A Glimpse of Mi Vida...

It started with a missions trip to Camden, where my life and perspective were changed and where this blog began. Life has been a roller coaster filled with its ups and downs and I'm excited for the adventure and discovering what God has in store, even though I really dislike roller coasters... I am a Lady in Waiting...

Monday, June 30, 2008

1 Week To Go....

I will be in Camden in ONE WEEK!!!! AAAHHHH! I cannot believe it, I've been waiting a year for this... and now I'm almost there. I cannot wait to see my kids and pounce the interns and be loved on and love on others....
Pray for me. Send me emails and let me know how things back home are..
Love you all.
Love love love.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Make Donations Online

A friend gave me an idea to set up an account so my family and friends can make donations for my trip, Camden, and Urban Promise.
So donate away and pray!
Can't wait to share more with you all!

Love love love.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


That explains it...

Have you ever seen someone or talked to someone and had so much joy and couldn't stop smiling because you haven't seen or talked to them in so long...

So I was sitting in my car getting ready to leave work and I went to call my friend Julia (from work) instead I called Julia, my old roommate from Camden. The first thing she said when she answered the phone was, "OMG... I'm in the Downtown Camden house right now!" I practically screamed on the phone. We continued to talk and she is going to be an assistant director for Camp Saved (Moochie's camp) and she was with Hugh and Katie and they were making signs for the interns. I could not stop smiling or almost shouting with excitement to see them all. Julia will get to wake me up in the mornings again for camp! She then passed the phone to Katie and I screamed and almost lost it. My Katie with her Georgia accent, I got all teary-eyed on the phone. We talked and caught up and she is so excited I get to see her so soon. And I'll get to stay with her at the East house also!!! Man, I love that girl so much! I think we may just tackle each other the first time I see her out of pure joy and excitement. Then I got to talk to Hugh... my British Hugh. Man, I can't wait to see him, we've kept in contact through facebook and such... but man, I can't wait to see that boy. He's totally one of the greatest guys and I'm so blessed to know him and call him a brother!!!

So after we hung up the phone I was incomplete shocks. What a GOD MOMENT! Seriously, how else would I "accidentially" call the wrong number and Julia is in our house and she's an AD and she was with two of the people I miss the most. My cheeks hurt from all of the smiling. God is so AMAZING!!! That conversation was what I needed, to know that they are okay and to just talk to them and hear their voices. Wow! God is so good.

I called a friend and told her the story as I was driving home and I told her I have never experienced so much joy. I have been happy for a long time now. But yesterday was just pure joy, the joy of your cheeks hurting because you cannot stop smiling and just overjoyed because God is so good. SO AMAZING! Thank you, God!


I think I've mentioned before that as the time approaches for me to leave Camden that I cannot stop crying or just being overjoyed and everything. I am a total basketcase of emotions and I cannot explain it other than God is SO good. After last nights phone call of pure joy and happiness, I woke up this morning and just began to weep. I AM GOING TO CAMDEN! I just began to whisper to God my joy and my praises. I cannot believe I'm going back, I'm going back!!! I get to see my interns and my KIDS, and the streetleaders and just everyone. My emotions are so out of whack, its ridiculous. I'm overjoyed and so happy, but at the same time because I'm crying I feel some saddness, but not that saddness that you feel sad. Just that you're crying. Part of me is sad that I have to leave, but the fact of getting to see them is amazing too and just seeing them will give me the encouragement to see them all again and again.

I am leaving for Camden is less than two weeks!!!!.....

Thanks for reading.

Pray for all of the interns headed to Camden today, to begin training and for safe travels!

Monday, June 23, 2008

2 weeks....

I FINALLY booked my flight for Camden, 3 weeks before I leave. haha. Now I have two weeks left until I leave and I am getting so excited. I actually ended up booking the flight one day earlier... oops! But that means I just get an extra day which is okay by me!!!

I will be leaving on July 7th at 8:15am from LAX and arriving in Philly at 4:37pm and will be in Camden shortly after that. So please be praying for safe travels between 6am and 1:37pm!!!

Please continue to pray. I am so excited to be leaving. I need it. I need a break and I need time with God out of my normal routine. I need to see my kids and I can't wait to see the returning interns. I may tackle or pounce them when I see them all. Every text message until then I want to break down crying because I'm so excited. I have been an absolute emotional basketcase these past two weeks and counting. haha. I will love and miss everyone back here and Cali. but going back will be a nice break and some time for reflection especially since I'll be graduating in less than six months! Ah! I also just need a break from my family and friends and to be with some people who understand my heart for this city. AAAWWWWWW.... I CANNOT WAIT!

Also I'll apologize now if I won't shut up about Camden once I get back. But if you want to hear all about it let's do coffee when I get back.... PLEASE!!!

Love you all. Keep reading and leave comments and love!!!!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Change Camden: A Benefit Concert

camden poster

Change Camden: A Benefit Concert

I cannot believe it has almost been a year, since I left for Camden. Here I am again excited and nervous to return back this summer.

To help raise money for my kids and Urban Promise tomorrow night (Saturday, June 14th) I will be hosting a benefit concert in my church hall.

Change Camden: A Benefit Concert
505 E. Bonita Avenue
San Dimas, CA 91773

Tickets: $5

All tickets include admission to see the great musicians and food and drinks, including our famous chocolate chip cookies!!!

Artists include:

Robby J.
David Jeremiah
Chasing Forever
with special guest, John Rosales
Ashley Hunt

You will also hear testimonies and see videos from Camden.

Camden holds a huge place in my heart and I hope that you will come and share this amazing evening of memories and music! Call me if you have any questions or email me at jenn.elrod@gmail.com