back from Tanzania, what’s next?

This week life has slowed up a bit since coming back from Tanzania. After a week of debrief with the students in Orlando and wrapping up some final details from outreach, I have taken some time off to travel to Tennessee and Michigan to see family and friends. As I am still reflecting on what God did in Africa, I continue to be amazed at His faithfulness, power, and presence with us. I pray that no matter where I am I continue to grow in fear of the Lord and burn to live a lifestyle of holiness as His ambassador here on earth.

Slowing down this week has given me some much needed rest. I didn’t realize just how exhausted I had become until I stopped moving for a bit.  But things will soon be picking up speed once again.

So settle in with me for a bit, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s have a little Q&A.

What’s next?

Now that the Fall 2020 Discipleship Training School (DTS) is completely wrapped up, I am stepping into a new role on the campus. I am excited to share that next quarter (starting April 5) I will be working with the spring School of Ministry Development (SOMD)!

This is the school that I participated with YWAM Orlando in the fall of 2019, and which led me to join staff with YWAM Orlando.  The SOMD further develops students’ leadership, specific ministry callings, how their unique strengths can play a part in the Kingdom, and above all their relationship with Jesus. It truly is an honor to work with tis school. Currently, there are approximately 7 students from our Fall DTS that are planning on coming back for the Spring SOMD! I am looking forward to continue walking with them, along with other new SOMD students, in this next season. Staffing the DTS stretched and grew my leadership skills in ways that I never expected! I was humbled, surprised, and met by the strength and leadership of the Holy Spirit in ways like never before! I can’t help but give thanks to God that this is what I get to do as my full-time job right now.

What’s happening in the meantime?

This Saturday I return to Orlando, and on Sunday will be leaving for a week on tour to college campuses and churches throughout Georgia and North Carolina!

The Missions Engagement department at YWAM Orlando has organized 5 events at colleges and young adult groups in these locations. At these events we will share about YWAM and call college students to missions. Being a part of this team is another role that truly feels like an honor. At the events I will be sharing some testimonies from our time in Tanzania. We are praying and believing for another movement of student missionaries coming out of America. And this tour is a step in YWAM Orlando playing a role in seeing that happen. As I have been praying for the tour, my prayer has been that God would grip our hearts for the lost – that we would truly receive the heart of Jesus. Something the Lord has been speaking to me regarding the missions movement that we are praying for is that revival is not going to be ushered in by religion, but by love. As we look to Jesus and fall more in love with Him, I believe that we can’t help but receive His heart of love for the nations, the unreached, and the lost. Would you take a minute to pray for these events and the students that we are going to share with? I mean…take a minute to pray right now! We really believe that this generation can fulfill the great commission and that college students are ready to go if only someone gives them the invitation!

Any other updates?

Glad you asked:-)

The final update on the 0-110mph current pace of life is that I am moving into a house!!!

This is something I have been praying about for some time now, and it is evident provision and blessing of the Lord. At the beginning of next month, I am moving into a two-bedroom home just 5 minutes from our campus with my friend, Bailey.  You may remember Bailey from some of my previous updates. She is my “going downtown to do evangelism pal” and is an absolute rockstar at loving people well. The home we are renting is owned by a married couple on staff with YWAM. Both Bailey and I have the desire for the home to be a space for hosting friends, a place of sanctuary, worship, prayer, and ministry. The provision of the home happened pretty quickly but is such a sweet gift from the Lord.

Because this transpired quickly and in the midst of returning from outreach and heading out on tour, I have a short amount of time to get what is needed. Because I have lived in a dormitory for most of this past year, the only furniture to my name are some decorative pillows and a small table. But we serve a good God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills; so He surely owns the beds, dressers, couches, coffee tables, and rugs in a thousand IKEAs. Jokes aside, Bailey and I are trusting God for provision of what is needed for our sweet little home. I will have more specifics with ways you can help us furnish the home if you feel led to give towards that!

Moving into a home is just one more step in becoming more established in my place in missions for the next year (and as of right now the unforeseen future.) Because of this, I am looking to increase my team of financial partners! Along with paying for a house, I will need to get my own health insurance this year (to use a phrase that my dad hates…”adulting”). I also feel called to be more generous in my ministry expenses (such as hosting people, traveling, and going on more outreaches).

My hope is for 5 people to commit to giving $50/month and 5 people to commit to giving $20/month.

If $50 feels like a lot, trust me I understand! But to give some perspective, that’s the upcoming stimulus check spread out over a period of 28 months!

Feel led to give? Here’s how!

YWAM Staff Account (CLICK HERE)*

PayPal: clbaker04@gmail.com

Venmo: CassL-Baker

Cashapp: $CassieLBaker

*giving through my YWAM staff account allows you to set up monthly reocurring donations, and also is tax deductible for you!

THANK YOU so much for your support and love! I can never put into words how grateful I am for you. Would love to hear from you too! How can I be praying for you? Looking forward to sharing the exciting things to come!

<3, Cassie

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