Sunday, December 30, 2012

We are off to Argentina.

Dear friends and family,

After three months of lectures and fundraising, and weeks of preparation, today our Atlanta DTS is off to Argentina for our two-month outreach!

Please pray today for our travels, safety and team unity. Our thirteen member team is currently split up. Three members left on a separate flight this morning, and the other 10 of us will meet up with them in the Mexico City airport  this evening. From there, we will all fly together to Buenos Aires, Argentina. We should arrive at 11am on New Year's Eve and local YWAM staff will meet us at the airport.  We look forward to celebrating the New Year with the YWAM base that will be hosting us there!

I cannot emphasize enough how valuable your prayer support is to our team. Thank you for blessing us so! We are so excited for what God is doing on this trip. We look forward to sharing the journey with you.

Many many thanks from all of us!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Time Flies...

Fun illustration for sharing your faith! 
It is hard to believe just 3 months ago I was sitting here in my living room getting ready to start a whole new adventure.  And what an amazing 3 months it has been!  Last week we had a guy named Bob Felder come speak to us on evangelism.  This was such a refreshing week because many people (including myself) think of it in a negative light but he brought a whole new perspective to it.  Evangelism is all about sharing the good news!  We as Christians have the best news ever to share so evangelism just means us as Christians sharing the good news!  Our good news is priceless and God's plan!  The best part of all is God goes with us and He wants people saved more than we do!  People don't share their faith because of fear! However we tend to think fear is bad but in reality it is good.  Fear is an emotion that can be overcame!  It gives us the opportunity to be courageous!  We were taught a pretty easy way to share our faith called The Bridge illustration and with practice I hope to really put it to use one day.  We had the opportunity to practice last Friday as we went to The Underground in Atlanta to evangelize!  I set out with two of my friends to pray for people and share our faith!  This was still not an easy task, due to fear.  We got the privilege to pray for many people with which I hope we blessed greatly!  The hardest part is to go from prayer to talking about our faith.  One of my friends with me was able to talk to one guy about it and it was a really great conversation in which he was able to encourage the guy to keep pressing into the Lord.  It will take much practice to make the jump easier especially for myself who is quiet and reserved more so than some.  One of the groups had a great experience and lead a lady to the Lord!  As a whole we were able to bless many people and it was such an encouragement!

Ready to evangelize!!!
On top of this we have been busy getting ready for our outreach to Argentina!  We have seen some great miracles in this process as money has come in for more and more people on our team to go.  As of right now our whole DTS is going expect for 2 students and 1 staff.  Everyone still has the opportunity to go but as of right now we are in need of about $12,000 for everyone to go.  This is ultimately what we want and are praying that God's will will be done!  

As our lecture phase came to an end we were able to end it with a great Christmas party!  It was a great time where we were able to all relax and celebrate our time together!  We have become like family over these 3 months and I have enjoyed everyone so much!  This time has definitely forever changed my life!  God has done some amazing work in my life in these few months and I have so much more confidence and joy!  3 months ago I was really unsure of who I was.  I was believing lies that I should be some one other than who I was.  I should be more outgoing and talkative when thats not how I have ever been.  God really showed me that he made me just the way I am for a reason!  He has given me a gift of a soft, quiet personality and I shouldn't try to be someone else.  This revelation has in turn made me a more confident, happy person!  I also have my amazing friends to thank as well because God used them all to be such an encouragement to me speaking His truth into my life and reassuring me that it truly is ok to be the person God made me to be!

I am really happy to be back home though as well.  I never thought I would be so happy to be back in Missouri.  I am really looking forward to catching up with some people while I am back!  It will be a short visit with so much to do but a great one!  Then it will be off to Argentina for 2 months!  I can't wait!!!

Hanging out at the Christmas party! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

One Crazy Adventure...

 I know it has been a while since I posted last and so much has happened since then!  Things have been very crazy as we are trying to prepare for our two-month outreach to Argentina.  We are in our last week of lecture phase and we will be all heading home for Christmas and then returning to head out to Argentina.  Since I last posted we had a week of teaching on Inductive Bible Study...

Highly Recommend!
In this week we learned all about how to get the most we can out of our Bibles.  The lady teaching on it was a South African lady named Retha.  It was so amazing to hear her read and talk about the Bible because she truly made it come alive.  She told stories from it as if they were from personal experience.  I know for me sometimes I forget that the Bible is a book of history about people just like you and me.  The people who wrote it were just like you and me.  This is something kind of hard for me to wrap my head around but she really showed me the Bible in a whole new light.  I definitely read the Bible differently now after hearing her teaching!  

Just this past Friday and Saturday we had a guy named Dean Sherman come and speak on relationships!  He is the same guy whose videos we watched on Spiritual Warfare a couple week’s prior.  It was a real privilege that he came and spoke to our DTS.  He is basically wanted by everyone to speak so he can be hard to get to come but I am so glad he did.  We crammed over a weeks worth of teaching in 2 days!  It was great!  Relationships are obviously very important!  They are in fact the most valuable thing in the universe and the only thing that is eternal (they have always been and will always be).   The one key message in the Bible is in 1 John 3:11 which says, “LOVE ONE ANOTHER!”  We have the ability to love and be loved because we were made in the image of God!  (side note: image=shadow, if the sun shines past God we are the result!)  Relationships are such a big deal that the one commandment that Jesus says is, “LOVE GOD and LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF!”  That’s it.  Basically all the problems in this world are relationship problems (people thinking they are better than others, putting their self above others, whatever, it is relationship failures).  I could go on and on about this topic.  He does have a book on Relationships that I would highly recommend.  I haven’t read it yet but I do plan on it! 

Fasting our bed for a couple of nights in preparation
 for outreach!
Along with these teaching we have been doing quite a bit of outreach prep.  Unfortunately as of right now we only have 6 students and 1 staff for sure able to go on outreach out of a total of 11 students and 4 staff.  We are in need of about $23,000 total, which is due in less than a week.  We all know God is totally capable of bringing in all that money and would love if you could join us in prayer for it.  We have tickets purchased for those of us with our money in but for the rest they will have to be purchased as the money comes in so we are praying also prices don’t go up too much.  The flight booked now is scheduled to leave on December 30th and return on February 27th.  We will be spending the first month in Buenas Aires and the second month in Puerto Madryn.  We will be doing things such as speaking in churches, playing with children, helping at local YWAM bases, prayer walking and just open evangelism.  It will be such a great experience and we are really hoping everyone gets to be a part of it.  We have also started having a Spanish lesson before classes so hopefully we will be able to make a little conversation while there and really build relationships!  

If everyone that reads this could just pray for my DTS as we are preparing for outreach and waiting on funds I would appreciate that so very much.  If you feel lead by God to donate you can go to the link below and click on the pay pal donate button, write for purpose: Outreach and then type in the amount.