Hey friends and family! I hope you are all doing well! I am looking forward to individual communication with you in this season, as I have more free time and availability. I am grateful for every single one of you! I will let you know personally what that connection looks like in the near future! I will not be returning to the United States this year, as my time off will be spent elsewhere (keep reading to find out where!) I will give you a rundown of who what my days look like now that the DTS is over and some of my new responsibilities. I’ll also share of an unfortunate event that took place in the past month, ad a plan for some time off. SO HERE WE GO!
Allow me to start with the unfortunate event. Some of you may be aware that upon moving here I bought a vehicle (a motorcycle). Buying a vehicle was always a part of the plan when deciding to come to Australia. It has helped me run errands and get around with ease. It has also been a fun way to see the country of Australia and explore. A Honda XR400M was my bike of choice. I grew up driving motorcycles in Thailand, taking trips with my dad as our father son time. It became a passion of mine to ride and I was fortunate that God blessed me with one.
It was always up to God if I could buy one or not because I wanted to be wise with finances and wanted to meet my requirements first. I even was ready to sell it for the funds to go to Japan, however I felt like that was not the way God wanted to provide (obviously he provided and taught me a lot in the process). The motorcycle was a true blessing and brought me a lot of joy. However, and unfortunate, it was stolen from me on February 28th, one week before my 20th birthday. Someone apparently came onto the YWAM premises late at night and wheeled it off, just like that. I realized it was missing the next afternoon, and immediately went to the police and notified necessary insurance and registration. I have a big chain for it, but that night I did not chain it up, a simple deterrent and obviously a vital one. As unfortunate as this event was, my immediate reaction was not anger, or sadness but a sense of reality. I realized it was gone, and took necessary action, because that’s all I could do. Yes, it a bummer, but I know God sees the situation and if he wants us to do something through it, then I choose to be expectant. I am waiting to hear from the authorities, and also trusting that whatever happens, I will still choose to be thankful for the time that I was able to have it.
In my last update I mentioned that I would receive a new role on base in this season, until the next DTS starts. I’m excited to let you guys know that my new role is kitchen staff! I am currently being trained on how to manage the kitchen on base. I am so thankful for our team of 4! We currently have a kitchen manager, but he and another team member will be leaving in the near future. Until that point, we are learning as much as we can. Our kitchen currently feeds approximately 70 people, however that number will increase very soon. I love being able to learn different skills that will one day be useful to me outside of YWAM. I have always enjoyed cooking and I am happy to grow in this skill as well as provide food for my YWAM family. While cooking is our main task, we have equally important tasks to meet during our week; including meal planning, inventory, shopping, budgeting, cleaning, and maintaining the kitchen and its equipment. Our days are full and we are having a lot of fun. I will be serving in this capacity until July, then the training for the next DTS begins. During this timeframe, I will also be facilitating
Every Wednesday, our base provides equipment and sports for the community at the park across the street. We bring hotdogs and hamburgers to feed the kids, or anyone who wants to eat and hang out too. Also during these next few months, I could have opportunity to be a part of other ministries. On March 20th, I will be traveling to a town called Miles, about 5 hours west of Brisbane. A team of us will be facilitating a young adults camp in that town for all boys. As role models we are looking forward to spending time with these young guys. We are planning competitive activities, as well ways to encourage them in their personal relationship with God. I am super excited to see another part of Australia, but more importantly to see how God will work in the lives of these young men.
Recently, I have been learning a lot of practical skills as well as basic life lessons. (like use whatever security you have to make sure your stuff doesn’t get taken). Even in the practical and the “life lessons”, I have been trying to invite God into everything. I have many things I could say, and could do regarding whatever situation I am in, but what is God saying about it? What is he doing with said situation? How can I see him in it? These are questions I have been asking myself lately, and honestly I haven’t enjoyed the process. I don’t believe I need answers, I believe I just need to continue to seek him whether or not he gives me the answers. I think I am still trying to figure out what this looks like in my day to day life. I said in the beginning of this new season I will be expectant of what God will teach me and show me. So I will continue to do so with joy and patience.
During my 6 months of logistical kitchen managing, I am allowed to go on holiday for 4 weeks. My original plan was to fly to Cyprus and see my parents, however because of this corona virus, I am not sure if that is going to be possible. But because we are called to live a life of faith, I will explain to you what I will be doing in Cyprus when I visit!
I will be going for basically the entire month of May (May 9th-May 29th). I will be staying with them and scoping out possible future ministry opportunities. My Dad is leading the YWAM Coffee School in South Cyprus. Since I have done various coffee training courses myself, it allows me to assist him in facilitating these schools. On a longer term vision, I hope to further my skills training in the coffee industry and help my Dad facilitate the courses. Helping him run these schools is not only a great ministry opportunity, but a way to learn more about what I am passionate about. There is a possibility of training students while I am there, however the scheduling is not up to me. I will leave a link to the website if you would like to know more about this coffee school!
I will be praying that this virus situation does not influence any of you guys drastically! Stay safe y’all. Regarding the corona virus, our base has taken precautions to minimize risk, with having people returning from different places in the world. We are all safe and we are all aware of all precautions we have been told to take by the Australian government. Prayer would be appreciated for our base, as we seek wisdom from God together to keep our community safe.
Well, that is what has been going on in my world! I appreciate you guys taking the time to read, I also appreciate all of your support and prayer for my life and what God has called me to do. Listed below are a few prayer points for this month. If you have any prayer requests for anything at all, I would love to know about them and join you in prayer for what you hope to see God do. Let me know by email, or messenger, or whatever platform you like.
-Wisdom in how to manage my new role
-The process of paperwork regarding the motorcycle-that it goes smoothly and quickly –
-People returning to base will be healthy and safe –
-The entire base would be kept healthy and safe
-Wisdom for Australia’s Government regarding the corona virus
-Financial stability to travel to Cyprus as well as maintain financial responsibilities to base –
-Clearance to travel
-Wisdom in making personal decisions in regards to the possible outcomes of corona virus in Australia
Love you all. Stay Safe!
Here is the YWAM Coffee School Website!