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And for the big news –

 

I am hoping to be a student of our School of Worship here at YWAM Gold Coast in early April! After a year of waiting & watching my dream hang in the balance, the day is finally on it’s way.

Upon arriving back from my DTS outreach (to The Outback & South Africa/Swaziland) last year expecting to go into School of Worship a few weeks later, it was revealed that we weren’t able to host the school because there weren’t enough students. Then toward the end of last year, our School of Worship leader transitioned out of YWAM, essentially leaving this dream that God had put on my heart dead.

This dream is taking breath again, as we are having someone from another base coming in to lead it for this season at our base. We will only be doing the lecture phase so we will stay around the Gold Coast during this time. It’s been a year in the waiting, but God is faithful, you guys.

I have absolutely no funds saved up or coming in for this next season of going into the School of Worship (besides current monthly support for food & rent), but would love for you to partner with me in this endeavour in any way that you feel to. I will probably need around $3,035 AUD or $2,387 USD, if you would like to support me financially, it can be mailed to 19318 22nd Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292 or donated here by selecting school fees & putting my name in the notes. All forms of support are greatly appreciated, & I have included prayer requests if you would like to support me in prayer. A massive thank you to all of those who are already supporting me as well!

 

PRAISE REPORTS:

•I am fully funded for outreach & fly out to Kolkata, India on January 12th then to Pokhara, Nepal a bit later

•We just finished lecture phase Friday, with all of our students 100% funded for outreach!

PRAYER REQUESTS: 

•Finances for School of Worship (obviously)

•Both outreach teams – Outback/Mongolia team leaving to The Outback on Thursday & India/Nepal team (my team) leaving Friday morning. For safety, health, & for souls to be saved!

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Oh, the places you’ll go.

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It’s been a good while since my last update because I’ve had a bit on my plate. I am currently staffing my first Discipleship Training School & am in charge of running the kitchen here at our base (as well as being on the worship department here).

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At Cararra Market for the Cat Carnival – The students that live in my house (clockwise): Kelsey, me, Bryn, Brittany, Paige, Abby, Naemi, Brooke, Hilde

This role is way more that I anticipated taking on, but has been a huge source of growth for me. In all honesty, being in charge of the kitchen for our base wasn’t something I wanted to do at all. But as always, God has bigger plans than our own minds can comprehend & I needed to let that settle in my own heart. This season I am in is one of choosing joy, persevering, & remaining faithful because He is faithful.

This has been such a beautiful time of discipleship, community, & letting the Holy Spirit move. The students on our Music & Creative Arts Discipleship Training School alongside the Classic Discipleship Training School come from America, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, & New Zealand. I have come to know these 19 student as family & couldn’t ask for a better community.

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Our whole school after spending three days in the bush to prepare us for outreach

We have been going through teachings most recently on topics like Father Heart of God, & Spiritual Warfare. This upcoming week is our last week of actual lectures, which will be on Holy Spirit, then we have a week of preparing for outreach!

In just under two weeks (on my birthday) we are flying out to Kolkata, India for five weeks then from there to Kathmandu, Nepal for a night then hopping on a bus the next day for about 6 hours to where we will be staying in Pokhara, Nepal for the remaining 3 weeks of outreach. We will be staying at YWAM bases in both locations. Our ministry in Kolkata will look like working in the slums, the Red Light District, helping with house church, doing street evangelism, & prayer walks. We don’t know much of what we’ll be doing in Pokhara, but know that the base we will be with works with the nearby villages & people groups in the surrounding area. I can’t wait to see what God will do in these beautiful nations! I am co-leading a team of ten students who are on fire for Jesus. We are going in with complete expectancy & willingness to move when God speaks.

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A view of Surfers Paradise from the Q1 building 

 

We went in to the New Year last night as we all sat on the beach in Surfers Paradise & watched the fireworks together.

I have big news coming VERY SOON & will update you all in a few days. 🙂

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My roommate Brittany & I in my hammock at the beach

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Hanging out in Byron Bay

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u p d a t e from Goldie

IMG_5925These past few weeks have been pretty heccas, with people coming & people going. That’s the thing about YWAM though, is you get used to goodbyes & hellos. Constantly. Since moving back in to my original house here, everyone has moved out & I have a whole new group of housemates.

Lately, God has been taking me through a couple different things, most recently stewarding my heart & calling out the gold in people. He has been speaking to me about checking on the state of my heart & making sure that I’m not harboring anything unhealthy for it’s being. I have been feeling God calling me to call up the good in people as of late & I am trying to make it a point to do so. We’re in quite a slow season right now here at YWAM Gold Coast because we are in between Discipleship Training Schools, so we have been able to build deeper relationships as staff members (as there aren’t that many of us), which is so nice & crucial to the unity of our base.

Last week, I was in Toowoomba (a two hour drive away) for a week of staff training, where we learned a lot about the heart behind what we do & we were able to dream with God for our upcoming DTS & what he wants for it. It was a really nice & very necessary time of refreshment for us in the mountains of Toowoomba. I had been wanting to go camping pretty badly in the time leading up to it & where we were came pretty close. Folks, God definitely sees the desires of our hearts & longs to give those to us as we seek Him.

I am currently in a season of processing with God, as the path I thought God had for me here is continuing to change shape. Our worship department leader (& the one who leads worship track & School of Worship) is transitioning out of YWAM in October so we are seeking God’s heart for the situation & where to go next with it.

I still have the same amount of support coming in monthly, at around $285 USD ($381 AUD), so I am still in great need of more financial support coming in monthly. The support amount I currently have is not enough to cover just rent, let alone groceries. I have acquired both overseas health insurance & paid for my visa, which I have been waiting on for a month to be approved (it can take up to four months).

 

Praises:

-I have been able to adventure almost every weekend (which is a huge deal, if you know me)

-I have been growing immensely in my worship leading & guitar

-I got to go to a DTS Foundations Workshop at our base in Toowoomba, which was informational & very refreshing

Prayers:

-That my visa would be approved quickly so I won’t have to worry about any of that when I am on holiday at home

-That I would gain more support monthly so that I can stay at YWAM Gold Coast, reaching out to our community here & to the nations

-That my interview coming up to be on staff for the upcoming DTS in October would go well

 

A Day in the Life, Mate

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Greetings from the Gold Coast!

I have been living down under for just under 9 months already (although I was in Africa for around 2 1/2 of those months). I’ve been keeping busy with administrative, registrar, & some accounts duties around our base here. I am also part of the worship team, leading worship once a week (or more!) & everything that comes along with that. I am also hoping to staff the Music & Creative Arts Discipleship Training School in October. I realized that as many of you have an idea overall of what I am doing here on the Gold Coast, many of you have no idea what an average day looks like for me.

Every morning we start off gathering as a base, worshiping, praying, & interceding. We spend these times as a community, in the presence of God. From there we head off to our duties, which we call serving circles. With mine being administration, I spend time answering emails of those interested in Discipleship Training Schools or Mission Building (staying & volunteering at the base), hoping to stay at the base, answering phone calls, etc. A majority of our time during the week is spent doing our respective duties, although we have various time slots for class (C4CM), tracks (focus of C4CM-mine is worship), bible study, & ministry circles (also worship). Class for C4CM has a different topic each three month quarter, so right now we are having teachings on the life & ministry of Christ. Our tracks take us through teachings on the track that we have chosen, meaning that myself & the others in the worship track are going through the different aspects & facets of worship leading/worship. In our staff bible study, we are currently making our way through fear of the Lord. For me, ministry circle times are spent planning, practicing, & worshiping. Our evenings are generally filled with the ministries we do here at YWAM Gold Coast, being coffee van & beach sports (which I spoke of in my previous post).

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Beach Sports ministry in Surfers Paradise

I am so blessed to have jumped right into what I love & am passionate about. I always loved music growing up, but I never imagined that God would use it in such a big way! God has been increasing my passion for worship & I look forward to doing the next upcoming School of Worship next year. God has placed in me a desire to worship Him with all that I am, bringing people into His presence, but also to make other worshipers. Joining YWAM has really enabled me to fully utilize the gifts God has given me in multiple areas.

But before that rolls around, I hope to staff our Music & Creative Arts Discipleship Training School in October. That will go from October until March, with an outreach included in that span of time.

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I currently have $265 of my goal of $800 in monthly support, meaning that I am still in need of people to support me monthly or with one time amounts. If you would like to get an idea of what the support I receive go towards, take a look at my last blog post, which includes a financial breakdown. If you feel that you are to support me in any way, donations can be made on my gofundme here, directly on the YWAM website here (by selecting “staff fees” & putting my name in “reason for payment” section), or can be mailed to 19318 22nd Ave. NW Stanwood, Washington 98292.

I am so grateful for all of the ways I have been cared for & provided for by God but through the people He has set around me. I have been growing exponentially & am so blessed that I get to share this journey with you.

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Praises: 

  • that I have $265 in monthly support
  • growth in many areas (worship leading, speaking out what God has spoken to me, & more!)
  • passed my drive test so I can drive the vans owned by the base

Prayer Requests:

  • more financial support coming in ($535 to go!)
  • for the students of the upcoming Music & Creative Arts Discipleship Training School in October (& hopefully staffing it)
  • proper rest in God & in general

Wanted: Monthly Supporters

0329171240aI’ve been here on the Gold Coast for about a month now after returning from outreach in Africa (so about five months total). I can barely even begin to explain the growth I’ve expeienced since following God’s call to Australia. I have learned so much about who I am in Christ, trusting God for every little thing, praying with expectancy, interceding for others & have recently gotten a huge passion for worship & discipling others. And that’s just a small bit of it. It is my goal to bring others into the presence of God. I long to help others become true worshipers of Christ & in turn, make other worshipers. I am now on staff here with YWAM (Youth With a Mission) Gold Coast & I will be working in administration & being a part of the worship crew. I also hope to staff Discipleship Training Schools (like the one I just did) & Schools of Worship (after first participating in one myself). Other ministry we are involved in as a base is beach sports, where we head to the main beach of nearby Surfer’s Paradise to set up volleyball & soccer to invite people to play & share Christ with them. We also have coffee van, where we go to the close city of Southport & set up a table with free pastries, coffee, tea, & hot chocolate to spend time with & share the love of God with people. YWAM is focused on making disciples & sending them out to the nations to proclaim His name & I am beyond ecstatic to be a part of that.

Here at YWAM we are missionaries & do not receive pay, so we have supporters to help keep us here ministering to the Gold Coast & to the nations. I would love to have you join me in the work I will be doing here in Gold Coast & beyond by supporting me in prayer & financially. I have broken down my costs to give you an idea of what the support I receive will go towards.

I have also made a poster with all of the continents plus Greenland on it to represent the amount I need in monthly support. Each continent (including Greenland) represents $100. They are divided into four parts, making each 1/4 of a continent represent $25. Altogether the world represents my monthly supported needed of $800. If you would like to commit to supporting me monthly for the two years (or more) that I am here, you can grab a slot on a continent for $25. You can have as many slots as you would like & can even pick which continent if you’re feelin’ zesty. I also have a few one-time costs shown below, if you’d like to cover any of those. Any amount you can give is very helpful & genuinely means so much to me.

Any support can be sent to 19318 22nd Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292 (USA), donated on my gofundme here, or donated to YWAM directly here, selecting ‘staff fees’ & putting my name in the notes section. Please let me know if you’re interested in supporting me in any way by messaging me on facebook or on my phone so I can give you a spot on my map. Thanks for reading!

 

MONTHLY:

Rent/Utilities: $450

Food: $150

Random Extra Expenses (toiletries, school supplies, medicine, etc.): $200

Total: $800

 

ONE TIME:

C4CM Course Fees: $500

Estimated Visa Cost: $550

Health Insurance: $1,000

Total: $2,050