Oct 6, 2009

Moving day is coming...FAST!

I'm sure this blog is going to get a whole lot more exciting once I set feet on the African continent! As for today, the exciting news is that I will be moving back to the East Bay this weekend! I've rented a moving truck, recruited 3 brave moving buddies (Sarah Jane, Carissa and Shea), started packing and saying sad goodbyes to my Colorado friends and family. In some ways it feels like just yesterday I was packing up and moving to Littleton but when I catalogue all that has happened in these last 4 years it feels more like 20. I am so grateful that I have had the privilege of living, serving and loving here. I am thankful to the Father for growing, protecting, providing and defending me through this adventure in independence and trust. I am so glad that because of the Savior and His love that I will be forever bonded to my brothers and sisters who I can't imagine life without. I'm overjoyed with the promise of eternity...to be able to spend forever with the the One I love most and the precious children He died to redeem. Words cannot express how honored I am to be considered "one of the family"...thank you to all who loved and adopted me these past 4 years. You have been sweet and tangible examples of the Father's deep love for me. Thank you. I will miss you. I can't wait until our paths cross again...

Sep 7, 2009

Let the YEAR?! countdown begin...

We are now officially in September, whether or not any of us are ready for it! It's strange to think that Door of Hope is still a year away from today, Lord willing! I don't know if it is because it seems so far off that I've been questioning it's reality or because I tend to be such a forgetful little girl sometimes! A thousand years from now, when I am basking in the love and light of Christ, I wonder if I will look back my life and laugh at the flighty little bird my heart tended to be...I'm pretty sure I will! When doubts and longings for specific "hows" and "whens" start creeping in I am so glad to know that I know that I know that Jesus is alive and that my ransomed heart is HIS, that my sin is forgiven and that one day I will be with Him always. In the end, that's all I really need to know...

Sweet Jesus Christ my sanity
Sweet Jesus Christ my clarity
Bread of heaven broken for me
Cup of salvation held up to drink
Jesus, Mystery

Christ has died and Christ is risen, and Christ will come again

Celebrate his death and rising
Lift your eyes, proclaim his coming

Aug 4, 2009

September it is!

I heard from DOH this morning and they agree that shooting for September is a good time to plan my visit. So, prayerfully, in a little over a year I will be in South Africa! It's really quite strange to think about all that can happen in just one year...last year at this time I was recovering from a Houseboat Trip (Last Hurrah '08 -- woo woo!)...and next year (prayerfully) I'll be gearing up to head overseas! I'm so glad to know that our Jesus never changes and that His love for us will NEVER fail. One of the songs that has been encouraging me lately is

"Your Love Never Fails" by Chris Auilala. Here are the lyrics:

Nothing can separate
Even if I ran away
Your love never fails
I know I still make mistakes
But You have new mercy for me everyday
Your love never fails

You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
There may be pain in the night
But joy comes in the morning
And when the oceans rage
I don’t have to be afraid
Because I know that you love me
And your love never fails

The wind is strong and the water’s deep,
But I’m not alone here in these open seas
Cause your love never fails
The chasm was far too wide
I never thought I’d reach the other side
But your love never fails

You make all things, work together for my good

In my last email to DOH I had asked for somethings I could be specifically be praying for. Kate Allen, the General Manger at DOH emailed me today asking for prayer for the caretakers in one of the baby houses. She wrote, "Just today we had a baby pass away in our home. We did everything we could to revive her but the Lord chose to take her to be with Him. Please pray for all the aunties and uncles (careworkers) in the house as this is never an easy thing to deal with."

Please join with me to pray for those "aunties and uncles" who loved on the baby who died. And pray that our Father would prepare my heart for the trials and heartache that are sure to accompany my journey at DOH.

Thanks for your prayers and support! Love you much...

Jul 31, 2009

The Beginning of an Adventure

Hello! My name is Nicole Gillette and this is my brand new blog (who knew I'd ever have something to actually blog about?!). Here is a recent-ish picture of me and my precious nephews, Isaiah and AJ, so you get a picture of me in your head while you read and mainly just because they are uber cute!

About 3 months ago I began praying about the possibility of serving with a ministry in Johannesburg, South Africa called Door of Hope http://www.holeinthewall.org.za/. DOH's mission statement reads:

"Our goal is to meet the need as a result of the AIDS pandemic in South Africa, by placing AIDS affected and infected children into loving, stable and Christian environments in order to encourage them to become upright citizens and agents of change in South Africa and the world".

I first heard about DOH and their ministry from my sister, Melinda, who visited DOH on a short-term missions trip in 2003. I have been praying about serving with DOH since that time but the timing has never felt right, until now!

2009 ushered in a new season of life where my next step was not perfectly clear. After spending a few months working on healing from my life's last season and really seeking to delight in the rest that the Father delights in giving me, I felt the Lord encouraging me to make a plan of action and to walk in humility as He changes and molds the "plan" as He sees fit. So (drum roll please!) here's "the plan" as far as I can tell:

I am planning on moving back to the Bay Area (and into my parent's house - woo hoo!) over Thanksgiving break. If I am going to be living out of the country I want to spend some concentrated time with the fam!

I am going to planning, praying, preparing, saving and raising support until the Summer/Fall of 2010 which is when I am planning to move to Johannesburg, South Africa to work with DOH. I am still working out details as far as when I'll be going for sure (the Soccer World Cup is happening in J-berg in July which is affecting ticket prices) but I am planning on living overseas for a year.

There is so much more to say and so much more to come! But seeing as this is my very first blog about this new hopeful adventure, I think I'll leave it at this chunk from Ch. 2 from McManus' Chasing Daylight:

"Paul didn't know where he was going, but he did know why. His compass was the heart of God. He was fueled and driven by the passion and urgency that God had placed in his heart -- to take the life and freedom that comes in Jesus Christ to every person on the face of the earth. What God makes clear is that when we're committed to seizing His divine moments, He'll make sure He gets us to the right place at the right time."

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