Well, it’s been a busy week, haven’t posted here in a couple of days, so here’s the lowdown on what’s been keeping me busy:
The returnees dinner was awesome, heaps of people turned up, the food was great, got to catch up with some people I haven’t seen much of recently. It was a great way to regain that sense of family and community (two overused but very applicable words that have so few synonyms that give the same meaning) that we all missed so much over the summer.
Orientation training was a great chance to communicate with everyone the exciting ideas that we have for letting first year Christians know we exist, and how we can support them and befriend them. Also people really got on board with what we can do for non-Christians at uni, and how we can love them, which is great. I wasn’t at all of orientation training, cause I was in my room typing up lyrics for the songs for the overnight prayer meeting.
Overnight prayer started with a bang, and though it decreased in volume over time as some people vacated the room to chase the forty winks that were teasingly calling their names in forty part harmony, the momentum never dwindled. We had a great time, singing, praying and thinking our way through the first hour of songs. As we prayed through the night, starting with prayer for our own groups and slowly expanding our horizons till at 4am we were praying for student mission nation-wide, and at 5am, worldwide.
At 6am most people went on a prayer walk while two of us stayed to cook breakfast. I hear the sunrise was beautiful. After filling up on bacon, sausages, hash browns, scrambled eggs and bread (with a good kiwi dose of tomato sauce), there was plenty of leftovers, and gradually people went home.
The night was fantastic, we all knew God was present, but we could also see Him in the passion of our prayers. A great foundation was laid for a year of student ministry more fervent and bold than ever before. God is good, and we will see salvation come to many of our fellow students this year, I believe that fully.
I caught four hours sleep over lunchtime, then headed to work (I work in after school childcare). Straight after work was the Twenty20 New Zealand vs. India match, which was very tense as the Black Caps beat the Rockstars of Cricket by one run on the last ball.
Then I got a lift home, walked in at about 11:30, cooked up some sausages that ended up being a curry including carrots, kidney beans, rice, tomato, coconut cream, chopped tomatoes and more, as a friend joined me and we kept adding to it, much like the old stone soup story. Except it was sausage curry hehe.
Then after finally getting to sleep, I caught my own forty winks several times over before getting up at 9am for TSCF small group leaders training today. Then after six hours of that, we went to the supermarket, came home and cleaned out the whole house, ate dinner at 9pm, lit a bonfire, and now here I am at almost midnight telling you how mental it’s all been. And with two weeks of clubs days coming up, it’s not about to slow down. I’m not complaining, but I do hope I get enough sleep. Well anyway, better edit this now before I post it.
As I type, RelientK‘s “The Only Thing Worse Than Beating a Dead Horse is Betting on One” is playing. Title’s longer than the 1:14 track.