There has been so much going on inside of me this week while I've been in Seattle, and I wanted to share some of it with you. When I get home I'll upload some pictures too, but for now I have a few minutes to tell some stories.
It's been incredibly beautiful up here, sunshine and rain on most days and not too cold, and I keep saying to myself, "I can't believe I get to live here!" I met a girl who is a friend of a friend that I'm thinking of living with, and found a great apartment that we're praying has an opening for July. I went downtown to see the new building that Mars Hill is opening just in time for me to start classes, and felt scared of how much this is all way out of my comfort zone, and excited by the prospect of how good it will be for me. (Funny side note - As my friend and I were walking to the school, a truck somehow caught the branches of a tree and pulled it down right on top of our heads! We made it out with a few scratches, but it was pretty wild.) I've looked at the MHGS website (www.mhgs.edu, if you're interested) and gotten butterflies and started to cry at least three times, as each day they add more about what they want to do with the building and their hearts for the neighborhood we'll be in, and I keep asking God "Do you really want to give all this to me?" I'm terrified of all the things that are waking up in my heart, and overwhelmed by all of these emotions, but I'm actually starting to get excited as I get a taste of what God wants to do with me here.
I also got to go to Vancouver for three days, to visit Sara Wevodau and see her world, as she works with people living in the poorest postal code in Canada. I saw things I've never seen before, and heard stories that broke my heart. I've talked with Sara, and my friends in Seattle, about what it means to be "missional", God's bias towards the poor, the meaning of Holy Week and all kinds of things that are leaving my head (and my heart) reeling with more questions than answers.
My heart feels more alive, and even though that means I feel pain a lot more than I'd like, I'll take it, because being alive is good. And I'm saying that out loud, to my community, whom, coincidentally, I'm really going to miss while I'm gone.
love you guys! see you on Easter