it’s official.

i finally got the official word from YWAM Chico that i will be spending my time at their base for Discipleship Training School (DTS).  yeah!  this is such a relief…i wasn’t exactly nervous about getting accepted, since i was already accepted at YWAM Salem for DTS, but now that i know for sure things feel settled once again.  i like that feeling.  as far as i know, DTS begins on august 29.  so i have the whole summer here in west michigan to enjoy the lake and ice cream and work.  then when everyone i know is going back to school and preparing for another normal year here in MI i’ll be heading to the west coast.  perfect.  hello california.

if you are interested in supporting me by sending a gift directly to YWAM Chico, here is the address (the support that was already sent to Salem will be forwarded to Chico):

YWAM Chico ATTN: Accounting

15850 Richardson Springs Rd.

Chico, CA 95973

(be sure to include my name on the memo line)

i’m also thrilled that i’m nearly half-way to my support raising goal – thank you so much dear friends and family for your generous support!  each one of you has a special part of this journey – we’re in this together and i’m so excited to share this with you.

peace.

 

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hope.

i’ve been thinking about hope lately.  thankfully, my pastor has too.  just a few weeks ago our message was all about hope…groaning in hope.  go listen to pastor joy.

romans 5:1-5  “therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  more than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

how do i suffer?  do i rejoice in my suffering?  do i groan in hope?

romans 8:19-25  “for the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.  for the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  for we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.  for in this hope we were saved.  now hope that is seen is not hope.  for who hopes for what he sees?  but if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

romans 8: 35-37 “who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  as it is written, ‘for your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’  no, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

when i was studying malachi with my church, pastor dave said that as christians, the best thing we can do for an oppressed people group is to share with them them hope of Christ.  we serve a God who is just and will vindicate the oppressed.  that’s the only hope for the oppressed.  someday…someday, Jesus will return and the oppressed will be free.  but right now, they groan.  we groan.  i groan.  my life is not terrible.  i am not oppressed or enslaved to other people.  but i have my share of suffering, my hardship list.  how will i handle this?  i can complain…i can grumble…or i can groan, i can long for Jesus to return and make all that is wrong right.  i can hope.  and this hope is nothing to be ashamed of, because i know that Jesus will conquer.

never a dull moment :)

hey friends!  hope you are well!  did you love those pictures?  those kids are a barrel of laughs…

so…i’m learning that when i surrender my plans and let the Lord guide my steps i should expect the unexpected.  a few weeks ago my friends from YWAM Salem called and mentioned that i was the only student enrolled in the CDTS summer program…the YWAM Salem CDTS was cancelled for the summer.  so after much prayer i made the decision to transfer my application to YWAM Chico in northern california.  at the moment, YWAM Chico is processing my application and i’m submitting several more forms.  so nothing is nailed down quite yet, i’m still waiting on the official acceptance.  oh, and this DTS doesn’t start until the end of august.  i’ll be in michigan for the summer – partyin’ it up with my fam!  yes, and working too…

it was hard for me to make this decision – i certainly didn’t make it quick.  i questioned why i didn’t know about YWAM Chico when i made my initial YWAM decision, why YWAM Salem seemed so right if it was not meant to be…i feared that my decision would seem selfish – like i found something cooler than Oregon.  then i remembered the theme of my story right now…many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails…oh yeah.  it doesn’t matter why any of this happened – the Lord is guiding me and YWAM Salem is not where he wants me.  YWAM Chico seems to be a bit more urban and that is a great fit for me –

things are still a little up in the air, but i’ll keep you updated!  you are all special to me.  in the meantime, if you’re reading this and wondering about mailing support – rest assured that if you sent it to YWAM Salem already, the base with forward it to YWAM Chico, or at whatever base i land.

blessings.