October 4, 1998 – Sunday – 4:45 p.m.

A year ago I was in Washington D.C.  What a day that was.  And what a day yesterday was.  Heck, what a day Friday was!

I spoke for the youth service Friday night.  I gave a message on simplicity, basically encouraging us not to forget that we too are saved as we try to help others know the Lord.  Kimberly sat on the front row and smiled the whole time.  She is amazing.  I’ve talked with her mom and bit and it seems Kimberly has been talking a lot about me recently to her family.  How cool.  God showed up Friday night and I was humbled by his presence.

Saturday came and I went to work on a video project with Patty at her place.  Patty shared with me that she wasn’t a Christian, she instead believes some New Age stuff.  I shared my own faith with her a bit and she really seemed to listen.  She commented that my faith seemed real and alive.  She said I had given her much to think about.

I spent the rest of the day with her and some of her friends.  We went to a jazz festival last night.  Such a perfect evening.  The music was fantastic and another woman asked me about my faith.  I was the youngest of the group.  Patty herself is 35.  All of these older women were listening to me at age 22.  Weird.

This afternoon we had a discipleship class and so many members poured their hearts out.  I love my youth church so much!  They are what keeps me alive here.  They are my family.  God has given me a perfect gift in them.  They all have such beautiful stories.  Another home is forming for me on this planet.  Every moment here is precious, and I know it will not last long.

Oh, I love my God.  He is so good and I am so dependent on Him.  I am nothing.  He is everything.  I can’t do anything without Him.


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