Well – we are officially finished with the outreach portion of this incredible journey! We have 2 weeks of debrief and then we will all be headed in the different places where God is sending us. Some will stay on staff, some will go onto other YWAM schools to pursue more of who God says they are, some will apply for jobs, some will go to University + some have no clue what adventure is next.
Someone on my team told me that they haven’t ever eaten as much ice cream as they had since meeting me. . .I’ll take it 😀
We finished our outreach with a celebration at 9am WITH ICE CREAM !!!!! WAHOOO!
Some highlights from outreach 🙂
Overall, my team has had the theme of being pioneers and with the excitement that a new adventure brings, it also brings the dull, seemingly hopeless work at times. Sometimes being a pioneer means that you don’t always get to see the fruit that will come because of the work being done.
We went to a new village in Papua New Guinea and get to see some things that are happening for the very first time ever, which is so incredible. But I won’t (I guess maybe I could) be around when the reconstruction is finished.
The YWAM Townsville campus had an opportunity to purchase an old Salvation Army building that was very run down and trashed, so my team got to be the pioneers of that building. It’s exciting to be the very first team to step into this building, to sleep in this building and begin the construction on this building. But why God, can’t we be apart of this building when it’s finished and we are able to see the fruit of it? To see so many youth come to a safe place where they can play sports and dig deeper in their homework and be encouraged and loved and taught about Jesus. Why can’t I be doing that?
I am no expert at this, and don’t think anyone actually is. Waiting stinks. Not being at the end of the tunnel stinks. Working hard every single day without the outcome you want to see seems so hopeless.
But our God is a god of hope and redemption. He gets the privilege of seeing the process of building up and pioneering as well as the ending all at once and wants us to cling to Him relentlessly because He knows it will be good. Even through the nitty gritty, it will be so good.
He’s proven His character to me; He will provide + He will guide, but His goodness isn’t based on my reaction. It’s my choice to have a good attitude or not.
That was probably one of my biggest lessons that I learned, was just how much my attitude directed the process and outcome of what I was doing. It’s so crazy just how much power I have within that. My attitude can really make or break whatever it is that I’m doing.
Will I choose to seek worldly things to fill that hole and frustration, or will I choose to seek Him and worship Him during that season?
One of the many things I learned. . .and I can’t wait to share with you all face-to-face the many other things I’ve learned and way’s I’ve grown.
Traveling across the world was arguably the hardest and best decision I’ve made, like ever + I just can’t believe there’s TWO weeks until I’m reunited with the (cold) place I’ve called home for so long.
Wow, okay, I’m getting a little emotional. . .thinking back on these past 5 months, it’s been so cool to see God’s faithfulness amidst the scariest and hardest days as well as the best and most rewarding days. I never would have thought that I would have a passion for doing ministry in a Juvenile Detention Center, but that was probably one of my highlights on our Outreach. I never would have thought that I would really enjoy stillness and be reluctant to live the way I’ve lived for almost my whole entire life (go-go-go), but God changed my heart.
Whilst trying to be still and fully present and engaged here, I have been seeking and talking with people about some potential jobs when I get back. . .there’s still a lot to do and pray about, but I have more peace in that than ever before.
I will be babysitting my sweet and favorite kiddos (plus a few new babes:)) and enjoying time with family and friends (whom I’ve missed SO MUCH) in the meantime and I can’t wait to love on them !!
As crazy as this is, this will probably be my last update from Australia.
THANK YOU for coming along with me on this journey. It’s been so good, challenging, hard, sweet, emotional + hot !!!
You guys are the best ever and I am so thankful for your love and encouragement throughout these past 5 months !!! ❤
Some songs + scriptures that I’ve been clinging to…
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“When you pass through the water, I will be with you and through the river shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you will not be burned and the flame shall not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.” 1 Corinthians 1:3-5
“Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:16