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Summer Intern to RA in 3 Short Weeks!

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Lauren Weigel served as our multi-talented intern this summer in Worship Arts.  We miss her terribly, but she sent us an update of how God is moving in her life since heading back to university and serving as a Resident Advisor.

Hey Pastor Rick! 

Hello from UBC Okanagan! Hope you guys are doing well at Gracepoint. Even though I've only been gone a couple weeks, 18-20 hour days make it feel like I've been here already for ages. 

Just thought I'd tell you all that things up here are great and I've met many resident advisors who are also Christians! We will be planning a few events to bring some willing residents to church with us. One of the Christian boys that I met actually knows someone that goes to our church! So yay for connections. 

Pastor Chris' fridge has come in a handy because the food they are feeding us is kind of gross (but we eat it anyways – carbs!).  I'm pretty much the only one with milk for cereal. I've also been playing Chris' seemingly favourite song, Prodigal Son Suite by Keith Green every morning while I do my devotional. So glad that [Pastor] Gregg got me back into this habit. Everyone I meet is super confused about what being a worship arts intern means so I get to tell them about my job and sneak in a little bit about how great Jesus is too. 

Thank you guys again for teaching me how to be a leader in this respect. I often think of you all and I can't wait to be back to see everyone! I've attached a few pictures of how small my room is (please excuse how messy it is, my brain has been all over the place for the last week) and the view at night time (it's of the Kelowna international airport). Enjoy! 

Please keep praying for me, this training is extremely draining!

Miss you all very much,
Lauren Weigel 

PS - I've been doing daily devotions with my fellow Christian friends and we are looking into doing a weekly bible study together!! Last night I shut down my first party and even though I was extremely nervous about it, I asked God for strength and he delivered!!  I've been on house arrest (basically) since I got to Kelowna and haven't been able to leave for church yet, so this week I'm planning to go and check it out. My one prayer request is that I sell my books!! 

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My God who hears, speaks and answers…

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My mom had been fighting cancer for a number of years. As I grew up, she never came to church with me nor my brothers but was supportive of us going to church. In June, I went for a visit her before my family and I took off to Europe for six weeks.

I prayed with mom while I was there. One of the first times she was open to that. One day dad asked me if I could cancel my mom’s doctor appointment as she did not want to go. I thought wow thanks God. I had plans to see if I could go talk to her doctor to see how much longer she had and an opportunity had just been placed in my lap!

I did not cancel the appointment and met with the doctor. He asked me what I was most worried about. I told him her pain and then started crying and told him I was worried about whether I would see her in heaven as my mom did not have a relationship with Jesus. He told me not to worry. He would take care of it. 

I found out from my dad after my mom passed that the doctor came to the house and visited with mom and spoke to her about the realization that she was dying.  He then asked her “where are you going after that?"

That had a profound effect on my mom.

Days later when in Paris, I was walking on my own and went into a church I saw. I sat down and prayed and God spoke to me and told me to reach out to my dad’s pastor. I got ahold of his number and called him. I let him know my mom was in the last few weeks of her life and asked if he could speak to her about salvation.

He went the next day and spoke to mom about her faith and when he left he felt she had made a decision to follow Christ. An incredible answered prayer and a heavy, heavy weight lifted from heart.

In the weeks that have followed, I have peace knowing where she is. Her funeral became a celebration and I feel much relief and joy knowing I will see my mom in heaven.

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