38 more days! That's how many day sI have left before I leave on my mission trip to Brooklyn New York! I'm so excited but at the same time I'm anxious about the trip!
Will we get the money in time?
How am I going to witness to people of a completely different denomination than me?
What if I get lost at the airport?
I have so many concerns but I know that my Heavenly Father sees the future, I don't (see Jer 29:11), and that there are people (like you!) out there who are praying for me every step of the way. So I wanted to post a few prayer requests so that those of you praying for us have something specific to pray about. I know it helps me when I'm praying for someone to know specific needs, that way I'm not just saying "Lord please help this person." It somehow makes it more personal in a way that really helps me "bare my brother's burden" as commanded in the Bible (see Gal 6:2).
Please pray for:
*The safe and on-time travel to and from NYC and to and from all our NYC destinations. Neither Jonathan nor I have ever traveled by ourselves before (let alone fly!) so this aspect makes us VERY nervous! Please pray that our travel will go smoothly and that GOD will send HIS heavenly arm to protect us.
* The health and wellbeing of all the Shalom Brooklyn participants and staff. I (Susan) tend to have some digestive issues if I eat out for a long period of time. Please pray that this will not be an issue and that if it is that I will be given the strength to press on regardless of how I feel.
* The successful support raising for every one the Lord has called to this ministry. I'm not going to lie, money is a BIG issue right now and we really don't want to go into debt over a mission trip. Please pray that the funds will be provided before our deadline.
The below requests have come directly from Chosen People Ministries in relation to Shalom Brooklyn:
* The Spiritual preparation of all our hearts. Pray that we will yield our hearts to the control of the Holy Spirit so we may be motivated always by love for HaShem (The Name), and each other.
* For a spirit of unity and cooperation as we work together all week
* We will all catch a vision for what the Lord is doing among the Jewish People in Brooklyn and beyond
* That we will learn new skills and gain new knowledge for His Kingdom
* For our open, loving hearts toward the Jewish people and our team
* For the Jewish people's spiritual eyes to be opened, and their hearts to be softened to the love of God in the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus), and the truth of the Gospel
* For spiritual fruit that will last for all eternity
* For anything else that comes to mind about our time together:)
Again thank you to everyone who is praying and supporting us through this journey. May you be blessed a hundred fold for your efforts!
Ok, now that you answered all my questions, I'll answer yours. I must admit I'm surprise by how many questions I received over the past two weeks. Honestly I was expecting only like two, but y'all went far beyond that. Thanks so much! It really means a lot to me that you all are reading and following along with this blog. I can't thank you enough!
So without further ado, here's your questions answered.
This first one is from my mother.
What are ya planning that I can't know about????? HMMMM???????
"I'm not telling you... stop asking. It's not lady like."- Bryce Dallas Howard (you know what movie :)
How old were you when you started to sew?
I was about 9 years old when I first learned how to sew and have been doing it ever since.
At what age did you realize that you no longer completely hated the nickname Susie-Chris and that your favorite aunt was actually the most intelligent one in the bunch for creating it?
I can't remember how old I was, I just remember being completely in awe that I hated the name Susie Chris as a child and wondered why in the world I did. Because Susis Chris is the CUTEST nickname in the world and add on the fact my amazing aunt came up with it makes it extra special! ;)
If you could design and sew a wedding dress for any famous woman, past or present, who would it be? And why?
That's a good question! After giving it a lot of thought I've narrowed it down to two women; one past, one present.
The first one is Sarah Mally of Bright Lights Ministries. She wrote a book entitled Before You Meet Prince Charming: A Guide to Radiant Purity about preparing yourself for marriage and life beforehand (I totally recommend it. Every girl should read it even if she's not planning on getting married). Marriage is something that is very important and serious to me, so I would want to design a dress for a bride who understands the sacred, holiness of marriage and what she'd be going into.
The second woman would be Pocahontas simply because I think that it would be cool to try to make a wedding dress that incorporates both the English styles of 1614 and her original indian heritage.
What has been your absolute favorite thing you have ever sewn?
AHHHHHHHH.... Stop with the difficult questions!!!! Um... probably my cousin, Shelby's, wedding veil simply because that was a project that was very near and dear to my heart. She was a great "client", was very flexible with me and I think she loved the finished result. And that moment when I put the finished product on her head... it's moments like that I realize, this is my calling; to make my Creator King's children feel like the beautiful person HE made them to be. It's priceless.
Will you do a tutorial on how to sew zippers into dresses and skirts?
Sure! Thats sounds like fun! There are so many different ways to install a zipper, I'll have to do some research first so it might take a little time. Keep an eye out!
How would you like to come to Mississippi and teach my daughter how to make a skirt?
Is this an all expense paid trip? :)
Have you considered learning to quilt?
Actually, my great-grandmother on my dad's side quilts and does an amazing job at it! I asked her at one point if she would teach me but I quickly realized that quilting was just not for me. I'm just more interested in sewing garments than I am quilts.
How many dresses have you sewn for yourself and how long does your average dress take you to make?
My goodness! I don't know! Probably a few dozen, maybe more!
It depends on the type of dress and what fabric I'm working with etc.. but on average I'd say from cutting out to finishing a hem probably about a week working on it off and on.
Thanks again to everyone who submitted in the giveaway and celebrated my blog anniversary with me! I'm so pleased that I got to share it with all you lovely ladies. May G-d richly bless you during this holiday season and I'll see you at my next post!
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