Thursday, June 11, 2009

I love flushing my toilet paper!

I am back! Well, actually I have been home since June 1. Arriving home was as exciting and emotional that I thought it would be! The plane ride was good, long but alright. The worst part of the journey home was the federal police in Brasil. It turns out that we over stayed our visas. We had a 180 day visa, but we were never told that in 90 days of arriving we had to check in with the police. So, when leaving we were given a note saying if we were ever to come back to Brasil we must pay around $500. So, that left a sour taste in our mouths as we left. We slowly are figuring it out.

Saying goodbye – Well, as it always is leaving a country, the drive to the airport is filled with memories. Some good and some challenging. Some make you want to laugh, and some make you want to cry. God did bless me with a feeling of satisfaction. I feel so happy and SO blessed that I was in Brasil. I feel so special that I was able to experience all I did. But in another way, I was ready to come home. At first, I thought that that feeling was not good. Like I wanted to escape Brasil and all that it was to me. But after talking with God, he said that it was fine to feel excited about coming back, and seeing family and friends. But he asked me one thing. “Your Brasil experience has come to an end, but has your life of living in missions come to an end.” After really taking some time and thinking about this, I came to conclusion. I don’t care where I am going to be, weather it be in Richmond, Langley, Abbotsford, LA, or Africa… I am going to live a missional life. It might be in the way I talk to someone, or the way I treat someone. I want my life to be a mission. I have realized that this is what God wants of me, and I want to live like this each and every day. You never know where you’re planting seeds, or where God is going to use you. I never thought that by working in a kitchen for 6 hours a day could be fruitful, but God used me and he will continue to use me.

Debrief has been great. Its been different then what I expected, but it has been SO needed. I see in little ways I have changed and in ways that others have changed. So, it has been re building those friendships. I have learned a lot about what these next few months and years are going to hold for me. They say I am going to be dealing with a lot for a few months.. sometimes even years! Alright, one day at a time!!!

I am so happy to be home, but so proud of all that I was able to experience on TREK. It was no where easy at all, but it was so amazing to see God working all around me. Truly, it was so special to see.

I want to say THAN YOU from the bottom of my heart for everything you all have done from me. From the simple comments, packages in the mail to prayer and financial support. This journey could not have been done with out your help. I will forever be grateful to you all.

Also, tomorrow which is Friday June 12, were having a dessert/sharing night at South Abbotsford Church at 7:00pm. I will be sharing for my team, and you will also hear all that God did in the other team’s lives while they were away!

Well, God did it. She brought me here as a young immature girl, who was so scared to take the steps out onto the water. Now, I see how God has not only held me had as I took those steps, but how he has led me from there on out. God is so good, may his name be forever praised.

With much much Love

- God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for your update! I was so happy to see you the other day (we all were) and I hope that you really enjoy the rest of your time at debrief. We're not able to come to the dessert evening unfortunately but can't wait for Sunday.

Your decision to be prepared to be used by God anywhere is really what it's all about, isn't it. I am learning that mission work overseas is just as important as missions work down the block, or around the corner. There is so much need everywhere in the world and you will no doubt be used, wherever you choose to go.

I hope you keep blogging, even though it won't be from Brasil and I won't get anymore of those little crazy Brasilian tidbits that I loved so much, but it'll be great to hear what you're doing wherever you are doing it.

Much love and hugs,
Auntie Wendy

Hansen said...

Ginter I cant wait to hug you... I miss you, I love you and I am looking forward to getting a coffee with you and talking to you about TREK and tim and I..and everything..