Friday, December 29, 2006

Tough Days

Things are weird lately in my little head. I went to mexico for a conference and a wedding. I think that was the beginning of hard stuff. Then I found out that my grandpa passed away so I flew home early for the funeral which was right before Christmas. Since Mexico I feel like I am having an out of body experience.

Please pray:
-that I would cling to Jesus for understanding
-that I would get back in a routine with my life
-that support raising would be good and encouraging

Thanks so much.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Fun Times from Turkey Day

Thanksgiving was great...I didn't come home last year so it I forgot how fun it is to sit around with my extended family and crack up. Some highlights of the day included:
- Kim encouraging Ben and Alec to spit ice cubes on the table. One landed in Grandma's lap.
- Pumpkin Bowling in the back yard.
- The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
- My mom's Pumpkin Dip
- Playing Zigity with Kim and Heather
- Seeing Brady crack up in his Turkey Outfit.

I've included a picture of Roger with Ben and Alec. How cute are these boys?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

God's Work in a Year

I was reminded today of the fierce work that God faithfully did in my life in the last year. I can't go into tons of details but this week last year was one of the hardest times in my life. I watched as the Lord stripped many things away from me so that I could have the option of taking an amazing journey with him of restoration and healing. I am so grateful for the way Jesus has used women in my life to grow and change me and I am so thankful for his commitment to my growth.

What a thing to be thankful for!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Ryan's Art Show

A couple of weeks ago, my brother had a steel piece in an art show. It was a big to do in our family and in the art show business as well. I just wanted to let you know how proud I am of this guy. Here's a pic of Ryan with his piece.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

25 Years Old!

This past weekend, I turned 25 years old. I love birthdays. I love being surrounded by people that care so much for you. I was reminded and refreshed in big ways and I am so grateful for that. It's hard to sometimes to connect with others when I am busy working, raising support, meeting with small groups and working on my New Testament class so it was good to have community all weekend.

I was also reminded of God's sovereign plan for my life. I love the thought that I am right on track. That God knew before the beginning of time that I would be sitting here in South Bend on my 25th Birthday with my family instead of in Mexico with my stellar team. It wasn't news to Him.

He continues to bless, stretch and grow me in this process. Thank you for walking with me, praying for me and encouraging me by just being in the race with me.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Sibling Fun Part One

My sister ran her marathon on Sunday in Chicago. I'm so proud of her. So much of what I'm doing right now with support reminds me of a marathon. I'm recruiting people to stand on the curb of my journey and go crazy as I barely plow through. Here's a picture when I jumped in and ran with her. There will be other fun pictures of this past weekend's activities to come as well.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Fall Weather and Gray Skies

Above is a picture of me at work at the podiatrist. Behind me is Steph and Amber. They work there as well. I work here part time while raising support.

Well, I just got back from Hillsdale, MI where I got to spend some quality time with friends from the summer. How encouraging it was to be with people that God has planted in them a similar heart to me.

I have really struggled with this issue--being around people that get me, my vision, and how hard it is at times to continuously ask people to be a part of this with me. Don't get me wrong, I am completely sold out to reaching college students for Christ. Sometimes, it's just hard doing it alone. But altogether I'm so thankful for the time here. I thank Jesus for my parents and how they love me and take care of me. I praise God that they care enough to ask about raising support and my heart.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Golf, Outings, Brats and Carts

Today I attended and volunteered at my first golf outing. I can go as far as to say that this was my first time even on a course. Tee time was at 8 a.m so that meant that I arrived around 7:00 to help with set up.

My job was to stand on the 5th hole with a lady and have the participants attempt to hit marshmellows the farthest with their clubs. It was interesting and definetly worth the time.

I still don't know much about the sport or why it is so fascinating and am confused why anyone in their right mind would watch it on TV regardless of a guy named Tiger playing.

My favorite part by far was the golf cart and when a guy started yelling at his team to give me money because I'm a missionary. These poor guys reluctantly opened their wallets and started shuffling it out... not the best support raising technique but it kept me laughing for awhile longer.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Still In Indiana

Things have been a roller coaster this last week. I've gone through some times of really doubting that the Lord is going to raise my support. It's funny--I don't doubt my call just the timing of it. I'm learning to be thankful in everything and trusting the Lord for His timing. God certainly has provided new people with the desire to invest in college students with me. I'm so grateful for them.

This week was my mom and Amy's Birtdays. My stepdad got my mom a new laptop. This is a big step for the Bastine/Horein household given that our last family computer was purchased in 1996. My mom is still getting used to the new guy. We are at Panera now mooching off free internet. You have heard me complain in the past about the lack of internet connection and cell phone coverage at my house. Well the Fam and I were talking about getting high speed internet (wireless)at the house so I made some calls... the services are not even available in our area! Go figure... love the sticks of Indiana.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Emily's Newest Man

Here he is in all of his little cuteness. I know awhile ago I mentioned that on June 18, I became an aunt. Well I wasn't joking. This is Brady Horein. My stepbrother and sister in law are the parents and last week I got to hang out with this cutie two days. This kid kind of brings a little joy to my life.

My team is in Mexico City now. They got in yesterday amidst all the crazy presidential stuff. I'm still working on support. Pray that the Lord would encourage me again... I feel like I ask him this all the time- to remind me of what He has called me to and that it takes a little perseverance.

Monday, August 14, 2006


Well.. I have returned to Colorado for STINT briefing for the next week. I'm excited but it is kind of weird not going to Greeley with the staff team. Lots of changes are happening in my heart and mind. Yesterday was crazy. Not only it was the longest day of my life but it's not everyday that you burst into tears multiple times at the Midway Airport. I think my heart is just unsettled and after spending some time with Jesus, I just desire His presence. What a good thing to desire huh? I feel like the last couple of weeks that I have abandoned my first love- God Himself. Yesterday was good to set me back on track. I'll update later in the week.

Friday, August 04, 2006


It's setting in. I have realized that raising support may take longer than I think. Honestly, I don't like the in between time like this. I want to be in Mexico. I'm built for ministry and sometimes it's hard to see where Jesus is while I wait and trust for Him to work. It's a good spot to be in--just another opportunity to trust Jesus.

When I step back and look at my experience of building my team thus far I am so encouraged. I'm so thankful for my team and how they love and take care of me. I sit here and know that the Lord has strategically placed them around me so I wouldn't be here alone.

Last night at church we talked about how we all have a position on the team. Whatever position it is, we need the other parts to operate the way God intented. The big question is: "Am I ready for the game?" Are my shoes on? Am I ready for the big game?

Pray with me as I prepare and seek the Lord to get me ready.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Back Home Again...

In Indiana.

I drive around here and think so many different things. I'm reminded of my past and how I used to deal with life. I think through where God is pushing me and what He's asks me to leave behind. All this to say--I'm still adjusting to being back.

I'm so grateful for my family. I spent some time in Indy last week reconnecting with friends and family then spent the weekend at my Aunt and Uncles for the funnest weekend of the year. The Hendricks Family Reunion. This year, I invited my 3rd cousin Larry. He has been a part of my ministry and I never met him so I thought this was my year to build the relationship. I had such a good time with all of them.

I'm reminded today to continue to be thankful for where God has me and the people he has strategically placed around me. I want my life to count for something more and today matters for eternity.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Dog Days of Florida are Coming to an End

Wow, I can't believe that it's about time to head back to Indiana. I can't explain how grateful I am for being here and taking classes and building new relationships. In the midst of all this, I have seen Jesus in a new way and His desires that He has for my heart.

I am so excited for what the Lord is doing and will continue to do in and through me as I head back to Indiana to get serious about raising support and a team of people to minister along side of me. What a privilege it is to have partners in the Great Commission.

Pray for my next couple of days... as I transition out of Florida, traveling, and that the change would be gradual on my body.

Love to all.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Disney World, Finals and whatnot

Wow! I can't believe that we have only two more weeks here in Florida. I took my final this morning in Doctrine Survey. It wasn't my best but it certainly not my worst. I guess I forgot how much studying goes into finals. Last night, a bunch of girls watched a chic flick instead of studying among other things...

But this weekend, Heather and I got a 2 day park hopper to Disney and we blew through all four parks. Man it was fun but so so tiring. I'm still feeling the effects of walking so far. I love roller coasters and the magic of Disney. It's unlike anything else.

I'm doing the Beth Moore "Breaking Free" Bible Study with my sister right now. I'm learning so much about things I already think I know. Today I read about legalism and how our lives are supposed to be about Passion and not Performance. How quickly I get that mixed up... you know? I just want it to be about me so much. I remember two years ago when God first convicted me of this. I felt like he was saying to me, "You know Emily, this little song and dance that you do is not pleasing. It does not bring me glory." How I continue to try and steal the Lord's glory. He must Increase and I must Decrease and that's the way it has to be.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Seminary Classes and my dorm desk...

So today we are half way through our intense two weeks of Institute of Biblical Studies courses. I have studied so much but it has been a time where I have learned the most as well. I've heard after taking Doctrine Survey that your beliefs meaning your convictions, your persuasions and your opinions are grounded and more real than ever before and I see the Lord working those things out for me. My times with Him have been different partially because I sit around and think of some "ology" that I heard about in class or I analyze the same 10 verses in Ephesians.

All this to say- I am so incredibly thankful for this time here and I'm even more grateful that I only have a week left of it!

For those of you who don't know. I found out this weekend that I will be officially going to Mexico City for the next year. I'm really excited and I love the way that God has even begun to shape my heart for this city. Even when I found out in April that this may be a possibility, the Lord has been faithful to move and work in me since then.

p.s. I get the opportunity to go to the happiest place on earth Disney World

Saturday, June 24, 2006

My Heart is Full....

Wow! I am so thankful for today. The president of Campus Crusade for Christ came to speak to the new staff today. He shared how God is moving in all different ways across the globe. My heart just are a few things I jotted down.

The JESUS film (produced and distributed by Campus Crusade for Christ):
- there have been 6 billion exposures to the movie
- has been shown in every country (the only movie in history)
- has been translated in more than 930 languages
- resulted in more than 200 million decisions for Christ!
--> all this to say when the founder of Crusade, Bill Bright, suggested it, the staff thought that the film was not a good idea.... amazing huh?

On a lighter note, my care group and I went to Downtown Disney last night. Here's a picture of me with the Lego Family.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Transitions Are Fun

Well, I'm in motion again. In another airport, visiting another city and getting ready to make new friends. It's amazing how the Lord continues to call me to new things. I would have never imagined that He would direct me to this place and I wouldn't even fight it. I was talking to my cousin Kim this morning and I can only describe this as peace and contentment. I'm excited for what Jesus has in store for me.