't take any chances getting her baby sick. It'd also be helpful to be healthy before we leave for Belize!