Posted by: Britany Marzan | August 5, 2008

August 2008 Newsletter

Dear Family and Friends,

We are coming to a close really fast and it’s hard to wrap up the relationships that I have built, but that doesn’t mean that it will end here. My relationships, whether it be in our neighborhood or at the shelter have grown tremendously since the last newsletter. Many of our friends and neighbors have opened up so much about their lives and what they are truly struggling with. It took a little bit to earn that trust, but God is providing us opportunities to share the Gospel.

We had the opportunity to go to a Somalian wedding which is completely different than an American wedding. It was a complete culture change and also a big change for us because we stayed out until 3am that night. God has shown me that no matter who you are, what you have gone through, or what your religious background is that God is at work.

God has grown me in so many ways this summer it’s almost hard to put it all into words. One of the biggest challenges, but also something God has shown me has been not living in the past or anticipating the future, but living in the moment. God has been trying to give me little nudges for several months now and I never have gotten it yet. For some reason this summer the light bulb finally came on. Realizing that I have only a short amount of time left in Kentucky and if I am focusing on what is going to happen the next day or within the next couple weeks as I go back to school I will be missing the opportunities that I have in that moment. Through this I have had many conversations with friends at the shelter that I have been missing out on.

As I end this summer I see myself, others, and life in a different perspective. Once you are taken out of your normal everyday life that may seem like it’s not to bad, move into a neighborhood, and share the burdens that your neighborhood and friends face everyday is a total eye opening experience. This is just one of the ways my perspective has changed this summer. Sharing each others burdens is something I truly feel like God has called us to do. My friends at the shelter and in our neighborhood have sometimes never even experienced someone who cared enough to share what they are going through and walking through that with them.

Another big thing God has taught me this summer about Himself, but also in me is that He is a trusting God. At the beginning of the summer I had to make a big leap of faith and completely trust God in coming to Kentucky from Tennessee. I honestly had no other choice but to trust Him in everything I did whether it be in the big things or the small things. I have had many challenging days where I thought I couldn’t handle it anymore, but as I laid it in His hands He has kept me safe and helped me through every situation.

One friendship that has stood out more than ever this summer is with a girl that I have became like a little sister to. I have seen her grow in just the small time that I have been here. One night my team and I went to a concert down at Waterfront Park. As we were sitting by the stage I looked over and see her smiling face waving at me. I was so happy to see her there. We all ended up hanging out most of that night. It felt like I was at college just hanging out with all my friends. Although this friendship has had its challenges it has been one of the best friendships I have had. I hope to continue this friendships as we both grow in Christ together and seek to know God’s will for our lives.

So if I could leave you with one last thing it would be this

Colossians 3:12-17- so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word and deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father (NASB).

Thanks for all your support this summer and I would love to share with you about my summer.



Britany Marzan

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