Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Glory of God!

How wonderful these first few days at YWAM have been!!! Already I feel like each and everyone of us have connected.  I have seen and experienced things from God that I didn't even think too much into before.  The power and the mercy of God is so fantastic!  I have enjoyed the time that I have got to spend with my new friends but I especially have enjoyed all the personal time I have spent with the Lord!

One thing that we will all be praying into a lot as we get into the DTS more is where to go for our outreach.  This will be a choice between two places overseas where some people will go to one place and others will go to another.  We don't know the choices yet but I really looking forward to hearing where the Lord wants me to go!

Nothing unfortunately comes without a price however.  So, If anyone would be willing to support me, whether through prayer, financially or however, I would be so eager to have people help and join me in the process any way you feel!

I would be happy to keep anyone updated personally through emails or text messages!  Also if anyone is really struggling with their faith or would like to know about YWAM or anything I am doing please feel free to contact me! I am always here to help!!!

Please pray about all of these things I have said!  If you feel God has called you to something similar as me I would love to hear about it.  If you feel like God has asked you to keep me in your prayers that is so amazing.  If you feel He has given you the peace to support me financially that would also be much appreciated!  No matter what you do I will be so thankful for it all and I just hope through God and the help of others I can change lives all around the world!!!!

Any checks can be written out to me and mailed to 7571 N. Fall Creek Dr. Columbia, MO 65202

Also please let me know if there is anything I could be praying for you all about!!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Through the Open Door!

Well I walked through the door the Lord opened up for me Sunday!  Full of nerves, sadness and excitement I moved in and and got settled into the YWAM Atlanta base!  I had no idea what to expect but I knew that if it is from God then it must be good!  I came into this thinking that I knew who I wanted to be, which was more outspoken and talkative person.  I thought that would be fairly easy with the Lord's help and being around people that have never met me before so I could be anyone I wanted to be.  So I arrived and that is not how things went at all.  I can say with pretty much certainty that I am the least outspoken and talkative girl here!  It was kind of depressing!  However thanks to my amazing mom and a friend I was reminded that it is ok.  It may be hard but it is ok.  There is a reason!  I think that God is really going to show me who I am while I am here and allow me to get rid of the person I have tried to be for so long and failed!  I feel like I have held people's opinions with too much value for far too long and it is time to find the person I truly am!   It is going to be hard because it seems to me that those that are the most outspoken are the ones that have the most friends and get along with others the best so it will be a lot of work for me but I know I can trust the Lord!  Each and everyone of us here are very different, we all have our different stories, personalities and interests.  It will be really interesting to me to see how God fits us all in together because being honest, in everyday life the mix we have probably all wouldn't be friends.  I know God can do great things though and I know He has good things in store.  I have many new friends and I can't wait to see where there Lord takes us all!!! 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

One foot at a time....

As it is now September, it is only a matter of time until I am headed down to Georgia!  Everything is thankfully coming together well and hopefully everything will continue to go smoothly!  I have no idea what to expect or where this path will lead but I know it will be wonderful!  This song is a song that I have loved to listen to in my preparation!  Hopefully it will bring great encouragement to others as well!  God will guide your steps, you just have to start walking!

Amazing Little Ones!

Baby Arouna!  He is an incredible miracle of God!  Many may
know his story but for those who don't, Arouna's mother died
in birth and many times in Burkina Faso they believe that the
death of the mother is the baby's fault so the baby is normally
discarded and forgot about.  Arouna was 3 days old when his father brought him to the orphanage and hadn't had any food for those first 3 days of life.  Now with the mother being gone the father or any other family member can not normally afford formula because it is typically more expensive than what they even make.  While my mom and I were in Burkina Arouna was only 1 month old and he was just so tiny!  I was given the opportunity to feed him once and I ended up having to give him to one of the baby caretakers because it was very difficult to keep him awake to drink his entire bottle!  However this was key to keep him gaining weight!  Now Arouna is 6 months old and even though he is behind he has come a long way!  Unfortunately he still has a long ways to go!   He can see which is great!  But, Arouna can not yet hold up his head, sit up or grasp things like a typical 6 month old would be able to do.  Please pray that this precious miracle baby continues to defy the odds and catch up to the rest of his age!

This is baby Christiane!  She is also a presious little one that I had the privelage of meeting while my mom and I were in Burkina Faso!  As you may be able to tell in the picture that I took (right) she is cross eyed.  She is now 12 months old (below)!  She has one good eye that tracks well but she is in danger of losing her sight in her crossed eye.  There is a surgery that she may be able to have later in life but unfortunatly it is unlikely that the surgery is even offered in Burkina.  Please pray that this little girl gets the care that she needs to keep her vision!

It seems like just yesterday I was there with these beautiful babies but they are all getting so big!  I can not even imagine how big they are going to be when I finally get back there!