Sign for Embassy of Slovakia

Originally uploaded by themoltron.

OK so I haven’t updated in awhile. I apologize for that. I do have some exciting news, actually it is quite a lot of exciting news.

So After applying to do Global Mission work in February I was accepted. I then attended a weekend event in April where I interviewed for several countries. I now know I will now be going to Slovakia. This is really exciting. I will be spending a year in Slovakia learning the language and spreading the love of Christ. It will most definitely be a challenge. Related to this is that this past weekend May 12th, Washington DC had an event where a large majority of the European Union nations embassies were open to the public. I was able to visit and see the Slovak Embassy and meet the Ambassador.

The other exciting news is in June I will be starting summer camp. I will be a camp counselor at Caroline Furnace. This is a new experience for me and I am psyched about it. I will have plenty of fun in the outdoors teaching and leading kids. This is a great opportunity to prepare me for my service in Slovakia.

On a lesser note I found a job until camp starts. I was looking for one for quite awhile. I am working back at Professional Healthcare working in the Personal Care department. It is interesting and harried work. I am learning just how much our healthcare system needs improvement and realizing that many immigrants who come to our country work very hard for little pay. We complain all the time about but many things these hard working people do we wouldn’t even think about doing for the pay they receive. I am learning and understanding a different side of economic divide that many being overlook.

Well that’s all the news I have at the moment.

i keep tarts in my room
Originally uploaded by sherrieberrie.

Well it has been awhile but, here my Picks for this post. The picture is some pineapple tarts. A little sweet and alittle tangy but oh so Good. Much like life. Enjoy!!!

Life Explained in Diagram form
This Blog is interesting and hilarious. Using various forms and charts to depict observations of life. They are funny because they are true.

Youngest Premature Baby Born
A baby was delivered premature by about 4 months. The earliest on record. This will definitely raise debate and concern about the abortion issue.

India and Pakistan unite to condemn train bombing
In wake of tragedy it seems this event might be doing some good. India and Pakistan were affected and vowing to work more closely to prevent further violence. It makes me think how easy it is for us living in America.

Top 12 Movies in History That Were Ahead of Their Time
Of course I’m a huge movie fan. This list is definitely worth looking at. You can’t always go by the Oscar Awards. Sometimes films gain more favor after they hit the limelight. We are often left wondering does Art imitate life or does life imitate art. I think it is definitely both.

British, U.S. kids worst off in industrial world, UN says
Worse off, we think we have it all. Sometimes it takes an outside perspective to see the truth. Maybe the US needs to do a little reevaluation of its values.

Colourful fresco od David and Goliath in Regensburg (Bavaria), Germany
David and Goliath
Originally uploaded by galapiafargo.

I was reading through the bible when I came upon the story of David and Goliath. It is a very familiar story for many. One of the things that struck me when I read it this time was David’s response before he kills Goliath.

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47 NIV

His confidence in God is amazing. You can also see an hint of anger. David was certain that the Philistines made God angry. He knew that God was going to punish them. David is also acknowledging his own weakness. He places the Lord as victorious, not him or anyone else. The battle is won only because the Lord won it.

David’s response is something I wish I could live up to. I’m so worried about ME being victorious I forget who really is supposed to win. Jesus’ response echos David’s response. Jesus was not afraid to die, he knew who had to win. Jesus died so that God’s eternal plan for us would be victorious. He gave up his Life but, in the end he never lost it. God provided the greatest of victories. Victory over death.

Burning Bush Coffee Company
Originally uploaded by themoltron.

This past weekend I attended Winter Celebration. A Youth Event for high school students. The Theme was from Exodus 3, when Moses encounters the Burning Bush.
The overall event reminded me how important it is to remember God is with me through whatever I do. I’m also reminded that God calls us to do something that only we can do. I’m still struggling to figure out what that looks like for me. God calls to us and we need to remember those Burning Bushes our lives.

I met with small group of adults. It was encouraging to hear people’s stories and to know that they have gone through many of the same doubts and struggles I am going through right now. The biggest struggle I have right now is dealing with myself worth. Having been out of work for about 2 weeks now, it is hard to feel an sense of accomplishment or motivation for things. It also doesn’t help to see my savings slowly dwindling.

I think what I got most of the weekend was a sense that God is bigger than I am and only He knows who I really am. God is will take care of me ,if I’m willing to listen and take a step of a faith. I mentioned in a early blog entry about how I’m blessed when I’m at the end of my rope because there is more of God and less of me. I’m finding that I am reevaluating what it means to be humble and understanding.

When I go out I look at all people working, and I see them from a different perspective than I have in the past. Many of the upper and middle class look down at these people who are working hard. They are people working hard to make a living. We are so afraid of what people think about our occupation that will mask it my judging others. I’m learning that I need to stop evaluating my self-worth based on what I do. I need realize who God is and who He created Me to be. Because “God Is Who He Is” and He is Good.

Nederlands Kampioenschap Latte Art 2005
Originally uploaded by Live Solutions Events

Once again I bring some of the websites and other things I have been checking out this past week. For those of you not in the know, the photo to the right is of Latte Art. It is an interesting trend in the coffee world and requires alot of skill. This particular Latte looks Delicious.

Ok I got distracted, now to my links. I hope you enjoy.

  1. Maria Full of Grace (2004)

    This is a moving film about the drug trafficing and how it effects real people. It is amazing how stereotypes shape the world we live in. It also shows are easily people can get into the drug scene. This movie was in spanish and really helped draw us into a world we know little about. As a christian I feel movies like this help us realize the world’s need for christ and helps break assumptions that prevent us from sharing.

  2. 50 Coolest Websites

    Nothing like time magazine to tell us what is important in history. Take a look at the list.

  3. The Voice of Hibakusha | The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki | Historical Documents |

    Interviews with Atomic Bomb survivors. How easily we can forget things that had such a large impact. We often hear about events that happen so often we forget the real impact. These interview a touching and remind us how events in history really effect people. Becuase I’m from a generation that did not experience this event. It reminds how important it is to remind and stress the impact things have on our lives today.

  4. Global Warming and Population – Global Issues

    This is some data woth reviewing on comparing population with the global warming issue. Read the research and decide for yourself

  5. Atheist in Massachusetts Beware

    Amazing how laws can become outdated as society reinterprets them. Apparently there is a law in Massachusetts that Blasphemy is worthy of Jail. Atheist beware. Should they take it off the books or keep as a reminder to see how much change has occured in society?