Saturday, May 9, 2009

We need your support!

Hello Everyone,
We are very excited to write you and tell you about what is going on in our lives! Mike and I have been doing wonderful in our first year of marriage, we can't believe that it's almost been a year since our wedding! Time has flown by! We would like to share some exciting news with everyone, and are hoping to get some support from you too! We are leading a missions trip to Guatemala on June 20-27 with a team from Seacoast Church. We have been preparing for this trip in many ways such as prayer, fundraisers, and staying healthy. We have not been on a missions trip together, so this is very exciting that we are able to help lead this youth missions team to Guatemala together as a married couple.

While we are in Guatemala we will be working with a local church by going into schools to do ministry, possibly going into some orphanages, and doing some street ministry to present the gospel of Jesus Christ. We just know that this trip will be a huge success. As a team, we have been meeting weekly doing team building activities, devotions, and praying as preparation for our trip. The team that we are going with consists of middle school and high school students from the Seacoast Long Point and Seacoast West Ashley campus. The most rewarding part of a trip like this is not only growing in our own spiritual walk with Jesus, but watching the students being affected by the trip and seeing their hearts being transformed spiritually closer to Christ.

We would like to ask you if you are willing to help us go on our trip and raise the $2000 that is needed to fund our trip to Guatemala. We feel very confident that since God has called us to lead this trip, He will also provide a way. We would greatly appreciate your prayerful consideration of giving financially to help us meet this need. If you choose to donate, we have made it very easy for you to donate online at our Seacoast Church website at this link:
Just remember your donation is tax deductible! If you don't feel comfortable contributing online you can make a check payable to Seacoast Church (For: Mike and Hilary Surratt Guatemala Trip) and send it to 750 Long Point Rd. Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.

We also need prayer for the trip and ask you to please lift up these things as we go:

-Strength for us spiritually to do the work He has called us to do
-To prepare the people's lives that we are ministering to while we are in Guatemala
-Our team's health to remain strong before and throughout our trip
We thank you in advance for taking the time to consider supporting us prayerfully and/or financially. If you would like to more information on the trip or have any questions, please to not hesitate to contact Mike: or Hilary:
We look forward to sharing all of the exciting things that we experience on this trip with you upon our return.
Blessings in Christ,
Hilary and Mike Surratt :)

I have a huge heart for missions, here are some pictures of my trip to Costa Rica in July 2007:

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

a joyful ending

So I just wanted to let everyone know that I passed my World Literature class, and it feels so great! This class has been the biggest struggle of my college career. Here's the past behind it: I started out my freshman year of college at Trident Tech. I really liked going there, it was a lot different than going to Northwood Academy all 13 years of going to school.

I took spanish 1 my sophomore year, and didn't really like it, I was super intimidated by my teacher, and after taking spanish in high school for only 2 years I wasn't that well at it. I passed the class with a D, so I had to retake it, because only Cs and higher transfer. I got the C, and I decided that I was going to CSU. Well, I would have to take 2 more classes of spanish to complete the core requirements, so I decided to take spanish literature in place of spanish, and I would only have to take this one class instead of two. So I did take it my first semester at CSU, and I HATED it! All we did was read these spanish stories(that were translated to english). I ended up failing the class, and after a lot of tears I decided to just retake it as a night class, use all my notes and get it over with! Well, easier said than done. I started taking the class, and I really felt that I couldn't finish the class without failing it again, so I dropped out of it. I was in the middle of planning my wedding, and I really couldn't concentrate enough and focus to finish it.

So, I got married and decided to take the semester off of the spanish literature class and take other classes to get my GPA back up. I finished the semester without the lit class and got all As and one B. Then this spring semester came along, and I decided to see what other classes I could take in place of that one. I really wanted to take French Literature because I heard it was pretty easy, but it didn't fit my schedule, and I was absolutely NOT going to take Spanish Lit because of not wanting to take either one of the teachers I had already had. The only thing left was World literature, so I knew I just had to endure it, and get through it!

This class was really hard, and Professor Brickey was a very challenging teacher. After getting a D on my first test, and a F on my second test, I felt like I was hopeless. Yes, there were MANY MANY MANY tears! I asked Professor Brickey if there was any way I could do some extra credit, and she said I could! PRAISE THE LORD! So I did the 8 page paper, and I got a B! She gave it back to me after I finished my final exam, which I felt really good about too, and I almost peed my pants I was so excited. I couldn't stop smiling for the rest of the day! So the exciting thing is, I FINALLY got this class out of the way, and I don't have to take it over again.

I am rejoicing so much right now you really have no idea! I have one maymester class which I am really excited about, then the fall semester, and then I will walk across that stage at CSU as a college graduate, and I will celebrate!

Thank you to everyone who was praying for me during this semester, I know all the prayers helped!!!! I'm giving all the glory to God right now, there is no way I could have done it without Him! :)

Plus, now it's summertime, and that's my favorite favorite favorite time of year!
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