I still can’t believe it. My mind can’t wrap itself around the fact that I’m moving across the globe to do what I’m passionate about. How many people are that lucky? God has taken my dreams beyond anything I could ever have even begun to imagine. A few years ago, I trusted God when He took me to go to school in Oregon. Then I followed Him to Wisconsin. I’m beginning to think that He gives me greater things each time I show Him that I can be trusted with the smaller things He has given me. This time He’s bringing me all the way to Australia! I’ll be in the air on my way to the Gold Coast of Australia in 16 days, with layovers in San Fransisco, California & Auckland, New Zealand. Besides figuring out the little things needed to do before moving to another country, I’ve been trying to figure out what to pack. I will be getting an Australian phone number after getting a local SIM card, so I will update everyone with that, as well as my new mailing address.
- Issue-free & safe traveling
- Preparation of heart
I’ll be the first to admit how much of a restless soul I am. Every fiber of my being is restless. And that’s not just because I have Insomnia, either. I’ve always had a longing for things that are greater. Things that are much, much more. I’m the type of person who always wants to be somewhere else, in a constant state of newness. The thing is, this season of my life has been excessively slow. And my soul is not happy with that. It’s times like these that I realize what the American Dream really is- empty hopes and unfilled voids. Since I was a child I never saw my future self living any sense of a normal life, and I’m not going to let this season of waiting change that. I pray that I never settle and never become complacent.
As humans, we were created to be relational. We were created to love and be loved. And we were created for fellowship with our Maker. Anything short of that leaves our souls wanting. We all have a void. And we all choose to fill it differently.
It’s time we stop filling the void with things of this world & run to the One who can make us feel whole.
I suppose our souls will always be restless. Until the very day we meet our Creator.
I am beyond thrilled to announce that I have been accepted to join a program in September of 2016 by the name of Aletheia. This program is run by Youth With a Mission [YWAM] & is located on the Gold Coast of Australia. I have felt God calling me to this for quite some time now & feel like it would be the perfect fit for my future in missions & in ministry. This program will focus on creative arts & music in ministry and evangelism, but also on how to lead worship in cross-cultural contexts. Aletheia is a year-long program, but only 6 months of that time will actually be spent in Australia, because there are two 3-month long mission trips included to destinations that we don’t know of yet & will be decided after prayer.
I have felt called to missions ever since I was on a mission trip to work with the homeless in Vancouver, B.C. when I was a freshman in high school. It was right in the middle of downtown Vancouver, working with a homeless woman who was heavily addicted to drugs, that God told me that missions was what I was put on this earth for.
Following God’s leading is one of the most exciting & fulfilling things that could ever be done, but not without difficulty. I am in need of others partnering with me in ministry by praying for me & supporting me. I would be more than grateful for any form of support, & I have included a list of prayer requests.
1) God’s provision financially
2) Safety during travels to/from Australia & to/from mission trip destinations & in those countries
3) Preparation of not only the hearts of the people we are reaching, but also the hearts of us as students to learn and apply what was taught on mission trips and in Australia
For more information on Aletheia, you can go to http://www.ywamgc.com.au/training/aletheia-school-of-the-worshipper.html
If you feel led to support me financially, you can donate online at gofund.me/lovewith0utborder or message me for my address.
I am confident that if God is calling me to this then He will provide, although that comes in many different forms. I thank you for prayerfully considering this. I will continue to update my blog at lovewith0utborders.wordpress.com with how my time leading up to the trip is going & how the program is going.
Love, Rachel Patton
Today would be the day that I would begin my venture back to Wisconsin. Back to the place that I had called home for the past year during my schooling. Waukesha, Wisconsin. At least that was the plan I had for myself. But that’s just the problem. The word I. These were my plans. God had a different plan. I no longer felt God’s calling keeping me there & the funds I had for returning to school were non-existent.
At this point it looks like God is taking me down a very different path. I feel Him calling me to the Gold Coast of Australia for a year. To do a year-long program called Aletheia run by Youth With a Mission [YWAM]. This program includes both a Creative Arts Discipleship Training School & a School of Worship. Each of those sub-programs have a mission trip to practically apply what was learned. This program will equip me with skills in how to use the creative arts in ministry & evangelism as well as teaching me how to lead worship in cross-cultural contexts.
I am currently living at home & working as many hours as I can in order to get the money so I can go to Aletheia, but I am not sure if that will be enough. I need prayer warriors & partners in ministry in order to confidently run toward what God has called me to. I am fully confident that if it is God’s will for me to be there then He will provide the means to enable me to do so. I am also aware that a lot of time those means come through the Body of Christ. This endeavour is pricing in at around $14,000. That is a ton of money, but keep in mind that it covers housing, food, schooling, airfare & two mission trips (including airfare for those).
I am hoping to use the skills I acquire during my time in Australia later on in ministry as I hope to later go on to be a tribal missionary with New Tribes Mission. Wherever I end up, people need Jesus, and I will have the skills to effectively minister to them & disciple them. I will be able to use creative arts to evangelize and eventually help the tribal people worship in their own language.
For information on how to partner with me in ministry financially, please visit my page at gofund.me/lovewith0utborder
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
I have attempted at seven jobs since I have been here in Waukesha going to school.
And not a single one has worked out.
From no calls back to even as far as an attempted scam on me, they have all been to no avail. With plenty of years of experience in the respective fields, I’m still left dumbfounded as to why these employment opportunities just aren’t working. It sure isn’t resulting from a lack of experience or skill.
It found me breaking down and mad at God, questioning why He would bring me this far only to send me back across the country to go home. I was out of money and out of options that were in my grasp. It was in that moment that God whispered to me, “you’ve been doing this on your own for too long”.
Up until this point, just about all of my schooling here at New Tribes Bible Institute was paid for by money I had earned from working previous to coming to school here. When you start working and paying for most of your own expenses at 14, you learn to support yourself and do it all on your own.
God had brought me to a point of complete dependence upon Him for my finances which was manifested in the support of the Body of Christ. Never in my life have I leaned so heavily on the support of my fellow believers, and even nonbelievers. This is a lesson that was going to be learned one way or another, seeing that it is such an integral part of being a missionary. I am here by the grace of God & up ’til this point it seems that this is where He wants me.