Need I say more?
After just 13 weeks of waiting, I finally received this valuable piece of identification in the mail. Hopefully I won't have to deal with stuff like this for a looooong time. Just thought you might want to see the look on my face when I got it. I'll get back with another update soon. It looks like I'm set to leave on June 6th. Peace.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Need I say more?
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Thursday, May 24, 2007
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Thursday, May 17, 2007
Today I decided to not mention my passport issues anymore. I'm giving it to God to take care of and make the decisions for me. "What's supposed to happen will happen"...someone told me a couple days ago, and it's so true. If I'm forced to spend a few extra days at home, then fine, I've becoem OK with that. In fact, that might even be kind of fun. Who knows. I'm just gonna enjoy the next few days I have at home with good people and take a load off, rather than pack on stress over something I really have no control over. On a much more happier note...this weekend I got a new rain jacket from REI that really rocks.
Posted by Jerms at 3:01 PM
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
That's right. This is about to be a bash America session. I hope I can hold my tongue, but it's not looking to bright. Today, I've spent a total of 2 and a half hours either on hold, re-dialing over and over again, or talking to representatives that offer no help whatsoever to me. So today I called the Passport Office again to check my status, and no word from Houston. They were supposed to reply to my expedite request and haven't done so, so my forms are still sitting there in Houston. So when I asked them what I should do next, they said to go ahead and plan on going to Houston and that they'd transfer me to the appointment line. I'm thinking this could work out, but after about a half hour talking to my little friend (the automated computer system), he gladly informed me that the next available appointment time was May 29th, 2007. Thanks a lot! I'm so frustrated right now that this is taking this long. It's not supposed to happen like this. The best they could do was offer to request a will-call from Houston when it's actually ready so that I can drive and pick it up (M-F 8-3). This has got to be the most-complicated thing I've ever done. Ok, so I'm going to spend the next few days sulking about the tardiness of the government systems, while you can say a prayer for me. Thanks!
Posted by Jerms at 5:45 PM
Monday, May 14, 2007
Plus, don't tell anyone, but I can also swing by Impact to say whassup to some of my Houston buds. I mean I'm not gonna complain.
It's so good to be home. There's something about it that's not like anywhere else in the world. It might be because I know I won't be here for a loooong time, but it just feels really nice to relax and have a break from school. I over-stressed my self way too much this semester and this break could not have come at a better time....except maybe a month ago. Ha. I do miss my friends and I'm starting to be all nostalgic and stuff, but I get these random moments of excitement, like when I listen to a good song in the car and I picture myself taking off on the plane or something. Then it kind of dies off because I realize I'm actually leaving really soon.
So last night I went to the Village Church to hear Matt Chandler. It's a really neat church that has a lot going on for them. It was really refreshing to be at a place where the worship is so raw and real. They played a video of him speaking because there's like 6 services, but it was so weird because it was life-size and looked like he was actually standing on the stage or something. He talked about mothers and women and nurturing. I would highly recommend downloading the podcast.
Posted by Jerms at 1:14 PM
Monday, May 07, 2007
Today I was driving down the road on the way back from lunch when something struck me. This was one of those moments that pierces your insides and sends adrenaline through your body. It was a revelation. I realized for the first time that I am actually leaving the country in 2 and 1/2 weeks. It came out of nowhere when I thought to myself, "I'm going to Peru...I'm going to Peru?...I'm going to Peru!!!" I think I've finally moved past the anticipatory stage to the pure ecstatic phase. I still have no idea what to expect, but I know for sure that I'm ready for some adventure and excitement in my life. All of these thoughts came just in time for finals week when I have to take 4 tests, pack my life into my car, and say some last good-byes. I don't know how to describe it other than to say that it's an inner-peace that's much needed. I find it ironic that my first impression of Latin America will be based on the city of La Paz...or if you don't know much Spanish..."The Peace". I don't even know much about the history of this place, but I'm sure of this: As God's peace is being restored to this hurting world, it's also falling on the lives of individuals in real ways. I hope God will show me peace in La Paz.
Heck, I don't know...maybe today was so good because I didn't have class, I got a big test out of the way, I went to exercise for the first time in a long time(killed my muscles, but decided I'm getting a membership at Hendrick when I get back in the fall), and there's not all that much ahead of me this week. I'd like to think it's because the stress is being wiped away as I allow God to fill those gaps. This great day was thrown into a different direction when I called the State department to check the status of my passport, only to find that it was still being processed...after 10 weeks! They told me to call back in a few days to see where things stood, and the lady kindly left the conversation reminding me that there was no way to tell if it'd make it by May 25th. Oh great...But hopefully my patience will last and God will pull through.
Posted by Jerms at 11:51 PM
Friday, May 04, 2007
Here we go again. It's been about a year since my last post, but there's a ton going on in life that needs to be shared. The summer is here and it's about to get crazy. My plane leaves in 3 weeks from DFW for a summer that will hopefully be life changing. I can't wait to see what God has in store for us. Last summer was incredible and I didn't expect it to be that way at all. I think God has a way of throwing things at you unexpectedly. I think it's possible to limit what he can do in the world. Sometimes I do that. I hope I don't do that this summer. My main objective at this point is to keep an open mind to what God will do in others' lives and in my own. I've never gone anywhere like this before and I'm so eager to jump into it, but I also want to be cautious to see what God is showing me and not just what my eyes see.
So, the summer will go like this...exactly three weeks from today, I leave from DFW for La Paz and El Alto, Bolivia. I'll be traveling with a forming team, and good friends, Wes and Ellen, who have become like family, Reid, who is pretty much my brother, and Deanna, who is a girl who supposedly lives in Colorado, but I've never met her. Haha! We'll spend just 2 short days there surveying the city for the possibility of long term work there. Keep in mind that we fly into this capitol city that sits between 11,000 and 13,000 ft. Yes, if you're wondering, that's higher than many of the peaks of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. I'm gasping for a breath just thinking about it. (I've started running quite a bit here in Abilene to prepare for this physically demanding portion of the trip.) After La Paz, we'll head to Concepcion and Temuco, Chile for the same purpose. After our week-long survey trip, Reid and I will spend 3 weeks in Santiago, Chile with the Grants and some others at their church. Hopefully we'll be able to learn a ton of Spanish there and stay with a local family to get immersed into the culture. I've always been interested in culture in general and the idea that people can be so different but still live in the same small world. After spending June in Santiago, we'll begin our actual internship in Lima, Peru where we'll be doing some bible studies and working with an orphanage.
Ok, so I'm beyond excited now. Here's what you can do: PRAY! Pray that God protects us on this trip. Pray that God challenges us on this journey. Pray that my heart is open to hearing the voice of our Creator. Pray that lives will be changed and that a glimpse of the Kingdom will be seen. Pray for adventure and peace as we go to new places. I'm thankful for God and his blessing on this trip through his faithful people. I'll try hard to keep updated as this thing comes together. Peace!
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