☂ ☂ ☂

"You rule the raging of the sea;
When its waves rise, You still them."
-Psalm 89:9

Click here to view all my main updates,
and here to see all my pictures!!

Home Message Me Archive about memy storyHow can you help?YWAM MT Theme
Next →
Returning to the Home Land

So, it’s been a while since I updated! Much has happened since then.

On June 26th, I graduated from SBS!! What a wondrous and wonderful feeling. The 9 months of SBS went by so quickly, and even now I think, if God gave me the opportunity to do it all over again, I would! It was one of the harder things I’ve done in my life, but probably the most rewarding and life-changing things I’ll ever experience.

The weeks after SBS grad have been a bit of a blur. I stayed in Seattle for a week before flying home to Bangkok, where I spent two weeks, catching up with old friends, resting, eating, and getting ready for my summer adventure!

Now, I am in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand with Ging Gaan. I volunteered my time here before in 2012, so it’s good to be back for this month. Since I was here 2 years ago, the ministry has had the opportunity to lead a number of college students to know Jesus, and so we’re taking this month to spend more intentional time discipling them through a mini-DTS (discipleship training school).

For me, this time has been very fulfilling. Coming back to Thailand has not been… easy, I miss Montana, I miss my friends, I miss living in a close-knit Christian community where we have close relationship with many peoples. But, I do love Thailand, and I’m realizing day by day, as I live in Thailand, how much I missed being here. How much I missed the people here, and the culture. How much I am blessed to be able to see the curiosity and hunger in new Thai believers. I’ve been able to see fruit in areas that I have poured into in the past. It’s just the grace and blessing of God that I am able to return to places I have been before, and be apart of what He’s doing. That includes being in Bangkok, and seeing the kids in my youth group grow, as well as coming up to Chiang Rai, and staffing this mini-DTS, hearing the testimonies of these students, walking with them as difficult and painful things have been dug up from their past, in order that as we talk and pray, that they might find healing and freedom in new life in Christ. It is a precious thing, not to be taken lightly, not to be taken for granted.

Sadly, I’ll only be with them for 1 month, but hopefully, these relationships and this change will be for life.

God is good!

Dawn's Update: 2014-06-17 from Dawn Mekunwattana on Vimeo.

Hey guys! I made my first video update ever: please check it out and leave your comments below! I would love to hear from you =)

Thanks!

Dawn.

Thanks Ashley D. for the picture =)

This was the scenery as we were driving between Lakeside MT and Missoula MT! God’s creation is so beautiful…

#typography
Thanks Ashley D. for the picture =)
This was the scenery as we were driving between Lakeside MT and Missoula MT! God’s creation is so beautiful…
Words

Recently, God has been dropping a lot of words down into my heart.

Some of these words come in the form of loud burst of laughter and chuckling at the joyous moments when He sees me catching a glimpse of His heart.

Sometimes it comes in a song, a sweet melody sung over me as I bask in the presence of His light shining in the dark.

Some words come in the form of a reminder through a friend, a prayer uttered, a note given, a hug shared.

Well this particular word, came in the form of things tumbling from my mouth without the filter of my brain, falling out of me, in the midst of an exciting conversation through which I’ve lost my train of thought but God just pushes out a series of words that form a sentence that He wants for me to hear, He wants for me to listen.

My friend slapped me in the arm and we stared, wide eyes, gasping while trying to be quiet, silently laughing in the middle of the night. I inhale, exhale, inhale and my feet aren’t so steady as we both realize the crazy impact and significance these 3 words hold.

Well played God. You’ve definitely caught my attention.

Read More

Origins

Hello!

I have this 20 minute time slot during which I want to write this quick update. As you can tell, I’ve been pretty busy. I’ve always loved life in Montana, but SBS is a lot of work! No wonder! It is a school after all =)

We’re already a month into our second quarter of SBS. It’s pretty hard to believe that Christmas break was so long ago, because I feel like we’ve just started second quarter. Since then, we’ve finished our New Testament studies, we had a party (and a hilarious anti-talent gong show), we’ve done our New Testament Oral Exam (had to memorize key verses, reason written and main ideas for the 26 books of the NT that we have studied - we have not done Matthew yet, that’ll come at the very end of SBS next quarter) and my first class on Genesis is in less than half an hour!

We didn’t go through the New Testament in chronological order (or in the order it was written), but we will be going through the old testament in Chronological order, which is pretty sweet. Taking the 3 and a half hours to read Genesis the whole way through was difficult, but very interesting and actually really fun! (You should give it a try! No skipping on the names!) and I’m excited to get into the Old Testament, to see the consistent, never-changing character of God in the Old Testament.

A quick something that I was thinking this morning: the more I study the bible, the more I talk to God, and pray, and focus on Him, the less smart I become.

By that, I mean that the more I’m in His word and seeing who God is, the more I see how small I am - not in a bad way. It just makes the grace and love of God that much bigger and even more awesome. Seriously. He’s so good. He’s good when I’m good, and He’s good when I’m not good. He’s good. It’s the only truest thing I can hold on to, always.

Anyway, off to get ready for class!

Blessings,
Dawn Joy.

Just wanted to share this: A YWAM Montana atmospheric frozen winter experience =)

Just really needed to hear these lyrics tonight.

Broken-hearted I come
My cup is empty, my mouth is dry
See how quickly I fall
Burdened with darkness
Heavy in lies

I want to cry, but I can’t
I try to stand but I fall down again

I need You to carry me
I need You to carry me
I need You to carry me
When I am weak

O this can’t be enough
To just say I’m sorry, to confess my fault
When I’ve hurt You so much
And now I am asking for You to do more

I want to cry, but I can’t
I try to stand but I fall down again

I need You to carry me
I need You to carry me
I need You to carry me
when I am weak

I’m always weak…
When I first met you I drew you in close to me
Your weaknesses covered with strength and security
I’ve never left you, nor will I ever leave
Child believe, child believe

But you are strong…
When I first met you I drew you in close to me
Your weaknesses covered with strength and security
I’ve never left you, nor will I ever leave
Child believe, child believe

I need You to carry me
I need You to carry me
I need You to carry me
when I am weak

Carry Me - Jenny and Tyler ft Mac Powell