Saturday, September 19, 2009

Let the training begin!

    Elias and I have arrived in Harrisburg, PA for our two and a half months of training at the Harrisburg Discipleship Center (HDC). We left for PA Friday the 11th and stayed with my (Jessica) sister Ashley. We had our commissioning on Sunday and then that evening we arrived at HDC with all of the YES (Youth Evangelism Service) participants, two particpants in GO! and one long termer. This week as been very full with exercise beginning at 6:00 or 6:30 Monday through Friday and ending with a variety of activities around 8:30 at night. We then have to be in rooms at 10:15, which is no issue for Elias and I, as we have been very tired. Even though the schedule is packed we have already been stretched and we are enjoying growing deeper in our relationships with Christ.
    We also wanted to let everyone know that we have received wonderful news. We have been given a $10,000 check from an anonymous donor, which puts us at nearly full funding! Elias and I weren't sure when we would be able to leave for Africa because we didn't have enough funds, but with this donation we are put at almost full funding and we should be able to leave in early December or somewhere around there. Thank you so much for your prayers as you can see they have paid off! Below I am going to list some praises and prayer requests so you know how to better pray for us and you can see how the prayers that you have prayed for us have been answered.

Prayer requests:
-That Elias and I will find the necessary alone time that we need as a couple while living in a house with 40 people.
-That we will be able to go deeper in our relationship with Christ and each other
-That God will prepare us for the Gambia and the Gambia for us

-Almost being at full funding!
-Arriving in Harrisburg safely and beginning to adjust
-Being with other young adult with the same vision as us.

Blessings to all of you and thank you for your continued support!

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