Cape Town Trip Update

Hi friends!  I apologize for the lack of update!  I post more frequently on Instagram, Twitter, and FB, so if you’d like to see more regular updates, follow me on one of those.  🙂

I did promise an update from our trip to Cape Town, though, so I wanted to share some photos.  I’m having some issues with WordPress, so I apologize that they’re not in chronological order.

We had a wonderful trip and enjoyed being involved in various ministries.  We had the opportunity to run festivals, leadership training, be part of kids clubs, run medical clinics, encourage local church planters and, of course, have some fun as a team!  At the end of the mission trip, we were all able to stay a few extra days for vacation (somehow, even after paying for the extra accommodation/transportation/etc, we saved several hundred dollars on our airfare by staying!).  We were able to do some sightseeing, enjoy the beach, and see lots of wildlife.  It was a fantastic trip and we’re already excited to dream of the next Point Church mission trip!

 

 

 

 

Ride for Refuge – Done!

This past Saturday, I participated in the Ride for Refuge (more about that here).  It was a soggy, wet, chilly Vancouver fall day, but we still managed to have a great time, raise over $1,000 for R.E.E.D., and bike 10K (we opted not to do the 25K when we saw the weather that day!)

I’m so proud of our awesome team and thankful for all of the support of The Point Church and our family and friends!  Thanks everyone!!!

Below are a few pictures chronicling our day!

We began by having to break the chain on one of our bikes because no one remembered the combination for the lock!  We were successful, even though we only had some IKEA tools to work with.  A little determination goes a long way!

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Breaking the chains of injustice!

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Loaded up and ready to go!!

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10K riders getting ready to take off!

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Our team getting ready to set out!

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A little mid-ride water break!

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Our team, post-ride, with our other amazing teammate, Thomas, who rode 100K (he was taking a quick, mid-ride break and we were able to say hi!).  Also, our lovely friend, Soojin (not pictured), joined us, and cheered us all on.  Thanks team!!!

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Ride for Refuge

In just 11 days, I will be participating in the Ride for Refuge for the 3rd year in a row.  This will be the third year that the Point Justice Team has ridden to raise money for R.E.E.D., an organization who “seeks to end trafficking and sexual exploitation and strengthen the anti-trafficking movement through a comprehensive approach to change in the radical tradition of Christ.”  As a church, we have done several projects with R.E.E.D. and love supporting them as an organization.  We are excited to be riding for them again this year!

For more information on the Ride for Refuge and our church’s involvement, check out the blog post I did at The Point Church Blog.

For more information on how to support our team (or me as an individual rider), click here.

Whew!

Wow.  What a whirlwind the past few weeks have been!  Anyone who has done campus ministry knows that the beginning of a semester brings with it lots of excitement, as well as lots of activity.  Things at The Point and SFU are no different!  Over the past few weeks, we’ve welcomed back thousands of students to campus.  We’ve participated in orientation fairs, Week of Welcome, Clubs Days, and several other events.  The Point has gotten contact information for over 100 new students and we are working hard to follow up with each student individually, by taking them out for coffee, inviting them to church, and helping them get involved in a Lifegroup.  It has been such an exciting few weeks!  God has opened incredible doors for us and we are humbled by the new relationships He has entrusted to us!  Please pray for us as we follow up with new and returning students and as we welcome many new people to The Point each week.

As exciting as the past few weeks have been, they’ve also been exhausting!  Please pray for rest for our entire leadership team.  We are taking tomorrow off and are all looking forward to catching up on sleep and odds and ends at home!

We hosted a photobooth at a couple of our events.  Everyone, including those of us running it, had a great time!  It was also a great way to meet new students!

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Wedding Photos

The photographer from Mal and Nick’s Wedding, Aly Carroll, posted several photos from the wedding yesterday.  Check them out here: http://alycarrollblog.com/2012/08/23/nick-mallory-des-moines-iowa-sticks-wedding-photographer/

Aly is such a talented photographer and so much fun to be around!  She was wonderful to have around during all of the wedding festivities!

Mallory and Nick’s Wedding

I recently made a trip to Iowa for my youngest sister’s wedding.  I could go on and on about it, but in the interest of time, I’ll keep it short.  🙂

It was an absolutely gorgeous event.  My sister and her husband are both incredibly creative and talented, so there were tons of beautiful, hand-crafted details to love.  It was held at Sticks Design Studio in Des Moines, a furniture design warehouse.  The ceremony was planned to be held outdoors, but at the last minute, it began to rain, so we moved inside.  The result was a lovely, intimate ceremony with family and friends gathered around as Mallory and Nick pledged their love to one another.  We had taken most of the pictures before the ceremony, so once the vows were said, it was time for dinner, dancing, and a great time celebrating together!  I was busy being maid of honor and having fun, so I didn’t get too many pictures that day, but the lovely Aly Carroll of Aly Carroll photography was there all day and evening and, if the few preview photos I’ve seen are any indication, captured the day perfectly!

I will be sure to post more of Aly’s photos when we get them, but until then, here are a few I snapped:

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After the rehearsal dinner.  Nick’s mom planned a lovely dinner at a local Italian restaurant.  So much yummy food!

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Sisters after the rehearsal dinner.

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Bobby and I in between pictures before the ceremony.

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A beautiful, ombre, cake.  It was delicious!!

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A loose leaf tea bar for favors!  Yum!!

 

Send North America Conference and NAMB Commissioning

At the end of July, I was blessed by NAMB (North American Mission Board) with a quick trip to Atlanta.  They hosted their first ever Send North America Conference and invited several of us new NAMB missionaries to attend the conference and be part of a special time of commissioning at the end.

I was able to fly down a couple of days early and spend some great time with friends in the Atlanta area.  It was a refreshing time with friends and the conference itself was excellent.  I enjoyed getting to hear from several great speakers, attend informative breakout sessions, and network with lots of other church planters and church planting partners.

The commissioning time was especially meaningful for me, as I was blessed to have friends  from several chapters of my life all there.  The Lord has been faithful in giving me friends who have become family in each place He has led me and I am so thankful for that.  It was great to get to spend time with all of these friends in one place!

Here are a few pictures from my trip:

I enjoyed spending a night with Laura, my roomie from Mexico, and her husband Keith!  I am so thankful for her friendship and the experiences we shared together in Guadalajara.  My time there was so much richer because of her!

I got to have brunch with my sweet friend, Mary Lynn!  We met at the training I attended before I moved to Mexico.  Mary Lynn spent 2 years in Rome while I was in Guadalajara.  It had been several years since we’d seen each other and it was such a treat to get to catch up!

The conference was held at FBC Woodstock, GA.  I really enjoyed hearing from all of the speakers and worship leaders!

Of course, I managed to fit in a trip to Chick-fil-a!  They also served boxed lunches at the conference from there.  Gotta love being in Atlanta!!

The commissioning service on Tuesday night during the closing session.  I’m on the very far right.

All of us after the service.  L to R: Victor (my pastor at The Point), Keith and Laura, me, and Adrian (friend from OBU).

Adrian and I at the hotel.  There were quite a few civil war era decorations!  Adrian is a good friend from my days at OBU and now lives in Nashville.  When I found out I’d be making a trip to Atlanta and have a hotel room to myself, she worked it out to come down to visit for a couple of nights.  Since she works from home, she was able to relocate to Atlanta for a couple of days and work while I was at the conference.  We had a great time catching up and hanging out!

 

My trip was quick (about 5 days including travel) and involved 2 red eye flights, but was so wonderful!  I hit the ground running when I got back and spent a busy week and a half in Vancouver before flying out for my next adventure (another post coming soon!).  In that short time, we welcomed a new semester missionary to The Point, sent out our summer interns (we miss you all!) and said goodbye for now to one of our staff members.  Lots is happening these days and we are excited for all God has done and promises to do in the days ahead!

Canada Can Do Better

One of the many things I love about The Point is our desire to show Christ’s love to others.  One of the ways we are intentional about doing this is through our justice team.  I have gotten to be part of this team for almost 3 years now and am humbled by the ways the Lord has led this small team (usually 4-6 members each semester) in showing His love and justice to people in Vancouver and around the world.  When we began 3 years ago, we had no idea what a justice team would or should even look like.  None of us had ever been part of one before, but we were excited to have a pastor who was seeking God’s heart for justice and saw the church as playing a vital role.

Over the past few years, we’ve been involved in lots of projects and partnered with many organizations.  We have looked at many issues, but one we have focused most heavily on has been the issue of human trafficking.  Global reports show that an estimated 27 million people are held in modern day slavery.  27. million. people. today.  A high percentage of those people are women and children who are forced to work in the sex industry.  As we have researched and read, our hearts have been continually broken for what’s going on in our world.  We believe that this grieves our Savior as well.

Recently, we have partnered with a group of local churches to take part in a postcard campaign.  Laws surrounding prostitution and the sex trade in Canada, and specifically British Columbia, are being looked at and may be changing soon.  This is a crucial time and we believe that the local church must speak up for those who have no voice.

On Sunday, we showed a documentary called DEMAND, which addresses the demand for paid sex and other parts of the sex industry (pornography, etc.) and how it affects individuals involved in the industry.  We believe that if the demand were to be eradicated, the “supply” or women/children would no longer be needed.  You can watch the film here.

In addition to watching the film, we asked people to fill out postcards asking their MPs (Members of Parliament) to consider legislation that would prosecute those caught buying sex, rather than those selling (most often, the women selling sex see little to none of the profit and are controlled by pimps or organized crime leaders).  We were so excited to see at least 20 people stay after the service for the documentary and to have almost as many postcards to drop in the mail this week.

Join me in praying for positive change in BC, as well as in your own community.  Also, check out information about last week’s screening on The Point’s Blog.

For more information, please feel free to contact me or check out R.E.E.D. (Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity) for further resources.

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A very fuzzy picture of some of our Justice Team Members leading a discussion post-documentary screening.

The Point’s New Home!

While I was away, The Point moved into a new venue on campus.  Until this spring, we had been meeting in a lecture hall in the morning and a student lounge/passageway in the evenings.  This meant setting and taking down everything TWICE each Sunday, as well as moving everything from place to place to place.  While the spaces we were in were wonderful and we had some really great times of worship in them, we were excited when the opportunity to move came about.

In our new venue, which is also a lecture hall, we are able to set up on Saturday nights and have Sunday morning and Sunday evening worship in the same location and then take down after the evening service.  Since we’re able to do this now (and since we’ve got access to a storage closet IN the room!) we are able to put more into the set up and really make the space ours.  Everything we do for set up is intended to help the room feel less like a lecture hall and help us to focus on worship.  After we set up on Saturday nights, we also spend time praying over the space and lifting up the next day’s services.

I’ve only been back a few weeks, but I have so loved the times of worship with The Point family in the new space.  God is at work this summer among students and the people of Vancouver and I am so blessed to be here.  Please pray with me that the Lord will continue to make Himself known and that, as we worship together on Sundays, we will draw nearer and nearer to Him.

Below are a few pictures of the new location:

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