Monday, July 14, 2014

The World Cup

I don't watch sports.  Ever.

However, I heard about the FIFA World Cup and was interested.  Eight Compassion countries had teams playing.  In some of those countries, I have a Compassion child.  So I followed the stats on Google because we don't have the tv channel to watch the games.

Of course, I routed for Mexico initially.  I was really bummed out that they lost to the Netherlands.  But Colombia was still playing, so I began to cheer them on.  They had to play Brazil, which I didn't think was a big deal.  My sister then informed me that Brazil has amazing soccer skills.  For example, Brazil hadn't lost a competitive match on their own soil in 39 years (since 1975).  Following the online commentary for the last couple minutes of the Colombia-Brazil match confirmed that I once again routed for the losing team.  However, Brazil was down two players and I was interested to see how it would turn out for their next game.

Brazil's next match gave them only a chance to get third place in the 2014 World Cup.  I was amazed!  I thought they would win even though they were down two players.  Germany beat them 7 to 1, which was the highest scoring game in the whole tournament (that I know of)!  Surely I thought they would end up with third place, but again they lost....this time to the Netherlands.

The final match of the tournament was Germany vs. Argentina for first and second place.  I figured Germany would win because they seemed to have won a lot of the matches they were in.  After a long game with overtime, Germany scored the winning goal (which was also the only goal of the match)!

It was really interesting to see the World Cup stats and read about some of the games.  I learned a couple things and had fun seeing which country would take home the honor of first place!

Did you watch or follow the World Cup?  Which match interested or surprised you the most?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Some Thoughts

I was scared to look at the date of my last post, and yikes! it was scary.  I haven't posted in two weeks.  I guess I've been more busy thinking about things than writing about them!

Anyway, I came across these verses today....

1 Corinthians 1:27-29 (NIV)
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

I found it encouraging to know that I'm not the only crazy one God chose!  As I think about going to Mexico (in just 18 days!!!!!), I sometimes wonder what I am doing.  I mean seriously, I'm not very brave or outgoing and I'm definitely not eloquent with my words!  But yet, God still has a plan that involves me.  That's pretty exciting (and scary)!

As each day passes and I am one day closer to boarding that plane, I ask that you would remember my team and me in your prayers.  Pray that God would prepare us for what He would have us do while we are serving Him in Mexico!

Thank you, friends!  I am so blessed by each of you! :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Celebrating!

Today is June 17, 2014. Three years ago today, Compassion assigned me my first correspondent Aprila! So I celebrated that today in a very unique way.....

I got shots.

didn't get a pretty band-aid - oh well! ;)

I guess it would be normal to have a nice meal or do something fun on an anniversary, but I think getting shots today was perfect and special.

You see, three years ago, I never imagined I would go on a missions trip. I never thought I would leave the country. And honestly, I didn't know Jesus very well. He was just a far-off Person to me.

Over the past couple years, God has grown a desire in my heart to know Him and make Him known (as the familiar Casting Crowns song "Thrive" says). God has used Compassion to draw me closer to Him and teach me many things. Compassion planted a desire for mission work in my heart. As time went by, the desire grew.

And now, three years later, I get shots for my first mission trip. I think it's super awesome how God had it all planned out all along. I am so excited to see what He does in Mexico because I know that He has wonderful things planned! I can't wait!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Mexico!

I have added a "Mexico" page to my blog.  On it is a bit of a story of how Mexico has captured my heart and how I can see that God is going to do amazing things while I am there (and leading up to it, too, as I have seen already!).  I will also update it with the links to my newest posts about Mexico.

Check it out here - Love is an Action: Mexico

Monday, June 9, 2014

Necklaces!

I know some of you have been wondering if I was going to do another online fundraiser for Mexico.  Well, I am!!  

I am selling handmade necklaces.  These necklaces are colored on both sides.  As you can see in the photo, some are sparkly and others have designs. 


I am selling each necklace for $5.  Domestic shipping is $3.  International shipping is $7.  If you would like to order a necklace, please e-mail me at lizzie4compassion@gmail.com and specify the color of your choice (pink, green, red, or mauve - blue is currently sold out.  It I get enough orders, I will make more!).  


Thank you to my lovely sister for modeling a necklace!

















If you would like to donate to my trip in a different way, check out my coffee fundraiser Lizzie's Mexico Mission Trip 2014!! - Just Love Coffee Roasters or e-mail me at lizzie4compassion@gmail.com

Thank you for your support!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

You Have My Permission to Skip This Disjointed Post!

You might have noticed that I have a new widget on my sidebar!  It's a countdown to my Mexico mission trip.  (I find it fun to wave my pointer back-and-forth over it and I think you would too.  Go ahead.  Try it.  Really.)

Seriously though, it's just over a month until I board a plane for Mexico.  I feel like I should have something inspirational to say.  I really don't though.  I feel like I should have something to say.  But I really don't.

I am excited though!  I can't believe it is so close.  I can't believe it's June.  I feel like it should still be March.  That is sort of how I have felt all year.  Not that it should have been March all year.  Rather I felt that it should be two months earlier all year.

In fact, the other day I was going through my school schedule to see how close I was to being done.  I saw that I was back in mid-April and thought that wasn't too bad because it was only late-April.  So I was just a couple weeks behind.  Then I realized it was mid-May.  Now it's June 5th, and I've just got a bit more school left.

That is very irrelevant though.

The point is Mexico is just around the corner!  I have my passport.  In a week-and-a-half, I'm going to get my shots.  I have been fundriasing.  And God is faithful.  I have just a tiny bit more to raise!  Praise God :)

It's really hard to imagine that in just a few days (okay like 43 days) I will be standing on different soil, listening to a beautiful language I do not understand.  I do try to imagine what it will be like though.  I figure the time will go much too fast and the goodbye will be much too hard and the week will be much too good to put into words.  But, I do not know....yet.

Sorry for the rambling post.  To make up for it, here is a beautiful Spanish song that I have been listening to lately.  It's so beautiful.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Nadia!

Hey friends!

A little while ago, McKennaugh shared about her time in the Ukraine with orphans.  (you can find that post here - Love is an Action: A Special Post)  As she mentioned in that post, I have decided to advocate and pray for one child there in hopes of connecting her with a family.

I would like all of you to meet Nadia as I first saw her -


This photo was taken five years ago and was the most recent photo of her.  Once I committed to helping her become part of a family, McKennaugh was able to actually get in touch with someone who lives near the orphanage and get some photos of her!


Nadia is now 10.  She lives in the Ukraine.  Last year, her grandma came to visit her once.  Other than that, she has not had anyone visit her.  She is often left alone in her crib/bed.  She has never had the joy of seeing the world around her as she was born without eyes.  Nadia also has severe intellectual disabilities and hydrocephalus.  But, I am sure that she can still feel joy if she hears a bird chirp or the wind blow.

I want to ask you (yes, you!) to help Nadia's story to reach as many people as possible!  Will you share about Nadia on facebook?  Will you share about her on your blog?  Will you tell about her in your small group/Bible study?

Most importantly, will you pray for Nadia and her future family?  (You can "sign up" to pray for her at a certain time here - Pray for Nadia)

I would also like to thank Leah and Monica for letting me share Nadia's story on TIO (Teens Interceding for Orphans)!!  Advocate & Pray: Nadia | Teens Interceding for Orphans