Hey! I saw you asked me why i was going to Australia, and i am officially not smart enough to figure out how to reply on that post so i will here. I just finished doing a Discipleship Training School with Youth With a Mission in Perth, Aus. and i felt called to go back and join staff at the base and hopefully be able to staff the 2012 Young People's DTS in January. It's a 2 year commitment and i will be able to staff 2 schools while i'm there. :)
Hey, that’s so awesome! I asked because I’m doing a DTS in Australia in January 2012 at the Reef to Outback base in Townsville. I’ve heard the Perth base is great.
I miss dirt. Riding in the back of a bumpy car, spitting pop on each other, late night devo sessions, making fun of Texas, “beg”, wearing the Burundi flag in the airport, laughing constantly, “about the size of a coffee can”, being wrecked every day by the pain we saw, experiencing incredible joy, everyone on our team. Feeling alive. Africa.
It’s weird the things you remember. This morning I woke up thinking of a little girl I met in Burundi. I kept thinking of how small she felt in my arms. When I would pick her up I felt like I was going to break her. She was so thin, so tiny. Fragile.
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”—John 15:18-19
Voting For Cities Closes On July 31, Top Ten Winners Announced August 2, 2011
Four Minnesota cities were named as “Top 100” places to live by RelocateAmerica recently, and the public now gets to vote on the which are the “Top 10” cities in America. Here is a list of the Minnesota cities nominated, with a small snippet of information on each one provided by the RelocateAmerica website.
Minneapolis Minneapolis, the largest city in Minnesota, is a vibrant, progressive city with a well educated populous, affordable housing, excellent schools, diverse neighborhoods, solid green initiatives, the nation’s best park and recreational system and an outstanding quality of life for its residents.
Plymouth Plymouth has built a reputation as a quality community in which to live and work. Its lakes and rolling terrain provide the backdrop for a blend of well-planned residential, business and commercial-industrial areas. Citizens and community leaders have placed a high priority on establishing a first-rate park system, interconnecting trails and diverse recreation facilities. As the community has matured, the City has worked with citizens to permanently preserve natural open-spaces, nurture the arts and protect the environment.
Eden Prairie The City of Eden Prairie boasts nearly 10,000 acres of land designated for parks and open spaces. Nestled on the edge of the Minnesota River valley, the City features miles of scenic views, dozens of parks and trails, and a multitude of breathtaking lakes and beaches. The City of Eden Prairie promotes environmentally conscious living and provides residents with educational opportunities and information about living green. With thousands of miles of parks, trails and open spaces, Eden Prairie is an ideal location for nature appreciation.
Rochester The city of Rochester has been named one of the top three U.S. cities to live in by Money Magazine for the past five years and has received the star city award for economic development. Rochester has also been named an All-American city. Rochester has 60 city parks with over 2,500 acres, one private and five public golf courses, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a public beach, 23 outdoor tennis courts, one public and two private tennis clubs, and five fitness centers. Cultural activities include concerts, theater, art galleries, tours and museums.
Now we need to go to the RelocateAmerica website and vote Minnesotan! I know there are those of us who live in certain parts of the Twin Cities who may be mad our city (Robbinsdale, St.Paul, anywhere in Anoka County) wasn’t nominated, but we must band together as Minnesotans, put your votes in for our beloved North Star State, and stand together united! Need I remind you that this is a Top Ten List? We love being mentioned on these things, so just go and vote.
One last thing, Portland, Oregon is also on this list. There is no reason they should even be mentioned, but once again we must suit up for battle against our Top Ten List foe.
And for your enjoyment, this is apparently the most popular joke ever about Portland…
A newcomer to Portland arrives on a rainy day. She gets up the next day and it’s raining. It also rains the day after that, and the day after that. She goes out to lunch and sees a young kid and, out of despair, asks, ”Hey, kid, does it ever stop raining around here?” The kid says, ”How should I know? I’m only 8.’”
“Eleven years ago, when my friend Pammy was dying at the age of 37, we went shopping at Macy’s. She was in a wheelchair, with a wig and three weeks to live. I tried on a short dress and came out to model it for Pammy. I asked if she thought it made me look big in the thighs, and she said, so kindly, ‘Annie? You just don’t have that kind of time.’ I live by this story.”—Anne Lamott