"As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, and its place acknowledges it no longer.
But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him..."
~Psalm 103:15-17a

Trip to D.C.

Over Purdue’s spring break, I had the privilege of traveling with a group of international students to Washington D.C. This is the most popular activity that SLCF International* offers. There were twenty international students and three Americans, including my dad and myself, on the trip. It was my first time ever to visit D.C. so it was quite an experience.  We only had three and a half days to tour, so we crammed a lot in, but it was well worth it. We left early Saturday morning, traveled all day and arrived in D.C.  in the evening.  While we were there, families from a church hosted us, two or three students in each home. Their kind hospitality to complete strangers really impressed the students.  After church on Sunday, we were supposed to go to the Arlington National Cemetery, but since it was raining, we visited the beautiful United States Botanic Garden and one or two museums instead.  On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we visited many more places: Arlington National Cemetery, Ford's Theatre, the Capitol building, the National Museum of American History and also the many memorials and monuments.  In addition, we were able to visit with a Representative from Ohio.

While we had a lot of fun visiting all the various tourist spots, the most important parts of the trip were the times spent in the evening Bible studies in the pastor's home and in discussions with the students. As I sat in on the Bible studies, I was encouraged by the many questions that came up and the discussions during dinner afterwards, indicating that the students were really thinking about the Bible’s message. Besides the times as a group, I was able to talk with one student in particular. What a joy to be able to talk to her about the simplicity of the gospel and how all that is necessary to do is to believe in Christ and trust in Him alone for salvation. I was also able to talk to some students and explain what God's Word has to say on a variety of topics. I am looking forward to continuing our discussions now that we are back in Lafayette. Please pray with me that the interest shown in God’s Word would remain high as these students continue to investigate the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Since I have so many pictures, I put them up on Google's Picasa Web Album, so if you want to see them, go here. I will probably add more later.

*In case you don't already know, SLCF International is the group from our church that works with international students at Purdue.  I have a one year internship with this group.

Beautiful Day!

Today was such a lovely day outside! It's so nice to have these days - even when you know it's going to get cold again the next week - as it gives us hope that spring is really coming.

I was so glad to be able to spend some time outside today: a long walk with Maria and Shep in the morning and then some time out in the barnyard later.  Days like today are when I love living in the country.[gallery columns="2"]