Tori's Life Update
Hello friends and family!
When I think about the last year, I am overwhelmingly grateful for each and every one of you. The people God has placed in my life are His greatest gifts to me. I truly have experienced the character of God through the way you all have supported, loved and prayed for me (my whole life), but especially these last few years. Whether it has been 10 years or 10 minutes since I have seen you, I want you all to know that I wouldn't be where I am today without your investment in my life. SOOOO I wanted to send out an update to keep you all included in what I am doing and where God is leading me!
The Middle East
After graduating the Discipleship School in May, I traveled with a team of 15 to Dubai and Kuwait to work with and serve the long term mission teams that live there. I witnessed the powerful work of God among the Muslim people and experienced His deep love for them. It was a life changing trip and my heart fell in love with the Middle East.
My roommate Chelsea and I began a one-year Social Work grad program at Baylor in August and we absolutely love it. I am studying Community Development and am interested in working with poor, urban communities and in international contexts. This is a picture from our last "first day of school" picture!
This special guy has been my friend for 4 years and my boyfriend for 6 months! We are having a blast and I enjoy him a lot. He is a 3rd grade Science teacher in Waco and is INCREDIBLE at it! This picture was right before the Baylor Bears crushed some team that I cannot remember :)
The Middle East
How you can pray...
For me, 2015 has been a year of trust, breakthrough, adventure, disappointment, challenge and growth. I have learned that to know, love and trust God's character and plan is everything. Whether you feel like 2015 was a win or a loss, I pray that you will find rest in knowing that above anything else, God delights in who you are, His child, the greatest desire of His heart, and that His love for you cannot be matched. And it is from the place of knowing and believing we are loved, that we can radically love the people around us.
Here are a few things you can pray for as the new year approaches:
- for a restful and FUN Christmas break with my family
- for a smooth transition into the spring semester (I will graduate in May!)
- that I would love well the people God has put in front of me
- for clarity and confidence in where God is leading me after I graduate
- for financial provision as I start to pay back student loans
- that I would know the goodness and mercy of God in a radical, new way