Thursday, July 8, 2010

Week #3 So Far...

So we have been updated on Dr. Gary and apparently he is no longer in a coma but he hasn't regained consciousness yet. He is in pretty bad shape because from what we have heard, he broke almost every bone in his body so it is a miracle that he is alive. His wife and daughter (who is 19) flew to Korea to be with him at the hospital but he has a lot of brain damage and they are estimating that he will be in the hospital in Korea doing physical month for at least 4-6 months. But praise the Lord that he is alive. Keep him in your prayers!

One of the things God has showed me through this trip is how big he is. This seems so simple and obvious but i have realized that they serve the same God here in Sri Lanka that we do back home. It just reminds me how amazing he really is.

I have been learning a lot of Sinhala. Thilini says that if we stay here a couple more weeks we would totally be able to speak the language, but unfortunately we only have a week and a half left to learn it. I ordered bread today for dinner... this is what i said "paan raathal tuna denna" (it literally means "give me 3 loaves of bread" haha). I enjoy the language. It is very different from anything i have ever heard before! Matt has learned so much already! He knows at least 100 words, because Thilini's friend made a huge list for him and he studies it pretty much every night haha.

This week the boys on our team went back to Madampe (to the farm) to work with the boys and girls again and us girls stayed at the teenage girls center. We have been leading a mini conference and each day one of us gives our testimony and leads a bible study. Our overall theme has been "identity" and we spoke about how important it is to maintain a daily walk with God, self-worth, relationships (which is when i gave my testimony), suffering, and tomorrow we are doing forgiveness. It has been a good week. These girls have been through so much suffering and haven't dealt with it or learned to forgive those who hurt them. It is important for them to realize why we suffer and how God uses it, and also for them to trust in God and place their identity and self worth in Him.

Tomorrow is our last day here at the teenage girls center, and on saturday we are having a single day for sight seeing. We will possibly be riding elephants and we are going to sigiriya, a huge fortress from about 500 BC that is in ruins but it is supposed to be really cool. We are going to hike up it! After that, we are going back to the farm for next week. We will be back at the girls home next friday, saturday, sunday, and monday, and then monday night we head for the airport to go home. I can't believe how fast the time has flown, but i am starting to be ready to come home. I don't have a lot of energy anymore and i think i might be relapsing in my cold, but God will sustain me! Please continue to pray for our team! Thank you!


  1. I can't believe how fast your trip has gone either! Wow! Reading your posts have been such a blessing and I am so stoked at how AWESOME our God is! This verse kept coming to my mind when I was reading:
    "Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, " says the Lord of hosts."
    -Zechariah 4:6

    It just amazes me how people can have such different life experiences and yet God still allows us to connect with each other. And that He intimately knows all of those girls' stories. I am praying for you guys and am so excited about what God is doing!

    Love you girly!


    P.S. The pictures are adorable :-D

  2. i Love reading your blog Jessica! and haha I could totally see Matt studying hard!! God is amazing and I'm praying for you all!! :) love your pictures too!

  3. I think of you guys constantly - I'm always thinking about what time it is over there in comparison to here. It helps me think about what your doing at the time. It's usually that you guys are sleeping haha. Praying for you guys! Can't wait to see you and hear in person everything that the Lord taught you!

    - Kris