the impossible

Today I was reminded of something from my Papua New Guinea orientation training from over three years ago. We were sitting in class – we had loads of class time – learning about the PNG culture. We learned about cannibalism, cargo cults, the heterogeneity of the people, the 850+ languages, animistic religious practices, the remoteness of so many villages.  Pretty much, we who were new to the country were sitting there with this sinking feeling in our guts, wondering how in the world these people can be reached with the Gospel.

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Our classroom at orientation – we like the comfy seats!

We felt much like the followers of Christ did in the story of the rich young ruler (Luke 18:18-30).  Jesus tells them that it’s “easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”  And they asked him, “Then who can be saved?”

After learning the history of the people of PNG, I wondered the same thing… “How can they ever be reached?”  And then I remembered what Jesus said next.  “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”

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Cooking breakfast with my sweet was-mama (host mother), Maria, in her village house.

The same rings true for the current state of our nation.  We may look on with hopelessness at the violence, racism, the morality shifts, social justice, and wonder the same thing… “Then who can be saved?”  “How can they all be reached?”

But we can rest in the fact that “what is impossible with men is possible with God.”

We have seen and heard of so many miracles happening in PNG, and around the world, in places that seem impossible to reach – people coming to know and accept the Gospel of Jesus in spite of past cultural and societal pressures and circumstances.

Praise God for that – we can trust Him to do the impossible!

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A cloudy PNG sunrise over the coast of Madang.

❤ brandy

adventuring

I love adventuring.  Almost every day I get to adventure around my town.  I get out for a walk and discover new awesome roads and houses, blossoming trees and flowers, people, pets.  I usually get to stop by my family’s office on Main St. to say hello in the middle of the work day.  I like to think I’m a bright spot in their day. 😉

My favorite Spring tree - pink dogwood!

My favorite Spring tree – pink dogwood!

I’ve also taken some recent adventures around my great state – most of which happened to have been in the beautiful Appalachian mountains.

My sister and I have hiked a couple of the South Mountain State Park trails.  The last time we hiked loads of wooden stairs to the top of a waterfall.  It was so beautiful – and peaceful at the top!

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A month ago, my sister and I went to Atlanta for the Braves opening weekend!  They lost, but I still love them.

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The next week, my mom, sister, and I went to a women’s retreat held by my church, Freedom.  We went to Ridgecrest in Black Mountain, NC, where we studied the book of Titus, got to know and encourage and love on each other, explored the small town of Black Mountain with new friends, and enjoyed the beauty that surrounds that area.

If you're ever in Black Mountain, stop by here for a cuppa!

If you’re ever in Black Mountain, stop by here for a cuppa!

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in downtown Black Mountain with sweet friends

And a couple weeks ago we did a pre-Mother’s Day outing with my mom, sister, sister-in-law, and cousin to the Biltmore Estate!  I love that place so much.  If I lived closer I would totally buy an annual pass, if only to explore the vast grounds – almost 3 million species of plant life!!  Also this time they had a Downton Abby display – several of the costumes worn by the characters, information on how they made those costumes, and details about their life during that time period.  And the rooms!  Every time I go they have different rooms open for viewing.  The whole place is stunning.  The gardens, the conservatory (with so many different orchid species), the forests, the views, the winery – all so lovely.  When I go, I like to get unique shots of the house.  Here’s my shot from this trip!

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the ingle girls!

the Ingle girls!

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favorite flower shot of the day

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conservatory and rose garden

Last weekend I got to visit some friends who live in Papua New Guinea with me.  They’re on home assignment, too!  They live in Boone – I hadn’t been there in years and years!  It was so great to share a meal with them, play a game (a favorite pastime in PNG), and explore downtown Boone and some hiking trails.  I even did some yoga at the summit!

dancers pose is my favorite.   i'm getting better!

dancers pose is my favorite. i’m getting better!

Laura and me

Laura and me

My next adventure: move to Atlanta and connect with my friends and ministry partners who are there, while being a dancer in a production of Annie Get Your Gun and taking a couple online classes!  I’ll be there mid-May through the end of July.  Can’t wait to hang out with all you Atlantans. 😉

❤ brandy