Thursday May 12, 2011

One month to this date (June 12th) I will be having my spaghetti lunch fundraiser at my church! I really hope you all can come. You can buy tickets from my parents, Camille Goorbarry or myself. Please let me know if you can come. I hope to see you there because it will be a great opportunity to connect before I head back to Romania!

Today I spent the day at church for the “Refresh leadership conference”. It was great to meet so many people throughout the day at the conference. The teachings and the worship were really, really good! It was wonderful to soak in some of the teachings and pray for each other throughout the day. One of the speakers was Pastor Jim Cymbala who is the Lead Pastor at The Brooklyn Tabernacle church in Brooklyn, New York.

Pastor Jim told us about the prison ministry that their church does at the Louisiana State Penitentiary or known as Angola. This prison is a maximum security facility; Angelo is widely known to be the bloodiest prison in the US, with an average sentence of 88 years. If ever there were a place where hopelessness could abound, this would be it. But, in the midst of inevitable despair, prisoners are finding hope in Christ through ministries and outreaches such as those offered by The Brooklyn Tabernacle. And, the result is that over 1200 inmates have accepted Jesus Christ, finding true freedom in him.

The choir from their church did a concert there and they also did a video of it. In the video they also video tapped some of the prisoner’s testimonies of how God has transformed their lives. We saw one of the testimonies and wow the wisdom and the maturity this man’s faith is incredible! I really liked one of the things he said in this man’s testimony which was “this place reminds me what I did everyday but God has never reminded me once what I have done nor has he brought it up to me but He has forgiven me”.

The church provided a delicious lunch at the conference. During the lunch break I ended up sitting with some people from Sarasota, Florida which is where my parents and I will be camping. One of the guys that sat at the table is the Youth Pastor from the Calvary Chapel church in Sarasota so he gave me his card which had all of the church information on there. The church is only 15 minutes from the campground that my parents and I will be staying at! What a blessing from God that I sat at the same table as them.

The rest of the day I stayed at Kim’s house and relaxed. Her husband Michael came home from work this evening so I finally got to meet him. He is a pilot with Southwest airlines and he works Monday to Thursday and then he is home on the weekend. It was nice to finally meet him. We had a nice relaxing evening. It was a good day!

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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