Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Such a good day I decided to blog about it!

So, Today was your usual 105'+ sunny day! I was able to sleep a total of 13 hours last night and woke up feeling like a new woman. I wasn't feeling very well the past two days and I think a lot of it was just needing a good nights rest. After that long sweet glorious sleep I was able to start the day not feeling like a cranky pants!

What also made this day to fantastic is that everything is organized at the Compassion Kit Warehouse which has conveniently relocated itself (Technically we did the relocating!) to the Caubbles Crib! On Monday we caravanned  in a Honda Accord, Toyota Yaris, Darango, and Expedition and were able to transport all the full shippers to the Caubbles. Today, was all about organizing and what do ya know...we did it! Not to mention I found 33 phone cards and the folks who donated and filled compassion kits did a great job at filling them with all the basic items and then some! I appreciate it, FAMM appreciates it, and those who will receive the "LOVING GIFT WITH A COMPELLING MESSAGE" are thankful for it and will be changed for a lifetime through the Loving Message!

Thank you God for a wonderful day!
Jerri K.
Talent: Fitting 3 Shippers (24 Kits ea.) in
the back of a Toylota Yaris! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Caught in a Perfect Moment.

After visiting a my friend at the park I went to Umm Suqueim beach for some time with my Heavenly Father. While sitting on my little beach towel, breathing in the salty air and being captivated by the crashing waves, I found my self in a perfect moment. When my heart feel full and I am satisfied. 

I am blessed during this season of my life to have so much free time not distracted  by school, work, and other everyday responsibilities I had back in the States. There is a whole other level of daily responsibility here that I will absolutely bring back home with me. "Now that I have seen I am responsible Faith without deeds is dead...And I am on a plane Across a distant sea But I carry you in me In the dust on...My feet. I will tell the world where I've been." - Brooke Fraser, Albertine. Now, this song is about Rawanda but I feel this quote is fitting for me right now. In another blog on another day I will dive into this "responsibility" business a little deep. Until then......

While I am reminded of man made restriction such as schedules I am also reminded and greatly comforted that God is not restricted by a schedule. If I want to go to the beach, sit at a coffee shop, or lay in my bed God is there ready to meet with me. Ready to spend time with me. When my heart is full or when I am anxious God is always ready to listen. And today I chose the beach to observe my Fathers good work. 


Jerri K.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Here's to being out of your element & comfort zone!

You should try it once in a while...it's good for the soul!

Has 7 months really passed by already? My calendar says so, my mind says other wise. On one had I feel as though I have accumulated a lifetime of experiences, lessons, and growth in these short months and on the other hand I feel like no time has passed at all.

My thoughts when I first settled into my plane seat headed for the U.A.E was, I know that in no time I will be sitting on a plane taking me back to the States. Just like that, this adventure will be over and a new season will begin. I advised myself to make the most of every event, challenge, and life here. There were moment in the first three months when I would cry before calling a taxi to pick me up to go to yet another place...alone.

If you know me at all you know I like to be around people I don't enjoy doing things solo. I need a Tom (Reference from "Tom & Jerry"), A Clyde, someone to help me hold the net when I reel in the big one (in my case I'd be the one holding the net), you know; someone to have an adventure with, get into trouble with, and sometime...cry with! I am sure Clyde cried on Bonnie's shoulder countless times.( ; I have been given the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and element more times than I would like, to be honest. However, 7 months later I can say I am better for it. I have learned from and grown. This has been amazing! I have learned that my Father is truly THE Constant Companion. He is...I know it to be fact because I have experienced it!

Now, I still very much prefer to enjoy things with others but I have learned that I "have it in me" to be alone and feel secure about it. I am still not 100% over this hurdle, but I can see a difference and am grateful for this refinement. I feel like I am moving on to the next season of life better prepared and ready for the independence it will require.

I have learned a whole new heart for ministry and will never be the same because of it. I have received the best mentoring being here and am working along side of dedicated Workers. Yet another blessing I am exceedingly grateful for!

The above is not even the tip of the iceberg, living in the desert it seems silly to use that analogy doesn't it? haha Well, you get the picture. This may be a bucket of sand in the entire seven Emirates of the things that I have learned and will challenge me for a life time.

To my friends and family thank you for your consistent prayers and support. Because of your love and faithfulness to our Father I will never be the same.


Jerri K.

Friday, April 8, 2011

So Little Words

I have moved from being intimidated and self-conscience of the fact that there is a language barrier between the ladies I am building relationships with to that being something I love about being here.

 A week or so ago while visiting with two beautiful ladies we laughed more than we talked. You see, the three of us are from three very different countries with three very different languages. This particular day between the, "What's" and the "huh's" we all looked at each other in realization of the obvious and began to laugh. We laughed for the better part of our hour long "conversation". When I would have to repeat, with my southern accent, what i said for the 3rd time and still receive a blank star in return we would just start laughing. It wasn't nervous laughter. It was laughter between three friends. It was great!

I prayed and asked my Father for wisdom and ears to understand the language barrier and He gives me laughter. I just love Him.

Laugh Out Loud,
Jerri K.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Never Boring, Always Changing!

     It was another beautiful day in the UAE! The newness of everything still hasn't worn off. I am used to living here now, however, there are so many different cultures that you encounter on a daily bases that everyday is seriously a new day! Never boring, always changing.
     I love that it's sunshine 98% of the time! I am "solar powered" as my beautiful mother would say. However, Sunscreen is a close and dear companion of mine. My Ethiopian friend asked me today why do white people, Americans really, like sun so much? I laughed and began to explain that American's like to be tan. Then I explained tanning beds. She agreed that was a dumb idea! Later in the conversation she asked about freckles. I happen to be an expert on this...tanning I am not!
     On another note...Police drive BMW's as their cop car! Yep. Only in Dubai. They don't typically pull people over. There are radar cameras set up along most main roads that snap a picture of speeders and then send a text message to their cell phones telling them to come to the police station they have been given a ticket. I don't think I have gotten any tickets...yet. ( ;

Jerri K.

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." -Jim Elliot


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A fun week with the Germany Ladies team!

I have a perfectly reasonable excuse as to why it has been a few days since I have posted pictures! Honest! My camera memory card and PC were having some relational issues. HP's tend to be... how can I say this delicately...moody. That’s the word! If it doesn't want to load, print, or play something it is just not going to do it. So, the trick it I let it take a nap. Now, my lovely PC is feeling much better. ( :

There is not as many pic's as I would have liked to post. That one was an operator error! haha

This week was amazing!!!

This tour is to educate people on Islam and their culture.
Very interesting.

Randomness through out the past week!

Fun & Relaxing day! Lana Packard is a new friend I met in Germany in November. She led the Germany Ladies team this past week. I got the awesome opportunity to spend some time with her! She is a great new mentor!
And isn't my polish cute?? ( ;
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Enjoy and grab a smile on the way out!
Jerri K.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy 2011!!!!

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I pray that all my family and friends have the best New Year ever! I hope you live, laugh, and love more in 2011 than in the years before. That you achieve something you never thought you ever would and that prayers you have been praying are answered. Live this year with no regrets! Have a blast while you're at it!

Jerri K.