August Overview

Wow, I cannot believe that a whole month has gone by since the last time I posted anything! Eeks!

I’m just gonna start out by saying that the month of August was an awesome and quite the emotional month. It is very hard for me to put into words every thought and emotion that has been rolling around in my heart since I’ve been here. I specifically had set the month of August to pray about what the next step is for my life. I felt desperate to hear from the Lord. Am I supposed to stay here in Thailand longer, or should I listen to this, sometimes almost overwhelming, homesickness and take that as a sign that am I to go home? And if that’s the case, then what? I really believed He would show me by the end of the month…but, before I get into that part any further I want to share what else happened this last month –

Tyndale Stubenrauch’s 1st and Chase Garsee’s 17th birthdays were celebrated. I love both of those boys dearly!

Tyndale with his lovely mama, Mary Beth, on his birthday!

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Chase and me on his birthday  “showing off our farmer’s tans”.

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The Stubenrachs, the Garsees, and myself all went about fifteen hours north to a place called Korat. There, we met up with a few other great missionary families to have some fellowship and ministry time together. It was wonderful! So refreshing for everyone. The Lord was gracious to bless us with His presence the whole week we were together. Plus I made some great new friends, especially Margaret, who is such a godly young woman and fellow horse lover 🙂 .

In the evenings a group of us went out to pass out tracts and evangelize. We had a lot of great responses! But, specifically, a certain man was born-again. Praise God, na (Translation: Right?!) ?! We spent a week in Korat and then on the way back down towards home, we spent another week in Bangkok so the Stuben’s and Garsees could meet with their social workers to work out adoption details for adopting their Thai sons. Bangkok is huge and it feels like there’s no room to breath 🙂 . But, we had fun together hanging out and having some down time, aside from some of the stress of adoption issues. One day, Colton (18) & Chase(17) Garsee (my newest brothers 🙂 ) and I spent literally TEN hours in one mall and we still had not seen every store by the end of the day! We had fun but, needless to say, we were pretty tired that night. Well, I guess not tired enough, cause if I remember correctly we still stayed up pretty late : ) .

Now, to get back into what God is doing in my heart…. While in Bangkok we stayed at a Baptist Guest House for missionaries. One morning, while washing dishes in the kitchen, the Lord confirmed in my heart that I am supposed to stay in Thailand longer. After wrestling so much between my love for being here and homesickness, I am excited to have peace and confidance that this is what I am supposed to do. Thank you so much to everyone who has been seeking the Lord along with me about this. I love you all so much and I appreciate your support more than I can say! I cannot give an exact length of time that I will be here, because that part is still up in the air for me (not God), but, I do know that I will be here for at least a total of a year. It is going to be interesting to see how it feels for my Dad to come in October and leave without me, but, I am thankful that God’s grace is and will be  sufficient.

So, that’s what has been going on around here! I hope everthing I wrote made sense 🙂 . God bless!!!

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The Hoars, Lavornes, Stubenrauchs, Garsees, Barron, Freddy, and Me! A great bunch of people on fire for God!!

Thailand Progress Report :)

hat-yai-circled1 This is the letter I will be sending out this week in hopes of raising support for my trip 🙂 . It is subject to change a little bit before I send it out though.

I just wanted to let you know how things are moving along! If you read it, you’ll notice that a date has been set for my departure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 23, 2009

Dear ____________,

 

   As you may already know, earlier this year my father and I took a trip to Hat Yai, southern Thailand. We visited our very good missionary friends Brian and Mary Beth Stubenrauch, their family, and the team they are working with. Our time with them was a wonderful and growing experience. I quickly grew attached to the Thai people, the country, and the whole team. The Lord also really drew me to Himself and I felt that He may have been using our trip as a tool to reopen desires I had in my heart, when I was a little girl, to be a missionary.

   I am writing this letter to you to inform you that the Stubenrauchs and the team have offered me an open door to come back to Thailand to serve with them and to give me an on-the-field experience.

   After many weeks of prayer, thought, fasting, and seeking counsel from my parents and others, I do believe the Lord is leading me to return for an extended stay. It is my prayer that by going back, He will continue to speak to me and show me if foreign missions is truly the direction He wants me to be heading. For it is my sole desire to hear His voice and obey Him.

I would like to ask you to please keep my family and me in your prayers as we make this transition in our lives. I will be leaving on June 9th and I have committed to staying until September (by the end of this time I/we will decide if the Lord is leading me to stay longer). This will be the longest and farthest I have ever been away from my family.  And, I also want to ask you to please pray about the possibility of financially supporting me for this trip.  It is my goal to raise all the money I will need for the time I will be gone by May 20th or sooner if possible.  Below is a list of the needs I have and the estimated cost for each:

Plane ticket$2,000 +/-

3 months rent, food, electric bills, emergency, etc. – $2,500- $3,000

Computer (So I can communicate with my family via email/webcam and also keep up with the GRN Kid’s Corner newsletter) $1,060

Motor scooter- $800-$1,500 (I may be able to purchase a used one)

Approx. Total: $6,360-$7,560

 

 If you are unable to financially support me at this time, I completely understand; it is your prayers that I covet and appreciate the most.

 If you would like to receive email updates from me while I am away, I have inserted a small slip of paper with this letter that you can fill out with your information. Some space has also been made for you, if you so choose, to be able to write down any prayer needs you may have that I can be praying for, and, an envelope has been included for your convenience.

Thank you so much for believing in the call of God on my life and for your love and support. You mean more to me than I can ever say! May the Lord bless you!

Love in Christ,

Megan Zurowski

Please write your check out to:

Global Response Network

memo: Megan’s Thailand Trip

GRN’s address:

402 Coomer St.

Somerset, KY 42503

Your life is not your own, you were bought with a price.

I Will Go

After much thought, prayer, and seeking wisdom from my parents, I would like to announce that I believe the Lord is leading me back to Thailand for an extended stay. I’m not exactly sure of why He wants me there, but I know whatever it is, it will be to bring Him glory.  It’s not official yet, but it looks like I may be going back in June and staying for three months or more.  I am VERY excited!!  🙂 I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for me there. Now, I am trying my best to trust Him with all the details that go along with making such a decision.  I would really appreciate your prayers as my family and I journey into this new season of our lives. Thank you!

Commitment Update Surprise!

It took forever for it to happen, but as of today it did! Please read carefully… 🙂

Previous weight: 127 lbs.

Current Weight: 124 lbs.

Goal weight: 118-120 lbs.

Lbs. I need to lose to get to that weight: 4-6 ( Previously 7-9)

Pounds lost since June 10, 2008: 3

I’m so happy!!!!!! 😉

Eating Healthier

healthy-dietToday I have officially started to eat healthier. Yes, I have been doing okay not eating so much sugar, but I’m still having some difficulties. I feel so tired all the time and I know it’s from the carbs that are still in my diet. So, why I didn’t do this before I don’t know, but, now I have traded in my granola bars for almonds(example), my white tortillas for whole wheat tortillas, my frozen dinners for veggie burgers, brown rice, vegetables, and fruit, my cold cereal for hot whole grain cereal and fruit…the list goes on, oh yeah, and my whole wheat bread(which still has things in it that I can’t pronounce) to Ezekiel bread(whole grain). Some big changes? Maybe, but I think they will help me overall to be healthier and maybe(hopefully) lose some weight. I’m still going to be having foods that I usually eat, but just not as much as before. I still eat yogurt, but I’ve gone from “needing” one everyday to every-other day and I actually probably will still have cold cereal more often then I probably would want because there are many morning when all I have time for is a cup of cereal. I’m pretty excited about these changes and I hope they last and are not a fad in this season of my life.

Someday My Prince Will Come

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Sometimes I feel a lot like Sarah in the book The Courtship of Sarah McLean. Sarah is nineteen years old and a daughter still at home. She is very thankful for her family and loves to be around them, help out, and be under her parents authority. But she is feeling some unrecognizable and unwanted discontent. At one point she realizes that her disconent is due to the fact that her heart’s longing is to a wife and a mother, but no man has courted her or has even seemed interested in doing so. That’s how I have been feeling lately. I love still being at home, working with my father at GRN, and I am more commited now to courtship and waiting for the man the Lord may have for me more than ever before. But it is still hard  to be patient because I want to be a wife and mother now. That is my ultimate dream. I believe that it’s the Lord’s calling on my life.  

 So what is God teaching me through all these thoughts and emotions? He’s teaching me how to be content with my calling as a daughter and to be satisfied with a KING. The King of KIngs. Yes, Someday my Prince will come…in the King’s timing.