So, I’ve been kinda typing into a word document when I’ve had free time over the last couple of days. I finished tonight after my date with the Lord, so that’s why that one happens to be in more detail than the others, I guess. So I invite you to find out some of the general things I’ve been doing, and some of the depths of my heart conversations with the Lord.
Tuesday: Soul to Soul Night.
Our Action Group shared testimonies with each. My action group consists of Meg, Ashley, Ariel, and me, as well as our leaders Noel and Courtney. We went to Ian’s Pizza (which was awesome, cuz Ariel got us a free slice of pizza and they have awesome food in the first place) and then to Noel’s place to share our stories. We were surprisingly the first group done. Which meant we could hang out with each other and nobody else was even on the floor yet. Which was fun, I guess. And then another group came (my roommate’s group) and needed to finish up so they were in our room until 11-11:30. Only two of us cried, and one teared up. It was a good night, though. We were real with each other right away, which has only strengthened our exponentially growing friendships. I love hearing people’s stories, and my heart aches for those who don’t have a family of believers as I do. I am so blessed!
Wednesday: Ministry Site Tour
Okay, so going around and seeing what all these places are already doing for the people in the city? So encouraging! And then we get to come in and assist and boost the confidence of these wonderful people! I am so excited to see what God is gonna do!
Thursday: Break out into groups/Date Night with Jesus
Team One with Bryan, Chelsea, Meg, Jenny, Rachel, and me. We will be going to four different churches/ministries to help out over the next seven weeks. Again, so excited to see what God is gonna do!
I call it “Date Night With Jesus” because it really is me and the Lord just getting to know each other. Truer than in any other kind of relationship, Jesus likes to reveal more that I didn’t know about myself, and helps me grow. He is awesome, and I am so glad that I have an intimate relationship with my Lord! Earlier this week, I asked God to break my heart for the people of Milwaukee. I guess I kind of had a tugging at my heart before, but tonight I realized I totally have a heart for nonbelievers everywhere, whether they are willing to admit it or not! Ya’ll need Jesus. Just sayin’ it. My heart aches for those told of in Colossians 2:20, “If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world?” Which is everyone. The world likes to encourage my struggles with worry and control, my mind not on things that are above, but are here on this earth. How does that change? Jesus. I don’t know how to relate to everyone that giving everything up to God feels a whole lot freer than struggling and hanging on to your burdens. I don’t know how to tell everyone I see that a relationship with Christ is the best thing in this universe and that ain’t no lie. Without smothering them, of course. That’s just not me. So, I have given God all of me, and told him to use me where he needs me. I am working on writing my testimony in such a way that it can be told to all people, whether they believe or not. God gave me the testimony I have. Everything I think, do, or say, I have decided to give it all to God’s glory. That is what I am doing here. That is what I am supposed to do. That is why I am here. For God’s glory! So I give all praise to him! Amen.
Until next time! Smiling always, Anna
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Anna! thank you for doing this. I promise I won’t comment on all of you summer in Milwaukee posts, but this is just sooooo encouraging. I’m going to bookmark your blog so that when people start asking us about Summer project next year I can send them here. I know that it’s not as good as going on, but it is better than any of us (who have been) trying to explain what our experiences were like!
love you and can’t wait to see you,