mandag, april 28, 2008

I don't really have to many pictures today either- blogger does not want to work with me on that, but here's one from when we were leaving the base in Ensenada..
The 2 weeks in Pachuca has gone by fast. We're done here, all we have left is a day off (today) and a 4 day stay with a tribe up in a mountain village... The last 3 days we've been in Mexico City. We've been doing some open airs in some parks, but also worked with street kids and prostitutes. It's been hard, but I've learned a whole lot from it... 
The past week a lot of things has happen in the team. We've grown a lot, been able to put God before other things, and God has continued to remind us about the fact that it is Him working through us, and that our dramas and words in themselves will not change anyone... It's something we've all known for "forever", but we tend to forget... Things has changed in our group now though, after God told Matt to do like Gideon, and only bring some of the army out to fight... 9 of the team went, the rest of us stayed at the base and prayed. And God did awesome things. We didn't save 500 people or something, we're "only" talking about 1 single soul, but I believe God changed a lot in our own hearts that day... One of the thing He really spoke to us about, it about His amazing love! He has gathered 22 people from all over the world, and He would do it just for 1 single soul. It's all about love. 
Some not so good stuff has happened in the team as well. Savanna is back in Ensenada (well, actually she's in Tijuana, but it's still "our" base), with mono. She hasn't been with us the past  weeks, which has been sad. Giezi's been with us for 2 weeks or so, helping us to drive down here, and then hanging out with us for a while here in Pachuca. When he left it was just like loosing another team member.
However, nothing compare to the fact that Paloma had to leave and go back to Ensenada thursday, to be with her mom, who suddenly got really ill. Her mom did not make it, and past away saturday night. We do not know if Paloma will be able to meet up with the team again, and I ask for your prayers on her behalf. I believe God can do great, big stuff through this situation as well, but it is going to be a hard process, especially for Paloma. 

I now know what my summer's gonna look like. The first week after DTS grad I'll be going on a road trip with Jenn and Erika- we'll be going to LA, Erika's cabin, San Francisco and Erika's house, which is north in California. Then i'll be flying back to San Diego, and go back to Ensenada for 1 week. After that I'll be going to Kansas for 2 weeks, and then go to Iowa to visit Alicia, South Dakota to visit Savanna and Amy, and the to New Hampshire to visit Ashley. Ashley'll take me to New York, so I'll be flying home june 29th. Intense! 

torsdag, april 17, 2008

We're in Pachuca!!
Still no pics, im working on it....
We left Tecate saturday morning at around 6 am. We drove all the way to Hermosillo, and spend the night there. The next morning we left at like 7 ish, and we drove to Mazatlan. We arrived there at like 10 pm, and we were given 12 hours to sleep on, so that was good. The first thing I did was calling Elina, who's taking her DTS at the base in Mazatlan. There were no room for us at the base, so we stayed in a hotel (down by the beach with a swimming pool - what's up with YWAM? haha). It was too late to visit Elina then, but I got up at 5 am and took a cab over there, and helped her making breakfast the next day. It was pretty sweet, and i loved talking norwegian again.. haha.
At 10 am we left, and drove ALL the way to Pachuca... The lights on our van stopped working, so we had to stop for that. The police stopped us a couple of times, but about 23 hours later we were in Pachuca. It was a long night, but I know how to sleep in a bus from the trips to Romania...
Here in Pachuca we're staying at the base, which is pretty small, so Erika, Ali, Abi, Kelsey and I are staying in the base directors house. It's really nice. The people here are great, and we're doing a lot of cool stuff, like working with the street kids in Mexico City. I'm excited.

lørdag, april 12, 2008

Still going strong...

..and still without pictures... sorry...

We're still in Tecate. After 12 days here, I feel like I know the town- and I've had many early morning walks during the last days. We've found our spot at the local cafe and the road to SuperLay and Gigante has been walked a couple of times. The base is all new- an old building, but new to YWAM- so the internet has not been working. Those with laptops have found their place on the balcony, using the neighbors wireless, or at McDonalds, the only place with free wireless we've found so far. The rest of us have found our way the the internet cafe, where the cost is 8 pesos (80 cents, about 4 NOK) for 1 hour. SWEET! 
We've been painting the base, inside and outside, visiting orphanages, had open air in colonials and in parks and meeting a lot of new, wonderful people. The base here has only Mexicans as staff, so the food has been good (and sometimes spicy...) and the meals never on time. It's Mexico... I've been in a clown costume countless times, and 2 weeks into our 8 week long outreach we're already tired of our dramas. The bedroom has been full with 14 girls, and the one bathroom & shower has been used by all 20 girls. 
Its a lot of fun. 
Way different, but a lot of fun. 
The spanish has been used a lot more than in Ensenada, and I still get surprised over how friendly Mexicans are. 
God has shown me a lot of things, and He IS good! 

And that's it for now- off the the goodbye party!

lørdag, april 05, 2008

Well, we're here! In Tecate. It's been a lot of fun so far, we've had open air meetings, been to a church and a school and we've painted the base white. Tecate is just another base under YWAM San Diego/Baja, so a lot of the staff we already know. They bought a new base 3 weeks ago, so they're not quite settled in yet. We've used the 2 last days painting the inside and outside of the base, cleaning up in the backyard and done stuff like that. Its been a lot of fun actually. Loud music from the speakers + funny comments and GREAT people. It's all good!
Its been a great 1st week of outreach. Many fun things has happen, and we also have some freetime to go and do whatever we want to do. The base is pretty much a 15 min walk from everything, so its been a lot of opportunities. I've used my spanish a lot more here than in Ensenada, so that's pretty exciting too...

It was hard saying goodbye the the people at the base in Ensenada. 3 months went by SOO fast, but I really enjoy the people at the base, and it's awkward not waking up to the same people. I did not cry, except from the night before, so that's good... I still hope to see some of the staff again before we head down south- they're talking about a roadtrip up there. It's only like 1 hour anyways...

The uploading picture thing doesn't work, so this is it for now, but i'll come back with more later!
see yah!