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γειά σου Κύπρος, szia Magyarország

You know how ‘they’ say, “TIME FLIES!”?

I have no pun nor rhyme for you. Simply, a fierce agreement with the idiom.

Three months came and passed faster than fast. Getting ready to leave and the actual act of leaving Paphos felt so surreal because of how quickly time had caught up with me.

And boy was it a tearsome event to behold! This time around, saying goodbye was just straight up sad! What I realized is this: there was no fear of the future, no worry of plans going awry. Nothing but an unshakeable feeling that needs no further explanation.

You all have known and felt that which I write of. God does not promise us that we will never be sad, but He does promise love, joy and peace among other things in His son Jesus Christ. Before I carry on with more detail about what has been going on in Paphos, I just want to take this moment to encourage you to give your greatest woe and deepest sorrow over to Him that promises to make beauty from ashes. The God that literally raised a body from the dead can surely meet you in your circumstance.

During these last three months in Paphos, 4 young people gave their hearts to God and accepted His salvation and 3 lovely ladies got baptized in the sea! Meanwhile, many seeds have been sown around the city, amongst the people and in due time they will surely reap harvest. Pray for these individuals that have recently become a part of the family of Christ and those that have yet to surrender to love; the struggle of the spiritual realm is so evident for each person that makes a decision to follow Christ. Never have I seen such a tug-of-war.

Calvary Chapel Paphos is on the brink of something new! A vision and burden from years ago is starting to come together piece by piece.

As hinted at in the title, I am currently back in Hungary! Those of you that know me well may be surprised to know that there is a tentative plan as well:

  • Budapest, Hungary – for a couple more days taking care of some practical things like writing this blog update filling out paperwork and trying to sort out PayPal.
  • Vajta, Hungary – serving at Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe as I touch base with some others there.
  • Kindsbach, Germany – ministering and doing outreach with Calvary Chapel Kaiserslautern by helping out in a cafe they run, meeting with University students, and helping to facilitate a Vacation Bible School.

Time frames are vague still but, Deo volente, this is how the next few months look! As far as a return to Paphos goes, it still looks like a question mark at the moment. In due time we will see how and when a return may play out.

Another development is that I am applying for my Bachelor Degree in Theology at CCBCE! Last time I was there, my credits were totaled and I was shown that there are only a few classes and a thesis to be written before I have everything necessary to graduate. The only setback (which is hardly a setback) is that my name needs to be in the EU collegiate system for 3 years in order to fully qualify. In the mean time I can take whatever classes I need to via the correspondence program and continue being a missionary wherever God leads.

As per usual, here is the link to my Pay Pal account if you feel led to support the ministry that God is doing in and through me around Europe: (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=589WDYYWP7BKW) If you are able to donate a one-time gift or would prefer to donate on a monthly basis, it would truly be appreciated. Also, please keep me and those that I serve with in your prayers! Feel free to write any time.

 

 

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“Rock of ages cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee”

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My life  here in Paphos very much revolves around divine appointments. By that I mean, most days I wake up with no scheduled plans, but by the time the sun goes down there have been seeds sown through conversations with friends that I run in to or new friends that I may have just met on the street that day.

A lot has been going on in the lives of people that we are reaching out to here. Each individual has his or her own story; the gospel has been shared much and relationships have been made and cultivated. Plenty of seeds have been sown and watered; in the past few weeks two young guys have given their lives to God (PRAISE HIM!)!

In all honesty, being here can be pretty draining at times. Sure, the island life is chill and the land itself is unspeakably beautiful. By no means does this draw an equivalent to hearts and lives. A place that is so gorgeous can simultaneously be a harbor for hard hearts to gather. Spiritually and emotionally, yes this field can be hardcore.

However, that is what  I signed up for. This is why I am here doing what I do. Like this one man from Washington DC said one Speakers Week when I was at bible college, “Be tired from the ministry, not tired of the ministry.” He shared this during a teaching on John 4, when Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus sat down to rest and have some water, because He was tired. What did that lead to? A divine appointment.

Praying over the city.

Praying over the city.

As should be expected, a lot of faith building has been taking place in my own heart. What has God confirmed? I simply need to rely on who He who is and trust that He is doing something. There is much strength and much peace in that. Perseverance goes hand in hand with faith. Pushing forward in His name when everything around you tells you that your efforts are futile so you may as well stop. Why press on? 

14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. 

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NKJV)

That is why. It always comes back to the cross.

I catch myself realizing the reality of my life quite often in that God brought me here. He did not simply just bring me here, but God brought me here to be an example of someone living after His heart. This thought is humbling, to say the least. Why? Because, who am I that God would use me to glorify Himself?! The words of this old hymn surely ring true,

Nothing in my hand I bring, 
simply to the cross I cling;

Thank you for taking the time to read about what is going on in Paphos, Cyprus and  in my heart.  Please take the time to pray for the city and the individuals that dwell here. As the words and the love of God are being shared around here, pray that the seeds sown would take root and that hearts would be softened unto repentance and absolute surrender. Pray for emotional and spiritual support for those that minister here and if you are able to help with my financial support, PLEASE DO. The link to my PayPal is as follows, (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=589WDYYWP7BKW).

Peace and blessings to you, friends and family.

Plans & the forming thereof,

A short explanation of where I am and what I am doing would read like so:
limbo (lɪmbəʊ/)
noun
– an uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution; an intermediate state or condition.
Alas, I am not in limbo, I am in Hungary. In fact, I am here:
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For those of you that are newer to following my journey, this would be Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe in Vajta, Hungary. Also recognized as the place where I attended my last year of Theology studies and participated in the 13-month internship program. To take it a step further down the lane of sentiment, this is also where I launched out of to head off to Paphos, Cyprus. Let me not fail to mention that this is the same school that I “planned” on attending for one semester. Well, I am back y’all!

The plan is to go back to Paphos, but in the mean time I am so thankful to be able to stay here amongst dear friends to pour into and be poured into. Thankfully, I was an intern not too long ago so I am able to help out in different areas and fulfill different needs whether that be in the coffee shop, dining room or grading homework for the online correspondence program. It was a funny thing coming back, it felt like returning home as I was greeted with open arms (literally and figuratively).

Now, about that plan…

Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed. – Proverbs 15:22
Much counsel surrounds me so I have been seeking out wisdom while here as to how to get back to Paphos and stay for longer than 3 months. Those of you that know me well would know that I am certainly not the girl with a plan. Merely looking at airplane tickets costs makes me nauseous. However, sometimes, especially when your life has taken a turn for the way of the nomads, some framework of a plan is quite necessary. This would be the perfect place for me to fill you in on said framework of a plan. That is, if only I had one. Working on that! Simply put, we are trying to figure out details with visas and residency things.
The burden of love for the people of Paphos continues to weigh heavily upon my heart. There is definitely a certain work that can be done, from any distance. That is the work of prayer. This is where you come in. Pray for the Holy Spirit to continue working and moving and drawing hearts to God, to the blood of Jesus Christ. Pray for those in Paphos that personally know the undefiled love of God, pray that they would walk in the light of that love. Loved ones, pray without ceasing.

While you are praying, if you are one that prays, pray that the Lord would clearly lead me back to Paphos to be a part of the lives of the ones I love there. Pray that my life would be a godly example.

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Αυτο ειναι αγαπητο φιλο μου, Roxie. (This is my dear friend, Roxie.) We study Greek together and hope to be back in Paphos doing ministry. She will be leading the 10-day outreach team from CCBCE to Paphos this semester, so please pray that God would do exceedingly and abundantly in that time and that His hand and favor would be over all of the details in planning.
 
One last thing that I must share with you, loved ones, is that which is so simply biblical and constantly reinforced in this season:
The peace of God transcends ALL understanding.
 
So, this is what walking by faith is. Step by step.
Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.  Psalm 84:5

Blessed am I, blessed indeed.

In honor of a new year,

If any of you are wondering, winter is cold. Yes, even on an island in the Mediterranean. The thing that I cannot seem to wrap my mind around is the fact that it is often colder inside homes than outside. Those of you that have spent any amount of time with me in the cold know that I do not have a very high tolerance for this thing called winter. So, how does one as fragile as I survive?

Like so:

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That, my friends, is an empty milk bottle, refilled with boiling hot water. Tuck that thing in your vest and carry it around like a little baby, or toss it under your duvet to warm up your bed and you are good to go! This is a little trick I learned from the missionaries here, ’tis a beautiful thing, loved ones.

Cold weather means seasons and holidays, which means January and a new year.

It is about that time of year for the “New Year, New Me” sort of posts concerning commitments, goals and things of that nature. So, without any further ado, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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I got to spend the evening with my Calvary Chapel Paphos family.

As 2014 snuck up on me, I thought of what my goals or expectations for the year are. This only led to the realization that I honestly do not know what to expect/want to happen in this new year. However, I honestly do not know what I am going to be doing a week from today, so how can I pretend to know what I might be doing or what streets I might be walking in 4 or 5 months time? Alas, this is what some might fondly hash-tag, ‘missionary problems’.

This is my life.

Let me not fail to mention that I would not have it any other way.

An adventurous spirit needs adventure to thrive and what is more adventurous than that which is unknown? Maybe this is what the ancients call ‘walking by faith’. I am certainly in the midst of it, with no other option but to trust that God is going to continue leading me and thus, He shall indeed.

Perhaps, I do have an expectation: Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Oh, and perhaps I even have a goalNot that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14)

Yes, I suppose I do have expectations and goals for 2014 after all. Exceeding abundance and pressing on for my upward call. Pretty legit if I do say so myself. As for the details and what that might look like…I’ll let God deal with that. He does a perfect job with the details of my life.

Dear ones, if I could encourage you in thinking of your own goals and expectations for the year, I would give you this sweet quote from Charles Spurgeon:

We will not open the year to the sorrowful notes of the organ, but to the sweet strains of the harp of joy.

In all things, rejoice.