Sunday, 19 August 2012

Feels like home to me ......

I've arrived! After my balkan adventures through Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia, I have now arrived in правец (Pravets), Bulagria my home for the next year. Actually I am not yet in my apartment cause its having some maintenance done but I am settling into Pravets.

The last few weeks have been a great time of renewal and rest, a pause before starting ministry here. I think God had the the idea of me going to Albania before I thought it was a good idea. The time reminded me of my call and also gave me time to reflect and consider. Yes, he does know plans he has for me 
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 ... my promise verse of all these years. God is so faithful. 
Today I read in my devotions that we are his messengers. That God has picked me to be his messenger. That is pretty humbling but also a challenge to be salt and light. 
Please pray as I start ministering here in Bulgaria I can be the salt and light he wants me to be.

Here a few pictures of beautiful Pravets.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012



Start spreading the news I'm leaving today!
(obviously to music!)
I just can't believe its come around so quickly that I am actually getting on a plane to eastern europe and will be in Bulgaria soon. Obviously in true mission style I am going through 3 eastern european countries first. I am flying to Albania to visit a friend, Sonila who I meet when I was 18 on one of my very first 'task force' mission trips and where I feel in love with Eastern Europe. As well as feeling called to be a medical missionary. I will then join with the Albania and Kosovans on their summer family camp. Then I travel to Kosova with Gillian ( A fab volunteer for northern Ireland) and then head by bus through Macedonia to Bulgaria.  
The last few weeks have been crazy and my constant prayer has been God, I know you have everything under control but if you could speed it up a little. This was my though when my house went on the rental market and in the first week only one person came to see it and now I have tenants going through the application process and moving in soon and of course additional views as a safety net! But you know, God knew it would be easier if I lived in my own house whilst I did the most crazy amount of hours and mixture of days and nights over the past 3 weeks at work. I really will miss Christie Clinic and all the fab people who work there and of course the gorgeous patients who were a little confused about why I would go to Bulgaria but so encourgaing.

I literally sold and handed over yesterday! It was amazing I was getting  a little down and desperate about what I would do with my car and if I would get a good price and God had it in his hands! He knew I would need to make a mad dash to the rubbish tip and to the laundrette to dry my clothes!

I never know why I am surprised at what God does but I do know that he has everything in his hands.
My mum and I used to duet on an Evie song called You have everything in your hands. 
The lyrics says;
You have everything in your hands, you have everything under control. 
Whenever I praise you, I see who you really are.
(I've posted it below for you to listen to)

I Love how God thinks about the little details and he knows everything about us and keeps us safe and leads us on the right path. I think maybe if we knew all he had planed for us we may run but as I start this adventure I just put my life into his hands and say use me, mould me, send me the place you want for me.

Please pray as I go and I will continue to post regular blogs. I am on Facebook and I would love to receive emails, Skype calls or post. (Message me and I will give you my address.)
I am still fundraising so if you feel your able email me and I will give you details of the church account you can donate to. In my next post I will put an up to date fancy pis chart of what I have raised. Hopefully you can now see the last one. (Thanks Jessica for your help).

Thank you for travelling with me.

Evie - 1979 - You have everything in your hands - Jesus i love you - 197...