Wednesday, July 23

Sharing the love...

Okay so the past couple of weeks have been quite dry. Worship and intercession have been amazing, but we haven't been seeing a whole lot of things happen. Whether it be plans changing or translators not showing up...either way things have been slow. So we fasted on Tuesday and really sought after what God was saying. I mean we very well could be "planters" and we all understand that, but we had specifically gotten words from God before we left that we were to see fruits. So we spent a lot of our day praying, worshiping, and waiting on God. In the afternoon like every tuesday and thursday we take out youth to slums with us. Well after all our time of seeking God i feel like tuesday was a major breakthrough. The girls in my group were actually understanding that i wasn't going to do everything that it was about God using them as well. We ended up praying for a boy with hearing problems and met his mom and talked with her for a couple of hours. Nothing major happened but the atmosphere was just different.
But right before we took the youth out we also bought our food for the day and handed it out to people we felt led to give it to. My group ended up meeting this man that speaks Arabic and English. We had our new guy with us Akrum who's from egypt (hes only with us for a little while). We met him right out side of a mosk. He didn't really need the food but it defiantly blessed him. Akrum shared with him in Arabic to ask God to reveal himself to him in ways he never thought possible, the guy was taking it all in. (I had no idea what they were talking about, since it was in another language) I ended up asking him if i could pray for him. It was a blessing to see him receive it all so much. We exchanged numbers and hope to meet up and talk more with him.
Anyways good encounters. Wednesday (today) we started painting a mural. (defiantly making it up as we go along!! haha. But it was fun everyone kinda got to see me in a whole new way. after the base colors were on i went back after people and threw random colors on there for highlights and shadow...lets say i had to assign someone to open paint cans and close them, paint was flying it was fun/stress full/stretching. Teaching people how to paint for the first time..and i hardly knew what i was doing.
Okay last STORY! Tonight we had team time..Both teams that live together we had a dessert off! we were split in groups to prepare dessert for everyone to see what was the best. here's the results...
Presentation: Thai rice thing (MY GROUP..sticky rice cooked with coconut milk, strawberry or mango on top and a sugar glace over it. served on banana leafs)
Texture: Truffle (it was like layered pudding goodness with chocolate strawberries and cake)
Wow Factor: Chocolate Shots (Chocolate crumbs, fudge, more chocolate, chocolate whip cream)
Creativity: Fried bananas (with ice cream and strawberries)
Flavor: Truffle

It was a fun and we all ate wayyy to much =]

here's two photos from My day off in Mannga Dua (means two mango's)
Did i mention i learned to bargain like crazy advice for bargaining!!!
1. Start with half of what they offer.
2. Slowly work your way up to what you want to pay.
3. Once you reach that they usually will say noooo this is my final offer.
4. You say...ohh Wellll maybe i'll come back..start to turn around (slowly) and take a few steps..(sometimes you don't even have to start walking) They will GIVE IN!

Works every time!! =]

here's a picture of Amanda and I in the taxi!

Wednesday, July 16

as i wait for you..

Amazing calm week of intercession and prayer walking. Dont worry though, things are about to explode, its all about Gods timing. I've thinking quite a bit lately about God continually giving me a heart for these people. But also my future, i'm trying not to worry but its something thats been on my heart for a long time. I dont quite know what God wants me to do! But heres something that oddly has calmed my thinking....

There are many things that will carch my eye, but there are only a few that will catch my heart, it is those that I consider to pursue!

If only i can figure out those things that catch my heart =]. Another thing thats been pretty hard is dealing with past relationships, yes still! Who knew forgiving someong could take so long...probably cause i supress my feelings so much, but i'm slowly learning to deal with it now, so 5 years from now those feelings wont haunt me! ha I'm soo gratefull for a patient loving God!! would be bad news bears for me!! =]

OKAY so i know everyone just wants pictures soooo here ya go =]
Night time fountain!

Prettty smogg!

A prettier view of the city, but gross sewer river!

Up close of river

A piece of home!

These girls fallowed me all day!

He really wanted a picture taken =]

Gates leading out of my home.

Hope you enjoyed my verbal processing and a few random photos!!

Sunday, July 13

love where is your fire

i dropped off my friend pablo yesterday at the air port..sadly he only got to stay with us for a week =[ But we had a blast!

He taugh me and beccs the REAL way to shave your was one of the funniest things i've ever seen! Not to mention he was bleeding like crazy from the new blade hahaha.

And our random conversations that went from men with hairy chest, to drulling while you sleep, massive amounts of music swapage (natty..hes amazing artist).

I've been sick since about wednesday and it sucks..with a bad cough and soar throat, but i had a chill day sunday and a free day today.

Gosh the kids are amazing here..i cant even tell you. I dont even like children that much...but when literally 30 of them are chasing you saying MISS JENNA!! HALLLOO!! (thats there way of sayin hello...obviously) haha Its so fun making trains and running around yelling. I swear no one has ever played with these kids its soo incredibly sad!! saturday night was so funny we had a nice american dinner =] steak since it was pablos last night or atleast we'd like to think thats why we had a nice dinner. Anyways when we went to this slum and this family invited us over and they had SOOO much food. It was sooo insane. I've never tried soo many weird things haha one of the foods was a gooey goober looking thing filled with coconut and then wrapped in a bananna leaf. It was soo random! And i was very full.

Things are going really well, missing home quite a bit..there are no comforts here haha. But you live and its much easier when you realize that everything isnt about you. And i've definantly realized that my time here in Indonesia is all about serving and blessing people.

Loving and missing a lot of people! I just wish a lot of people could see what i'm seeing and realize how much this time we have in this world isnt about "come what may"(something i use to believe) but really stepping out and doing something about it all. Well its definantly a life changing experience that everyone should go through. Anyways...i'll be home september 22nd. I'm soo excited and not all at the same time!!

Hope everyone is enjoying there summer!
Jenna dear

Monday, July 7

who knew...

WOW soo busy its been so intense!

I'm not here in Jcity! Its an incredible city SO MANY people yelling "Bule, BULE" or "BULE GILA" bule= foreigner or white person where gila means crazy! haha We just got done puttin on a confrence with more than 1000 young people. It was incredible!!

Tomorrow is the offical start of our outreach phase! Even though we have been here two weeks! I've met some really awesome people and i'm loving it here! The people are soo friendly!
I wish i could tell stories but i actually am not allowed to yet because of security reasons. But when i come home!! OH MAN!

I love you all and i'm missing home a lot! I miss fresh air SOO bad! I miss not being sweaty all the time =/ But i do love it here and i love what God is doing for this city! Its AMAZING!!