Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer Ramblings

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So, the Bloom! ladies kinda disappeared for a few weeks.  Sorry about that, dear Sisters!  Semesters ending, some traveling, and some big news kept us extremely busy and on our toes (and thus off the computer).  We're back now, happily.  And looking forward to telling you all what God has been doing in our lives and in the world.  We've got some exciting news, so stay tuned in the coming weeks!  In the meantime, here's some fun ramblings for you:

~ I (Joanna) just returned after a three week mission trip to Taiwan.  As many of you know, I spent 1.5 years serving on the island and wrote my final Tales from Taiwan update in October, not knowing what God had in mind in the coming months.  Turns out, He led me and a friend to go back for three weeks and minister and visit our students in schools, villages, and orphanages.  Later this week I'll be sharing more about my trip and how God worked in some amazing ways!

~ Also, the new Christian film Beyond the Mask did so well back in April with its limited release that it made it three weeks with normal theatrical week-long runs all across the US.  God is good!  The runs are winding down now, with just a few cities left, but be sure to check it out if you haven't had the pleasure of seeing Beyond the Mask yet.  It's totally worth it, as I shared here.  If your city isn't showing it and you're interested in having it play in your area for a special one night event, you can find out more info here on how you can bring this Christ honoring action adventure to your community - for free!  I highly recommend Beyond the Mask - it shows the Gospel and story of redemption so clearly and beautifully without sounding preachy or in your face as some Christian films tend to be.  Plus, it's a super fun and on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of movie!

~ Big news with the amazing Set Apart Girl Magazine - it's now available in print!  Check out more details here for the print version, as well as the online one.  This is such a valuable resource with so much encouragement and inspiration for young women as we walk with Jesus.  I encourage each of you to check out the magazine and prepare yourself - you're gonna be refreshed and uplifted!

~ It's already July!  Where is the time going?  If your summer is flying by and you haven't gotten to spend some time serving and loving others as much as you would like, be sure to check out this article for some ideas to get you started!

Praying that you'll be encouraged and refreshed in Jesus this week, girls!

In His love,
Joanna

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