Week Ten and Week Eleven

These past two weeks have been two of the most fulfilling and filling weeks so far in Hong Kong! For study I read Titus, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Galatians, James, John, 2 Peter, Numbers, and Hebrews, I inductively studied Acts and Romans, and I have also started preparing to teach/preach on 1 Peter. Outside of study time, I enjoyed an amazing church service that was followed by some great time with friends, as a base we went for Dim Sum one morning for breakfast, we had TWO amazing Thanksgiving meals, and I have had two weekends in a row of weekend work duties which means lots of fun time baking/cooking new things and just spending time hanging out with everyone around the base. After all that delicious food and all the amazing things I learned I honestly feel like my stomach and my brain might just burst! Only one more week now though before BCC comes to an end…

STUDY

After studying Acts and Romans I feel as though I have a much more stable foundation for the rest of the New Testament, and well, just all around life in general. It is very similar to how after studying Deuteronomy and Kings everything in the Old Testament really opened up and made so much more sense. I think the most impactful part of our week studying Acts was a little activity we did of mapping out three of Paul’s missionary journeys using candles. We sat around a giant map on the floor, placed candles on each of the locations Paul visited, and then lit them up. It was so amazing gazing at the glowing map and thinking about how a man who had originally persecuted Christians ended up being led by the Holy Spirit to reach out to so many different people throughout so many different nations. As we sat there staring at the candles it was hard not to feel motivated and encouraged to go out and minister to the nations!

For our week studying Romans we had a guest speaker from the church that I go to here in Hong Kong. He shared with us such an incredible amount of knowledge and wisdom, and I definitely learned a lot from an academic point of view, but it was the parts of the teaching that went beyond that which were the major highlights for me. Witnessing someone else obey God, step out in faith, and try something new is always so inspiring, which is exactly what our guest speaker did. From that, I think everyone in the class received some really special and meaningful lessons and confirmation from God, so it was definitely a very powerful and impacting week. After studying both Acts and Romans I feel full of hope  and excitement for what is to come…

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FELLOWSHIP

The major highlight of the last two weeks outside of study would have to be Thanksgiving. Since we have such a diverse base with such a mix of nationalities, I wasn’t even sure if we would celebrate Thanksgiving. We didn’t just celebrate Thanksgiving, we celebrated it really, really well. The food was delicious, I got to bake pumpkin pie, which is a tradition I was very excited to keep, and we also, most importantly, all had a lot of things to talk about when it came to sharing what we are thankful for. The major theme of the night was family, and pretty much every single person talked about how thankful they are that the base functions so well as a family and that they feel so loved and supported on a regular basis. It was a very moving, very special night, and I feel very blessed to have been a part of it!

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With the last week coming up, things are about to get crazy! We will be studying Revelations and also teaching/preaching. We could all use prayers for good health, energy and focus to finish the course out well, safe travels, and that this final week would be filled with many different types of revelations…

Glory to God for this amazing opportunity! May He bless each one of you on each of your own journeys too. Thank you so much for reading, for praying, and for supporting me during this next season.

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subject to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from it bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” – Romans 8:18-25 

 

 

 

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