Monday, September 07, 2009

How I Spent My Summer Vacation {Part 3 of 3}

I had to give-in to the movement of God. I had to figure out how to come to terms with, yet another, shift in the life-direction. Six weeks in Kenya...and then, who knows when the next visit will be?

It should have been easier to accept staying in Orange County, but I am really grieving the loss of my split-life. I can't explain the love that I feel for the kids and friends in Kitale...and I ache, everyday, at the thought of not seeing them. I have cried, multiple times over the thought that six weeks just isn't long enough.

But I believe, so strongly, in what God is my life, in Kitale, in the College Ministry.

With Kenya down to six weeks, I began to wonder what my Orange County life looks like...I knew I was moving in the direction of Mariners, but unsure in what capacity I would be there.

A conversation with Jeff {Mariners Student Ministries Pastor} and a lot more thinking, praying, listening...

As of September 1st, I am now the Student Ministry Worship Director for Mariners Church. God moved in such an unexpected way by placing me in the position to teach others how to worship {focusing mostly on, but not limited to music} which is something I have been and am still learning to do in a constant, selfless manner. And allowing me to do all of this while maintaining my connection to and involvement in the College Ministry.

I am really excited. And nervous. And scared. And such a great way. I love being in a place where I know that I will have to rely on God to make it happen...I don't have enough experience in this job to do it on my own.

I leave for Kitale on September 30th, so I will sing in the High School Ministry every weekend until I leave...then I will take a leave for 6 weeks...and return mid-November to continue singing each weekend and begin to take steps toward growing the student worship piece of the ministry. {I'm so thankful that Taffy is one of my best friends...having his help makes this process a little less frightening!} Oh, and I will begin meeting with my small group of College girls...

I know God is not through teaching me.
And I'm fairly certain He will continue to change my plans to His.
Yikes...and hooray.


BUM said...

I miss you Allison....and I'm proud of you.......Love ya' Bum

Julie Hibbard said...

Tough choices, but so worth the time it took to make the right decisions. There is no doubt that you have made long lasting {eternal!} impact on literally thousands of people--all over the world...
I love you so much. You're one of my favorite people ever.