Ok friends UPDATE time Part 2.
I have some really exciting news to share!
One of the most valuable things I’ve learned over the past 5 years of moving around and following this seemingly crazy path God has guided me along is to listen to the Holy Spirit no matter what. Sometimes the Spirit speaks in a gentle whisper and sometimes it’s a bit louder. I am the type of person that wants the clearest possible guidance from God (like written in the sky, or plastered across a billboard – neither of which have ever happened for me), but often times it’s the gentle nudges and whispers that have led me to where I am.
Last month at Infusion in YWAM Orlando I felt the Spirit of God, in his kindness, speaking to me once again. The few times I have been to this YWAM base I immediately felt the culture of family. It is a special place. As we arrived for Infusion I felt an inexplicable sense of home, belonging, and excitement. After the first few days on base this feeling would not go away and began to pray about it. My prayer was that I wasn’t just caught up in the feelings and emotions from being in a special place. Rather I prayed if this is where God was leading me in the fall to do my School of Ministry Development, that He would make it clear.
There is absolutely no doubt in my heart that God is leading me to do the School of Ministry Development (SOMD) with YWAM this fall. My plan the past few months has been to attend this school in YWAM Denver; however there was something that kept me from paying the down payment for my school fees (even though I had the money to do so.)
YWAM Orlando offers the same school at the same time as the base in Denver. As I prayed about the feelings of home and sense of peace at the Orlando base, God continued to confirm this to me through the affirmation of people I love and trust, a ministry opportunity that has been on my heart for over a year that is taking place there, and other small nudges.
So, all that being said, I have officially made the decision to do the SOMD at YWAM Orlando this fall! The first 12 weeks of the school I will live on the base in Florida and participate in leadership training and local outreaches. The second half of this school will be some kind of outreach – either international or local.
One of the amazing things about God’s guiding me to this base is that the community I have lived in the past year has great relationship and connection with them. The bridge between YWAM Orlando and my church here in St. Joseph is continuing to grow and God’s strategy and kindness over every part of this past year and next steps is evident.
I’ll be honest – I had fear over making this final decision. Fear of what others would think. Fear that people would think I’m flaky or indecisive or led by emotion. Fear around finances. Fear that I now have to fundraise enough for my outreach. (I still plan on working as much as possible this summer to pay for the training phase).
But fear is a liar.
Another valuable life tool I’ve learned in this journey God has brought me on is that I’ll probably be afraid of 99.9% of the great things God is calling me to. But real faith is built through taking the step of courage and obedience despite the fear.
In line with this principle, there is one more thing I want to share. That is I have the amazing opportunity to serve again with Models for Christ at New York Fashion week this September!
I fasted and prayed about this decision for a week and have never felt so much warfare over making a choice about one week of my life. One of the biggest things that was keeping me from committing to this outreach was the fear of finances. However, I believe wholeheartedly that God called me to go to this fashion week outreach, so I booked a ticket (even though the Delta website literally would not let me after three tries!! Get behind me Satan!) and am so expectant for what the Lord is going to do at this fashion week outreach!
From September 4 – 13, I will be in New York City to join a team in partnering with Models for Christ. This is the same organization that I worked with during my DTS outreach. We will serve at the shows, evangelize, and show Christ’s love to the models as they work in an incredibly harsh, unforgiving and competitive industry.
Over the next month and a half, I will be working 5 to 6 days a week at a café and a coffee shop to save as much as possible for all that is to come this fall. It’s been a sweet reminder of God’s provision and that literally everything we do is unto His glory!
Finally, I want to ask if you would pray about partnering with me in this journey.
We all need a community of praying friends behind us. In addition, I will need financial provision for the mission work God is calling me to.
It’s all about seeing His Kingdom come.
My fundraising goals are
Fashion Week Outreach: $500
SOMD Outreach: $3,00-$4,000
To help me reach this goal and give financially you can do so through my Paypal account linked below!
Whether you choose to partner with me financially or in prayer, I am SO grateful for you.
Please keep in touch! I am here for you as much as you guys are here for me.
With love and gratitude,