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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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Going SOMEWHERE, Destination TBD

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     This month I signed up for a 10-month mission trip with MB Mission’s TREK program. Here’s the crazy thing… I don’t even know where I am going. Some of the options for places that I could end up are Lisbon, Portugal; Bielefeld, Germany; Chonburi, Thailand; or Tbilisi, Georgia (Russia). The organization itself chooses where you go based on your gifts and team members you’ll be working with. I don’t where I will be going but I do know that I will be using my gifts to serve where I am best needed. I will be learning to listen and obey what God is asking me to do; relinquishing my own rights; and learning to delight in Him, in whatever I do.

     If you asked me what stirred this mission, the first thing I would tell you is Gracepoint’s former pastor Phil Wagler. But it goes so much deeper than that. I crave adventure and I desire to do God’s will. I also believe He gave me this longing to go out into the world and serve Him. The two words that have been on my heart since hearing about TREK are listen and obey; and that is what I am doing - listening and obeying where God is leading me.

     I am most excited about the unknown. I don’t know where I am going, and I don’t know what God has planned for me, but I am excited to go where He is leading me and see what he wants to do in and through me. I am also really excited to meet new people, be immersed in a new culture, and have opportunities to serve and talk about Jesus.

     I am most apprehensive about leaving everything behind. Going away for a year is a long time, and I’m not going to lie - I am sacrificing a lot to go: job security (I graduate from nursing in a month), income, family, friends, reputation at school and my plan for my life. This decision is not logical! It’s also not easy, but I am learning more and more of the path that God is calling me on is not easy, it require sacrifice. God sees so much more than we see and His plan is SO much bigger than we can understand. Going on this trip might not be logical from a worldly point of view, but it has HIS kingdom logic written all over it. And I crave nothing more and to bring God’s kingdom to this earth.

 

Stay tuned - this adventure is JUST starting!

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