In my last update I shared about…
- Working with the School of Ministry Development (SOMD) for the spring quarter at YWAM Orlando.
- The Missions Engagement college “Launch Tour.”
- Moving into a home.
I am now on the other side of these busy last few weeks as these things have been coming to pass, and I am happy to share exciting reports on the faithfulness of God!
School of Ministry Development (SOMD)
On April 5 YWAM Orlando kicked off the spring quarter by welcoming 53 students to our campus for the Discipleship Training School (DTS), School of Ministry Development (SOMD), and the Bible School for the Nations (BSN). For a glimpse into registration day at the campus and the young people God is bringing to send into the nations, check out this video!
I am working with the School of Ministry Development where my role is to walk with students in discipleship, meet weekly with one on ones, facilitate a small group, and coordinate and lead an outreach! I will share more details on that later, but I am looking forward to stepping into this new role of leadership – planning and taking a team of students on an outreach over the summer!
Missions Engagement “Launch Tour”
At the end of March, I went with a team of 8 others to Georgia and North Carolina putting on events for college students and young adults and calling them into missions! We were blown away by what God did on this tour and believe it is the first of more tours like this to come out of YWAM Orlando.
The staff member from YWAM Orlando who led this tour was inspired by the Student Volunteer Missions Movement that happened in 1886. In this historic movement, 100 college students signed pledge cards saying, “It is my purpose, if God permits, to become a foreign missionary.” This sparked a wave of college students going to the nations. Over the next 40 years 20,000 college students went as missionaries! And this during a time when it was not easy to be a missionary (think no modern-day planes and transportation).
The heart behind the “Launch Tour” was to give the presentation to college students of the need for people to go to the unreached, with a strong call to action to actually go and give their lives to the Great Commission. Our team created a new pledge card to similar to the one in the original Student Volunteer Missions Movement of 1886. Throughout the tour we did 4 different events. In total we shared with 93 people and out of those 93, 16 pledged to be a missionary. That is a 17% response rate! With that kind of response, it makes me excited for more tour opportunities to come. I believe that God is calling and marking the next generation to go into all the world carrying the Gospel; and there are college students who are ready to go!
On Good Friday my friend, Bailey, and I moved into our home! There is so much gratitude in my heart for this move. I wish I could express in words how much of God’s goodness and faithfulness I have felt throughout this process, but all words seem to fall short. From the location being an ideal spot (less than 2 miles from our YWAM Orlando campus), to knowing the landlord (he and his wife are on staff with YWAM), to people giving to us left and right to provide for the needs of our home, I have no doubt in my heart that this is a “promise land” of sorts that God has brought us into. Finding a home has been a battle for a bit of time now and something Bailey and I have both spent time warring in prayer over. Receiving the blessing and fulfillment after prayer has felt surreal and, honestly, undeserved. I have been reading through Deuteronomy recently and felt the Lord speaking to me about the home through much of the book, but specifically 10:12-21,
“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?
To the Lord your God belongs the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the Lord set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations – as it is today. Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.
Fear the Lord your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. He is the one you praise; he is your God who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes. Your ancestors who went down into Egypt were seventy in all, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky.”
The Lord has performed awesome wonders to bring us to this space, and I have experienced firsthand his love and affections in the big and little blessings. Out of these experiences, I want to stay in a place of fear, awe, and wonder at the God of gods and Lord of lords. My desire is that this home would be place for the fatherless, widows, and foreigners to experience the love and righteousness of God. This new move has already been teaching me greater stewardship, increased my level of faith, and set a fire in my heart to continue to give the blessings of God right back to Him. Thank you so much to those of you who have given towards the home! Again, I do not have adequate words to express the gratitude in my heart for God’s provision.
|Over the weekend we hosted our first guests! A Bible study with 6 high school girls & a night of worship and prayer for the home with friends! I absolutely loved having our home filled.|
In my last update I shared about my goal of gaining more monthly supporters to step into more things that God is leading me as a missionary with YWAM Orlando to (the home, more outreaches, and a greater leadership capacity).
God has fulfilled 28% of that goal!
Currently, my hope is for 3 people to commit to giving $50/month and 5 people to commit to giving $20/month
Feel led to give? Here’s how!
*giving through my YWAM staff account allows you to set up monthly reocurring dontaions, and also is tax deductible for you!
THANK YOU thank you THANK YOU for all your support! You are truly a gift from the Lord in my life and I am so grateful. I love hearing from you too! How can I be praying for you?
Until all have heard,