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#Throwback to wintry winds and inversely cozy dinners with @ontherashelf upon my return from China. As one of the most talented musical and nail friends I know - and perhaps the only one with such a complementary combination! - #davidawednesdays evolved from wintry sushi meals to......more wintry sushi meals. Seems like all we've done are WSMs.... haha. Not that we mind!
Here's to more bonding over sushi before and after your scholarship trip, Rachelley! 😘

Pictured: chirashi and BBQ squid.

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#Throwback to first brunch with @lee__victoria upon my return from China. The Mainland really changes you......
Mussels and Frites: PEI mussels, Blanche de Chambly, bacon, garlic. @sugarbowlcafe

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Samuel spring camp 2017. The Holy Spirit has broken down many barriers at this camp where hearts - younger and older - have chosen to be sensitive to God, to hear His voice, and to savour His fellowship within the Samuel community.
As my girls are now in Petros, the fight rages more aggressively than ever for these walls to remain down. My month away from the high school fellowship has reminded me of the duly important work of prayer-without-ceasing for my little sisters in the faith, knowing that while my physical distance from them cannot be helped at this moment, spiritual distance is my failed responsibility. That being said, thank You, Abba, for Your sustaining grace and work in each of these girls' lives. You have been shepherding them perfectly, and I thank You for involving me in joyful participation and growth through Your Son and His example.

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#Throwback to a reintegration catchup meal with pastor friends upon returning from a year in China. Haven't had good meat in a while!
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Currently missing all my family in different parts of the world. #Throwback to the end of my year in China, encapsulated in three different currencies, two SIM cards, a Polaroid of my advanced English class from home in China, and a heated-bead Bible and cross: souvenirs from supporters back home in Canada. Cross-cultural work is always such that farewells and reunions happen either way - not made easier by time, but each relationship rather strengthened by the prayerful time apart.
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The last two years, flights to and from the oversea mission field have been fraught with delays and cancellations. This year, one leg of our journey before arrival was delayed by 5 hours, to the point where the flight attendants gave us meal coupons and let us off the plane around midnight to grab some food from the only food place open, near the boarding gate. These delays are always an opportunity from God to refocus after the months-long chaos of administration and preparation: to pray and to bond with the team, many of whom go from strangers to family in the span of an hour or two.
On the flight home, we used the last of our team money to celebrate with some sandwiches and Starbucks cheesecakes. Eating these snacks while waiting for the flight home was a reminder of God's sovereignty and providence throughout the entire trip, and to soak in the beautiful, edifying fellowship with the team one more time.
#zj2017

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Time is what you make of it. #throwback to catching up with my sis @irenekarsin upon my return from a year's term in China.

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Autumn, the season where God's creativity, faithfulness, and sovereignty are revealed in special measure. [3/3]

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Autumn, the season where God's creativity, faithfulness, and sovereignty are revealed in special measure. [2/3]

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Autumn, the season where God's creativity, faithfulness, and sovereignty are revealed in special measure. [1/3]

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Romans 12:1-2, the verse that singlehandedly encompasses my entire experience in China last year. "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." #zh1617 #adventuresinink

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#Throwback to the sweet ending to my last meal with the team.
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On the bucket list: playing the barista.
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The food continues. Those of you who know me know I love my meat and tend to eat less veggies. However, spending a year in China where eating produce raw is strongly not recommended, I daresay I've sorely missed the cold, crisp crunch of these things. I will not take raw veggies for granted for a long, long time.
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#Throwback to the farewell party my team held prior to my departure. Meals like this are rare for us, so this was a symbol of their love and well wishes for my future.
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Ever since floral arranging lessons began, Abba has unveiled my eyes to the world to be a clearer picture of His creativity and great grace. ... Also, how much can I get away with foraging for wildflowers here in YEG?
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Missing the tropical flora of China.
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Throwback to sunny evening walks with my extended Family.
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Christmas in July! #Throwback to my first collab Christmas arrangement with a fellow sister. Our #equippingforservice finally paid off as we made this arrangement available during the Christmas services for both of the churches we served.
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Travel companions.
#romans12 #zh1617

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Flowers upon flowers upon flowers.
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Drying flowers from dying bouquets always offers a touch of nostalgia. The reminiscence of their former beauty lends itself to the dried posies, whispering echoes of their story, extending their glory.
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Closeup of one of the European roses in our throwback Christmas arrangement.
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Throwback to these European roses starring co-lead in our Christmas service arrangement.
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Blooms for days! This was the first line flower demoed in arrangement by my floral design teacher - it holds a special place in my heart.
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#Throwback to the day we bought most of the foliage for our Christmas service arrangement and I felt so excited that I treated the team to our only Starbucks of the year. 'Twas a good day.

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The inspiration for our Christmas service arrangement. If anyone knows what variety of rose this is, please let me know! It was incredibly difficult to find more roses of this shade while curating for our arrangement.
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Every journey to Macau is a revisiting of the past. An amazing history of Catholicism and Protestantism lies within the fading Macanese façades that speak to their former glory. Pictured here was once the largest Catholic church in Asia. Not far away, enclaved by the Portuguese Catholicism of the time, the Old Protestant Cemetery is the burial site of Robert Morrison: China's first Protestant missionary, first translator of the Scriptures into Chinese, and author of the first Chinese-to-English dictionary. In modern-day Macau where the gambling industry is the heavyweight champion of the world, over 7 times the size of Vegas' in revenue, history -- indeed, His story -- begs us to remember much, and to reflect more.
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#macau #ruinsofstpauls #oldprotestantcemetery #protestant #cemetery #robertmorrison #missionary #lexicographer #linguist #bible #translator #history #zh1617

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Sautéed mushrooms with bacon and red onion. A rarity in Zhuhai, with the prices of bacon. 😢

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Hard-earned tea break during flower arranging class. Our self-concepted blueberry mousse and mango cheesecake + Senegalese roselle tea.
#zh1617 #equippingforservice #teabreak #flowerarranging #baking #cheesecake #roselle

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