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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜‰

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

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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. πŸ˜‰ 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! πŸ˜‰ 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!!!” πŸ™‚ 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.Β  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.)Β  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. πŸ™‚ )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ™‚
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!!!)Β  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.Β  I also remember that he told us that his brother died about a year ago… πŸ˜₯

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… πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ˜‰ 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.Β  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.Β  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… πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ™‚

Until next time,
Samantha