This is my favorite time of year to stop by Dairy Queen. Why do you ask? Because I LOVE the Pumpkin Pie blizzards. For those of you that haven’t tried it yet, go for it. Sooo good! Key lime is good too but they serve that year round. So, everyone take a friend there tonight and enjoy…or maybe tomorrow? hehe
I’ve been listening to “Hear My Worship” a lot lately on WMIT 106.9 It is so refreshing. I listened to previews of the other songs and I can’t wait to own this cd at some point. If you have itunes or some way to preview the songs I definitely would!
I read “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” and it was sooo good. I believe Justin read that on the plane going to Russia last year. I can’t wait to see what he has to say in this new book.
Also, “Tuesdays with Morrie” was great!
The newest Nicholas Sparks book is out. I am so excited! Too bad I probably have to wait until the paperback comes out but I can’t wait! I read “A Walk to Remember” in only a few hours on the plane back from Russia. I had never read that one for some reason. Anyone else read his books?
Hey Everyone, I am planning to post my journal entries from the trip in a little while. Maybe this weekend. Thank you all for your prayers. It was truly an awesome trip.
I had a little scare yesterday. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to register for Spring classes until I signed up for the GMAT test which costs $250. Luckily, through some connections I was given an extension into January. I can’t wait to have that test overwith.
Justin and I finally had to turn the heat on last night. We fought it long and hard haha. I hope it warms up again soon for a real Fall season.
Please pray for Justin and I for we have shopped and have done laundry but tonight our main task is to pack for the trip. Please pray specifically that everything will fit in our bags, that we will not forget anything important, and that our bags will be within the weight limit of 50 pounds each. Thank you so much! We couldn’t be doing this without the many prayers lifted up for us.
If things get hectic like I’m sure they will and I do not get a chance to get back online before we leave. We love you all and will miss you. We already cannot wait to return and share our experiences. For those of you that are great prayers, here is a list of the names of people going: Natalie, Jeremy, Matt, Justin, Bonnie, Phillip, Margie, Janice, and Joy. Other names of missionaries and fellow Russian Christians are: Holly, Mark, Lori, Brad, Vica, Genady, Sasha, Mischa, Ben, Drew, Mark, and the Russian Grandmothers (babushkas).
Thank you so much! Be good while we are gone!
I cannot even begin to describe to you about last night’s Commissioning Service for our Moscow Mission Team. Especially in times like that, I can’t fathom how someone cannot believe in God. Our team met at 3:30pm at the church to pack our supplies. We each are allowed two bags to check. One bag is for our clothes and personal supplies, the other is for supplies we are bringing to Moscow. We knew we had a weight limit of 50 pounds per bag and a lot of supplies to go in each. God answered our prayers to make sure everything fit. Almost each bag weighed 49.6 pounds.
A little while ago we were worried we would not have enough money to pay for our lodging while there. God answered another prayer by providing the money through two (a couple) of His faithful servants that graciously gave us the exact amount we needed.
Last night we had over 150 people attend the service. I haven’t truly worshipped like that in quite awhile. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place. We each were asked to have a prayer partner for our trip. Last night they surprised us and each came to the front and said a few words about us along with scripture and then prayed for us in front of the whole church. Our youngest team member was the first to go. Her stepdad got up to speak (her prayer partner was her grandmother but she lives in Michigan and couldn’t make it). The first thing that got me going was that he said, “Natalie is my daughter” (not stepdaughter but daughter). It was so touching and sweet. My prayer partner is a lady named June Crotts from our church. I can’t tell you how much she has meant to me. I can really feel her prayers. We have even gotten together to pray and I can’t even describe the feelings I get. I really do believe that through her prayers as well as many others that I am now totally well. I was worried for awhile that I wouldn’t get better in time.
We’ve had people tell us they will pray for us at different times of the day. Justin’s Grandparents are going to pray for us so that at 7am Russian time we can wake up knowing we’ve been prayed for to start a new day. I told Justin last night that although we still have TONS to do before we leave on Thursday, there is no way that we should worry or stress one bit because God has already showed us so much and I know He will take care of us.
While we are away, I’m not sure yet how Lori (missionary) will keep things updated for everyone here but if you are interested you can keep a check at their blog site http://stameys.blogspot.com/
Thank you all so much for your prayers and thoughts and love. I can’t wait to go and serve the Lord. God always shows me so much and even though I think it’s me that is going to serve, I am often the one that gets the serving. God is so good!
Thank you to all that came to the service. You mean so much to us.
And one last thing that has been a huge answer to prayer…Justin’s cousin Chad, and wife Faith have been waiting to adopt a child for quite some time now. We added them to our prayer list at church when they found out that they could possibly be getting a child within 48 hours. They found out they were not selected which was heartbreaking for everyone. When our Pastor asked Justin if they should keep them on the list he said yes and not long after that we have found out that they are going to get a baby boy in about 10 days!!!! Praise God! They may not have gotten the first child that they were waiting for but God had a plan and He knew this new baby was coming that needs Chad and Faith to be his parents.
I’m sure some of you have noticed that I have once again disappeared from the blogging world. It seems my life is never dull lately. I’ve been working nonstop to get my class work done before I go to Russia. I have finished one class (took the midterm and completed all assignments through October 18th). The other class I have just finished reading the novel I had to read and lack three homework problems and a 8-15 page report, and possibly a midterm before I leave. This next week seems to prove it will be even more hectic to get this stuff done.
That, ladies and gentlemen has been the least of my worries this week. It seems that the Campus Shop has been scammed out of several thousand dollars this week. I want to use this post as a warning to any of you that may think that you are or you work for a small business and don’t stand a chance at getting scammed. This person called our store during the busiest season of time, rush, and posed as a deaf person (which is not unusual because GWU is a deaf school and has a sign language program). They used the TTY phone system and first got in contact with me there. They said they wanted to purchase some books to donate to a charity. I told this person we were very busy but I would look into it as soon as I could. This person was very pushy and kept calling and emailing me to get it done. I put this off thinking they had a disability and were just anxious to get the books shipped. Our policy has always been that if we do a special order for someone that we must have it prepaid for. This person provided credit card numbers along with security codes for most of the cards. Each went through our system without a flag. Once I got the order finished with I was happy to not have to bother with this person again. Then about a week and a half later they contacted me again wanting to purchase more copies of the book for the charity. We went through the same procedure once again and didn’t have a problem. Then the third time we convinced the manager to check on the cards. He called the company and indeed the cards were fraudulent (don’t know why the credit card company knew this but didn’t flag the cards). Now there is a big investigation going on. With the help of some of my computer geek friends I have been able to provide the police with some IP address information and have tracked it down to a street address in Nigeria. I believe there is someone in the US working with this person and that’s why the phone calls and emails never seemed to match up. As I did more investigating, Justin found a tty site talking about how common it is now for people to abuse the TTY system for scams. There is even an internet TTY system now and it is completely free for anyone that uses it whether in the country or out. We pay for it!!!! when we pay our phone bill it’s one of those many fees. Crazy huh? So, be careful!