Friday, March 19, 2010


Holy schmokes! Check out what God's doing in East Asia:

Make sure you read the article, too.

Oh, and a brief update: I sent out my first round of support letters this week... I'm praying like crazy for God to bring in what is needed for me to do his work, and checking the mailbox obsessively.

I also found out that my residency application isn't due until August. For those of you who don't know, I'm establishing residency in Iowa so that I won't be financially beaten to death by the ridiculous out-of-state tuition rate. This takes a minimum of 12 months, during which I must live and work in Iowa, be financially independent, take no more than six credit hours at a time, jump through this hoop, hop on one foot, etc... Overall, it's a fairly nasty process. For the sake of strengthening my residency application, I'm not supposed to spend more than 2 weeks out of the state... but what about the country...? I'm not sure of the effect this trip will have on my residency status. Right now, the plan is to make some anonymous calls about hypothetical situations, and see what happens. Even if it means doing the 12 months over again, God has shown me that in the scope of eternity, it's not a big deal. At all. So whether I get to keep my residency or start from scratch, East Asia, here I come!

Oh! Credit goes to the indubitably fantastic Andrew Meredith for sending me the China article :)


Monday, March 8, 2010

Testing, Testing 1-2-3...

Hey folks!

First post... I suppose I should fill you in:

Here's the basics: I got a call last night from one Steph Lepak who told me that I had been accepted to go on a six week mission trip to East Asia! Whoaaa... talk about mind blowing. Through Campus Crusade for Christ's East Asia Summer Project, I'll be taking language classes in an (intentionally unnamed) East Asian country, taking the opportunity to get to know the students on campus, and developing relationships with them so that I can share with them the most important thing they'll ever hear: the message of Jesus Christ.

Ohmygoodness, I have so much to do. I'm a list person, and my current "E.A. To Do" list was too much for one (or even two!) sticky notes. Talk about intimidating. But for now, I'm working on my support letter, and praying for things to fall the way God wants them to.

In this blog, I'll do my best to keep you updated on, well, everything. From the preparation for the trip, straight through into my actual time in East Asia, I'll fill you in on the bumps, the bruises, the accomplishments, and the miraculous things that I just know God's going to do. I'll keep you in the loop about what I need prayer for, and answered prayers, too.

I'm so stoked guys!

Much love,

PS- The "Xin" in the blog title means "Faith" :)