In early December a friend and mentor replied to my request for guidance after I spewed out all my mind’s wanderings of my future in missions… She has always given Godly advice and this time the Lord gave her exactly what I needed to hear!
In early 2009, just after applying to my DTS I came across a YWAM secondary school that basically “blew my hair back” I knew without a doubt that someday that school would be for me! I know God gave me that desire and it has never left me. Fear was holding me back from pursuing but the Jesus in me is MUCH stronger than that lil bitty no good fear.. so I’m going for it! Next week I am applying for YWAM’s Birth Attendant School in Perth Australia for July 2011. Whew, that’s a mouthful! So upon acceptance and financial provision I will be trained for about 16 weeks as a midwife in Perth, followed by 8 months of hands on experience in a third world country (previous schools have gone to India, Uganda, Cameroon, & the Philippines). The Lord has put it strongly on my heart to raise ALL the needed funds before July - debt is just not okay for me so I’ve ruled out obtaining a small loan. That means that I will need to trust the Lord for approximately 7 thousand dollars to cover a year long journey. That’s a big number and honestly it’s daunting, but I am willing and ready to work very hard for it in the following 5+ months!
I’ve fallen off the wagon of regular updates… SORRY! I plan to get back on track starting now! Well, where do I start so many things have happened, so many special memories from the Holiday Season that I want to share!
Saying goodbye to my best friend in the world, Krystle, about a month ago- was the hardest thing ever! I had an ugly cry all the home from dropping her at the airport! Krystle is unlike anyone.. she is vibrant with God’s grace and humility! She has been my closest companion during the entire length of my DTS! We were roommates for 5 months and then were blessed to spend our free time together while we both served in the Denver area during our Internships. Krystle knows me inside and out, better than anyone on this planet, she brings peace into every room she enters because of the Jesus in her! I am a very grateful friend! BUT why does she have to hail from Australia.. all the way across the big ocean?! I miss her terribly!
Two days after Krystle’s departure I had one of my own, home to Washington for Christmas & New Years! I had just under 2 weeks to spend with family and friends! A highlight was getting to surprise my little brother after not seeing him for 9 whole months! =) Oh, that was the best hug a big sis can ask for! I have to admit.. being home was a little tough in some ways. I have grown and changed in many ways and so have my closest friends. So we all had to come back together and catch each other up, but it felt like old times! I enjoyed girls nights in the hot tub (with my girls Ash, Krystle, Beth, & Meg- we missed Alisha cuz she was at home laboring), family/friend dinner out (Happy bday Tess), crazy gatherings at the Smithlin’s house (that I loved every minute of), and quality time with an amazing woman that I adore (I love you Reta). The quick visit I planned for my old work, Interstate Distributor, turned into 4 hours! What a great company full of great people- I’m blessed to still have such fantastic friendships there! Christmas with my family was lovely and included much food and much laughter! I had an amazing night staying up late with my little sister Melyssa talking about things that had us both in tears and hugging each other- that was a really special night that her & I needed =) Playing apples to apples with my crazy family was the best- way to go Uncle Tony, the beginners always win! And my mom outdid herself time and time again in the kitchen- my jeans don’t thank you as much as my heart. I had a chance to also reunite with a very special friend that I hadn’t seen in about 8yrs! Leta, thank you for that afternoon- it felt like no time had passed, I am undeserving of the grace you’ve shown me.. but I am truly overjoyed to call you my friend! More friends took me out for a dinner at my favorite diner! It was weird sitting in the backseat of my old car, but a lovely time with cherished friends, thank you Kayel, Bill & Becky! The day I had to leave for Denver was bittersweet, but the morning was spent with all of my CCA family.. worship was thick like honey with the presence of God, nothing compares to being in His glory with my CCA family! As hard as it was to leave WA again, I was anxious to get back to Denver, my internship, and to pursue the new plans the Lord had been whispering to me throughout my time at home!
In the 2 weeks since my return life has been busy to say the least! My internship is going strong, keeping me busy, and still everything and more I could ask for! I’ve been working along side Jan mostly as Alternatives prepares to share in observing Sanctity Of Human Life month with about 100 churches in the Denver metro area! I’ve also been participating with the local YWAM base in Kingdom Night! Kingdom Night is the best night of the week as far as I think.. we go out into the city in small groups to love on people, share the gospel, and pray with anyone we meet! Last week my team met Carlos, he is homeless, sweet, and only wanted prayer for his son whom he hasn’t seen in 8 yrs! Loving Carlos, sharing a meal with him, and praying for him was a divine appointment! Thank you Lord for guiding the path to this dear man!
Father, bless Carlos and keep him safe and warm as he lives on these cold streets. God I pray for his 16 yr old son- may you watch over him as his Heavenly Father. And please God make a way… reunite this family and bring healing to them. Amen.
More good internship news: in a meeting last week I was told that beginning in Feb. I will be paid 15$/hour while co-teaching & observing The Diamond Standard! I’m hoping to start with 2 classes a week and the extra income will go straight to the savings account- YAY! I’ve also been keeping an eye open for a good match in a part time job! My YWAM requirements for my internship will be completed at the end of January, but my hope is to find a job that will still allow me to continue volunteering at Alternatives as an options counselor!
So you may ask.. ‘she’s looking for a job? she’s not going to be at the pregnancy center full time anymore?’.. it’s true and I will miss my full days at the Center, but as I briefly mentioned before the Lord has been revealing some NEW plans to me! It’s looking like I will be in Denver for about 5 more months… and then…. you’ll just have to wait for the next post for an answer to that cliff hanger, LOL! =)