Hey IG Family,
I wanted to fill you in on a few of the exciting things that we and God have been up to at the Purple Parrots Community House (odd name, I know.) Towards the beginning of the month, we all went to a showing of the movie “Tony” by Invisible Children. For those of you who don’t know, Invisible Children is an organization that fights for the children in Uganda who are in danger of being abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army as lead by Joseph Coney. The children are of all ages and some are even forced to kill their own parents. After watching the video, we all felt it pressed on our hearts to do something about it. As a house we’ve decided to team up and fight this injustice by supporting Invisible Children, fundraising, and having showings of the video at our house to motivate others to get involved as well. It was also amazing to see how the video had motivated us in our studies since it is a privilege for the children of Uganda to have an education whereas we tend to just take advantage of our education.
Since we live so close to school (University of Nevada Las Vegas), we all tend to walk to our classes, which is incredibly nice, since I no longer have to commute for 40 minutes to school. Along the way, there are many homeless people. We began to notice this as a reoccurring theme in our lives. So, a few of us got together to make lunches for them so that on the way to school we’d have something to give them in the morning and hopefully have an opportunity to pray for them as well.
One of our prayers has been for our home to be a refuge for others and for God’s peace and love to saturate every person that walks in. It’s been amazing to see this prayer answered, evidenced feedback from friends who visit, commenting on how peaceful the house is. Even a plumber guy who came by the house was a bit shocked by how calm things were. We’ve also had a regular visitor named Elle. Elle is actually mentally ill and so talking with her is always interesting, but at the same time you can tell behind it all she has a heart for justice and is strongly moved by Jesus’ love whenever we pray for her. Her face brightens every time I ask her if she’d like prayer. We also had a random night where four of us in the house woke up around 3 am and each of us felt God leading us to pray that night.
It’s been absolutely amazing to see God move in and through this community. Although living in community certainly has its struggles, it also has caused tremendous growth in each of our lives. For me (Annie), God has been challenging me in many areas of my life. You see, this semester I had over packed my schedule. Between work, school, logistical matters of the house, leadership in Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and a few other things I literally had zero time for any of my roommates and slowly I began to feel the disconnect. After spending a weekend away from everything God reminded me of how he had warned me about joining leadership with IVCF since it would overload my schedule (which it did.) So long story short, I ended up having to go to my IVCF leaders and repent for taking on the role of leadership when God hadn’t called me to leadership in IVCF. Also, as a leader in the house, being spread so thin was definitely having a negative impact. I was also struggling with my school work on top of it all. The amazing thing though is as soon as I stepped down from leadership in IVCF, it was like the flood gates opened up. I suddenly seemed to understand the material in my classes and I ended up acing my tests. Everything just felt like it was moving again, and it seemed that at one point God was challenging me in the areas of teaching, pastoral giftings, and prophecy all at once. It felt great to be where He wanted me.
All in all, it’s been a joy living in community even in the midst of the struggles. Please continue to pray for us, particularly in the area of conflict resolution and the subjects found in Ephesians 4. Thank you so much for your support!