Preparing for Brazil, Part One

Hey everyone! I’m glad to be sitting and writing again, I’ve had a fairly exciting couple of weeks recently. I’ve been doing school work, helping out with my church’s vacation Bible school, and (of course), preparing for my upcoming trip to Brazil! And by upcoming, I mean two-to-three days. I am feeling both nervous, and excited. Thankfully, our trip got pushed back a few days, which means my family has more time to prepare. This is going to be my first trip out of the country, as well as my first missions trip, and I just wanted to say very quickly to everyone who’s supported me:

Thank you so much! 🙂

It has been so wonderful getting so much encouragement and support! I am now fully paid and have completed almost all of the requirements I was given, and thus am now almost ready to go. As part of my thanks for helping me out, I wanted to share some of the things I’ve had to do in order to get ready to go to Brazil with my Youth Group. If your interested, please feel free to click here.

Step #1. Verse Memorization.

One of the things we were told at our first Brazil Meeting (a.k.a., meetings held in preparation for Brazil) was that we would be given five scripture verses to memorize that would help us on our travels. Later, this was shortened to three, with the promise from all of us going that we would try to really apply the messages behind these verses to our lives. Here’s one of the verses we had to memorize, 2 Peter 1: 5-9 (New Living Translation):

“…In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises.  Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.”

Thankfully, I was able to write a lot of that from memory.

The reason they wanted us to memorize these verses is because there are going to be times down in Brazil (or even between and on plane rides) when we’re angry, or tired, or grumpy, or feeling self-pity. Being able to look on these verses will help us remember how God wants us to act, even when we feel this way and have to repeat them over and over to ourselves to get the point across. Doing this has already helped me, and I’m not even in Brazil yet!

I’ve been working to apply every aspect mentioned in this verse to my life, but I’ve been struggling with this, and would appreciate it if you would be willing to pray for me for help with this, especially self-control. For the most part, though, Step #1 has been completed, and soon I hope to post about Step #2!  For now, goodbye my friends, I look forward to seeing you again soon! 😉