Diary Update

The following is a diary entry edited for blog purposes.

…and so life gets busy and my poor blog is seldom even thought of.

Since the time of my last post, well….that was regarding 2013. Maybe we’d better just skip to this last year. That’s at least a post in and of itself.

In this last year, I have had the blessed opportunity of both going on Mission Experience for the second time and experiencing the joys and struggles of a first-time counselor at Young Disciple Camp. I have moved back home (from Cashmere, WA) to Salem and continued my education at Chemeketa Community College. I have struggled to fit into city life and rejoiced in the faithfulness of my God.

Some highlights?

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On Mission Experience 2015 I met by way of roommate assignments my amazing friend, Leorah. Between all the gals I have met these last few years, I am surely one blessed girl!

Through His amazing grace, God also gave me another promise for my own: When I am weak, then am I strong. O what a beautiful reassurance! What glorious hope!

 

As a counselor at camp, I was again brought to lean fully upon Jesus Christ for neededCounsellor Retreat 225 strength to go on. Being a counselor is exhausting work! But to those who give much, much will be given…I know by experience!

Through late-night talks with friends encouraged to stubbornly believe. Shown once again that it’s okay to be weak–besides, who really is strong?–because it is at our weakest that Almighty God’s glory shines most brightly.

The move back home has been exhausting for me, or perhaps life is just exhausting. I’ve fallen–and risen again–more times than I care to count. Each time He picks me up, each time He dusts me off, each time He fully forgives. For this I am thankful.

I was super excited this Christmas break to be able to attend GYC pre conference and airplaneconference for the first time. Written in my diary during the flight to Louisville, “Don’t ever try to convince me that miracles don’t happen, that dreams don’t come true, or that God doesn’t listen. I sit here 3600 feet above the earth. It’s beautiful up here, you know.
Layers and layers of clouds below bright shining sun, sparkling droplets gracing the extended wings….the earth below is perfect white, a gorgeous picture of purity…and lyrics ringing in my ears, ‘doesn’t matter what you’ve heard, impossible is not a word…I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains, hope that doesn’t ever end even when the sky is falling.’

And in awestruck wonder I again praise God for the miracles He works, for the love He bestows, and for the never-ending gift of Jesus–God’s beloved Son. Oh that my heart would never cease to sing Thy praises!”

I was deeply challenged–and equally blessed by pre conference canvassing. And conference was a multitude of blessings, of which choir ranks top in my mind.

Today I sit on the couch with lost-and-found kitty sleeping next to me. Midterm knowledge swirls in my head. I should probably go and finish studying…or get some sleep considering it’s now past midnight.

 

Keep up the good fight, my friends!

~Samantha

Mission Experience–Retreat

“Come ye yourselves apart…and rest awhile.” Mark 6:31

Once the meetings were completed, our team went on a retreat for a few days to the island of Modessa. (Formerly known as Coco Loco.) It was such a blessing to have some time to just relax and remember all the amazing ways in which God had blessed us over the past few weeks.

I don’t really know what I could say about our retreat that would interest the average person (I could say a whole lot of things that would interest anyone who was there!), but I shall share a few of the pictures that I took…In hopes that they will be more interesting than words. 🙂

Right outside my cabin....

Right outside my cabin….

My "someone else is in the shower and I have nothing else to do" project. :)

My “someone else is in the shower and I have nothing else to do” project. 🙂

So, so beautiful!

So, so beautiful!

A terrifying crab. lol (Not my hand, by the way.)

A terrifying crab. lol (Not my hand, by the way.)

Researching the species of fish spotted while swimming/snorkeling/diving. I went snorkeling once, but decided against repeat attempts. (After filling my lungs with water out over the absolutely gorgeous coral.)

Researching the species of fish spotted while swimming/snorkeling/diving. I went snorkeling once, but decided against repeat attempts. (After filling my lungs with water out over the absolutely gorgeous coral.)

Perfect place for an afternoon nap. ;)

Perfect place for an afternoon nap. 😉

Just about time for breakfast....

Just about time for breakfast….

Most of us did a lot of swimming (myself not included).

Most of us did a lot of swimming (myself not included).

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So that’s a brief pictorial version of a couple days of R&R. 🙂 God blessed us in so many ways during our time in the Philippines. The largest way, for me, being my experience with complete reliance–and perfect resting–upon God. Remember when I wrote about visitations? I couldn’t stop marveling at how God used me to do something I frankly wasn’t even willing to do. But I did it because I had to and God blessed. He gave me a desire to grow…a desire to share. And for that I am eternally grateful!

 

As we left Modessa there was quite a lot of wishing going on. Wishing that it didn’t have to end. Wishing that we could hang out and evangelize with each other for ever and ever…But we had a few more hours for memory making….

 

Headed off to the mall...

Headed off to the mall…

The ONE (and I mean singular one) serious moment of our meal in the Taipei airport. Ellie and I were laughing hysterically over our failed attempts at eating with chopsticks. LOL ;)

The ONE (and I mean singular one) serious moment of our meal in the Taipei airport. Ellie and I were laughing hysterically over our failed attempts at eating with chopsticks. LOL 😉

Who knew toy stores could entertain a group of people 15+? That store, with all it's fascinating legos, was SO MUCH FUN!!!

Who knew toy stores could entertain a group of people 15+?

It looked like so much fun, but the sign said that we were too old. :( lol

It looked like so much fun, but the sign said that we were too old. 😦 lol

The sad goodbyes as the rest of our west coast group flew on to Seattle. I waited another couple hours and then caught my flight home.

The sad goodbyes as the rest of our west coast group flew on to Seattle. I waited another couple hours and then caught my flight home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All too soon it was all over and I had to leave the group in Los Angeles, CA airport on my flight to Medford, OR. It was a super sad goodbye, only slightly helped by the fact that one day we shall all meet again…If not here on earth, then in the courts above.

May we all remain faithful!

Heavenbound!
Samantha

Mission Experience–Journey to Brooke’s Point

So last time I shared a post entitled: Mission Experience–The Pre-Trip Stories. I shared about how I ended up applying to be a Mission Experience participant and how I struggled to trust in God through the fundraising experience. I vaguely mentioned that  God had provided in amazing ways and left it at that. Well, as I was washing dishes after writing that post, I was thinking about those “amazing ways” and decided to just share one short story with you.

I had received an email from YD that pretty much said that I needed to promptly apply for my Philippine visa…They had finally gotten our flight schedule worked out and we didn’t have a whole lot of time to spare. The only problem for me was that I didn’t have any money to spare. (Read: I didn’t have any money at all!) We were asked, if at all possible, to have our visas applied for by Friday.

That Sabbath I went to church still wondering how I was going to pay the $30 fee. I had learned that it did me absolutely no good to worry about it and that God would take care of it, but I still wondered “how?”. As always, God had an answer.

A friend came up to me just before the church service started and handed me a check–for $30. I was so excited! Isn’t God awesome?!

 

So now I get to tell you about our exciting journey to Brooke’s Point, Palawan! 🙂

 

Believe it or not, I got up on Sunday morning about 15 minutes before the time when I was supposed to leave for the airport…that was when my Mom finally decided that if she didn’t get me up–I’d be likely to miss my flight. :/ I jumped out of bed, dressed, made my bed, grabbed a bite (quite literally) to eat, threw my things in the car, and left the house headed for the airport.

We were running late (for obvious reasons), but as we were driving down the road I realized that I’d forgotten my water bottle at home. Thankfully that was the only thing I’d forgotten and we were able to quickly stop by a store and grab a new one.

At the Medford, OR airport, my Mom dropped me off and headed home. I was there alone with only my luggage as company. 🙂 Mom hadn’t been able to park anywhere that she could go in with me and so I was left to figure out how to check in. Kinda funny…as I think about it now I realize that somehow shyness doesn’t matter when you’re in a “great, big” airport and you have no idea what you’re doing!

I didn’t even consider trying to figure that place out on my own! 😉 I wasn’t sure how to check in so I asked a fellow passenger, who thankfully knew more than I did, and managed to get to my gate with time to spare. While waiting I was reading some worthless stories and God prompted my heart “Is this really what you want to share with those you meet during this trip?” The answer was “no” and so I turned my phone off and grabbed a book by Mrs. White to read.

I had been told to meet up with Helen, another ME participant, in Seattle, WA and then go and meet the rest of the team at the Alaska Airlines check-in counter. I safely arrived in Seattle and waited for about an hour before I decided I’d better just go find Mr. Ted–I still hadn’t seen Helen. So I walked all over the place trying to find the Alaska Airlines check-in, and I even had airport security starting to watch me closely. I finally asked someone and was told that I just needed to go up “those stairs”.

I went up the stairs and saw…nothing. Turning around, I saw that there was another set of stairs that I assumed I should climb. Once upstairs I saw about 5, yes FIVE, Alaska Airlines check-in counters!!! Oh, which one do I choose?!?

Those shirts were sure helpful when trying to keep track of each other!

Those shirts were sure helpful when trying to keep track of each other!

Soon I spotted some other people with red ME polos on and ran over to them. It was so good to not be alone anymore! We chatted for a while before we saw Mr. Ted and the other people who drove with him to the airport carrying things into the airport. Now I totally didn’t have to know anything…Mr. Ted already did! 🙂

We spread out the supplies, that needed to be brought, among all those traveling. We each had one YD box or bag and one personal bag to check in. Mr. Ted was able to contact Helen and soon she joined the rest of us. I’m pretty sure we flew from Seattle to San Francisco, CA, to Taipei, Thailand, to Manilla, Philippines, and then to Puerto Princesa, Philippines.

We had a lot of fun together, although I have to say: the trip home was even more fun! But you’ll just have to wait to find out why. 😉

All throughout the trip I was very nervous. You see, I’d only flown once before and had never been outside the United States. Security and customs were the most intimidating part, besides the constant fear that somehow I’d get lost or Mr. Ted would get separated from us. But through the experience I learned an important lesson.

Most of us know that in order to really live a victorious Christian life we must constantly keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, right? Now how do we make that practical? We can’t really see Him…

For just a moment let’s use my airport experience as a parable. I represent a Christian, striving to become more and more like Jesus. Mr. Ted represents Jesus.

Here’s how it’s practical…

To put it simply, I was nearly constantly thinking of Mr. Ted during the whole entire trip. Where was he? Would he be likely staying put? Or heading somewhere else? If he was going somewhere else, where would that be? What was he doing? Was there any way I could get closer to him? (Within reason, of course….) Will this activity I’m doing put me in a position where I might lose sight of him?

Do you get the point?

Friends, if we are to stay close to Jesus we must fill our every waking (and even sleeping) thoughts with Him! I didn’t exactly ask myself those questions, but I was constantly answering them. If our group was doing different things, and I had the choice, no matter which looked like more fun–I chose what he was doing. No matter how entertaining or fun the things of this world seem…We must choose to follow wherever Jesus leads. I would only go somewhere if I was absolutely sure that Mr. Ted would both approve and be there when I returned.

You see, I had no idea what I was doing in those airports that make MFR look tiny. But Mr. Ted knew exactly what he was doing (most of the time) because he had traveled through them before. Hasn’t Christ traveled this path of life before us? I assure you, He does know the way!

When we arrived at Sunset Lodge we were greeted by this awesome sign. :)

When we arrived at Sunset Lodge we were greeted by this awesome sign. 🙂

 

In Puerto, we met up with Mr. and Mrs. Evert and a few people who had flown from the East Coast and arrived in Puerto a day or two before the West Coast group. We stayed the night in Puerto, had breakfast at the mission there and left in a Jeepney for Brooke’s Point the next day.

Sunset Lodge, in Brooke’s Point, would be our home for the next month…which is a story for another day…

Until next time,

Samantha

Mission Experience 2013

Wow! I haven’t written a post in nearly a month! Oh, all my dreams of keeping my blog regularly updated are harder to fulfil than I thought they’d be! I can assure you, though, that the lack of posts absolutely does not reflect a lack of excitement! The most exciting of which has to do with Young Disciple’s Mission Experience (ME).

It was Monday, a couple weeks ago, when the phone rang. I was the only one in the house at the moment, and therefore ran to answer it. I wasn’t sure my voice would work too well, but decided that I may as well try. You see, many of the YD campers got sick this year, and I was among those sick ones. Well, when I answered the phone it was one of the last people I’d expected to hear from…Namely, Ted Evert.

It was a slightly odd and awkward phone call. My voice didn’t even work enough to say my usual phone greeting, and I only barely managed to say a few words during the rest of the “conversation”. He told me it was alright-he understood, and many campers weren’t feeling well-and then verified who he was speaking to. When I first heard his voice I imediately thought “Mission Experience”, but I was quite nervous thinking it probably was to tell me that the few remaining spaces had already been filled. I actually was thinking that I’d be relieved if that’s what they had decided, but also quite disappointed.  Mr. Ted did finally tell me the purpose of his call, after I’d tried clearing my throat to speak, and seriously failed…The way I explain my response is this, “I answered the phone and my voice wouldn’t work, he told me his purpose for calling and my brain wouldn’t work!” 🙂 I am accepted! And very excited! All I managed to say was “awesome”…And after he told me the usual “if you need anything, or have any questions, we’ll be here” the one-sided phone call ended and I went to my room, fell on my knees, and asked God how it could possibly be true. Questions flooded my mind.

Is it really possible that I, Samantha, am going on a mission trip??

Aren’t there other youth out there who are better prepared??

Did I really realize what I was getting into when I said “I will go” ??

And beyond all that, how am I going to raise over $2000 towards ME expenses??????

 

I am now working on the fundraising part of this trip. Praying and asking God to provide.

Here’s the basic explanation of what Mission Experience 2013 is…A youth-led evangelistic series in the Philippines, reaching dear people for Christ.

 

We’ll be leaving the US on March 25 and returning on April 25, 2013. I would really appreciate your prayers, now as I’m (and many other youth are) fundraising, but most importantly while we are overseas. I’ve never been overseas before, and it sounds a bit scary.

 

I am going to need the help of all who are able. In order to reach my goal I will  need to raise a minimun (I’d love to raise more!) of $2, 200 towards the expenses of the trip. Half of that must have been reached by October 15. I have plans to do some Literature Evangelism here in my local town, soon, and by God’s grace that will be helpful in reaching my goal. It’s exciting to me: doing outreach twice! Selling books with precious gospel truths in them, to raise money to go and share the same truth with others!

 

If you would like to help financially, I would also really appreciate that. You can send your check directly to Young Disciple Ministries, (made out to: Young Disciple Ministries), PO Box 400, Inchelium, WA 99138. And please write my name, Samantha Edeliant, in the memo field so that they can keep track of how close I’m getting to my goal.

 

Let’s all do our part to hasten Christ’s second coming!

 

‘Till next time,

Samantha

YD Camp 2012-The 12 hour Drive & Misc. Stuff… :)

On Sabbath, June 14 I was super excited! I suppose you can probably guess why by the title of this post. 😉 Here’s my last FB post before camp:

“I’m leaving for Young Disciple Camp tomorrow!!! I’m leaving for YD camp tomorrow! I’m leaving for YD camp tomorrow! 😉 We’re driving, so taking the 12 1/2 hour drive in two days…Anyway, I’m leaving for YD camp tomorrow!! LOL I’m super excited-getting to go for both weeks this year! Last year I couldn’t sleep the night before I flew up there, this year it will be two nights because tomorrow I’m leaving and when it’s tomorrow I’ll be arriving tomorrow! (Did you follow?) Anyway, I’ll be gone for 2 weeks and when I get back I’ll probably post about the same thing…”I got to go to YD camp!!! I got to go to YD camp!!!…”

Kinda crazy, huh?

The next morning I was a greeter at church and when my Pastor came in he said “So you’re leaving, huh?” I told him “yes, and I’m VERY excited!” To which he replied “I can tell!!!” 🙂 I think my smile grew a bit that morning (and we’re FB friends so he’d read my post…).

Jonathon and I left around 2 that afternoon for our 12 16 hour trip to camp and he drove until 11PM when we finally stopped to sleep. He went to sleep before too long, but I had some difficulty. Finally just after 1AM I woke up to some guys laughing ridiculously in a truck parked next to our car. I noticed that Jonathon was already awake and asked what they were up to. He said he didn’t know and I told him that it might be wise to leave. So we both sat up and the guys in the truck quickly drove off.  We ended up leaving anyway…

Next we stopped at a Wal-Mart around 2:30 and fell asleep there to the sound of carts “pushing themselves” around the parking lot. (Really the wind was just blowing really hard.)  We got up to leave the next morning and discovered that because of the brightness of the security lights we had left the headlights on…and the car’s battery was dead. We had to wait an hour for the Tire&Lube to open so that we could ask them to jumpstart the car for us.

We then got on the highway again and before long our directions told us to exit that highway to get onto another one-follow the signs for Spokane. So we did just that and ended up on a highway with a different number than the one we were supposed to be on. I called home and Mom told me that it probably had two names and if we really followed the signs we should be fine.

Two hours later we couldn’t find the next turn and after a very frustrating time trying to find cell service in the middle of nowhere I got Mom on the phone again. After telling her where we were she looked online and told us that we were most definitely on the wrong road and we should turn around ASAP. Ohhh…Two hours!!!

We drove the next two hours just to get back to a place where I knew we were on the right road. We found our way to the right highway and made it to camp just after registration started.

I had awesome counselors both weeks and had so much fun!

One of my counselors the first week (At Friendship Feast Friday evening)

Mr. Tony at Friendship Feast the first week (I didn’t get pictures of FF the second week. 😦 )

Jonathon and I got to sit across from each other for friendship feast…

Mr. Ted and Tanner having a “conference” after Friendship Feast. (And Caleb hanging around them. 🙂 )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first week I was challenged to learn how to get places in my Bible very quickly-among many other things-by our campfire speaker, Elder Randy Skeete. The thing which impressed me most is the fact that Elder Skeete knows his Bible! He uses many Bible verses and SOP quotes in his talks and he had nothing except a mic in his hand. He obviously spends a lot of time committing God’s Word to memory.

In First Aid class (taught by Mr. Fischer, one of the camp nurses) I learned how to do some basic first aid in the wilderness. In choir (directed by Mr. Tony) I had a lot of fun singing with other young people (and staff!). In Literature Evangelism (taught by Mr. Prewitt) I had a wonderful time going out into the communities to share God’s love. (I’ll write a whole post about that later.)

 

 

 

 

 

My unit getting ready for “creative line call” the second week. 😉

What I looked like for creative line call…We were all backwards: “Backwards all, Word the of Doers, Sir!” (Sir, Doers of the Word, All backwards!-We are usually supposed to report: “Sir, [unit name], [how many present: all present, all accounted for, or however many missing…]”)

After two weeks Mr. Prewitt’s observant ways started to rub off on me. 🙂
This squirrel sat on that branch for about five minutes not budging until I turned my head and it moved it’s tail to the position in this picture. It then continued to sit there until I left (when I went back a couple minutes later it was gone.) There really is quite a lot of interesting things in the woods along the paths at YD!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second week I honestly don’t remember a whole lot about the campfire talks. (Whatever you do, don’t tell Pastor Reeves!!!)  I do remember that he told a story or two about when he was younger, that he told us he is a pastor-and that some don’t believe that because of his young age, and that he used to be a YD camper.  I also remember that he told us that his brother died about a year ago… 😥

Now, before you think he wasn’t interesting (or I am awful) I’ll let you know that I was extremely tired! I caught a cold that was going around at camp and I also wasn’t sleeping very well most nights. I know, excuses, excuses…

In Joy of Nature (taught by Mrs. Vega) I learned about disecting critters. In choir (still taught by Mr. Tony) I once again had an awesome time singing in a choir (a once a year treat for me!). Choir was an extra special blessing the second week even though I was sick and had a bit of trouble not coughing as I sang. We practiced three different songs: He’s My Very Best Friend, All to Jesus I Surrender, and I Will Go (the second one had a tune written by Mr. Tony and the last song was completely written by Mr. Tony.) Each one was an answer to prayer for me: I’ve been wishing for close friends-He’s My Very BEST Friend, I’ve been struggling with college plans (mine and God’s seem to have started out quite different)-All to Jesus I Surrender, and I’ve been wondering if I should apply to go on YD’s Mission Experience (my Mom thought I should, and I thought it would be an awesome experience considering I’m thinking of spending my whole life overseas somewhere as a missionary)-I Will Go. I don’t know if I’ll be able to go or not-I sent in my application-Mr. Ted said that every year a lot of people are turned down because there’s not enough space, but preference is given to YD campers so I might be able to go… 🙂 Then, in Spanish I learned some basic Spanish words and was also able to act as the teacher’s (also my counselor) assistant because she didn’t have one and I knew a (very small) bit of Spanish already.

In Deep Bible Study the second week Mr. Prewitt (who is the Literature Evangelism director for Ouachita Hills College) mentioned-I don’t remember why-that if anyone was planning to go anywhere except OHC for college they should talk to him. 😉 I asked if they had a nursing course and he told me that I could probably take the first year or two at OHC. I think I just might…

So anyway I had an awesome time! So many awesome things happened at camp I don’t think I could possibly even remember them all.  I am so thankful for a place to come away and reconnect with Christ and have fellowship with other young people with similar goals in life.  If any of my readers are young and longing to live a life that is pleasing to God (and not already from YD) I would strongly suggest you join us next year!! You’ll never regret it!

Until next time (when I get to share some awesome LE experiences)…

Keep Pressing On!

Samantha

P.S. If you want to know more about YD camp you may visit their website at: www.youngdisciple.com

College and such…

Well, I’ve been really busy these last couple weeks. I’m sorry for my lack of weekly posts, but it may continue all summer and perhaps into fall a little bit. Maybe I’ll just give you an update when I get a chance on what’s happening around here and when I have some poetry or music to share I’ll do that. Any objections? I don’t hear any… 😉

Coming into this summer I got the idea that it might be kinda busy. I was underestimating! Here’s the last three weekends…

We stopped to see this waterfall on the way to WWU. It was BEAUTIFUL!!

Three weekends ago my parents and I visited Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington. It is a really nice campus and the people there are quite friendly. The drive took us about 9 hours so we drove up on Thursday, went to appointments on Friday, visited a local church on Saturday and drove home on Sunday.

Two weekends ago I went to a Women’s Retreat at MAA (Milo Adventist Academy, in Days Creek, OR) with some ladies from a church we used to attend. I had never been to a women’s retreat before, but I can assure you I’d love to go again! Rise Rafferty was the featured speaker and Tawny Sportsman, Rosalie Hurd (author of Ten Talents), and Donna Griffith did breakout sessions. Rise spoke on a couple different subjects over the weekend-and I enjoyed them all-but I think the one that hit me hardest was the fact that “we will never be good enough”. We might try–and we should–but the reality is that only Christ can be our perfect righteousness. One day we’ll be changed into His likeness, but only because we have allowed Him to cover our sins with his perfection. Tawny shared about efective apologies and how to show people that we really mean it. Be willing to make restitution, don’t make excuses, and take all the blame as did Abigail in the Bible story. Rosalie shared some about diet and the foods God intended for us to eat. And Donna shared about the rapidly increasing natural disasters in our world-the end is near.

Last weekend my family and I went to a Restoration International family camp meeting. We’ve been to the ones in WA and CA before, but were unable to make it that far this year. Then a couple weeks ago a friend called and told us that RI was having a camp in OR! We were excited and had a wonderful time! There were many great messages, but I think the one that Paul Rayne shared on the first night was the one that got my attention the most. He shared about our thoughts and how we must be careful to guard them. He said “You may not be what you think you are-but what you think, you are.” Consider that.
This week most of my family (including me) is recovering from a sickness that was going around at FCM. Praying that we’ll get over it soon…This summer is BUSY!!

Besides all that, my parents and I are seriously reconsidering me going to WWU. We have discovered that Weimar college has values which are a lot closer to our’s and therefore are praying about the possibility of sending me there. We have also had trusted friends tell us that it would be a much wiser decision. At the moment it seems a lot more impossible than WWU, partially because I’m quite young, but I believe that whatever is God’s will He’ll make possible.

And when I get my voice back in all it’s strength I have plans to record a video for my blog. I’m excited about it…so there’s something to look forward to! 🙂

Until next time,
Samantha