elisabethdanielsons

Seek justice, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.

Thank You’s

Wow! Where have the past 2 years gone??? It seems like just yesterday that I just moved to Dallas and was scared out of my wits with the change that I had accepted in my life.  I was scared and nervous but also eager to be engaged in mission. I have learned so much over the past 2 years about myself, Dallas, what it means to be in mission, and God. I can not say how thankful I am to all of the people that I have in my life: people who  supported me from afar but also the people I have met along the way! I would like to take some time to give some shout outs to the people who have helped make these past 2 years a meaningful experience.

To all my fellow US-2’s, Mission Interns, and the Global Ministry Staff: THANK YOU for being you! You challenged me to think differently about mission and social justice issues. I am much more aware of the food I eat and also the random people that I meet on the street because of you. Thanks you for being with me along this journey.

To my fellow staff at Project Transformation: THANK YOU for welcoming me into this holy Eco-system with open arms. You have helped me become more confident in my abilities and have trusted my voice and opinions on our reading program and curriculum. You gave me opportunities to become a leader and helped me find authentic ways to connect to the communities here in Dallas. It is because of your influence and support that I am continuing in my call to ministry by attending seminary in the fall. I have never worked in such a loving environment. It was an honor and privilege to be part of this community for these past 2 years.

To my friends and church communities at Kessler Park UMC and First UMC Richardson (Access): THANK YOU for welcoming with open arms. It has been a joy to be a part of two thriving worship communities. Your music and messages nourished me and allowed me renewal each week. Thank you for the small groups and Sunday school classes that were offered. Because of these opportunities, I was able to meet and make friends that I know will be with me for the rest of my life!

To my home church communities in Hannibal: THANK YOU for praying for me and journeying with me in mission these past 2 years. Thanks for the abundance of notes  and cards reminding me that you are supporting me from afar. Thank you for your generous financial gifts which will allow more young adults like me the opportunity to be part of this life changing program. Thank you for your mentoring through the years. It is because of you that I discovered God in my life and have answered the call to be part of God’s mission. Thank you for modeling God’s abundant love.

To my family: THANK YOU for being supportive! Thank you for being a listening ear or a word of encouragement when things were difficult. Thank you for making family time a time of renewal and revival. I have learned to appreciate the time we have together much more because of the distance these past 2 years. I have also been reminded of the unconditional love you have provided me my entire life and am so grateful that I can call you family!

To everyone else: THANK YOU for following my journey, for your prayers and thoughts, and for your calls, emails, and cards. These past 2 years, I have been reminded to look for the good in the world, and I can see it everywhere.

 

I have a little over a month left here in Dallas. I am having a hard time saying good-bye to everything here but I am also in the process of celebrating all that I have learned. I am so thankful for the time that I spent here in Dallas because I have learned so much. This program and the people I have met along the way will be part of me forever.

Thank you!

Elisabeth

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Changes

So it’s been quite some time since I have done any updates. A large part of this is that I haven’t felt the desire to say much, but most of it is that I’ve been super busy with life and my blog is not one of my priorities. But today I’ve had the urge to write about how things are going. I’ve had a brief moment to breathe and to begin to process the changes that are coming in my life. I have been thinking a lot about change for the past couple of months. For part because of some changes here in the office, but mostly because I have seriously started the process of thinking about where I’m going to be next. I still have 6 months left here in Dallas, but I oftentimes find my mind wandering to where I will be in 6 months. I am trying so hard to stay present in the moment and be at my best at work, while still trying to think ahead.

For those of you who don’t know, I have determined that my next steps will more than likely be attending seminary. I’ve applied to Perkins School of Theology here in Dallas, as well as Wesley in DC and Garrett-Evangelical in the Chicago area. I am looking at both Masters in Divinity programs as well as a Masters of Arts in Ministry at one location. I am NOT planning on seeking ordination as an elder in the UMC (aka I don’t want to be a full-time pastor of a church) but things may change. There are also pros and cons to each of these locations, and I’m currently waiting to see if I will be accepted and what financial aid will be offered. I also have to think about housing and finding a job to help support myself, etc. All of my applications are in and in front of admissions committees, so all I have to do is just wait. I’ve found waiting to be almost harder than hitting the submit button on my applications.

So as I sit here and wait for news (hopefully good), my job has changed in a big way in the past week. My direct supervisor has gone on maternity leave for the next 6 weeks, and I have had to take over a large part of her responsibilities. She has been coaching me and pushing me towards this for the past 6 months so I am definitely ready but it has been a very scary transition for me. I guess the reality has sunk in and now I know how much I depend on her to bounce ideas around. I look at this opportunity to learn more about what it feels like to be a supervisor of programming. Since I used to be a teacher, I equate her job with being the principal of the school, and I was an assistant principal. I did more site visits and active coaching of the interns. I have been responsible for curriculum and facilitating the collecting of grade cards, but ultimately the big decisions were in her hands. She has more paperwork and reporting responsibilities as well as being in charge of all decisions related to programming. I reported things back to her but ultimately all those big decisions were in her hands.

Last week, it sunk in for me when we had bad weather coming. Now, I know “bad weather” is a relative term based on where you live. We had a dusting of snow on the ground last Thursday, and that causes the city to shut down and the grocery stores to be empty. I could get into the causes of this but that’s not the point. Suddenly, it was my decision whether we should cancel our after-school program due to the weather. I had to think about our families as well as the safety of our 20 or so interns when making this decision. Ultimately, it was fairly easy to decide because Dallas ISD (the school district where most of our children go to school) cancelled all of their after-school programming for the day, so we did the same. So, that being said it wasn’t really a big deal, but it made me realize that my job has changed a lot, at least for the next month and a half. The first week and a half went fairly well, so hopefully the next few weeks will go smoothly.

All this to say, I keep thinking about leaving and changing things up in my life again. Part of me is eager and excited for this next chapter, but a large part of me is hesitant to leave the community that I have built here at Project Transformation and in Dallas. Last year, I really enjoyed telling people that I was actively taking a Sabbath from thinking about my future. This allowed me to be 100% present in the things that are happening here in Dallas, but now I have to start planning ahead again. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this time of transition for me but also for the other US-2’s in my class as they go through a similar process of figuring out next steps.

Until next time, Elisabeth

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Connections

So it’s been a VERY long time since I have written on my blog, and I’m not really sure the reason other than I just haven’t felt like it. I’ve been very busy at work with the start of our afterschool program. This is probably my favorite time of year because I get to go to our different sites and help our interns with their programs. I love giving people ideas and just being a sounding board in general. I by no means am an expert in child development, classroom management, or curriculum, but I do have some experience and sometimes just a fresh set of eyes is needed to help in any situation.

Well that’s a little update on what is going on in my world, but I really wanted to post about something that happened this past week that reminded me how connected the church can be.

So a little background info on this story… my birthday was this past Monday and I discovered that my driver’s license expired on my birthday. Now in some states you can renew your license online but not in Missouri. You have to physically be present in the state to renew your license. Normally that wouldn’t be a big deal but I currently live 6ish hours away from the closest city in  Missouri. So I had to plan a road trip. My original plan was to drive to Missouri on Friday, catch up with some of my college friends, spend the night in Southwest Missouri and then drive back to Texas on Saturday. I asked some of these friends if they wanted to do something but nobody responded in time for me to make plans so I was debating on what to do.

So as you know I’m a US-2 missionary through the United Methodist Church. I’ve been doing this for a little over a year, and this summer there was a new class of missionaries commissioned. I’ve been blog stalking the ones who are blogging to see how they are doing. I think it’s because I remember how I felt when we were trained and sent out and I want to be in prayer for them and also want to be there as a support if necessary. There is a new US-2 in Oklahoma City who I’ve been following and in one blog she talked about starting an afterschool program. I was sooo excited that I commented on her blog that this is what I was doing and if she wanted some support I could totally help her! I know I am such a nerd!

Anyway, she emailed me and we were planning on Skyping about Project Transformation and our afterschool program, but last week I Facebook messaged her and said I’d be going through Oklahoma if she wanted to get together. So of course she said yes cause this church has crazy connections. She even let me stay at her apartment Friday night even though we have never met her in person. How crazy is that? Just because we are in the same program, doing similar things she had the faith to open her house to me.

So I went to Missouri, got my license renewed and headed to Oklahoma City. I met up with Kristina and had such a great time getting to know her and her story but also sharing mine. I made a new friend who will probably come and visit me in the next few months.

In the Methodist church, we talk about mutuality in mission: sharing in mission together. This is the idea that we are never alone in our mission fields because there are people who will walk with us along the way. I recently got back from ‘midterms’ where I got to reconnect with my class of US-2s, and I have also enjoyed getting to know the new class of young adult missionaries through their blogs and stories. So if you are in my class, keep posting because I love hearing about how you are doing. If you are in the new class same thing. If you are a friend or supporter of mine or someone that just happened upon this blog, please pray for us as we continue in our mission work because through your prayers and support, we are able to continue making connections in communities around the world.

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Sabbath

So how many of you remember when you were little and people would ask you what you wanted to be when you grow up? Most younger children will respond with doctor, teacher, football player, or rock star. People will smile and say that those responses are just so cute. When you are in middle school, you still get this question and  your answers better be more serious or people will look at you funny. Occasionally there are the marine biologists and writer but most youth will choose more mainstream choices. When you are in high school the question will change to where are you going to college and what is your major going to be. This shows the asker how serious you are about your future, and heaven forbid you still don’t know what you want to be because people will tell you what you should do based on what they think of you.

Then as you are in college, you are asked what are you going to do when you graduate, where do you want to live, and other questions similar to this. At this point the person being asked these questions gets a panicked look on their face because they have dreams of what they want to do but in reality probably won’t be able to find one of those jobs right out of college. And over 5 years after graduating from college, I honestly don’t know what I want to be when I grow up and I think that’s okay.

I feel such immense joy at finding a place where I can be happy, but  at the same time I only have one year left. Last year when people asked me what I was going to do after being a US-2, I would just stare at them. I kept telling people I have 2 years to figure that out so why should I worry about it? In truth, ever since I graduated from college my “what are you going to do” was uncertain. I was a nanny for a very brief period, worked as a Lead Teacher in a 2 year old room, taught kindergarten, worked at a grocery store behind the front desk, and worked in another 2 year old classroom. That’s not counting the few times that I subbed or the summer after college where I worked as a youth director at a small church and as the 3 year old teacher in another preschool. My life for the past few years has been pretty uncertain, and honestly I needed an emotion break from that uncertainty.

In November, I went to a conference put on by GBHEM where I was asked what I was going to do after US-2 by a recruiter for a seminary. When I told him that I was trying to take a break from thinking about my future, he said, “Oh, your taking a sabbath from worrying about your future. That’s very wise of you!” And so from then on when people asked me what I was going to do after US-2 I told them that I was taking a sabbath! It was genius because sabbath is a magical christainese word that means rest. It made me sound smart and serious and makes people stop harassing me about what I was “going to be when I grow up.”

In the past several months I have refined this to “I’m taking a sabbath from thinking about my future after Project Transformation because I want to be fully immersed and committed to my work here and now rather than thinking about what I’m going to do afterwards.” Genius, I tell you! Genius!  This has really helped me get out of answering those questions, but it has also helped me consciously not think about what comes after PT. It’s not healthy to worry, and let me tell you I am a worryohalic! I am a worrier! In fact one of the first Bible verses I memorized was Philippians 4:6-7 which is “Do not worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Tell God what  you need and thank him for all He has done. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” BAM! This was my go to verse for anytime I started freaking out about my future.

I have learned a lot about myself this year. This experience has given me a year of grace and ease that I don’t feel like I have ever truly had before. I have been challenged to do things way beyond my comfort zone and have accomplished many goals. Part of this success that I have felt is the wonderful organization that I work with, but it is also that I have intentionally set aside my worries about my future to dedicate my time to the work that I am currently doing.

Although, my time left here is limited, I still feel at ease with my future because I know God is here with me in the present, so why would he leave me in the future? I know I need to begin thinking about my future but now I feel like I have unlimited options, and I have faith that God will help me make the right decisions whether that be going to seminary here or far away, finding a job in a non-profit, or possibly even teaching again. God was here with me before, is here with me now, and will be here in my future.

 

 

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Can’t Get It Out of My Head

I thought I’d share this video with you. It’s a song by one of my favorite artists, Josh Wilson. The band at First UMC Richardson sang it last night, and it brought tears to my eyes. I can’t explain it really. I posted about an event that happened a couple of weeks ago with some people who were homeless. This song made me think of them and the things I said in that post about the thoughts that I’ve previously had about people who are homeless. I’ve thought a lot about them and others like them, and what I should do about it. Anyway, I pray that this song has the effect on you that it had on me. PS the end of the video has some statistics about Haiti. They made my heart hurt!

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Least of These…

Something very interesting happened to me yesterday. I’m not sure how I feel about the events, but I figured I would share it with you anyway.

Now let me preface this story with a little about my background. I grew up in Hannibal, Missouri which is a pretty small town. It was pretty safe, and I lived a pretty sheltered childhood. I would would walk to the grocery store and play at the neighbors’ houses. Pretty much the only rule in the summer was to be home before the street lights went on. There were people who were homeless in Hannibal but I had very little contact with them. I was taught that it was their fault that they were homeless. In fact, the impression was that they were lazy or stupid. That something was wrong with them, and that they would take advantage of you and use money you give them to buy drugs or alcohol. Now I’m not saying this is correct but these are the things that I was taught. I avoided people who were dirty and sometimes even gave them a dirty look.

Last summer, in our training a wonderful woman of God named Lorenza came and talked to us. She is from Texas and is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. She has been called to a ministry of “doing nothing,” as she calls it. She has sacrificed her health benefits and safe comfortable home that is afforded most ordained elders to become homeless and live among those who are considered the least of these. At first, I was confused by her and her perspective on why she would do this. Who would do this  and why? As we listened to her story, I was moved beyond my original perspective on people who are homeless to one of compassion. Not all people are the same, and I shouldn’t assume that all people who are homeless are lazy or will take advantage of you. There are some that for one reason or another cannot afford housing. I began to think about this more and more.

Now, of course, I live in a big city, and it isn’t uncommon for me to see people standing on the corner asking for money or sleeping on park benches. Most of the time, I don’t do anything and then after I drive away in my safe, comfortable car I start to ask myself is there something I should or could have done to help the people who I see on the corner. I don’t typically carry cash so I generally don’t have anything to get, but maybe I could keep some crackers or something small in my car to hand out.

Now last week, on my way to a Family Fun Night I saw a man under an overpass from the highway as I was stopped at a stoplight, and I did have a couple of dollars so I gave that away. I didn’t really need it. I make more than enough money to pay for gas and groceries. He thanked me with a big grin on his face and said “God bless you lady. I have enough to go get a sandwich at that shop over there now.” The light turned green and I went on my way, but I could tell that the man was grateful for what I had done. And honestly, it wasn’t much!

So I’ve been thinking about this for the past week or so and then yesterday as I was leaving work I saw a man and a woman walking through the parking lot. I could tell by what they were wearing that they were living on the street. I waved and then immediately they asked for help. The man immediately said that they were hungry and that his wife had been attacked by a dog and was hurt. He said they needed a place to stay and some food. Well I didn’t have any cash on me and didn’t feel safe inviting them to stay with me nor is it allowed under my apartment lease. I don’t know why I did this but I told them I’d walk over to the Subway and buy them a sandwich. I explained that I didn’t have a lot of money but I could spare $5 to buy a footlong and that would help feed both of them.

So as we walked the 3 or 4 blocks over to the Subway, we talked a little bit. I explained that I worked at the church as a missionary. The man smiled and said thanks for your service and shook my hand immediately. Then he began in on the signs of the beast and a whole lot of things about the signs that the end times were coming. He talked about the government implanting chips in people who were going to get the national heath care. Now I don’t know a lot about the Book of Revelations. In the churches that I have attended that is not a topic that is typically addressed. It actually is avoided most of the time as something confusing and somewhat irrelevant to our daily lives as Christians. In fact, I don’t even remember talking about that book during my New Testament class in college. So I pretty much just listened to what they had to say as we walked.

When we got to the Subway the woman and I walked in and the man stayed outside presumably to continue trying to get more help. At this point, I began to feel a little more like I was being played by this couple trying to get at my soft side. She knew the people who worked there by name, and they knew her order by heart. It made me feel a little less comfortable with the whole situation, but  I went through with buying them a sandwich and then left and went on my way.

I honestly still don’t know how I feel about that situation. I kind of feel used. It didn’t give me the warm happy feeling that giving that man from under the overpass money did. I keep thinking about them and the things that they said. I feel like they knew the whole area really well and are working the system. But then I think about scripture and what Jesus would have done. He probably would have sat and shared the meal with them. I guess it doesn’t really matter what their intent was but that I tried to help some people that I saw were in need.

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Reading!

So our summer program has finally started! Hooray!!! Starting at the end of May until June 11 I have been helping train new people (mostly summer interns) to take over the summer program. Each summer Project Transformation hires around 100 college-aged young adults to run programs at 9 sites in Dallas, TX and 1 in Denison, TX! That’s a lot of people! Each site has approximately 100 kids! And these college students are in charge of planning and implementing enriching activities from 9-3 Monday-Thursday. Now you may be asking where do I fit in all of this? Well, I’m in charge of the reading program. Each day at every site there are volunteers that come to read with children one-on-one. There is a person at each site responsible for managing this program and I was in charge of training and managing them.

Are you still with me? We also assess every kid in the program on Guided Reading leveling so that we know which books each kiddo should read. We all manage to assess all of the kids at every site in the first 2 days of programming! All of this is to help kids maintain or improve their reading levels in the summer. You may be asking, “Maintain their grades? That’s not very impressive.” Wellllllll, statistics show kids in low income communities, who do not have access to age appropriate books, do not read during the summer and their reading scores go down in the summer. Our program boasts that 96% of kids in our program maintain or improve their reading over summer months. My hope is that this summer we’ll have kids improving their reading abilities over the summer!

We also have added reading focused activities in the afternoons as well. Kids at each site have been placed in groups based on what skills they need to help them improve. Woot! Woot! I’m pumped about this! I’m excited about the reading program!

Okay, enough talking from me… oh, I forgot to mention the best part of my job! I get to go and visit sites and see kids reading with volunteers! I must say that it is pretty adorable. I even got to read with a kid one day, too! So I figured I should show you some pictures of the amazingness that is our reading program!
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YAY READING!  Well, that’s all I have for you today!

PS I’m reading this amazing book by Jen Hatmaker called 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, and it is amazing!!! It has given me a lot to think about so I’m probably going to talk about that next time!

Until then, Elisabeth

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Home

So I’ve been thinking a lot about my job lately. I’ve been here for almost a year! I can’t believe it! In away it feels like I was just in missionary training preparing to go somewhere I’ve never been, but in some ways I feel like I’ve always been here. There are many reasons why I feel this way.
I don’t know if you all know this, but one of the main worries I had before coming here was that I would be homesick. I have never lived more than a few hours away from “home,” and I’ve always called my parent’s house home even when I had my own apartment while I was teaching. It was always, “Hey Mom, I’m coming home this weekend.” Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t go home every weekend but I always used my parents and their house as my refuge from my frustruations in life. Whenever I was stressed out, I would head up to their house, and it would be just like it was when I was in high school. I never realized it but part of my problem was just that. I didn’t truly feel like a grown up because I was still depending on my mom and dad to rescue me and help solve my problems. Now don’t get me wrong, I have wonderfully amazing parents, but I think there is a point in your life where you need to pull away from your parents to help you find yourself. And living this far away from them has allowed me to realize I can be happy without depending on them to make me happy.
I know though that a lot of this feeling of ease and independence has a lot to do with the environment that my placement site has created for me. I work with an amazing group of people. There is something truly unique about all of the people in my office. When I first got here I remember getting trained in what my job was going to be and where I would fit into the organization. I learned a little about everyone else’s job and then pretty much the next day I was planning trainings for the interns who were coming. There is something about immediately being put in a leadership position that caused me to dig right in. I also love that questions and evaluation is encouraged. One of the most beautiful things about Project Transformation is that we are constantly trying to change things that are not working and finding ways to improve things that could be better. There is so much growth and energy in this kind of environment that I can just feel myself thriving.
Now I say all of this today because we are currently in training 101 interns who next week will be in charge of planning and implementing programming for children 1-11 grade at 10 sites in Dallas and Denison, TX. I find this amazing. These are college-aged young adults who may or may not be education majors. We are giving them a structure of tools and resources, but then pretty much turning the program over to them! WOW! This is so unique and amazing. I’m really enjoying getting to know them. I’m looking forward to having a great summer with all of these wonderful people!
It’s so amazing to me that in less than a year I can truly call Dallas, Texas my home. I have a little more than a year left in service, and I’m already hoping that I can either stay with Project Transformation or find another similar job here. I originally thought that I would do my two years of service and then try to go back to Missouri, but now I know that I’ll be okay wherever I end up. And man, that’s comforting! I can make a place “home” no matter where I go.

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I Will Follow

So this past week was rough. I can’t really put my finger on what was wrong. It wasn’t anything major specifically. I guess hearing about tragedies in the news got to me. My heart goes out to the families and friends of victims from Boston, MA and  West, TX. I’ve been to both cities but honestly don’t have many connections. Hearing things about the assumptions in the news bothered me but that wasn’t anything where I really felt a personal connection. Things are also getting busier at work. I have had work events the previous two weekends so I didn’t have a full day of rest for over two weeks. But that wasn’t it either. My mom and dad were on vacation, so I couldn’t call and talk to my mom, but that’s normally not a big deal. I can’t really put my finger on what made the week so hard for me, but by Friday night, I was spent. I was mentally, physically, and spiritually exhausted.

Friday evening, I got to spend some time with two wonderful friends from church. It felt really good to laugh, have fun, and just be silly girls. Saturday I didn’t do a whole lot. I just pretty puttered around the house and relaxed.

Sunday evening I went and represented my organization at a volunteer project with a small group from the Access service from First UMC, Richardson. It was really fun to share the wonderful things my organization is doing with wonderful people.

Then I went to Access…. This service is always amazing: I get to see friends that I don’t see any other day of the week, hear great music, and a short but powerful message to help energize me for the week. We sang one of my favorite songs, a song that I find really represents my life: I Will Follow by Chris Tomlin.  As you can imagine, this song is about following God and trusting in his timing and just simply saying that you will go and serve who He wants you to serve. LOVE IT!  And then the service got even better when Clayton Oliphint’s sermon was on answering God’s call in your life!

Now, there was a time last year where it felt like I heard this exact sermon every week from various pastors. There was someone in my head saying, “Hey ding dong! This sermon is for you! Are you answering my call to you????” And I was afraid to answer or even think about that question. I relate very well to the “call stories” from the Bible. Moses said that his brother was better, Samuel thought it was his master calling him not God, Jeremiah said he was too young, and Jonah ran the other way! I’m comforted by the excuses that these people used in their stories. I am amazed still today that I finally let go of my life to God. It’s not easy to do! Now, I say that I let go of my life, but this is something that I have to do daily. I have to give my life over. I find that on weeks that I’m struggling with something either tangible or intangible, it is often because I’m trying to hold on to something in my life. I struggle daily to give over control of certain things in my life.

After hearing the sermon, I felt renewed and ready to face the week. I was once again assured that God is present in my life, and I was reminded that I need to constantly seek him in what I am doing. For this reason, I love to read the blogs of my fellow missionaries and the stories that they share about their calls to mission. I’m often reminded that I’m not alone in my path to seeking where I fit in God’s story. I truly believed we are ALL called to serve God’s people in various ways. We are all missionaries. I may actually have that as my job title, but I believe that everyone is called to serve God in mission in some way. We have to but listen to God calling us.

I pray that you will seek God in your life and will take time to listen to God. I heard a children’s sermon about prayer a few weeks ago. The person sharing expressed that often times as children we are taught that prayer is talking to God. Instead, we should listen to God twice as long as we talk. Prayer should be open communication. So take time to not just listen but to also act on God’s call in your life. It’s pretty amazing how things will work out when you do!

Til next time,

Elisabeth

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Scoop Up the Dirt

I’m not sure if I can believe it myself, but this is the second blog post in a week! I know, I know I’m outdoing myself today! But I just had to update you on the super exciting project we completed at our apartments today!

We finished sifting dirt and made our community garden for the apartments this morning. We have been working on this project for quite a few weeks, and I’ve been super excited about the whole thing. I’ve always loved the thought of having my own garden of fresh veggies. I’ve been really interested in this the past year specifically thinking about how much things cost at the store, the need to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable, and to be more healthy. So we did this awesome fast… had a work day a month or so ago but still had more work to do. We had planted some seeds in the office but not very many survived because of the amount of time they were in the office. I discovered that plants are hard to grow inside! Well anyway, we worked today on getting the soil ready because the area we were planting had a lot of rocks and debris in it…. We used screens and sifted through the dirt and got rid of all of the “bad stuff.” I used an awesome online tool to map out the garden that told me how much room things would take. We even have a very creative and decorative border (think random bricks and rocks).

So the seeds have been sown and the starter plants have been planted. I’m hopeful everything will grow cause I’m going to be pretty sad if it doesn’t. Knowing my luck I’ll have 500 zucchini in the summer and get really tired of all of the different varieties. The thought was on the weekend to have a stand to give away the fresh produce to people walking by on the street. My hope is that I can connect more with the community around us through this garden! Who knew I’d be a community garden coordinator as well as curriculum coordinator at Project Transformation! I’ll make sure to post pictures as everything starts to grow!

Well, that’s about all for the day. Happy weekend everybody!

Elisabeth

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The Search for Paradise Falls

Adventure is out there

Randalls' Reflections

sporadic thoughts and photos from the journey

Reverse Exiled

...when wandering is the essence of Home...

Desiringshalom's Blog

A Missionary's experience in Los Angeles

michelle.

my bell. these are words that go together well.

The Joy of serving

My call to mission and the updates of my mission work.

theorymeetspractice

Smile! You’re at the best WordPress.com site ever

uniquebeautyrising

Missionary to Missouri :)

JOY toda world

A mission journey with God's people (toda la gente) of the world.

In Lightness

...and the darkness could not overcome it.

Changing the Norm

The Play by Play. Unedited (no really).

Empty Pockets

My experience as a Missionary in Japan!

Mission Flow BlueZ

Misbehave With Purpose

WalkingWithMemphis

Follow my service as a US-2 missionary

Never Stop Speaking

STORIES FROM MY TIME IN MINISTRY "WITH"

Breaking Boundaries

This a blog that will be about my journey as a Mission Intern in Hong Kong working with migrant worker rights