February 22, 2006


So, I travelled to Europe last September, and fell in love. No, not with a boy....with a culture. With the simplicity of life, the love for friends and family, and the history of it all. I only went to England and France, but in these two places, I realized how much I love and have a passion for Europe. When I got back, I started searching on the web for opportunities to serve God in Europe through a ministry. The other thing in Europe that struck a chord with me were their post-Christian lifestyles. They are very simplistic in thinking, but also very self-seeking in the way they live. A lot of Europe is Roman Catholic, and I don't know if that means they claim that faith, or if they go to Church, or what, but I know they need Christ, like the rest of the world.

Okay Sarah, get to the point. In searching for ministry opportunities, I found a Christian run youth hostel called The Shelter Youth Hostel Ministry. http://www.theshelter.nl/ministry/ They have two youth hostels to volunteer at, in Amsterdam, which is in the Netherlands. I would work in a cafe, lead Bible studies, and share the Gospel with travellers. I would live in a Christian International House with all the volunteers from the two hostels. My housing and food is taken care of through The Shelter. This is such an amazing opportunity to me. I just recently checked the website again, and they are in desperate need of people to come and work and live over there this spring and summer.

What is even cooler, is right now I'm in school, but I am just getting electives/pre-reqs out of the way so that I can get into the next year's professional photography program which doesn't start until this fall. So, I am available and definetly willing(as always) to take time off of school, and to go and serve God. I feel like I have a passion for Europe, and that this is a really rad opportunity to go and serve in a relevant way.

"How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
-Romans 10:14-15

~Pray that God would continue to open the door if this is where He wants me.
~Pray that finances would come in. If I get accepted, I have a month until I leave, and plane tix are about $1,000, International medical insurance is between $200-500, and other personal and travel expenses are over $500--you can do the math, that's a lot of money in a very short period of time.
~Pray for those who run The Shelter, that they'd be encouraged through the Lord daily.
~Pray for others to find out about The Shelter, they need people to help desperately.

February 18, 2006

Straight up G-stylin!!~~

So,,,it was a dark, 20* night when Holly, Candice and Sarah decided to become G-stylin thug princess' and dance in the streets of downtown Hood River. First, there was the dress up party...you can't just dance in the streets in street clothes....oh no....this requires so much more than that,,,,,we needs bandanas, adidas, and big sweats, as well as some sweet loving spandex...(only for Hol though, cause she refused to leave the house without them)...and we all know that spandex shouldn't be a legal clothing item in this day and age. But once we got our outfits,,,we had a little model sesh prior to our decent downtown, check 'em out....

Bust'a move!!!

Bust it baby!!

Downtown Dance Party!!!

Oh my goodness!!! What do you do on a boring, as well as freaking COLD friday night in a small town!?! You dress up like thugs and have a dance party downtown kittie corner from the 5-0 station!! HAHAHA!!!! So much fun!!! Candice, Holly and I got a little CaRaZy!!! But it was rad!!!

February 12, 2006

.Why I LOVE snowboarding.

The mountain is so amazing!! I swear I'm so taken aback with something as simple as a tight, drop dead gorgeous sunset!! God is so good in blessing his kids with the beauty of his creation. Sweet action yo!!

Jibbing+Sarah=Colorful knees!!!

So....I've been trying to work on my jib skills........hasn't been super succesful. It usually ends up with me hitting my body really hard on the metal..................eeeeerrrrrrrrrrr........Not gonna lie,,not too fun. It's all about the baby steps right?!?! Haha...I never knew baby steps were black and blue and purple.......whatev

.Uncle Rico's Van.

So....driving down from Hood......and low and behold on the side of the highway....UNCLE RICO'S VAN!!!!! Only 1500 bones for this bad boy!! Wickedly fresh for sure!!! I made Jordan turn around so I could take a picture of it,,,,,,behold the glory of it all....I think I should save my pennies up and buy it, then travel around the countryside selling,,,,,selling,,,,,I dunno what!!??! Perhaps quality 24 piece sets of imposter tupperware!!!! HECK YES!!!!

February 11, 2006

.Funny Stuff.

So, I was looking through some of the old pics on the computer and this is a pic from a couple falls ago in Cannon Beach when my family came to visit me during my time on staff at Ecola Bible School. This is brother Seth, and sister Rachel. I think Seth slightly resembles a frog here, I mean......uuhhhhh, a penguin....or a cute liger?!! what!?! It's just a funny pic. Enjoy!!

February 04, 2006

.Take my Heart.

Take my heart.
Take, take my soul.
For tonight I know,
I know You told me so.

Take, take my life
Take, take it all
For my life is Yours
I want You to know
I want You to know

Life's not worth living,
without Your love.
I cry tears of joy, pure mercy and grace through Your Son.
I lift up my hands, take all of me.
Take my heart, as I fall on my knees.

A new song I wrote today. God is amazing. I went to a college group last night in Beaverton with some friends, and I am constantelly amazed with how His Grace smacks me in the face. I am so stupid, so often. I fail. I am human. But He doesn't care. He loves me anyhow. How amazing is Grace? That we have the Father, to put our hope and love and salvation in?! Pretty sweet stuff if you ask me. Mercy is sweet. Grace flows down freely. Faithless life, is no life at all. I dig the savior of my soul, Jesus Christ, I want you all to know!!!!

February 02, 2006

Diet Coke and Mentos!!

So when you put mentos in diet coke,,,it's supposed to explode,,,but all it did was make a fountain....not so "bomb" like in my oppinion,,,but it was still fun to try it......

February 01, 2006

.Romans 12:1-2.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing, and perfect will. .Romans 12:1-2.

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. The time we have here on earth, is not about us. It's about Him. It's about the His will, and the talents and giftings He has given to His children. How sweet is it that?! That we have the opportunity and get the priviledge of serving Him!! We don't have to conform to what the society and culture says is cool. We get to be lights to the darkness, and salt to the earth, all while we rely upon God's mercy and grace.