Cape Town Here We Come

We are now on our way to becoming world travelers. As I'm writing this I am sitting in D.C. anxiously awaiting 5:00 when we can board our plane to South Africa. I think the reality of it is finally sinking in. I am so excited.

The Lord has already been so incredibly faithful on this trip. Our trip cost each of us $3200 and I reached my goal yesterday at about 9pm. I'm so thankful for how the Lord uses areas like that in our life to stretch our faith and to continue to show us just how sovereign He is. I know that this trip will be exhausting and at times physically challenging, but I know that every single one of us will be used in more ways than we ever could have imagined.

I love all of you very much and am so thankful for all of the support that I have received already. Please continue to be in prayer for our team. I know several of us will be updating Twitter, Facebook and our blogs.

And We're Off

Tomorrow we leave for Cape Town! Hooray.

Team Cape Town is using our last day state side to pack, pray, and just get ready to leave. We have roughly 36 hours of traveling ahead of us. Please join us in prayer as we depart. I ask that you pray specifically for unity, safety, and for the Lord to use us in a mighty way.

I also ask that you pray for each of us individually. Our team is made up of Alvin Reid, Hannah Reid, Jon Bell, Jeremy and Pam Hyatt, Jonathan and Tessa Going, Jesse Gordon, Shelly Jeffcoat, Ashleigh Grant, Gia Gandolfo, Travis Smith, Marlana Branning, Blake Everett, and myself.

I will be updating my blog and Facebook as much as possible. We are also going to be sending blogs and hopefully videos to SEBTS for
them to update as well.

Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support. I am still $160 short of my financial goal and there are a few other members on my team who are a little short as well. If you would like to donate please follow this link and then click the "click to give" button on the right.

Cheesecake, Cheesecake, and even more Cheesecake

So, about a month ago my wonderful roommate and I made the best cheesecake that I have ever put in my mouth. We made a Reese's Peanut Butter Brownie Bottom cheesecake.

It looked just like this...

Now, I want to continue making cheesecakes and all kinds of other things. Hannah and I have talked about making cakes, cheesecakes, etc. and then selling them to people to make a little extra money. I told Greg that my next cheesecake that I want to attempt will be a Red Velvet Cheesecake. I found a recipe and hopefully it will look a little like this...

Let me know what you think and especially let me know if you would like Hannah and I to make something for you!

Summer, Boys, and Flowers

It has been an interesting summer to say the least. For most of the summer Greg has been gone. It has made for an interesting relationship. I think we are both very thankful for Skype, cell phones, and just technology in general. I can say that I don't think either one of us had any idea what this would be like. Thankfully they have only been gone for the most part a week at a time and then home on the weekends. However, last week they left for a camp in Missouri and will be gone for about 2 1/2 weeks. I of course leave for Cape Town before they get back. It has been really cool to listen each night as Greg tells me about what they are doing at the camps. I love hearing about how he is meeting students and sharing with them. His love for students, music, and ministry is so incredibly evident. I love listening to him tell me stories when he is back in North Carolina because his face lights up.

This summer has been so thought provoking for me. I've contemplated a lot about what my future holds and what I want my ministry to look like here and now. I recently started a new job and although there are a few believers in our office it is predominantly an office full of unbelievers. I have to admit that I love it. I love that my ministry is not confined to a church building or a class at Southeastern, but rather it is in the workplace. I love that through simple conversations I can share about the greatest love I've ever known simply by talking to people and trying to keep a smile on my face even when everything inside of me is fighting against that.
I hope all of you continue to have a wonderful summer!

Greg and I at the beach before he began traveling for the summer.

The beautiful flowers that Greg sent today! That boy knows how much I love lilies!

One Year...A Lot Has Changed

Today I realized just how long it has been since my last post. I'm coming up on my one year anniversary of living in Wake Forest. It is hard for me to believe what all has happened since then. I would not change this past year for anything. I will be the first one to admit that this has been far from one of the easiest years of my life. Last July, I had no idea what I was about to embark on when I was making the 20 hour drive from Northwest Arkansas to beautiful Wake Forest, NC. I'm so thankful for what the Lord has taught me in this year and what He has blessed me with.

Most of you know that within my first three days here I tore
up my knee. To be specific, I dislocated my patella (kneecap) and was on crutches from July 19th til early October. I had to have surgery and be in physical therapy for the majority of that time. It was one of the scariest and most frustrating times of my entire life. I had moved out to Wake Forest early to find a job and get settled before starting school. Of course, my plans and God's plans never seem to be exactly the same. I was blessed with amazing friends and a wonderful church family who made that time in
my life one that I cherish.

In the midst of all of that I began my first year of seminary. I never thought about continuing school after college and honestly I had no desire to do so. Once again, my plans did not match what the Lord had for me. I love Southeastern and I love being a part of a school that wants to equip students to serve in the local church and at the same time be a part of the Great Commission all over the world.

This past semester a few new opportunities came up. One, I began praying about going to Cape Town, South Africa. I have never been that far out of the country, but I fell in love with this city last summer. That's right, I fell in love with Cape Town and South Africa while watching the World Cup last summer. Now, in less than two weeks I have the privilege of going with some great friends to serve in this great city that is so rich in history and in culture.

I also recently moved in with some pretty great roommates! I'm so thankful for Crescen, Hannah, and Sabrina. They are great and living with them has
been such a fun experience and continues to force me to learn and grow.

This year has also brought about a major change to my life. For the first time in my life I'm dating! It is still so weird for me to say that and at times I'm not really even sure if I'm in the middle of a dream or not, but I would not change a single thing. Back in March, I began dating my best friend and my time with him has been nothing short of a pretty great journey so far. I was able to fall in love with my best friend and for that I am so grateful. I love watching how both of our ministries exist together and how even at times right now they look really different. I'm so thankful for how the Lord has brought Greg into my life and I am so excited to see where the Lord leads us in the future.