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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Coromandel Peninsula



Hello everyone! Sorry it's been a while since I've added some more pics! Hopefully I'll get some more updated and have another newsletter by next month. This has been a busy month and the next one will be busy in the beginning!
We went to the Coromandel yesterday and these are some pics of us going to Hot Water Beach (where you go at low tide and dig a hole in the sand and a bunch of hot water comes up and makes like a natural hot tub. There is molten rock and hot sulfur underneath and the sea is right next to it bringing in water.) We also went to Cathedral Cove (this place is in the 2nd Narnia movie). We went up to Shakespeare's Cliff ( a place REALLY high up with a beautiful view) and we took the ferry over to Whitianga and saw some shops over there. It was a trip with just our team and our co-ordinators. It was really awesome and we all had a great time enjoying another part of New Zealand! :)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Weekend Trip to Napier



This past weekend our team took a 4 hr. trip to Napier, New Zealand to see the other AIM team one last time. They are done with their field time (as they were in the class before us) and are leaving in early November. They wanted us to see some of the work they've been doing and the place where they spent their mission time.
We got to stay with some host families in the church, do some service projects, do a skit for a kid's class and in front of the church, go rock climbing, have a lot of devos. and singing nights to encourage one another, and we got to meet some of the youth and young adults they've been working with and mentoring.
Over all, it was a really neat trip and a great chance to see another part of new zealand, as well as God's people in all different parts! We hope to be able to continue to encourage that church there and to maybe visit again some time! :)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Otumoetai Lock-In



We held a lock-in at our church for all the teens and young-adults in the north island (or at least close around our area.) We ended up having youth come from Auckland, Napier, Rotorua, and 1 girl even came and was visiting from Australia. It was neat to see these young christians from different areas and share with each other. We also had some worship time and a lesson together. Some non-christians attended as well and some brought friends. It was a great way to build friendships and plant seeds! Pray that that they will continue to grow!

Ladies' Challenge



Ladies' Challenge this yr. was held in Rotorua. It was like a weekend-long camp for all the women in the north island, and we even had one come from Nelson in the South Island. It was a great time of refreshment and really neat to meet christians from all different areas! It was very encouraging to get to see some other missionaries from different parts as well and to exchange some ideas and catch up! Overall, our team really enjoyed this time and look forward to probably participating in it next year in Napier, New Zealand.

Trip To Rotorua



Rotorua is about 45 min. away from where we live. For those of you who have been there, you know that it has a quite unpleasant smell of sulfur as you approach and go through some of the town! This is a geothermal area, with natural hot springs and boiling mud. We also got to go through a redwood forest and a neat park there as well. Ladies' Challenge was held in Rotorua, so we went up early to have a look around!

Mexican Night



This was a woman's event we held at our church building that our team spent HEAPS of time organizing and putting together. All the ladies' brought different mexican dishes and we provided some and made a mexican drink and had music and table decorations and did some fun facts and spanish word games and a mexican dance. We even had a pinata. It was tons of fun! It was quite a change for NZ because they don't really have any mexican restaraunts and BARELY ANY mexican food. This was for any women from our church and they could bring friends that didn't go to church for a fun night with the ladies!

Day With the Duboses

Monday, September 15, 2008

Mount Action Centre

Everyone from the church was invited to go and we rented out three courts. We had sport, fun, and fellowship! Here are some pics from our time there!

Chocolate Night

We had a bunch of teen girls come over to hang out on a Friday night and we played games, got to fellowship, and watched a nooma video (really good little spiritual videos if you haven't seen them. You can see some online. They are about 10 min. long).

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Supakidz



Supakidz is something Jana and I do once a week. It is teaching the bible in schools. Here are some pics from last week!

Josh Austin's last Rugby Game-FINALS!!!



Josh is a boy from our church. His rugby team made it to the finals out of all in his league. They won a silver medal for second place...only lost by 1 point! Good job Josh!!! :)

The Beach/Mount



These are some pics from the beach at the Mount...now in Springtime!

Team Pics and Girl's Night Out



Some pictures of our team and a Girl's Night Out convention I went to.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Care and Craft

The slideshows don't seem to be working (at least not for ME!) so if they are working for you please let me know. But if you can't see the pictures for the Mystery Dinner or this Care and Craft post then please just click on the link to the side --> that says pictures and you can look at them!

Care and Craft is what Kristi and I do once a week working with older people and some disabled people as well!

Young Adult Mystery Dinner

Everyone got to "guess" at what they were going to eat but it was NEVER what you expected. Really fun way to interact and get others involved. Everyone got to dress as their favourite food! Here are some pics! Sry if you have gotten an update a lot on this one...I keep trying to fix it and think my internet is going funny!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Updated Pics

I've added some new pics from this past month in an album to the right...it says New Zealand and right under it, it says "pictures". Click on that link to view some albums. Some of those pics are from back in Lubbock or back home. The one I just added is labeled July '08. Click on that album for my recent pics! I hope everyone got my newsletter okay! Let me know if you don't get them and would like to receive one through email! Love and miss you all heaps! Enjoy some more pictures! I will be adding them on here like this from now on, instead of putting heaps of them directly on my page. It's easier. :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

"Diamonds" Event

Well, sorry it has been a while since I have written an update! I think our whole team is starting to work on our monthly newsletters so hopefully those will be out fairly soon as well! I also don't want to put to much on here because then our newsletters are really just a repeat! It's been nice having a blog page, though, so I can show family and friends back home some pictures without having to print them off!
I think I'm going to just try to explain pictures that we post on here and keep pictures going on this page. Also, if our team has any prayer requests or big things that come up I may post them on here. If anyone has any questions or anything they'd LIKE me to post on here, let me know and I can try to do that as well. Otherwise, I think I'll leave our newsletters for the work updates.
To explain the "Diamonds" Event that I posted some pictures from, this was a ladies' event held at the church and they try to hold a big one once every couple months I believe. Once a month, the ladies' do get-together, but this is just a big event that they plan and put a lot more into and it is for any women in the community to come. It really is a great way to invite people in and to get other ladies' in the community to meet Christian women in a non-threatening way.
As you have probably guessed, the theme for this evening was "Diamonds, a Girl's Best Friend." It was held at the church (another way to get people familiar with where the building is and not feel threatened to "go to church" so to speak) and the women's ministry really went all out in decorating and planning it out! Everyone got to get all dressed up and wear a lot of "bling." (I am sad to say that I am not to the point of owning much "bling" yet..haha! But I got to wear some fake stuff! haha). Some young men in the church dressed up and were the escorts when you first walked in. They also handed out little gift baggies that had a verse on a neat keepsake paper made up like a diamond (really, the theme verse for the night) that was from Proverbs 31 "A woman is worth far more than diamonds." -translated from The Message. They also got some other little goodies. They had a picture spot for women and friends to get a picture taken together, they had a trivia game, desserts, and a guy that came and sang to all the women. Mary Nelson (one of our fantabulous coordinators) did a small devo./thought with "diamonds" as the theme as well. It was a really neat evening and please pray that we really reached out and some of those women will come back to the church or other events in the future and that some good friendships can be made! I already saw some returning people from the 4th of July party that the Americans in the church held. It's funny the ways we can reach out and show love to people! And I think we all know how the love of Christ can always bring you back for more! Please be praying for all the women at this event and that their hearts will be softened!
Thought for the day: (This goes along with a post I already posted so if you've heard it before, sry. But it goes with the theme!) How much is a diamond worth if it's lost? It is still worth a lot, right? Just because someone loses it, doesn't mean it decreases in value! It will be worth a lot to whomever finds it. Well, the same goes for a man or woman. Lost or not, they still hold a great value to Christ. I hope we see that in every person we meet...the lady at the checkout counter in the grocery store who is having a bad day, the man at the bank who is holding up the line and everyone is getting frustrated with, the person trying to cross the street that can't because there is too much traffic, your co-workers, your family...sometimes we forget that Jesus' biggest way of attracting people was by just showing love when nobody else would. Random acts of kindness go a long way. I don't know about you, but I notice that when I choose to be nice and loving, even when I don't have to be, my day is just better! So, give it a go! :) Love you all!

"DIAMONDS" ladies' event at church





Monday, July 7, 2008

THE MOUNT...

Well, I climbed The Mount today! I went with 3 of the Napier Aimers to the top of Mt. Maunganui (an old inactive volcano here next to the beach). It took us about a a half hour roughly to climb up it and probably about as long to climb down. Me and one other girl climbed down through the bush on a trail and then down the grassy hill on the other side where a bunch of sheep reside. All together, I fell about 4 times in the bush down a wet trail, fell in a sticker bush once, grabbed a sticker bush instead of the fence once, and did the splitz twice and scared some sheep away. It was quite an adventure, but a fun one!
It was cool to finally reach the top of the Mount because you can see the whole peninsula and ocean on both sides from that spot. It was cool to look down on a huge part of the city and the houses that go on for KILOMETERS AND KILOMETERS! I just looked at the city thinking "man, we have our work cut out for us!" I was reminded however by one of the Napier girls that God will never give you a task or face you with something that you CAN'T handle. What I am here, now, and forever IS ENOUGH to do God's work. We all DO have what it takes, we just need to let God take a hold on us and use us as He wishes! I know God is watching over our city! I have climbed and conquered the mount and looked on as far as the eye can see, but I'm so glad to know that God is even higher and he can reach out and hold the whole country in His hand if He wanted to! Even The Mount is small for how HUGE our God is!
(Pictures to come...)