Chi Alpha, Montana
and around the world

Saturday, August 27, 2005

letters from the vortex

it is a beutiful thing to start a new project...you know sit on the edge of the precipice ready to see how far your wings will take you. sitting on the edge of anothe school year outreach with chi alpha is like a kayaker standing next to a raging river wondering whether he's remembered all the details before he plops in the water and in short order gets shoved miles down the river. i love the rush of the river, but i'd rather get in and forget the details. so many powerful things happen during a chi alpha year that i am very excited about getting it on...but yet, the wise side of me slows me down and says, make sure you have your t's dotted and your i's crossed... so we wait. tomorrow we'll launch by having the student leader get-away, a time to plan, pray and prepare for the upcoming year. tonight we had the welcome back bbq and it was quite a good time to see old friends and catch again the fun of a chi alpha year in full swing. i can't wait to meet the new people god will bring our way, to taste of the new adventures that will be sure to come, and to have the long conversations, that mean we are indeed growing in our relationships with each other and with Christ.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Kazakhstan!!!!!

Hey everybody,

We found and internet cafe in Karaganda, so I'm going to send out a quick e-mail to all of you. Please feel free to post this or send it to anyone who I might have missed or who you think will enjoy it.

All of our planes connected and we got to Almaty at about 1 in the morning. Dima, our contact, met us at the airport, and we went to a very nice hotel to sleep off the jet lag. Kazakhstan is 12 hours ahead of Montana, so with your sleeping in yesterday, I'm wide awake in tomorrow (Good luck with that sentece.) We had a tourist type day on Saturday, and were able to see a lot of Almaty, as well as eat some local food (YUM!!!!) On Sunday we made our way up the mountain to a junior high camp. Oh, those kids stole our hearts. It reminded me of camping in Montana. Tents, no running water except the river, but we still had so much fun, and the kids were really receptive to the messages about relationships with their parents. Even though we couldn't speak Russian, and they couldn't speak English, we had some awesome times together playing, swimming, eating, fellowshiping, and sleeping. We were with them until late Monday. It was so hard to say goodbye.

Next we took a 10 hour train ride to Karaganda. The train was so nice with running water, a shower, and matresses on the beds. I felt human again. So right now I'm in Karaganda with the rest of my team, all of us frantically e-mailing people. I also got to meet Dima's family, Masha his wife, and Mark his two year old son. Very cute. I'm going to try and convince Masha that he needs to come home with me. We'll see how that works out.

The plans are still a little sketchy, but I know that we will have some ministry time at a church here in Karaganda for a couple of nights, and then we'll move to Atbasar to do some work there. I think it is in Atbasar that Dima started a church.

Please continue to pray for our team as we travel, minister, and grow together. The people here are wonderful, treating us like kings and queens. And their love for the Lord is refreshing. Like I said, even though we can't communicate well some times, we have Jesus in common, which is enough.

I can't wait to give you all more details of my trip when I get home on the 19. (Thanks Mom for picking my up.) I also thank you for you prayers, and ask that you continue them. They are so vital to what we are doing. Thanks, and again, feel free to pass this message on.

Love you all,

Dawn

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Farewell Dawn

For the second summer in a row, we've enjoyed Dawn's presence at the summer Bible studies. She's usually over in Helena, but we get her for the summers. Yesterday we had a little farewell dinner for her at Fiesta En Jalisco because she is going to Kazakhstan. So be sure to pray for her and the rest of the team. They'll be gone for two and a half weeks.

Also, here is a zipped folder with the Bible study I led on Acts 5-8 a couple of weeks ago. See you Thursday if you can make it!