Long time no see! Lot’s has happened since we last talked to y’all, and we don’t even know where to begin.
In the beginning of the fourth week, we spent a lovely afternoon at the home of a pastor & his wife from the local church we attend, with him walking us through the Old Testament using the floor as his “map”. We were all amazed by how knowledgeable he is and how he could deliver everything in such a fun way.
A few days later, we started another adventure with Uncle Greig. The tramp started at the base of Richmond Range. As we tramped, we learned to say “WOW” everytime we saw a beautiful view, learned that it was okay to have two lunchbreaks and the greatest thing we learned was “what doesn’t hurt you kills you.” Wise words from Greig! He also made a promise to us on our last tramp that he would bring scones, so what did he bring? Ingredients to make scones, and oh my, they were delicious!
On the next tramping day, a lot of swingbridges were crossed, with many great opportunities to yell out “wow”. We stayed a night at a hut and met a couple from Canterbury, tramping with their dog, and they were all surprised when all of us girls plus Jonathan decided to jump in the Pelorus river.
After our tramp we stayed at the Capells, a wonderful couple . The house they live in is spectacular, electricity comes from the sun and water comes from the river. During the days we spent there, we learned a lot about ourselves spiritually, about each other and heard the great story of Sharon and Dennis’ life together. So the days we spent there were packed with a lot of activities, but we all had an amazing time, enjoying the hospitality.
We then headed south in Shadowfax (the OTG van) for a short road trip down the West coast and through Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch. We had a night of homestay with friends. What impressed us the was the sharing from two missionaries who served with OM in an unreached area of the world for 25 years. Their life there and their loyalty to the Lord really inspired and touched all of us. We also spent an unforgettable night in the hot pools at Hanmer Springs (a lovely little town). On the last two days of the roadtrip, we also had two short day hikes, which we had some quiet time to focus on our plans to keep growing when we return home.
A 6 hour road trip is much more enjoyable when we are with our teammates. We got to learn more about each other, and just as Norm said, we will definitely miss the conversations we have in the van after the programme ends. I would say this roadtrip will definitely be one of the best memories of these 40 days as we look back.
Over the past week, we have been talking in our studies about ‘new beginnings’ after we finish OTG, and how we can incorporate God in it. We also talked about how to praise God in the midst of our suffering. These are things we are considering as we grow in our faith and step out to our different parts of the world at the end of this coming week.
It is unbelivable that we only have a week left! Please continue to pray for us for:
- Health and strength for our final tramp
- Reflection and consolidation on what we have learnt
- Launching on Friday and our future plans
Hej til alle de dansktalende derude
Vi er nu på vej ind i vores sidste uge af Off the Grid, og er du gal tiden er gået stærkt! Vi bruger stort set alt vores tid sammen, hvilket betyder at vi på 5 uger er tættere end jeg nogensinde troede man kune blive på så kort tid. Vi nyder hinandens selvskab, og lærer så meget om os selv og om vores relationer til Gud, og hvordan vi kan sprede Guds budskab. Vi kom hjem fra en lille roadtrip rundt på den øverste del af sydøen i fredags, hvor vi både var forbi Christchurch og oplevede op til flere omveje, fordi en storm ramte dele af østkysten, hvor vi havde planlagt at skule forbi. Men det betød stop i en super fin by kaldet Hanmer Springs, hvor vi blev forkælet med en tur i de varme bade. Lige om lidt er turen med Norm og Christy og alle de andre forbi og det bliver svært at sige farvel, men jeg ved at jeg kommer til at se dem igen før jeg ved af det.
Må Gud velsigne jer!
Written by Frida (Denmark) and Michelle (Hong Kong) on behalf of the entire 02/2018 Off The GRID team.