Wednesday, June 28, 2006

I finally sent the darn visa application away today. As my pastor, Rob, put it, it's not in my hands anymore, or the hands of the embassy's truly in God's hands (as frightening as that is). Although, whatever happens, I know He knows what's goin' on out there in the world and that He has it all under control. (I have to repeat this to myself 50 times a day)!

Please continue to pray that the visa would go through and they'd grant me entry to SA. I'm really a good person!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Visa Woes

Among the many requirements to secure a South African visa (police clearance, return ticket, letters from here and there, health certificate), I need a radiological report to prove I don't have TB. I just found this out after I already saw my doc for the health certificate. $20 bucks for her to sign a form that says I'm not mentally disturbed or physically defective in any way. I know once I'm there, this will all be a distant memory but in the meantime, it's just a big 'ol fat nuisance!!

So to make us all smile, I'm posting a pic of this dude I saw at Carifest with the longest dreads I've ever seen. If that doesn't inspire me to persevere....

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

My Thrill-Seeking God

The ticket has been purchased! As long as the visa comes in, I will be on my way to Cape Town July 30! I fly via L.A. and Kuala Lumpur which, though long, seems a much more interesting route to travel than the usual Toronto-London-Cape Town route. I'm experiencing this rush of emotion now that it is so much more final. The recurring feeling is that I've just jumped off a cliff and my stomach is up in my throat. But when I look beside me, I picture God falling through the air with me, except He's not falling cuz He's God, and He's like this thrill-seeking sky-diver, so glad that I took Him up on the offer to fly with Him.

God, I love my life today!

Friday, June 09, 2006

If I Had To Do Today Over Again...

....I would not turn the computer on first thing in the morning
....I would spend a good hour sipping coffee and chillin' with my God
....I would go for a run
....I would ask my roomate to pray for me and thank her for being so gracious
....I would not care so much that my pants are feeling a bit tighter these days
....I would not check my e-mail every half hour to hear back from my travel agent
....I would just enjoy one more day with friends and family in a city I won't be in for much longer

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Growing Up and All That

My little brother is engaged! He asked his girlfriend, Amanda on Sunday. We (my sister and I), got to help with the scavenger hunt he planned, taking her around the city, trying to keep the secret.

Congratulations Scotty! I will do my very best to be back for the wedding.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

"People will listen to you and could be willing to help"-Jones Soda cap quote

Not that I believe the lid of my soda bottle is speaking to me, but God definitely is...

I met a South African tonight at the coffee shop, Ray. He immigrated to Canada in January and says he loved Canada as soon as he arrived. Even the snow! He wanted to know my impressions of South Africa and what I'd be doing there and we had good conversation. Man! His accent alone gave me goosebumps; I am really going! (insert little shriek of anticipation here).

He said talking to me made him homesick, but talking with him made me very excited! I am going to a very special place, where there is so much opportunity to make a difference in people's lives and I am truly looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new people and seeing God do His 'thang!