Sunshine Summer

Hiya blog world!

So I just typed up that title because it sounds pretty. Not that it hasn’t been sunny, butΒ a better title is probably “sweaty summer.” Here in Indiana, the temperature has been in the humid 80’s and 90’s almost every single day (when it’s not storming). Maybe even 100 some days.. I’m not the girl to ask because I don’t usually check the weather. But let’s just say the second half of my summer has been HOT. Nothing like sweat and mosquitos to make a girl miss Southern California.

But now that I got my complaining out of the way, the second half of my summer hasn’t been too shabby! I’ve spent most of my time in both Muncie and Indy, never staying either place for too long. Here are some highlights:

1) I modeled for my friend Laura Hapner, photographer for Snaphappy Photography. These are some faves!

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Isn’t she great?

Check out her Facebook page:Β http://www.facebook.com/pages/snaphappy-photography/252041964574

2) Sang in the wedding of two wonderful friends, Brad and Mindy Root! …I don’t have any pictures yet.

3) Wrote a song for the first time on the guitar.

4) Stayed in random people’s houses/apartments in Muncie during rehearsals for Faeries, Sprites, and Lights, a festival for little girls at Minnetrista Cultural Center which took place this past weekend. I was a character/improv actor for the event and had the privilege of playing make believe with little girls in fairy costumes and getting paid for it. The festival included me and 7 other “friends of the faeries”, crafts, a bubble garden, a scavenger hunt, a skit, food, fairy souvenirs, and of course hundreds of “fae” and their houses (…which I helped a bit to make) all in the beautiful Oakhurst Gardens. It was pretty awesome, and I got some improv training which was new and fun! I have definitely become more childlike this past month. Here’s a pretty accurate sample of what most children looked like at the festival:

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Oh, and two faerie houses I helped make:

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I thought there would be a number five but those are really the most interesting things I have done this summer. Tomorrow I am jumping off the edge and getting my hair cut into a short bob-type-thing… eeks. Kind of scared, not gonna lie. Last time I had short hair I was awkward and chubby and… twelve years old. But I’m doing it anyways… yolo, right? (..JUST KIDDING…)

The truth is “Destino Part 2”, as we had decided to call the month or so after Summer Project, has been interesting. Not bad… just sort of unsettled. I’ve traveled a good deal, so that makes sense. Sometimes this sort of lifestyle can give you the feeling of being alone, since keeping in touch with ANYONE constant is hard work. I’ve also been reading Changes That Heal by Dr. Henry Cloud, and basically the book is about bonding and boundaries in relationships. It’s written by a Christian psychologist so I’m learning things… Β mostly things that make me realize how messed up I am, how messed up my family is. The Fall did some major damage, man… and every time I start to forget it doesn’t take too long to be reminded again. BUT the cool thing is that through all of that, I’ve been able to see God’s faithfulness in an entirely new way. I may not have any constant people in my life right now, and I may have a lot to work on to create a healthier way of relating to others, but the Lord has been with me all along the way. For one He took care of that brokenness from the Fall long ago, He restored it. He’s also been taking care of my heart perfectly, and it’s the most amazing thing to see. When I put myself in different contexts every week and with different people, facing different battles, it’s easy to become unsure of who I am. But what I am praising God for this month is… that I don’t have to know. He is SO constant, so perfect in His loving… I can just look in the word to be reminded of who He is, and though that, be reminded of who I am unshakably in Christ. A loved, treasured princess of the most-high God. When I feel messed up, it’s the most comforting thing ever to remember Jesus’ sacrifice, the event that defied all logic to bring me wholeness. The event that still defies logic when it makes me feel treasured in my brokenness.

And of course, what a perfect segue to bring up my next reading adventure… I plan to read Radical by David Platt when I’m finished with my current book. It talks about how to live the way that Jesus calls us to in a world that is living for vain pleasure and selfish ambition. I’m sure I’ll make a whole blog post about it soon.

Until thennnn!

Dios les bendigan

Picture blogging!

So I realized that this whole time I haven’t been putting any pictures in my blogs! It was mostly because I didn’t know how. This is a test blog so I can learn, but also a way to highlight some of my favorite parts of San Diego.

Like I said in a previous post, we had weekends off and did fun stuff on the weekends… so that’s when we took the most pictures. During the week we were starting conversations with random people, and taking pictures of that could be creepy. Or at least, difficult. Haha. So just keep in mind that the majority of these pictures are not from the actual ministry part, but contributed to the entire experience. If you want to read about our ministry, go to the previous post, titled Summary.Β 

Here come pitchas!

I got to help lead worship at our meetings every other week! πŸ™‚

Other times I got to lead worship:

In Spanish at my Hispanic church, La Promesa, with my friend Christina.

We were broken into “family groups” of five, and sent to different churches. I feel so blessed to have been able to attend La Promesa!

Erin, one of my little friends from the church!

The people at La Promesa took us to lunch πŸ™‚ This is us with our chili peppers.

Ruben is in blue, Letty is in green, and Pastor Bogar is in orange. They are all such wonderful people!

Two of our other friends, Β and a couple of my absolute faves!! Victor and Yadira were from another family group’s church called Vida Nueva. We got to hang out with these kiddos all the time πŸ™‚ They’re brother and sister and are complete goofballs. ❀

Part of a prank we played on Ryan hehe

We went to dinner at pastor sanchez’ house. I don’t know why I have so many pictures of people trading hats..

Speaking of hats…..

Best hat store in San Diego! hahaa

I turned 20 on June 4th… they surprised me with brownies and a sign! πŸ™‚

Mount Soledad, so awesome! You could see the entire city of San Diego from the top.

We did some venturing to get a better view hahah.

Best place to see the city!

Balboa Park is one of the coolest places to go in SD

Complete with exotic birds

Mission Beach, where we initiated conversations one day.

Bonfire on the beach at the end of the day!

Historic Gaslamp District in Downtown San Diego

Guess where we went one weekend?! We were such children that day.

Here are a few people pictures:

My discipler for the project, Ann Marie πŸ™‚

Maura πŸ™‚

Will!

Ryan!

Ashley πŸ™‚ My 5-week BFF. (hahah except… probably for longer, lets be honest)

Of course there were plenty more people pictures, but thats a sample since this is already the longest picture blog post known to man.

Groups of people!

My church family group!! Minus Chris who was at a wedding 😦

Oh, here’s an actual good one of me and Ash.

This is just getting kind of random now..

Okay, I’ll be done. In conclusion, there’s our final banquet group photo.

I hope that this photo blog was enjoyable… I thoroughly understand how to put pictures in blogs now!!! If there’s ANY chance you didn’t get enough of San Diego pictures, all of them are on my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/missjordanlee22

I had such a wonderful trip, if I haven’t said that enough.

For any of you project people who may read this, “Cheers to that!!!!”

For the rest of you, I’ll just say Praise the Lord.

He is good, and He did great work through us this summer.

My blogs from here on out will be about the way that He is continuing to work in and through me, for the rest of summer, and when I get back to Ball State.

Stay tuned if you care πŸ™‚ haha.

Dios les bendigan!

Summary.

Hey lovely friends… it’s me again.Β 

Well here I am, sitting on the bed in my house in Indianapolis, Indiana. Meaning I’m no longer in San Diego, which is a bummer but I’m happy to say that I love being home as well! I’ve had a busy week filled with rehearsals and wedding festivities (I was a bridesmaid this weekend), so this is the first moment I’ve had to sit down and write a summarizing blog post about my trip.Β 

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Some favorite things now that I look back on the experience:Β 

1. My church family at La Promesa. If you haven’t been following up to this point, just let me tell you that I had the privilege of going to an all Spanish-speaking church while in Cali. The hospitality (which often comes with fantastic authentic Mexican food) was impeccable. I felt like I should have been taking notes about how to treat guests. These people were selfless and kind, and wanted us to feel as at home in California as possible. Two of my favorites were an older couple named Ruben and Letty, from Guatemala. I feel like they are my Latino grandparents. In fact, if I go back to San Diego any time soon, I’ll probably just stay with them in their house since they offered! Also there was Pastor Bogar. La Promesa isn’t a huge church or anything, but I was still blown away by how often he used his time to personally talk with us or treat us to lunch. Pastor’s wife is sick right now (pray for her!), and he also uses his time to volunteer long hours at the nearby hospital, praying with families and sick people. I haven’t met very many people who are so selfless. When they drove us back to our apartments after the last Sunday, he gave each of us a hug and told us to write him an email from time to time. I really do feel like we got to be pretty involved in our church, and I hope they were as encouraged by us as we were by them. Ahh, I miss those people.Β 

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2. The GREATEST news about the whole Destino trip is that we basically accomplished what we had traveled there to do! We began our journey in San Diego as the first-ever SDD Summer Project, with very little direction or understanding of what it would take to actually see a Destino movement take shape at San Diego State University. No one in San Diego had even heard of Destino. But we prayed a lot, stayed faithful to our purpose as a team, and God showed up! Through our initiating conversations on campus with surveys, He slowly but surely provided some dedicated leaders who are really engaged and ready to take on the responsibility of starting a Destino movement on the campus. Courtney is the girl that I talked about in a previous post — she had started hanging out with us a lot in the third week or so, and we didn’t really know where her heart was about Destino until the last week. She feels that God is calling her to use her leadership skills to head up this new ministry. SO COOL πŸ™‚ Also we have a couple other people, I don’t remember their names but I think we have another girl or two on board, and possibly two boys. If they can get an SDSU faculty member to sponsor them, they will be set to make Destino an official organization on campus! Courtney is already working on finding the faculty member and last I heard she has a couple prospects, so it’s all very exciting. I can’t wait to hear how it all goes in the Fall, when they are spreading the word to Latino students about Destino. It’s so sweet to have been a part of the small team that broke ground in San Diego. My prayer is that thousands of students will hear the name of Jesus and give their lives to Him, all because of our short 5 weeks of relying on the Lord to lead us.Β 

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What did I learn personally? So much! God taught me about humility, boundaries, modesty, service, community, His faithfulness, my brokenness, and gave me an even deeper understanding, appreciation and awe of the great sacrifice of Jesus. It’s amazing and unfathomable how rich the blessings are that stem from the most amazing event in history. If you want to hear more about what I learned personally, I’d love to chat with you. I’m just trying to keep these blog posts relatively short so that supporters don’t have to wade through details to read about the fruit of their prayers and donations.Β 

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So once again, a huge thank you to those of you who supported me either through prayer or financially. I ended up being fully supported (!!!) which was a huge blessing. It’s always a bit scary to rely on God for everything, but He never fails me so I’m glad for the opportunities to trust Him more.Β 

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I’m going to continue to blog about just normal life and ministry on my campus hopefully, so if you have the desire, feel free to continue following. πŸ™‚Β 

Peace annn blessins,

JordanΒ