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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