Thursday, September 27, 2007

15 Canadian days down... 24 to go

So, I am halfway through my time in Canada. On one hand it feels like I just got here, on the other hand, it feels like it's been forever! With the amount of activities I have been squishing into my timetable, my body is going "AHH!" It's been busy, but really good. I have been able to share in my church, as well as in a new church. I've met up with supporters, non-supporters and potential future supporters! I have three new churches who are considering to support me, and a few individuals who have decided to support me as well. It's so amazing the doors that are being opened to new opportunities. I was a little worried I wouldn't make any new connections, but that hasn't been the case.

Just so that you guys know where I'm going to be in the next few weeks, allow me to share with you.
Sept 28- Drayton Valley, then back to Edmonton the next day
Oct 3-9 - Vancouver and Kamloops then to Edmonton
Oct 14 - Wetaskawin, then back to Edmonton the same day
Oct 16-19 - Calgary
Oct19-20- Red Deer at the Freshwind Women's Conference (COME COME!!)
Oct 21 @ 1:05pm flying back to the land of Korbacik and Bryndzove Halusky! Slovakia!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Good times in the GTA

After a few days of hanging out at Head Office, hanging out with Julie and seeing the sights, I think I have a master of Toronto-ese. I'll have to demonstrate my skills in person... I was also a little surprised at what people out here have to say about us out west... Do you believe that they think that this rivalry attitude between us and them is from JEALOUSY! They think that we're jealous of them and that's why we dislike them! I could not believe my ears! Such blasphemy! :)

So, needless to say, I have been having fun. But, I have also been able to do some neat things while I've been here. Apart from meeting the people that I email all the time, I have also had a few meetings where I hope a relationship will develop. I also shared this morning at Head Office's chapel.

But, alas, I must say goodbye to the beauty that Mississauga has to offer, and get on a plane this afternoon heading out west to my prairie home! :) See you in a bit Alberta!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Canada Again

After 12 hours of traveling by planes, train and automobiles I have safely arrived in Ontario! I will be here in the GTA until Tuesday and am having good fun here already! I am staying with Julie Bilodeau from the International Missions Office, and she introduced me to 3 Slovaks! It was wild! Here I am, Day 1 in Canada and I am having dinner and speaking Slovak. Slovaks are everywhere!

So far re-entry is going OK, dealing with jet lag which is fun. I just finished sharing with the District Women's leadership committee. I shared some chocolate and in return they let me share my heart and our vision.

It's funny, I'm hanging out at National Office, and I was expecting to sit in the foyer, and bum off their wireless. But I came in with Julie and they gave me an office. And not just an office, I have a sign on the door! Julie taped up the sign that she was going to hold up at the airport for me. One of the ladies laughed at that. "I've been working here for 10 years and I don't have that yet!"

I'm sharing at Darryl Watkin's youth group tonight in Milton Ontario. Haven't seen him since yr 2 at Bible College. Chalk it up to Facebook!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

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So Friday marked a very historical occasion in the life of our Nitra Church plant. It marked the arrival of our FIRST EVER missions team,and not only were they foreign, but I am pleased to say that they were CANADIAN! I am very proud of that! For the next few days, we have a team of 7 young adults from Vancouver. And they so far have been really good! We are going to be starting work on Mon with them, we're going to the university and they're going to scrape out and beautify a shower room in the university dorms, as well as spice up an office room which was, at the last minute, turned into a bedroom for 6+ students. They will also be handing out flyers for the English Open House that they will be doing on Tues/Thurs in the school I taught at. They have already spent some time in prayer around the city, and have blessed us also on Sunday in church. So, so far, it has been a really good experience for us of having them here. What they have to say about this process might be a little different! But let's hope they come out with a smile on their faces! Although, after 5 days of slave labour, we shall see! :)

Also, even though it's not official yet, I have been telling people anyway that... WE HAVE A BUILDING!!! We found a space to rent every Sun evening so that we can start having public services! Our first Sun in there will be on Sept 30, but the official kick off will be mid Oct. We wanted to have a pre-open, so that we could work out the bugs! Which of course, will be none!

Can't believe I'm leaving on Thurs...