In Berlin at the moment, and thankful today for…
1. Week one of project successfully completed. Although not without challenges, this has been a great week of seeing God at work in our lives and in the lives of students at the university. The Lord has convicted me of my own sin, and shown me His great grace through my teammates. We have grown together in community and relationship, and each day I love them more and more! So thankful to get to spend the next 4 weeks with this group.
2. Elaine still being in town! We only overlapped for three days, but it was such a joy to get to see her twice in that time and spend time together in person. Sometimes Skype and emails just don’t cut it between girls (although both those modern marvels do make it much easier). Love her wisdom, depth and compassion, and how much she pushes me to look to Jesus. I’m sad that she moved back to London-town, but excited for what the Lord has in store for her future and thankful we got to see each other again in Germany!
3. God at work in Berlin. Sometimes it can be so easy to believe the lie that God has forsaken this city and the Spirit is no longer working here. But then a student has a great conversation on campus, or we go to an awesome church service, or I literally see God working in the lives of one of my friends, and I am reminded that there is no place that God is not.
4. Encouraging days on campus. Honestly, yesterday was pretty rough for our group. Few good conversations, lots of hard ones, and rainy, cold weather to top it all off. This morning we all had a hard time getting out of bed, but then even though the weather is still cold and rainy (um, isn’t it summer?), campus was an entirely different story from yesterday. Great conversations, friendships started, sweet times in prayer and generally encouraging and uplifting. Hooray!
5. Eye mask and ear plugs. The sun starts rising around 3:30A.M. here…yes, you read that right. By 4:00 it looks like it is about 9:00 in the morning. And since we are in a hostel that has over 400 beds, the noise level can be a bit much. The first few nights I wasn’t wearing the mask or ear plugs, and was waking up around 4am thinking it was time to get up. Then I started wearing them, and life got much happier. I actually slept through the entire night, and woke up rested! Amazing grace.