And April has come and gone as quickly as my cup of coffee this morning.
So what in the world have I been up to for the past month?
Well, simply put.
A full time course. Instrument practice. Evangelism. Walks with God. Laundry. Cooking. Living. New friends. Moving. Organizing. Sleeping (sometimes).
I am currently studying in the School of Worship—a six month course with University of the Nations (YWAM’s international missions university). Three months of lecture phase. Three months of outreach phase. This school specifically targets worship leading. Practicums, in depth study of scripture, opportunities to lead a corporate time.
But most importantly, we are seeking to see more of who God is and how to honestly respond with our whole being.
An aside on lecture phase….
Have you ever tried to pour honey?
The first initial gold drop is followed by what seems like an unstoppable waterfall. And then everything is covered—you, the jar, your mug.
Living in communion with the Living God— learning to actually know Him—is like this. (Except usually less sticky). I am overcome by the goodness of God. The sweetness of His presence. The steadfastness of His love.
I love how He continuously speaks—from His word, lectures, people, songs. It seems everywhere I step I am encountering Him more and more.
Drinking in all the wisdom that I can possibly fit in my heart seems to be my vocation.
My heart is full.
April evangelism highlight….
Friday afternoons are times set apart for everyone on base to evangelize in the city of Perth in whatever way God calls them to.
This particular day, the leader of our group felt to have a time of public worship in the artistic heart of the city—in the middle of a triangle created by Western Australia Museum, Art Gallery of Western Australia, and the Perth Institute of Performing Arts.
So there we were. Circled and singing under the shade of a tree with the rest of the world just passing by. But sometimes, it would pause just for a moment. This pause came in the form of two girls curious about who we were and who we worshipped.
We awkwardly started a conversation. Laughed. Exchanged names, ages, and parts of our stories. One was 17, the other 18. Both Christians. They went to church sometimes, you know.
I could hear their questions. Their doubts.
What am I going to do with my life? Is there meaning? Should I let myself dream? Will I always be confused? Will I ever feel safe? Am I ready for this thing called life? Does God really speak? Is He even involved in my life? Am I alone?
They didn’t ask in those exact words, but they didn’t have to. God knew.
And He gave the response…
“You will survive this time that seems so unsure.
God has a specific plan for your life.
He loves you. Deeply.
He gifted you uniquely.
He cares and He actually speaks.
He really did die for you.
For all that you have done.
And He really does love you.”
One girl’s face simply lit up as she drank in what God was saying to her. She apparently had been wondering and hoping that God would speak to her in some way about her future.
The other, stood still unsure and questioning—grappling, hopefully considering.
And then our little band of three strangers prayed in the middle of the square. One at a time for each girl. And God gave words and pictures for each of them.
We hugged and parted ways.
My heart was full—both heavy for the need of revelation in their lives as well as blessed by the truth of who God is and how He speaks.
Exciting news and I am ecstatic…
I AM GOING TO TURKEY. The brokenness and need for the Father’s heart in the thousands of Syrian refugee lives has been heavy on my heart. And not for nothing! My outreach team has officially committed to spending five weeks in ministry to Syrian refugees and others in Turkey starting in the month of June. We will then spend another seven weeks in a location that is yet to be announced. What an opportunity. I have been longing to go and God is faithful to give us the desires of our heart when we are aligned with Him.
Another unique opportunity to serve.
And another unique opportunity to trust God for the finances to actually follow where He is leading.
$5,600 Australian ($3,988 US) is the total cost of the three month outreach. As of right now, I have around $700 US.
If you are lead, please pray about supporting this time of ministry. God works miracles through you.
Thank you for all the love you have shown me- whether through prayer, support, or simply following my adventures on social media. I am so blessed to have the support of a caring community.
Enjoy the spring flowers for me! I am currently in autumn here in the land down under.
Love you all.
Grace & Peace,