Here is some random sharing! I'm settling into my new home of Arvada/Denver. Check it out:
Happy girls night reunion!! From left to right: Cara, Lisel, Angela, Allison, and me. These were some of the first friends I made when I moved to Denver a couple years back. Angela and her husband host a great bible study that will start up again soon! I am super blessed to have such lovely friends in the area!
Seriously… are they filming for the next Ghost Busters movie in Arvada, CO?? Or is this just someone taking ghost hunting a little too earnestly? The best part is that some friends and I saw this thing outside the $1.50 movie theater where we had just watched Men In Black 3! So funny.
Guys, I was incredibly blessed by someone very dear to me that knows all about my creative side… she gave me a gift card to my favorite craft store, Hobby Lobby! Look at all the great stuff I got – and I didn’t have to feel guilty for buying any of it! I have been doing all kinds of DIY projects and lots of artistic journaling! Sometimes it’s the little things like sitting down with a glue stick and crazy cut scissors that can make a girls day! God is good!
Kingdom night.. you may remember me going on and on every week about the incredible ways I would see God move on the streets of Denver the last time I lived here! Well the tradition has continued and last week I joined in. We had a sweet time of worship and inviting God’s presence to guide us… stepping out and setting yourself up for relying on God alone really gives Him room to do miraculous things! That night one girl got the word “Patience”…. Well it took us forever to find a parking spot and when we finally did it was across the street from a serious accident that had just happened! God loved that guy so much that he sent us to be there and pray for him. He was receiving healing from God right there on the corner of the street and the EMT crew just took their time checking him out as a precaution, but in no hurry- God is amazing!!! We had at least 4 other divine appointments that same night!
Introducing Julie and Ed Rudiger… my host family! They also have 2 grown up and moved out kids Mandy & Justin! I’m really blessed to be here. The Rudigers love Jesus and have been incredibly open and welcoming! We have great conversations and share a love for movies and books! I feel right at home. So please take a minute and lift them up – may God reward them richly for their generosity, servant hearts, and obedience to God’s will in their lives!
Most afternoons, these past couple weeks have been spent having playtime with base kids so their parents have a chance to catch up on their own ministry work! Man life is hard when this is how I am forced to serve my wonderful YWAM base… =) NOT!
I’ve been almost 3 months out of YWAM on a little summer break at home in Washington state. It was good. I needed that time with family so much. But I feel like a let things get a little dry in my relationship with the One I love. I’m sad that I let that happen… I didn’t let my God rule my life as I am used to. It’s not as if I turned from God… no- there were some really awesome moments in his presence, but I didn’t always invite Him into the daily routines of life. So moving to Denver was a fresh start in several ways. Every day, first thing- I die to myself and humble my heart before Jesus and ask for a drink for my thirsty soul.
My passions for midwifery and pro-life ministries are diverse… as are the needs around the globe. These needs are prevalent in every country and every culture. I haven’t made it secret that I’ve always loved Latin America. Maybe it’s because of my own connection being half Mexican and longing a bit for that colorful culture in my life. I also spent several months serving the people of Guatemala on my DTS. Spanish is a beautiful language that I desperately wish I could download to my brain. I love everything about Latin America- most of all I love the people- the sense of family, music, dance, tradition, vibrant color, and their eyes… I remember looking into their eyes and seeing strength.
But something new has happened since being in Africa… I feel it all over again. The attraction and magnetic pull to this continent is overwhelming at times. Have you ever experienced being some place and realizing that you have this feeling that can only be described as just a little short of belonging? I don’t feel full on out of place here in Denver but still not quite at rest. I love where I am. I love the people around me and the way they all hunger for more Jesus… But I’ve never felt more at peace and like I belonged than when I lived and served in Africa.
Tonight, well actually all week I have felt God is revealing a fraction of his love for Africa into me, again. Like a direct line… no interference… no mistaking. I have found myself weeping (if I’m honest it was the Ugly Cry) as I yearn for God’s love to touch every African – bringing healing, hope, repentance, and salvation!
As a base we interceded last Friday for the 10/40 window (a specific section of the world where the most unreached people live- pictured above). I felt that God was telling me to release some of my own motives and dreams of Latin America to allow Him to give me His dreams in regards to where I hope to minister as a midwife in the future.
Since that prayer time I have been overwhelmed in the best way by a deep desire to return to Africa. A continent I fell in love with. A people I adore. Tonight I believe I heard God speak a certain country… I had the Holy Spirit, heart pounding, jump in my blood. I’m praying… I don’t want anything or to go anywhere unless I’m sure the Father is saying, “Go.” I need confirmation. Lord I’m willing… I’m patient… please speak clearly. My eyes are you.