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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 face...me, hunter, melanie, josha and miriam. our awesome JV Slovakia summer intern team!

can’t begin to tell you how good it was to be home with family and old friends, even for just a few days.

i went home for my brother kurt’s wedding to the amazing megan forbes. the wedding was unreal. across the board it was just the best.  i am so stoked for them as they begin this new chapter in their journey together. love you guys!

it was great to be able to see kurt and megan’s friends that  i grew up with that i literally had not seen in 5-10 years. i kept hearing over and over again, “oh my gosh! i can’t believe you’re grown up! you’re not 10 anymore! i remember when you were little you would…”

but here’s the thing: sometimes i still feel like i am 10.i look at myself and think, “what the junk, how am i an adult?” (well, mostly).

it’s intimidating to think that the youth coming to our camp in slovakia will think of me as an “adult”.  i’m supposed to be the one who know what’s going on, has the answers, is able to give direction, and is the one setting a good example with my words and actions.

going home and talking with people who have known me for years helps to give me perspective on how much i have matured and grown, and am prepared to step into this role as an intern.  i am not the same as i was 10, 5, or even 1 year ago. i know that God is constantly at work, growing and transforming my heart as i choose to follow Him. that gives me hope.

thanks to everyone who have spoken words of encouragement and prayers over me. please continue to lift of prayers on my behalf as they are greatly needed.again, if you feel led to support me financially follow the link as the window to give is closing (11 days!) :  https://www.josiahventure.com/give/people/260

love, mindy.

hey, no one said adults cant be ridiculous from time to time. ...me and david lookin good at the reception.

kurt and megan : )

For two years, I served as a resident assistant for the women at Multnomah University.  Over the course of these two years, I had the opportunity to serve, grow, disciple, mentor, love, pray, be ridiculous and simply walk through life with 26 women.

What a privilege. What a responsibility.

These were two of the most formative years in my spiritual life as I was continually challenged and stretched beyond what I thought I was able. As rewarding as the job was, it wasn’t always easy playing the role of proxy in difficult relationships, fielding hard questions, listening to the pain of others, and sitting that hurt with them. One of the biggest lessons I learned from all of this is that you just can’t do it alone.

So often I want to be the pillar of strength for everyone around me. I never want to be seen as weak. And more than that, I hate asking for HELP.

But the fact is we weren’t designed to do it alone.

We are designed for community and relationship: With each other. With the Lord.

Please continue to pray for me as I prepare to head to Slovakia. Pray that the Lord would empower me through the Holy Spirit to walk through life with the students I will be serving, and that I would have the humility to be weak and ask for help when I need it.

and let the fact that being an R.A. was a ridiculously fun job as well not be lost. here’s some evidence:

pike's market in seattle during fall dorm section retreat (fall 2008)

"stages of life" themed dorm section christmas photo (fall 2008)

the girls were having a rough day, so i surprised them with a shaving cream fight : ) (spring 2009)

melissa, sarah, kaylah, and myself. these 3 girls stayed in my section for 2 years. this is at first all dorm meeting of the year (fall 2009)

sleepover with some of my girls. a little "father of the bride" and puppy chow never hurt anyone! (spring 2010)

 

Greetings from the beautiful northwest! I am excited to share about an awesome opportunity I have to serve in Slovakia as a summer intern with Josiah Venture.  Over the course of my two and a half months there, we will be partnering with national churches and youth leaders as well as other interns from across America to help lead evangelistic camps. The majority of the students we will be working with are the first generation to grow up in an era of freedom, post-communism. Along with many new opportunities their parents never had, they have received many new influences—but they know virtually nothing about having a personal relationship with God. Training Center Kompas, the camp where I will be interning, has a vision to be a part of the movement of God among the youth of Slovakia that finds it home in the local church and transforms society by God’s grace.

Doing missions in Eastern Europe is something that I have been considering for the last few years, but not moved forward with because I have let fear of man issues hold me back. Through the course of the last year, the Lord has been teaching me much about learning to “FEAR NOT”, with the words of Isaiah resounding loudly in my ears, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” Isaiah 41:10 (ESV). While it is not always easy, I am learning to continually choose to trust the Lord and walk His peace (Jn 14:27). And as my pastor always said, “it will cost you more to miss the will of God than to find it.”

As I continue my journey, I’m asking people to consider being a part of my prayer team that would intercede for me as I prepare for the trip and serve in Slovakia. I truly believe that prayer will be my greatest ally in this ministry.  I’m asking each prayer team member to commit to praying for me consistently and would appreciate you considering this strategic ministry on my behalf.

I also need to develop a team to assist with the costs of this mission trip, which is approximately $4,600 that needs to be raised by May 1st.  As I was officially accepted only two weeks ago, my window to raise this support is limited. While I struggle with asking for help, I don’t want to approach this summer internship solely in my own effort, and having you assist me in the area of finances is a way for you to help me attain that goal. Any financial donation you contribute is tax-deductible. If you feel God is leading you to be a part of this ministry with me, you can use the enclosed envelope and response slip. Thank you for considering being a part of this opportunity.

If you have any questions, please feel free call or email me: (309) 830.2844/ mindykaterawlins@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Grace and peace,

mindy kate