There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity under the heavens….
In January, me and 7 other staff joined over 30 international students for 21 jammed packed weeks of learning about God, being discipled, getting to know God and most importantly…making him known.
Working in YWAM I get the privilege to see a whole new group of students come through our schools every four months. I haven’t been here long, but in my short 2 years of being on staff I have never been changed or challenged as much as I was by this last school.
Every school is different, so I wont go into all the details – but I would like to take a moment to share about a few key weeks that we spent together.
After 12 weeks of lectures, our schools go into an outreach phase.
My and my team spent three weeks in North Queensland (Cairns) Australia.
We partnered with Harald Falge, who founded Haralds House and Street Level Youth Care. I worked with Harald the year before with a previous team, and our team was in awe of the work he is doing in Cairns.
He gives literally 100% of his time to these two ministries, and is one of the most incredible individuals I have ever met. Originally from Germany, he has moved to Australia and dedicated his life so that the youth he works with can understand God’s love and have a fighting chance!
Pictured below you can my team (PNG13), Harald and his wife Sally and the kids!
This wasn’t the easiest three weeks, but by far worth the reward of getting to know some really incredible kids.
After Cairns, we were back at the base in Townsville for 2 weeks for more lectures and to prepare for out second outreach in Papua New Guinea (PNG)!
For those of you who are just jumping into this story – I have been praying to go to PNG for over 2 years now, so it’s literally a dream (and prayer!) come true!
Not only was I getting to go to PNG, I was getting to go with the dream team.
Our goal was layer the villages with prayer and set up foundations for team to come in afterwards. We visited 3 village in Central Province (see map below) and were able to do Village Assessments to partner with the YWAM Medical Ship as well as a heap of other things.
The 3 villages we went to were Hisiu, Waima, and Delena.
Intending to stay for 5 weeks, our time was unfortunately cut a little short. My co-leader and I both became very ill in the 3rd week and couldn’t seem to figure out what was causing this. After many days of dealing with the sickness we found it best to come back to Townsville a week early to seek appropriate medical care. While I had wanted to go to PNG for a long time now, after being so sick – I honestly was wondering if I could ever go back.
I was bummed of course, and had almost lost hope for the vision we had. My team however took the reigns and handled everything with more grace, and positivity than I could imagine!
The first week that we were back in Townsville was probably one of the best! We spent some time praying and seeking God as to what he would have us do. I wouldn’t say it was God’s plan for us to get sick and come back, but I know that he didn’t waste our time! We were able to connect with a few churches, the building blitz on our base, and even a children’s ward in the hospital. It was a great week!
The last week in Townsville was spent working with the Building Blitz on our base full time. We spent 7:30am – 5:30pm each day working on renovating our staff housing.
Again… my team worked with smiling faces, and got so much done!
My time in PNG was a precious memory I’ll never forget, filled with many faces that I think of often. I hope that each person we came in contact knew how much they were loved… not only by us, but by the one who showed us what love is.
If there is one thing I learned… it’s that God is bigger than “fixing problems”, he heals the heart, and has a plan for each of us. I’m sure we all walked away with a piece of PNG in our hearts.
What happened next?
After outreach, all of my students collected their certificates and got on planes back to their home countries. The tears were plentiful, but I am excited to see all of the many things they are involved in now!
I spent the next month working in my office job, Gateway (formerly known as registrar).
And, as most of you know headed home for 6 weeks to Paris, TX!
I’ve been back in Townsville for a few weeks now, and I really am missing home already. With that being said – things are busy and full of excitement here at base!
I have been asked to lead the Reef to Outback DTS in January this year!
I am co-leading it with a friend of mine, and we are expecting about 40 students from all over the world!
We are moving to a new property, but not just any property!
YWAM Townsville is moving to the heart of the city into a massive property. We are believing for God to fill this place with youth from all over to spread the word!
It’s hard to explain my excitement, as it’s still a little shocking to me at this stage. However – there is a lot of hard work that needs to happen to get moved, and I am blessed to be a part this milestone.
If that’s not enough, the PNG government has recently donated $4 million kina to a NEW SHIP for YWAM Australia.
Click here to read more.
I know that’s a lot to take in, but if you have any questions about the latest happenings please let me know!
Also – if you would like to be involved in helping out in any way, shoot me an email!
And one last thing… if you know someone 18-35 who would be interested in being trained as a missionary on a Discipleship Training School, give me there info or forward my email to them!
Thanks, and God Bless!