Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Silence is Over

I'm back!!!! Any silence that the house might have had, left the moment that I (Priscilla) entered.
This is one part of the lodge that we stayed at when we were up in the North Woods. The first ten days of my trip was the Journey to the Heart program. I think that everyone needs to go on a journey. Spending a week up at the North Woods just spending time seeking God, is something that everyone should do. For me personally it was very refreshing and life changing. When you realize that we are the bride of Christ, it gives you a whole new perspective. We think we're doing good if we commit to spending ten minutes a day with God in the Word. But can you  see a bride telling her husband that. "Honey from now on I'm going to spend ten minutes a day with you." The whole trip just drew me closer  to where I ought to be, and I think everyone needs to go on a Journey.

The girls on my team were from all over, including Florida, Texas, California, and everywhere else, so watching them in the snow was really fun. I'm afraid I'm spoiled, when we left Chicago, the grass was starting to turn green, and then I get home, and it's snowing and thirty-four degrees out. The girls just loved the snow!

There were fourteen girls on my team, and we all got these green polos to wear  anytime we  left  HQ, so that we were easy to spot, and it helped us stay as a group. From left to right it's Deborah, Sarah, Me, and Asia.

While we were at Head Quarters, a group from Korea that was traveling around America  with there small music group stopped by. They played for us, and it was beautiful.

After our photography class, we went to a park, and split up into groups  take pictures.  Heather  took this one of me next to a old building.

When you live with someone for four weeks, they become like family, and it wasn't long before we were all doing each others hair. This is Mary curling my hair after M. did my makeup.

This is Rachel and I. Since the two of us don't normally wear makeup, or fix our hair too fancy, the other girls had great fun "Painting us up" as I say.

We had a hair fixing class and one of the teachers fixed all of our hair.

We went to the Shed Aquarium in downtown Chicago. It was really big and  very fascinating.
Here is the outside of the building.

My three awesome leaders!! From left to right, Hannah, Tabitha, and Dakota. This is right next to lake Michigan. I love my leaders!! They were really great, and so sweet. 

Macayla and I in Chicago.

They took us to see "The Bean." I had never heard of it, but it was really cool. It was awesome to stand under it and look up. While we were there, our group got in a circle, and sang some hymns. People were videoing us on there cameras, and when we were done, they clapped. As you can tell from the above picture there were a lot of people there.

We got to go to the Billy Graham Museum. It was really nice, and for those of you that didn't know this, yesterday George Beverly Shea died at the age of  a hundred and four. In case you didn't know this, he was Billy Graham's song leader.

Here I am standing behind his traveling pulpit. It was especially designed to have adjustable hight. As you can tell, I love preaching!

We had two full sets of twins on our team and one half set.(Her twin is a boy, so he wasn't there.) The set of twins above, wrote a song that we learned and sang at the closing banquet that we put on for the staff. Yes, they are identical, and yes, I can tell them apart.

This is the chef Clayton. He has been through some culinary arts schools and worked at a professional bakery. So he did our cooking classes. He also helped us prepare the banquet.

One day in the kitchen we got to decorate cakes. One of the girls drew a picture of Mr. Gothard on her cake and gave it to him. So that is my trip in a nutshell. There is so much I could tell about that I haven't, but I don't want to bore you. I didn't get any pictures at the banquet, but us girls served it. It was I believe what they call a Five star dinner. It was very formal. We also got a certificate for completing the Vessels of Honor program. The entire trip was awesome, and yet I was glad to be home. I miss all the girls from my team, and even the IBLP staff, but I am so glad to be home. Well, I've got some school to catch up on so Farewell. No wait! Just a reminder, you can sign up for the Bible Bee now! I hope to hear that some of you are in it.


  1. Looks like you had an awesome time!! I'm so glad you're back!

  2. Wow, this looked amazing! Thank you for posting, Priscilla! I went on a journey last year and it was life changing! I went in June, so it was a lot different!
    Also, you stayed in the same house I did when I went or Journey :):)
    Everything looked really good- I really want to go- so so bad- but we'll see what happens! :)

  3. Looks like fun :) is the girl leaning down touching the snow named Hannah? She looks very much like a girl I know :) anyways... Probably a long shot, but thought I'd ask. :) take care! Praise be to our Jesus for a safe trip!

  4. Looks like it was a fun and profitable time!! Sounds a lot like the EXCEL program I went thru...but that was 8 weeks long. It was hard to be away from my family for so long, but I enjoyed it. :) I almost didn't recognize you with your hair all curled and makeup on!!! But you look beautiful that way. :) Just not the way I'm used to seeing you. ;) Haha.

  5. Thank You all for your comments. I had a great time, but yes, I am glad to be back. And the girl picking up the snow, is Lucy G. Sorry:) Priscilla


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