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December 3, 2020

Hey friends and family! I hope you guys had a wonderful thanksgiving and wonderful entry into December. I understand that there are some people who may not even be able to spend this time with their family due to health concerns and border closures. I pray that the peace of God is lavished over you and your family and that you find the joy in the place you are currently in. If you have had the blessing to be with your family members and share in thankfulness I hope it was a wonderful fun filled time!

On November 30th, our entire school left Brisbane to have a road trip! Road trips very well may be some of the busiest times for the school, BUT they are absolutely the most exciting and fun filled activities we get the privilege to experience. Theres nothing like loading up a bus full of friends and taking off into the Australian hinterlands with nothing but God and adventure in mind. We are currently staying on a macadamia nut farm, owned by a friend of ours. He has been very generous to let us stay here for the week, as we have lectures on how to apply the concept of “Fear of the Lord”. It has been a fun few days getting to learn and study this topic with each other, while being away from the busyness of the city. We will leave the farm on the 4th of December and travel north to the town of Bundaberg, there we will be partnering with different churches and serving alongside them in their ministries. In total we will be on the road for 15 days, and then return to Brisbane where we will continue lectures and celebrate Christmas.

This month has been filled with opportunities and situations where I have had to choose to press into God (Thus the title) . There have been some hard decisions that have had to be made, repercussions to those decisions, and planning towards those decisions. In the moment it was confusing, scary, and difficult, but I am thankful for the people God has placed in my life to help me process and make big decisions. Ultimately, I knew I had to trust God with everything I ahead of me, but I didn’t feel like I could do it. It took days for me to come to the realization that the only option I had WAS to do just that. Even though I know his faithfulness and have experienced it, I still had a hard time surrendering to him (funny how we do that).  After carefully considering options and idea in regards to this, I finally came to my senses and fully gave the process to God and allowed Him to have his way in my life. I still don’t know all the details of what and how to go about following through, but I do have peace that God will handle the things that I can’t. And that is my assurance.

It’s easy to say the words and pray the prayers of surrender and obedience, until you’re faced with something you never thought God would put in front of you. The choice then is to stay true to what you said you’d do, or allow yourself to be overcome with what you don’t know and can’t control. However, my friends and family, I can tell you that so far this process has deepened my understanding, and has allowed me to see what new things God has in store for me. And I pray that you if you are facing something similar, or if you do in the future, that you will have a similar understanding for your own life.

“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being a no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing” James 1:23-25

As always, I would love to be praying for you guys so if you have any prayer requests please feel free to respond or reach out to me. I want all my friends and family to see the goodness of the Lord.

A few prayer requests for me would be:

Energy during this trip

Wisdom in planning for the future

Readiness and eagerness for out 8 week outreach in February

Thank you for taking the time to check in with the journey. I hope you have a wonderful month of December!

Blessings- Will