March 2017 Wrap Up

I kicked off March with Spring Break 2017: Cincinnati, OH and great convos with great people about missions.

Bhangra night: It was my first experience seeing classical Indian dance. The food was delicious and it was so much fun to watch people dance! I went with two of my housemates.

Brunch at Cafe Caturra: I had a friend date with one of my housemates and past co-leaders. The food was pretty good, but I’m in no rush to go back to try something else on the menu. The atmosphere was cozy and nice though. It was the perfect spot to have real talk and share common struggles of being soon-to-be fourth years.

La La Land: My school was showing it for free one weekend, so I stopped by to watch. I left pretty disappointed. It was not worth the hype. The soundtrack was 10/10, but the plot was pretty bland. The lack of diversity in the main cast for a movie about Jazz bothered me… And why was Ryan Gosling explaining the history of jazz? Not cool.

India Day: ISA hosted their annual culture show and half of my house went to watch. The dancing was AMAZING! I had no idea there was so much talent at UVA. The show was also very well organized and time efficient It was so fun to be exposed to Indian culture for a day. The free dinner was also a plus.

Charlottesville Symphony Concert: After India Day, I went to the Charlottesville Symphony Concert. I was one of maybe 5 undergrads in Old Cabell Hall. The rest were 50+ year old seniors. The orchestra was great, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the setlist. It was Tchaikovsky and I prefer more of Debussy’s style of music. Nevertheless, the crowd seemed to really enjoy it! They gave a standing ovation to 3/3 songs. I left during intermission, but I’m guessing they also gave the last song a standing ovation.

Downtown Pie date: I had a pie date with one of my housemates (no new friends) downtown. We were originally going to go to Paradox Pastry, but it was closed… on a Sunday! It turned out to be a blessing though because we got to check out a cute little pie shop called The Pie Chest. I got a vegetable pot pie while my housemate got a dark chocolate mouse pie (YUM!). They were both so so good and I will be coming back for more.

Sherry coming to cg: My friend who I met through Veritas is a nursing 2nd year PhD student who’s interested in experiencing the presence of God. How awesome is that?! She’s come to MNL a couple of times, but came to CG for the first time this month. I made dinner at my house beforehand, so we could walk over together to CG, and she brought a chocolate silk pie! My house and I ate some before I could get a proper picture, but it was delicious. She also really enjoyed cg and said she wants to learn about who Jesus is. We’ll be reading the book of Matthew together!!! It was a great night for her to come. I spearheaded this weeks study and the girls in our core group talked about their experiences with God and how they recognize Christ has changed their lives. As a result, that’s why we desire to invite others to experience His love and be saved.

Met my Thailand team over Skype: After CG, I met my Thailand team for the first time over Skype. They’re wonderful and I love them already. We went through a couple of logistics, but it was a relatively short meeting. AND PRAISE GOD!! I’ve support raised the amount for my first deadline. I am blown away by the body of Christ’s generosity and the amount that working people give. It was such an encouragement as I continue to pray through support raising and give-a-year.

Joining climbing team: I went climbing with UVA’s climbing team and had a blast. The people were wonderful and supportive. It was also nice to travel outside of Cville. We went to Rise Up in Lynchburg but the week before I went with Outdoors club and saw them at PEAK in Richmond. I can’t wait to get more involved and get to know more people in the club. It’s a small group of peeps, but a good group.

Why Thailand?

As I was sharing to a friend about about why I am going to Thailand this summer for missions, I thought a blog post would be a more organized way to share God’s faithfulness.

Spring 2015 (1st year) 

A missionary came to mnl and asked for people to stand if they were ready to give everything up for Jesus. He was referring to international missions and I was immediately taken aback. What about the lost people in America? Are the lost oversees more important than the lost here? What if I had brought a nonbeliever to this kind of message? Needless to say, I did not respond well. That week I met up with my mentor, at the time, and she explained that while there are lost people in the states there is a great need for missionaries abroad. And she challenged me to start caring for the lost abroad by asking God to place a specific location on my heart.

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Brought to Tears

As I was sending out my support letters on the third floor of Newcomb to Chi Alpha alumni who have impacted my walk with the Lord, I was brought to tears. Whether they were my closest upperclassmen friends or people who I had passing encounters with, they all showed me the beauty of the Father in some way. And reflecting on that as I wrote personal intros to each one of my support letters, I could’t help but cry. Different characteristics of God were shown by different people. And that is a beautiful thing.

1 Corinthians 12: 12-14 “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body- whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free- and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.” 

God does and will use every member of the church. You have value and purpose and He sees YOU. This was definitely not something I was expecting to experience while sending out support letters, but I’m so thankful. Even before I know if anyone will financially support me, I am thankful for these people who have already served me so well and who have been faithful to God’s call to live differently.

Romans 12:1 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

1 Peter 1:16 “Since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Spring Break 2017: Cincinnati, OH

I visited my sister in Cincinnati, Ohio for my spring break. I explored fun places of Cincinnati and learned that this city is filled with beautiful murals, built on cultures of many different cities, and has very little Asians and to my surprise that fact makes me uncomfortable. When I wasn’t out exploring, I spent my days playing with my sister’s guinea pig and watching a ton of tv (This is Us, The Good Place, Imitation Game, and The Jungle Book).

I also ate SO much yummy food! I kidd you not, the taco’s from Mazunte almost made me miss my flight back home because we went to eat their a second time as my last meal in Cincinnati.   *Spoiler alert* I made it just as my flight was lining up to board.

* not pictured: Graeter’s ice cream (mocha chip, coconut chip, and black raspberry chip), homemade indian food w/Naan and Samosas, Pho from Pho Lang Tang, and Baklava w/o nuts because the real stuff had walnuts in them and I’m allergic to walnuts.
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February 2017 Wrap Up

Man February really flew by! I kickstarted the month by going to a UVA vs VT basketball game with one of my housemate. It was so much fun and itwas her first basketball game. We won. Go hoos. I also went to my first Newcomb theatre movie, which is on the blank number of things to do before you graduate. I thought might as well start on that list now. I saw Dr.Strange and it was SO good. Wow. Benedict Cumberbatch is simply the best.

Winter retreat: My Christian fellowship had its annual winter retreat up in NOVA. It was a great time for my core group to bond and get an idea of what it looks like to be a Christian in the workplace or in their case at UVA. They really caught the vision of evangelism and I’m super excited to see where God will take them next. During our free time, they went to DC while I opted to go home since I was feeling oddly home sick. At this time, my parents were still holding my passport hostage because of Thailand. Nevertheless, when I drove back to cville with my mom after retreat she revealed she had brought my passport with her! She gave it back to me and gave me her blessing to go to Thailand in the summer for mission work. PRAISE THE LORD FOR HE IS GOOD!

Best weekend ever: read more about it here!

Climbing: I’m getting stronger and I’m now climbing V1/V2!!

Sabbath: Spent some quality time outdoors with one of my housemates. Seeking rest in truth is truly a beautiful thing. Note to self to do this more often.

Core Group: My girls are flourishing and it is honestly such a joy to spend time with them. We recently started asking them to bring snacks/lead worship and one of our girls brought INSOMNIA COOKIES! Bless up. I was so happy. As you can tell from this picture, the same girl who brought snacks snapped this pic of me and made me into a snapchat sticker. She puts it in a lot of her snapchat stories and it makes me so happy. ❤

Put down my deposit for Thailand: It’s official! I’m going to Thailand for a month this summer to do mission work, which means I will have to support raise. It’ll be my first time support raising and I’m a little nervous, but mainly excited. Please pray that I would be diligent in sending out my letters and dependent on the Lord during this time. And keep the people of Thailand in your prayers!!

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The Perfect Weekend

Friday

Vintage lunch: yummy quiche and salad, talked about Spiritual friendships, truly a place of great rest

Give a year meeting: 3rd one of the school year, talked about dying to our expectations and selves when it comes to missions

Black rock summit hike: rock scramble at the top, first outdoors club adventure, two cars one got lost, 0.5 mile hike, beautiful sunset, laughing at sam for wearing shorts and a tshirt in 50 degree weather with wind, building character, lost keys for a hot second but ended up being in the trunk, sam was nice and dropped me off downtown real mvp.

Hockey game: first and possibly last because someone bought the rink, sad because it was really fun to watch, I got really into it (no surprise there), we won 7-1 go hoos, hayley/jenny/sam all came to watch, fun mini house outing

Worship night at 120: harley’s cg organized it and we stopped by for an hour before leaving, ate a chocolate chip cookie, nothing quite like ending the night worshiping Jesus ❤

Saturday

Hidden Rocks (climbing): Got off the waitlist for this adventure when I was at the hockey game, met at echols at 8am to drive with two other guys to Hidden Rocks out near Harrisonburg, beautiful drive and weather, saw people using a buggy, got lost a couple of times, talked about how climbing is the best, walked 20 min to get to the rock formation and my oh my was it beautiful, it had been so long since I had climbed outside and my soul was singing the entire time, Tristan anchored all of the 4 climbs and was so patient with us even though he forgot his climbing shoes (sad face), never have i met such a mature first year in my life, completed 2/4 climbs and headed back to cville.

Lied out on my yoga mat on my front porch when I got back home because the weather was just too nice to stay inside, the outdoors has honestly been the cure to my sickness. I’ve never healed faster in my life.

Sunday

Church: talked about realtionships… classic

Hotcakes with Emily: got our free tea and caught up on life

IX Park and popsicles: lying out on blankets in the sun with good company is the best

NICU: shadowed a nicu nurse for 4 hours and LOVED it.

If every weekend was like this, I would die happy. I came to the realization that I need to move to a place with warmer weather and a great outdoors life. Thank you God for such a blessed weekend!