November 17 Prayer Requests

As you may or may not know, 17 is one of my favorite numbers because my birthday is on the 17th of April. That’s why I chose the 17th of each month to be my prayer update day. BUT yesterday, November 16th, is a very special day as well. It’s my REbirthday! I turned 19 years old in Jesus yesterday, and I’m so grateful for the growth that He continues to develop in me year after year.

Here are some ways you can be praying this month:

  • This weekend our team is taking a retreat near Lake Trasimeno in Umbria! We’ll be discussing team dynamics, our individual strengths, and how we work together. Please be praying that this will be a fruitful time of getting to know one another better, hearing from the Lord, and resting in the beauty of His creation.
  • My roommate/teammate Esther and I have joyfully begun to use our apartment for hospitality and ministry and we are so excited to see how God is going to use this. We’ve already hosted 2 nights of prayer and worship and we’re planning to organize our schedule to do them regularly, probably every other week. Pray that this initiative will be all about glorifying Christ, being sensitive to the Spirit, and hearing from the Father. We’re expectant that the Lord is going to do something big in and through His Body here in Rome!
  • I feel very strongly about the need for discipleship for new believers, so I am working on finding a few girls from church to meet with regularly for prayer, study, and growth together. Please pray that the Lord will direct me to the right relationships and that faith and obedience will flourish.

Thank you for praying with me last month! Here are some updates on past requests:

  • The Radiant Treasures Alliance (ATR) conference for anti-trafficking on October 29th in Bologna went beautifully! It was a wonderful day of collaboration and celebration of what the Lord has done and is continuing to do. Please continue to pray for the growth of our ministry Slavery No More, for more opportunities through new partnership, and for eyes to be opened and hearts to be softened.
  • Our church event with the local Muslim community went well. It was an interesting debate and presentation of ideas that gave a good occasion for discussions. Please pray for more opportunities for events like this in the future.
  • Esther has been doing great with her transition, is fully embracing language, and has jumped into all kinds of ministries and responsibilities. We’re really grateful for her! And our newest teammate, Josh, just arrived last week! He’s dealt with hardly any culture stress (praise the Lord!) and is already getting plugged in to life in Rome. Please pray that he’s able to find a more permanent place to live with good roommates soon! And keep praying for Lauren K as she continues support raising. We’re ready for her to get here too!

Josh, Esther, Lauren D, and Heather


Snow, Austria, and Other Adventures!

OK, so. This blog entry is LONG overdue so let’s touch on the high points [with a few pictures to illustrate] and later we can go back for details if we have time.

First off, classes have been amazing. If I haven’t said so already, I’m in Nehemiah, Mark, and Revelation. We also are reading The Pilgrim’s Progress and have service hour assignments for M199. Then there are Chuck Tracks [sermons given by Pastor Chuck Smith]. I have about 10 per week of those to listen to and take notes on. It’s time consuming, but enjoyable. I’m learning SO much about the Old Testament. I really do love it. Sometime’s it’s hard to get everything done on the right day in the right amount of time, but that’s because I’m a procrastinator. =P It’s something I’m working on.

Another thing I’m working on are my cooking skillz. lol. I’m getting really good at pasta. Hahaha! This week, I think we’re going to venture to make pizza and calzoni on our own. It will be an exciting experiment! Gelato on the other hand is best left to the pros in my opinion and I will be content not to try to make any and just buy the wares of the experts. YUM.

Now, as for my title. Miraculously, we actually had snow on March 10th.

Ridiculous, right?! It was beautiful, melted a bit, froze, and then mostly melted away the next day. It was a nice change from the near constant rain we had the first few weeks we were here, which is actually quite out of the ordinary for this part of Italy at this time of the year. Lately, it has started to warm up and hasn’t rained for a week now. I’m SO glad. Hopefully, we will soon be able to pull out our sundresses. =]

Our second weekend here, we went to Venezia [or Venice] for the day. It was gorgeous and we had a great time. I’ll be posting a couple pictures here, but I have a BUNCH. Hopefully, I’ll get the rest up on my flickr soon, but our internet is kind of slow here, especially when there’s more than one of us using it, which is most of the time.

Lastly, for this post anyway, we went to Austria this week for Speaker’s Week. It was an amazing time of fellowship, prayer, and worship where we just let God speak to us as we had an escape from classes and homework in the midst of the Austrian Alps in the quaint little town of Millstatt. Oh, and did I mention we were at a CASTLE?! It was fabulously beautiful. Again, a few pictures, but more to come on flickr.

And today we went to Padova. It was a fun day of walking around and shopping. I got a new purse [yes, Mom, I will leave my old purse that you don’t like behind ;P ] and a super cute pair of Italian leather boots. Both my shopping goals for the day accomplished. Now that it is after midnight, I must get to bed so that I can get up and get ready for church in the morn.

I’ll blog again soon. Love to all!