here’s the “shorthand” of the last month.

may 1: moved into my new house. i love love love it. i’m sub-leasing for the summer and i’ll be living with 4 of my best friends when i return to the states.

may 11-18: family came to portland for a visit! grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, brad, steph, kate, ben, meg, kurt, megan & dave…quite the crew. so thankful for my family.

may 13: apparently i met the requirements to graduate from college : ) …so i now have a B.S. in Bible/Theology and Educational Ministries.  feels so good to be DONE.

may 21-22: went to Bend, OR to throw a brial shower for my best friend, monica. she is getting married july 3, so i will be out of the country, which is a bummer. still, it so was much fun to have one last weekend together to be ridiculous and celebrate such an exciting time in life for her. so blessed to call her my best friend!

may 24-25: traveling to slovakia. portland, oregon–washington d.c.–frankfurt–vienna, austria–zalina, slovakia. my body is still a bit thrown off by the 9 hour time difference, but it’s getting better.

may 26: getting to know my fellow interns and the other TCKompas staff. everyone i have met has been so kind and loving and has such a passion to see the youth of slovakia come to know Christ. so awesome!

may 27: in the morning the interns did promotions for our english camps at 2 different schools in zalina. about 20 classes 10 minutes each. for those of you who don’t know, i HATE public speaking (not to be confused with attention : ) but i had a total peace from the Holy Spirit when i was speaking in front of these classes.  i am certainly being stretched already, which i suppose is a good thing. in the afternoon, me and a former intern turned 2-year missionary, josh took the train from zalina to bratislava (about 3 hours south). we went to one of the “youth groups” here and talked and hung out with them for the night-so fun! my slovak is TERRIBLE, but they helped me with my pronunciations and taught me some essential phrases.

today we have some free time in the morning and then later we are going to be speaking at a youth group about the english camps. tomorrow josh and i are splitting up and going to 2 different churches in the city to share why we are here with Josiah Venture and to promote the camps as well.

i sincerely cannot believe that i have only been here 3 days. i am so excited to see what the Lord has in store for the rest of the summer. i know it will be very difficult at times, but i am praying for perseverance  in my pursuit of serving the Lord through those times.

please be praying for a few things:

1. ability to quickly build relationships with the slovak students we meet while inviting them to our english camps

2. continual humility, patience, gentleness and hearts of servanthood among the team.

3. communication. most people here speak fairly good english, but the slovak language is extremely difficult. i would love to be able to speak it better, or at least be able to sputter out some essential phrases.

also, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who supported me financially and is continuing to support me in prayer. i surpassed what i needed to raise & feel blessed beyond words.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Eph 3:20-21

hannah, erin, me, alicia and natalie.. my awesome house mates come fall!

david and me at cannon beach during my family's west coast visit : )

me and monica... she is the very best of all bests! love this girl so much!

pardon my strange, hunter, melanie, josha and miriam. our awesome JV Slovakia summer intern team!