Saturday, October 27, 2007
This past week has been amazing. On Tuesday night- Thursday we have had the Missions Convention. It was really neat to hear the stories and challenges from the missionaries. The main speaker was Marc Sankey and he really gave stirring challenges about really serving God for the right reasons. Thursday night especially helped me. He spoke about how we need to do everything for the glory of God, and that hard times may come, but we've got to be willing to face it, because it will cause God to get more glory. It is still working in my heart, and I am not sure what all God is doing, but it's great. I was able to interview one of the missionaries for my Christian Service class. He works in Haiti and is an energetic fireball! He was so encouraging. He told me about how he felt God had called him into missions and how God had helped him throughout his life. I sat with him for about 20 minutes probably. It was really neat. I asked him what he thought was the greatest danger of being a missionary was, and he said spiritual bankruptcy. He was telling me how the reason we don't have revival in our churches is because the pastors aren't in their prayer closets, and they aren't feasting on the Word of God. It was so great to be able to talk with someone who was so on fire for God. During services he'd be saying, "Yes, yes,yes,yes" and give out shouts every once in awhile. I hope to maybe go down to Haiti sometime in one of their conferences. He gave me a few quotes, one that I can remember without my paper: stay close to God in the closet and He will be with you in the fire. It was very encouraging to be with him. Then after the Missions Convention, (last night and this morning) I went to my home church, where they were having Shadrach Youth Discipleship Ministry weekend retreat. It was another very wonderful time, and God really answered prayer. I wasn't able to stay for all of it, but what I was there for was really great. Tomorrow (Sunday), Eric Himelick is going to be sharing at my church, which is strange, because I won't even be there. But it's amazing how God is working out all these strange connections all of the sudden. Anyways, that's about it for now. I can use prayer for teaching my "nursery" class down at Victory Chapel.
Posted by Nichole Oki at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Early Monday morning I went to God's Bible School for a training in open air evangelism. It was amazing. Next year I am hoping to be able to stay for the whole week. We learned a lot of new things and were able to go to one of the meetings. We went to Fountain Square in Cincinnati. I passed out million dollar bills which had a message that was worth more than a million. It was really great. It was with the organization Open Air Campaigners. On the way home we had a blow out on the van that we were in. It was only by God's grace that we weren't going 70 miles down the highway when it happened. There are lots of things going on right now. Next week we are having a Missions Convention. Then next weekend there is a Shadrach retreat and Youth Challenge. I am not sure which I am going to go to yet. Two of my friends are coming this weekend and so I am hoping to be better by then. I have a sore throat and poison ivy. I am not sure what we are going to do though, because almost everyone is going home. It's going to be very boring. Hopefully, they won't care too much.
Posted by Nichole Oki at 7:56 PM
Friday, October 5, 2007
Things are moving along really fast.... midterms are in two weeks. This week has been really busy with lots of tests and projects. Tomorrow we are having Old-Fashioned Day here at the school. All the grades and the departments are making floats for the parade. The Missions Dept. is having everyone dress up like a someone from a different country and then we'll walk around carrying the country flag. I am going to be wearing my sari. Hopefully I will be able to get some pictures on here of it. I am really looking forward to it. We are selling things from different countries in our booth, and we're having a pie judging and then selling pies and we're also having a pie throw. All the other departments are setting up food booths and other things. Anyways, life is just about to get back to normal-hopefully. I am looking forward to sleeping. God has really helped me the last week. One of the girls here, Amanda, has started a morning prayer time, and it's been really good. It's just a time of individual prayer about whatever comes to you, whether it's about the school or personal things. It's really encouraged me. It's really neat to be able to talk about the things of God all the time, and not be so bored when people are talking about people of the world and what so and so did, that we don't even agree with. Anyways, it's sort of like being at a camp all the time (plus assignments).... Anyways, that's about it for now.... P.S. This Sunday I am going to be teaching the big group of kids at the mission, because Sam and Becca (the two people that usaully do it) are going to be gone. I could use prayer...
Posted by Nichole Oki at 4:29 PM