|Tim's roommates raided his closet|
|Neapolitan cookies I made for my girls!|
In other news, every once in a while the FOCUS headquarters ask us to submit a campus story about something with a student, event, extraordinary Bible study or the like. I volunteered to write this one and just thought I'd share it with all of you:
September 21, 2011 – Story for corporate from NDSU
When I applied to be a missionary at the beginning of this year I could not wait to hit the college campus, inspire young women the way I had been impacted by FOCUS missionaries and most of all, have the time and energy to continually reach out to the students and do fun spur-of-the-moment activities with them. Since I arrived in Fargo my entire scheme has been flip-flopped and rather than being the only one reaching out to the students, they have greatly surprised a lot of us and actually want to make plans and reach out to me. You might be thinking, “Wow, not rocket science Kelsey, of course the students want to get to know you and hang out with someone who is as excited about everything as you are.” Okay, so that was my first “A-ha!” moment.
I also figured, “Okay, so if they actually do want to hang out with me, it will probably be all the hard-core Catholics who hang around Newman all the time and see me everyday regardless. Well if it weren’t for yet another surprise being thrown my way, and her name is Lindsey. Joe, one of the male student leaders, passed me the name of a grad student he worked with all summer who, “isn’t Catholic but she needs something like this. And she ran track in college so she’ll fit right in with your athlete study.” He also threw a caveat my way: Lindsey does not really care for the Catholic faith nor want a whole lot to do with it. Great, I instantly thought, she already doesn’t like me.
|Jamie (freshman in my study) and I having fun after the hayride|
That following Friday we got coffee and I think I can pinpoint it as one of the highlights of my semester thus far. Not only is she a strong Christian woman with outstanding morals, but she actually likes to ask me questions and has been trying to get to know me just as much as I have been her. And she thinks I’m interesting—you certainly cannot go wrong there! That first coffee date we planned to go hiking in Minnesota that coming Sunday and since then she has been the one asking me to randomly hang out, go for a bike ride to get some ice cream, come over to meet her grandfather who’s in town, go for sunrise runs, etc.
The coolest part about my budding friendship with Lindsey is that we can be 100% ourselves with one another, ask each other questions about our pasts, thoughts, desires, ideals and most importantly, our faiths. Not only has she been continuously coming to study each week, but also she recently sent me a couple of sermons about communion and would like to get together to talk about it and see what I think about communion (a.k.a. the Eucharist), since she understands how different our opinions and beliefs are. I cannot wait! No matter how the Holy Spirit works in both of our lives it truly is an amazing experience to be able to just live my life, spend time with her doing ordinary activities and growing together as sisters in Christ. God is good, all the time.
Until next time, please keep myself, the other missionaries and all of the students at NDSU in your prayers, God bless you!