News from Natalie

Hi Everyone,

I hope that you are doing well and are staying warm! I’m pretty excited because we have reached a balmy 9 degrees this sunny morning.
I’m just coming back from a really relaxing Thanksgiving break. It was so nice to be able to go home and live life at a slow pace. It is a challenge for me to not schedule every moment of my day, so the break was a good excuse to practice the discipline of living at a slower pace. While being at this slower pace was nice, the most refreshing part was being able to spend a longer amount of time with the people that I love. I can’t describe to you how sweet it was being able to go to two church services at Parker Hills, spending time with dear friends while drinking tea/coffee, randomly catching up with two girls that I used to work with at Chick-fil-a, starting and finishing a puzzle in three days with one of the girls from Camp, being able to go on a run with Jonathan and my brother, spending time with extended family, and talking with my mom about everything under the sun.
This week at work has been a nice mix of doing different fun things, and starting on year end guest group projects. So far the highlight of the week has been when our entire staff and gap students volunteered at the Operation Christmas Child warehouse. I had a really fun time with my team/line as we processed 64 large boxes of shoeboxes that will be sent to Mexico and Native American reservations.
One of the fun and challenging parts of working with guest groups is that I have to think and operate at least 1 month in advance and am constantly referring to our 2021 calendar. Because there have been over 30 guest groups that have canceled, I’m finding it hard to be continually excited about serving a group and then having them cancel. Thus I’m hesitantly optimistic that we will be able to serve two more groups before the end of the year.
A few things that I would love prayer for are:
-Praise that Teller county is still open enough that we can still host guest groups with some tighter restrictions. Please pray that we would still be able to serve the Springs church youth group and the Harvest Downtown women this month.
-Pray that God will give me wisdom on how to continue to find rest and rejuvenation while at Camp. I find myself going stir crazy when the weather is cold and snowy (aka winter) and my normal hangout places outside of Camp are closed.
-Pray for wisdom on how to still be involved in Family Life Services, since they have canceled the Thursday night gatherings.
-Pray for wisdom on how to continue to invest in the GAP girls for the next couple of weeks.
Thank you for all of your prayers and encouragement! Please let me know how I can be praying for you!
Natalie