This is Moriah :)
Meg asked me to do a guest blog on my time here in Poland so far, and of course I happily agreed! My sister Molly and I have been here in Poland for almost two weeks! It will be two weeks on Thursday and we fly out this coming Monday. Our time here in Poland has been very relaxing! Megan lives in a village called Polkowice. It is much smaller than where she stayed in Turkey last year. Molly and I have enjoyed a break from work (we are both nurses in Virginia). We have done a lot of cooking, reading, and relaxing. Megan has two practices most days and neither one of us know how to drive stick shift so we pretty much hang out in her apartment until she has a day off :). It has also been very cold here since we have been here, mostly in the low teens and in the single digits, so it’s not very conducive to walking around outside to explore.
This trip has been an awesome experience of just seeing how God uses a willing vessel to serve Him! I couldn’t ask for a better sister! Megan is such an inspiring person to me! She has such an awesome testimony! No matter what Satan tries to discourage her with or tempt her with I have watched her time and time again with the Lord’s help withstand it! It is not easy for her to be away from family as long as she is and I know that with any job you can get very worn out physically and mentally. I have watched Megan in several different circumstances and it is always amazing to me to see how she handles each situation with God’s help! She inspires me to be a better person and to grow more in my relationship with the Lord! I am typing all of this while Megan is at practice so she has no idea what I am typing until she reads it when I am done. These are just thoughts that I feel like I need to say.
One of the first things Molly and I did when we got to Poland was to help Megan run a little basketball clinic for three hours the day after we got in. About fifteen kids showed up. Some of them knew English and some did not. Megan had a translator that translated everything she said. The most important part of the clinic was that Meg was able to share a devotional along with a little bit of her testimony. The kids were very attentive the entire time! There was a PE teacher at the camp from one of the local schools and she said that she would love for Megan to come to her class and do a lesson. Also one of the Polish campers wants Megan to come share at his youth group! These are just two amazing opportunities that God has given Megan just from her being willing to run a clinic for a few hours. You don’t always see fruits of your labor but it is a blessing when you do!
I also thought it was really neat that two boys from camp came to Megan’s church the Sunday after camp! That says a lot! One of the boys knows pretty good English so he is pretty easy to talk to. Megan also shared her testimony in her church on Sunday and after the service we were talking to the boys that came and one of the boys said that Megan was an inspiration to him. He said he wants to play basketball and use it as a platform to share about Jesus! I thought that was so neat! It definitely made me a very proud sister! After church we were able to go over to one of the missionary families house for lunch! Believe it or not the dad worked at Liberty University where we went to college in the sports information department. Of course he was not there when we were there, but just another testament that there are no mistakes with God!
It has been absolutely amazing to see wherever Megan goes that God places certain people in her path to encourage her and she is able to encourage them as well! That is a perfect picture of what we, as believers should be doing! We had a great dinner with the family, had some great laughs and played a card game that was so much fun! As we were eating dinner the dad was saying how refreshing it was to be able to laugh and just have fun and that we felt like family! You could tell he was very sincere when he told it to us. It’s so neat to be able to make an impact in peoples lives as well as them be able to impact you too! It has been great for Megan to be able to go over to their house for dinner and to be able to fellowship with them both in church and outside of church! She was so excited when she first met them at one of her games. She had been here for almost three months before she met them. That is another amazing story of God’s power. I think she may have shared it in one of her previous blog entries. They also enjoy coming to her games and cheering her on!
We have been able to watch three games since being her in Poland! It is nice to be able to watch her play on the computer but it is even better to watch her in person! We have done a little bit of traveling to Wroclaw, which is about an hour and a half away, and it was absolutely beautiful! We went with one of Meg’s teammates.
Yesterday we went to Poznan which is another beautiful place and we were able to go to an International church where the sermon was in English and the singing as well! Megan has been listening to a song called “Be My Everything” before her basketball games in Poland . You can click on the link below to listen to it. Well what song do you think we ended with at church? It was that song! That almost brought tears to my eyes. It is such a powerful song!
This trip has been a lot different than Turkey in many ways but they were both a lot of fun! Turkey was definitely much more of a culture shock to me, but both places are unique in their own way and at both places God has brought some AMAZING people into Meg’s life that Molly and I have had the privilege to meet! During our two-hour car ride home last night we were just reflecting on how great God really is! In good times and in the bad God is always faithful! I have seen it in my own life, but I have seen it in countless instances since being here in Poland! It has been very humbling. Tomorrow we are going to have the team over for dinner and then Wednesday she has another game. Then this weekend we are planning on going to Berlin, Germany, which I think will be really neat!
Molly and I fly back to the States early Monday morning and then it is back to work for us on Wednesday. I hope you all have a fantastic week! Here is a verse that I heard in church before I came to Poland that I think is very fitting.
II Timothy 2:15
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth”.
Today Megan had two practices. In between practices we made an awesome salad for lunch. Here is a pic of the salad we made :).