Monday, July 28, 2008
This is my home! Above are pictures of the exterior, hallway, and bedroom with all the windows! Below are two of the views from my apartment.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
By the way, I don't know who that excited woman is, but my camera is packed and that's pretty similar to how my face has looked all day.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
It's only 1:30pm, but already today I've had face-to-face conversations with ALL of the people who were unreachable last week who are involved in the getting-me-to-Germany process. Three people handed me checks at church! I saw an old friend from high school who is doing missions in Sudan! I got to hear the stories from the Uganda Mission Team! And there is still a lot of day left! Still another church service, dinner with friends, a motorcycle ride, and some planned quality one-on-one talk time.
Today is good. And last night I learned that I really like the game Rock Band. Hopefully tomorrow will be even better because hopefully there will be plane tickets involved :)
I'm so excited I need to bake something...and watch some more Scrubs and Lost in German. Dr. Cox talks way too fast for me to understand his tirades on Scrubs, and if I didn't know the story of Lost in English, I would probably be...lost. But German TV is definitely a more fun way to study than just reading the dictionary.
And, I found some new quality German music to add to my collection, Massiv. He uses the word ghetto a lot. I like it. And, if anyone is interested, Kandern has a city website.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
It was nice to not think for 3 hours. I'm not a dinner and movie kinda girl, but that was good.
By the way, this is my new favorite picker-upper. When I need a chuckle, this is where I turn. It is full of great lines like "toughness and victory will be yours. Master the two-finger jab and you will defeat anyone."
Watch out, boys, I've been practicing. I also now know how to defend myself from an uzi. This treausred piece of literature is going to Germany with me; so if you will be in Germany as well, I highly recommend coming over and studying LIGHTNING JU-JITSU. You never know when someone wearing a sport jacket with a bazooka slung around his back might put you in a full-nelson.
Hey Everyone, I got Skype today. I haven't used it yet though; so, if you have it as well and would like to show me the ropes my contact name is SarahHaymond
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Yes, last week was pretty sugar and spice, and yesterday was a great way to wrap up the week. I went to Bloomington for Leslie & Eric's wedding. I love Christ-centered weddings; I cry everytime...not ugly cry...just eyes welled up. Leslie is one of my good friends from high school who is an absolute rock. Every ounce of her being exudes Christ- even when she's grumpy she loves. Everytime I spend time with her, I leave encouraged. And I couldn't be happier that Eric married her, because he is an incredible man of God. So yay! for solid foundations in marriage! I remember about a year ago talking with her about her wanting to be married and maybe on the mission field and deciding that singleness would not stop her from following God. And how awesome to see that she obeyed Him by going into her ministry, and He's blessed her with Eric to minister with. I love it!
Then after the wedding, I went to Church of the Good Shepherd carnival thing. I don't know what it's called :) And I got to meet Jake & Amanda's son Peter! Absolutely precious. I visited the church once this past winter. So I remembered a few faces and names but not a whole lot of details about anyone. It was interesting what people remembered of me from both there and at the wedding (because I'd also met a few of those people that same weekend I visited Good Shepherd).
The bridesmaids knew me as "Faceplant Girl who is a lady." The two stories they remembered about me were that I busted my face and that a married man once asked me out and my response was "no thanks, I'm a lady."
Lane remembered me as the girl who likes motorcycles and thought I was going to hit him when I jokingly balled a fist.
Abram remembered me as a rock climbing instructor.
Kara remembered me as the girl Jake was trying to marry off. Which, by the way, I guess he's put on hold since the whole Germany thing.
I don't consider any of those to be major things in my life...but apparently the most memorable.
And final fun thing of the week, I got to step out of my 5-speed truck in my skirt and heels and trudge through the mud to go help someone with a stalled car. There is just such a nice balance between it all. Some of the guys in my mechanic class last semester gave me a little crap the first night of class when I showed up in my Civic looking girly and afraid to get dirty. The next week when I looked the same but drove my truck and let oil run down my arms and got scratched up by the engine block, they didn't pick on me anymore.
So, all in all, a great week. I hope this stomach virus I have now isn't indicative of how the next week will be.
Friday, July 11, 2008
I wish I had this clarity of conscience. I cannot even fathom in my depraved mind right now being able to say "I know of no wrong I have done." I want that though! It would be so freeing. So, the first step toward that for me is reconciling some relationships. In the past few weeks, I've tried to contact a few people with whom I have strained relationships. I don't know if they are "fixable" or not, but I have to humbly try.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I talked to Michelle Young today, who serves at BFA as the Maugenhard dorm mom, and she gave me some tips on packing: "You will probably have a furnished apartment, and whatever else you need we can come up with. So don't take anything except clothes, books, medicine, and rain gear." AMAZING! She is a hero of mine, and I can't wait to hang out with that whole family. When I first told her that I'd be coming to BFA, she informed me that I will be spending Thanksgiving and any other "family times" with them in the dorm, and that those Maugenhard boys are going to end up being my 30 little brothers.
Yes, this week will be good. Last week was tough. Even my friend Nate told me that my blog seemed like it was full of frustrated undertones. (Is that how you said it, Nate? I hope I'm not misinterpreting your interpretation of my honesty). This week I will work on happier honesty :)
Please pray that I will be able to connect with the CFC finance team this week and get a motion going to help support me. And for God to move in the hearts of individuals to give the last bit needed. Because, again, how stinkin cool would it be to be at 100% by early next week?!?! (After the last support update saying 46%) OH I really want to go. My heart hurts in a good way :) Janz Team has a policy of letting missionaries head to the field once they have 80% of their support raised, but CFC requires 100% before boarding the plane. I'm glad that they require that because I would probably get to Germany, get into the groove of life chillin at the Eis Cafe and decide that I could make 80% work just so I wouldn't have to keep at that type of ministry. So, it's going to stink when I want to buy that plane ticket at 80%, but it will be good once I'm there with 100%.
FUNNY THINGS: For anyone that was at my party, I feel the need to explain that when I get embarrassed (say by a room full of people singing to me) I can't breathe very well. And that is why it took me about 10 tries to blow out my 23 candles.
Also, today I got carded at the library. The "circulation supervisor," as her name tag boasted, came up to the nice lady who was scanning my items and said, "I don't think that's the same person. Look how chubby her face is here." Haha. Then she asked for my ID in case I was trying to steal the chubby girls' access to the free public library and keep the Panic at the Disco CD I was borrowing. Good thing I know I'm not of an unhealthy weight. People are funny.
The Master Party Planner, Mom
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
As of last week, I was at 50ish% support level. (CFC, my sending church, requires 100% to board the plane). But, I spoke with several people at CFC last week as well as a few at my other church, Resurgence. So, even though that 50% is a huge amount to me (about $1400/month more), it's not to God. And there are many people that's it's not huge to either. I really want to be on that plane in 11 days, and I know that it is possible. I mean, one fabulously wealthy person could write one check and take care of it. (If you, by the way, are fabulously wealthy and would like to be that person, feel free to email me at Sarah.Haymond@gmail.com and we will make arrangements. :)
I've listed the blogs of many of the friends I made in Canada a few weeks ago who I will be working with at BFA this fall. Check out their sites, and read their stories if you get a chance. Wonderful people who also need prayer, support, and encourangement.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I just started on 1 Corinthians today and was already reminded that where God leads He provides.
I cracked open the German books today! I told myself that once I stopped working I would be a studying machine. I've been off of work and back from orientation for over a week, and I just now got the courage to find out how much I've forgotten. Viel. A lot. I studied / watched old episodes of So You Think You Can Dance for a couple hours today and probably will for another 2 tonight. Actually, German is the only thing on my list that doesn't make my stomach tie in knots. The things I need to do are as follows: study German (not too bad but definitely not an attention holder), make phone calls (to people I don't know well asking if they would like to help support my ministry), pack (where to start?!), plan my birthday/going away/support team party (I couldn't care less about decorations, and I really get uncomfortable at the thought of having to entertain people). So, studying German was the obvious choice.
Praise. Today I came to a point where I really just wanted to lay on the floor and let myself feel overwhelmed by everything going on, but I knew if I did that then I would be letting Satan grab my foot so he could keep me on that floor and not doing any of the aforementioned things. And even though I knew that I shouldn't, I'm a weak woman...and I did... and about 10 seconds later one of my new BFA friends called and got me up off the floor. I'm so thankful that God uses friends and family to encourage me at just the right time. And I'm thankful for Viki calling when she did because I probably would've layed there for a long time (and not studied any German).
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Also today was Psalm 145.
"The Lord upholds all who fail, and He raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing." vv.14-16
As I read, I thought, "I'm a failure who is bowing down. My eyes and everyone's around me are looking to God
....interruption...someone just called to ask if they could support me financially. Thanks God!
ok, so...My eyes and everyone around me are looking to God to provide financially for Germany (very cool that that happened mid-typing-praying for it, by the way) because there is no way I can come up with $70,000 for the next 2 years! But, I know He will provide in due season. Hopefully in the next 2 weeks even! He opens his hand and satisfies. I love it.
This past weekend, I got to speak with several people at CFC about what God is doing in my life as well as at BFA. And today, I went back to visit my former work, Dr. Randall Brown Orthodontics, whom I highly recommend for your orthdontic care :), and told my story some more. And then some phone calls and emails and lots of pouring out of details and praying. So, tomorrow Emily and I are going to Holiday World to have some much needed relaxation and girl time.
Along with Come Thou Fount and Psalm 145, I've also really been burdened to pray for my new Janz Team family that I met in Canada 2 weeks ago. (Janz Team is my sending mission agency who handles all the paperwork and money.) I really want us single folk to been grounded in our significance in Christ and the married couples to be strengthened and closer than ever through the support raising process. I cannot understand what it's like to go through this as a husband feeling the need to provide for his family or a wife finding the boundary between trusting him in that while also actively raising funds. But, I do know how lonely it is for a single person to get rid of all your stuff, ask complete strangers for help and then not be able to share those feelings with anyone who is in it with you. It's really tough. So, I don't know if anyone is reading this yet, but if you're reading this and going through that, be encouraged that you're not alone. You can call me if you just need someone to listen. I've already done that to a couple people (special thanks to Susan).