Potential Unleashed

If you read my last post you will know that I left you hanging on my plans for the summer. As many of you may know, I have been living with a new host family since January. With this new host family also comes a new schedule that leaves me with more free time than I have ever had (not including the breaks I had during school and college). I know that God wanted me to stay in MN for a reason, moreover, I know that God has called me to the Twin Cities area for a reason. Despite all the odds, I actually stayed here and found a new home very close to my church in Woodbury. Although I absolutely love my job as an au pair, I sensed that God was calling me to more. He kindled a passion for my church and the young adults in the community inside of me. Throughout the last four months I have been serving more at my church and becoming connected with different life groups and ministries. I still didn’t feel like I was doing enough. I wanted to get involved more, I was and still am hungry to make a difference. I was also eager to use the gifts that God has given me, the main one being: leadership (whether you ask my parents, my first teacher in pre-school or someone I have only known for a while, they will all confirm that I am truly an ENTJ woman – for those of you who have no clue what I’m talking about, I’m referring to my Myers Briggs personality, The Commander). I’m sorry you’re probably all thinking – we know, get to the point… well here it is:

A few months ago I started talking to some friends who have been interning at the church. I distinctly remember one of them saying: you should totally intern, Sophie. And I was like: Ya, no! Well, we all know that God works on our hearts and our desires and I am excited to announce that as of June 3rd I will be an official intern at River Valley and will be apart of their leadership institute. The goal of their program is to unleash potential and help you grow and develop as a leader. Although I could see myself in the worship, youth or even media production track, I believe I have been called to the pastoral track. I am so excited to be working with my amazing campus pastor, Alan Pastian and getting more involved in what is going on at River Valley Church, especially in Woodbury. You can read more about RVLI (River Valley Leadership Institute) here and you can read up on Pastor Alan and what his passion and vision is hereIt’s a three-month summer program with the option to extend for nine months in the fall. Take a wild guess on what I’m planning on doing. 😉

from: http://www.rvli.org/ (03/24/17)

I am beyond grateful at how my heavenly Father works out everything for us. I am blessed to be here as an au pair, which means that I can support myself, I have exclusive access to a car and I have a great community that is encouraging me to pursue more. Please pray that I would be able to manage my time well, since the work load for nannies and parents usually increases during the summer months, pray that I would continue to be hungry for more, that I would continually learn to hear the voice of God and that He will use me to change the community I am working in. Please pray for a great working environment, for good communication with Pastor Alan and the team at River Valley Woodbury, for more willingness to serve and a willingness to be open to learn new things in order to refine my skills as a leader in the church and the world. I love you all, and I am excited to be sharing more of this journey with you as I am on it. #thebestisyettocome

 

Love, Sophie x

No Snow in Florida

Indeed, it has been a while. Not due to lack of events, that is certain. I have found myself quite busy. The usual, you know: working, discovering new cafés with friends, going to life groups, having family dinners, serving at church, going to the world’s toughest rodeo, watching the super bowl and well, flying to Florida. Yes, another state I can check off the list.

I am so grateful I got to visit Florida with my host mom and her son. It’s not called the sunshine state for nothing. As my host kid pointed out when we arrived: No snow in Florida. We stayed with their family in Naples, which meant that we were able to spend a day at the beach and then drive up to Orlando, where the Magic Kingdom would await. I’ll be honest, I’m not sure what I was more excited about whilst driving: finally getting to Disney World or trying to spot an alligator on the side of the road. Sadly, Mickey Mouse would have to suffice. No luck spotting any gators. Not to worry. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love Disney and that I was getting a kick out of seeing all the princesses and characters. Not to mention Cinderella’s Castle. We spent almost a week at the resort enjoying the pool and lazy river just outside. My absolute favourite thing about Florida though are most definitely the beautiful flowers and palm trees. This trip reminded me of how diverse the US. Flying from almost freezing temperatures to shorts, tops and sunglasses was so much fun. This definitely makes me feel less sad about not being able to leave the country until next year.

Remember when I told you that going to a high school football game and the fair was my most American day ever?

Ladies and gentlemen, I believe I can top that with the most American weekend ever: the rodeo and the super bowl, all in just two days. Patriotism at it’s finest. “…that we are the greatest nation on God’s great earth…” A quote from the opening prayer at the rodeo. Don’t get me wrong, I love the US, but maybe the German inside me holds up a big subconscious warning sign when hearing words like that. I’m going to assume this is a cultural thing. 🙂 My favourite thing about the super bowl? The food and the company 😀 Marisel and I drove up to Maria’s parents’ house with “Mom and Dad” to watch the big game and enjoy some family time up at the lake. At this time of year it was frozen enough to drive on, so we took a stroll and some pictures. I was reminded again of why I chose to stay here. Winter can be so beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As for the game itself, I still don’t understand all the rules, and honestly didn’t really have any connection to either one of the teams. I hope I’ll be able to report more on the game when Minneapolis will be hosting it next year in the brand new Vikings Stadium. Never mind, let’s not kid ourselves, I probably still won’t have a clue what’s going on.

In other news: I have something very exciting to share with you on what I have chosen to do this summer apart from working as an au pair. It’s something I never thought I would do. God has been opening doors and is giving me opportunities to grow in who I am and how He wants to use me. Stay tuned!

Love, Sophie x