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
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More Adventures Into the Unknown

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.

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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

Revelation 7:9

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.