Hey friends and family! I pray you are all doing well, staying safe, and experiencing God personally. Its been great to hear from some of you about how you’ve been! I hope to be able to continue communication outside of these updates. The past weeks have been extremely full and fun. The weeks have been filled with new experiences, new friendships, and new insight to how God works in our lives.
I recently returned from another road trip, as mentioned in my last update. We were gone for 3 weeks and visited 3 towns. The first town we visited was Emerald, QLD, a town about 10 hours north west of Brisbane. While there, we stayed at a Salvation Army Church. We were blessed by the pastors, who took very good care of us! During our stay, we were able to serve different families and churches practically. We did a lot of organizing and moving equipment for the Salvation Army. We even packed, transported, and unpacked 1000 hot water kettles! We also had the opportunity to help several families with yard work. We cut down trees, trimmed shrubs, and mowed lawns. We also attended a young adults group for a night of astronomy and looking through telescopes! It was awesome to meet the youth of Emerald and spend time in fellowship in the outback.
After Emerald, we drove 6 hours east to Bundaberg where we stayed at another Salvation Army Church. Our main ministry there was serving at a Youth Center, which was alternative school for disengaged kids. Serving there was a favorite of my ministry times since being in YWAM! I was able to connect with a lot of the kids (ranging from 13-18 yrs.) and had the opportunity to speak truth and encouragement to them. I was deeply impacted by one of the students, who had to leave his home because of family issues. I accompanied him along with the school staff member, to the salvation army youth refuge housing facility. He and I had a very real conversation about what he had been through and how it was affecting him. I was able to give him a Bible and encourage him to give it a read. (He grew up knowing about Christianity but never understood it). We got him settled and left knowing it was probably the last time I was going to see him on this trip. I gave the situation to God and prayed that he would be led to WANT to know more and be able to receive God’s love. Days later, after leaving Bundaberg, I received a text from one of our contacts who worked at the school. She informed me that the boy who I had given my bible to was safe and doing well. She went on to say that he reads it every night and sleeps with it underneath his pillow. It was such an encouragement to hear how God had worked through that situation and will continue to work in that boy’s life. I will stay in contact with him, and I hope to see him again and hear more about his journey. Please be praying with me for him, as he continues to go to school and continues to learn more about life with God.
Next, we traveled south to a town called Gympie. A small town filled with vibrant people. We found that everyone we talked to were energetic and hospitable. We stayed with a friend, who was a ginger farmer. He had about 8 acres of land and allowed us roam with the ATV’s and motorcycles. It was incredibly fun to get to know him and his family. They have a passion for evangelism and creating an environment where people feel welcomed. It was honestly a huge blessing to partner with them in their vision to create that environment on their land. We spent time planting gardens, chopping down trees, connecting with their community, and going into the city for evangelism. The trip was an awesome experience and I feel so blessed to have met such wonderful people. I believe God used every experience to speak to me and my team about why we do what we do.
We are to love people! Loving people and loving God is the reason we go out in search of these opportunities. We can learn a lot through the people we meet. Sometimes we learn a skill, sometimes it’s personal development, and sometimes we learn how to truly invite God into everything we do. Either way, without love it would all be in vain.
1 Corinthians 13: 1-3 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
We love because he first loved us and that is why we must continue to learn how to love others as he does.
One last quick important announcement, while preparing this newsletter, I was asked by one of my leaders if I would consider staffing this next discipleship training school in October. The past couple of months has been hectic in regards to planning this next school because there are so many unknowns. However it was decided that the school will be running and I was asked last minute to consider being a part of it. I had a few hours to make a decision about it. After praying and considering different things, I felt like it was a beneficial opportunity for me in this season. I feel like God has good things on offer in regards to this school. So I decided to say yes and join the team. I don’t have many details about it, because it was very last minute, but when i find out more information I will be sure to share it with you guys. For now, I will be leaving my kitchen managing role, and jump straight into school staff training for two weeks. Prayer during this time is greatly appreciated, as I have very minimal idea what this is going to look like.
Thanks for checking in with the journey. I am so blessed to have people all over the world partnering with me in prayer. As always, please let me know if there is anything I can be praying for you for. I always love hearing back from all of you! Stay safe, and be blessed!