Things I have been up to, and things to come!
Hmmm so… Things that I have been up to!
• Staying up and talking alllll night to my new friends
• Teaching English
• Making coffee! (but the shop isn’t open yet…)
• Leading worship and jamming
• Epic Dance Party!!
• Trying to remember everyone’s names… haha
Things to come!
• Chiang Mai tomorrow! Staff retreat and team building trip ^^
• Team from Colorado Springs is coming in less than 2 weeks!
• Opening the coffee shop next month!!! =D
• More students for me to tutor XD
I made it to Chiang Rai!
Spent a little time unpacking what I could unpack… my room is directly above the Coffee Shop ministry, right above the kitchen… haha! =D Now that’s a far walk to work everyday XD
I am so blessed!
These past couple days have been amazing!
See, last week was a little hard - I feel like I was suddenly bombarded with the reality that my life is going to be changed… again! Which is very exciting, don’t get me wrong, but change is always… a mystery =) so I was nervous, and a lot of insecurities suddenly surfaced, which is always unexpected… Maybe I should learn to expect it…
But! God is so so so so soo good =)
Well… of course He is!
Over the past couple days, I’ve had some super meaningful conversations with people that I haven’t been able to talk to much. Some of these conversations only lasted a couple minutes (and had great great impact) while some others lasted a couple hours! But it doesn’t really matter how short or long, God totally used the people around me to remind me of His faithfulness and His goodness, and of how much He loves me! I know that I will be fine, as long as I am where He wants me to be =)
With that said, I also got new glasses, and new running shoes! And, I believe my room is going to look like a hurricane tore through it over the next couple days… Chiang Rai, here I come!!!
Hello lovely family and friends!!
Just a quick update: I was due to leave this coming Sunday to go up north to receive some training before officially starting work this June, however the wife of the guy who is giving us the training was in a car accident recently… and so, he is taking care of his wife and unable to give the training. With that said, I will be delaying my move up to Chaing Rai until June (so that I don’t have to make an extra trip back to Bangkok and up again) so I just wanted to let you guys know that! Please be praying for this couple (I don’t know their names but I’ll let you guys know as soon as I find out!).
I also wanted to just say thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has been praying for me, and financially supporting me =) Things are coming along great, God is providing and doing little miracles in my life, and it really is a blessing to know that you are praying for me =) Music for Missions was super fun, and God took that time to remind me of His plans, His grace, His blessings. He is SO GOOD!!
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Please be PRAYING!!
Over the past couple months, I’ve been praying and trying to figure out the answer to “What’s next?!” And so there were a couple ideas that were strong in my heart…
Anyway, one of those really stuck out to me, and I got in contact with some people I know up in northern Thailand, in Chiang Rai specifically which is where SOW outreach was =) and yes! I had a good conversation with a friend and found that my vision was totally matching up with where they were in their ministry and in what their current needs are.
So! This past Monday, I got to share that with my pastor, and he asked me to write a proposal to the church leadership about what I want to do over the next couple months! So, I wrote a proposal, outlining what’s been on my heart and what my next steps are… and I am asking for support from my church - both prayer support and financial support.
They will be having a meeting tomorrow morning where one of the thing they will talk about and pray about (hopefully) is my proposal, so please please please just keep that in your prayers. I really feel like a lot of doors just keep opening but at this current moment, I have no financial back up and if things go as planned, I’m supposed to be going up north in three weeks! So I believe this is a crucial moment. I will say that I am not nervous, I feel peace in my heart and my eyes are on God. No matter what, I know He will take care of me… but it is still good to pray!
So, thank you for praying! I’m still sorting out some details, but I’ll let you guys know as soon as I do, what I will be doing up north and when I will be moving! WOOHOO!! God is good! =)
P.S. HAPPY SONGKRAN!!!
I just wanted to write real quick! That I met with Pastor this past Monday to talk about… stuff! About what I’ve been up to this past year, things I’ve learned, how I feel I’ve changed and where I’m at now. And also the future! Dreams and possibilities… which also leads to something that is coming up! Another life change in a month. More details to come later, but please remember me as your pray!
• That God will be ever present in my thoughts, decisions and in my life.
• That details will work themselves out, smoothly and quickly!
• That no matter what happens, that all glory belongs to God alone!
• And that I’d have a good time at home with family and friends before this next big adventure!
But for now… my bed is calling my name…
So you’re wondering what I’ve been up to…?
Things I have been up to! =)
• Going to church, meeting old friends, and meeting new friends! Getting plugged back into life groups and community here.
• I hang out with the youth group and the worship people (but I haven’t officially re-joined their leadership team, just for clarification)
• I’ve been trying to figure out jobs and working… and what I’m going to do next and when.
• Trying to write more music… which is a lot harder now that I don’t have easy access to instruments =.= boo… oh well!
• Praying praying praying!
• My friend’s dad, Tim Roth, took a bad fall and has been in the ICU in the hospital. I’ve been trying to help out and set up things to make it easier for everyone to stay updated. Please check out facebook.com/PrayForTimRoth to see updates and please pray for him!
• What elseee… I’ve had more YWAM friends come visit. It’s always so so nice to be with them because I feel like we have an understanding that I don’t have with most people. Love them!
• I’m meeting with my pastor tomorrow! To talk about what the past year has been like for me, and what the future may look like. Exciting stuff! Please pray for that too! That we’d both be encouraged by the things that God is doing.
• Spending a ton of time at home, cleaning, digging out old junk and trying to get rid of stuff. I have so much STUFF. It’s quite a change - going from living for a year out of 2 bags to a room full of stuff I’ve collected over the past many years of my life XD
Anyway, that’s most of what I’ve been doing!
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Yes, I am still alive!!
Apologies for not updating more and sooner! I am currently back at YWAM Lakeside Montana and it is mighty COLD!! It hasn’t been snowing that much actually, but it’s still cold XD Or maybe I’ve still got my Thai skin on…
Anyway, I just finished my School of Worship outreach up in Chiang Rai, which is in Northern Thailand. It was a wonderful amazing and difficult two months - God really challenged me a lot and I feel like I’ve learned a lot and have moved past some barriers. Holy Spirit totally showed up in Chiang Rai! So exciting. I feel like God has given me so much more hope and visions and dreams for my country, as well as a new love that only comes from Him. It’s a pretty cool feeling =D
So, what have I been up to since then?
I started Mission Building here at the YWAM Base last week. What that means is that, I work voluntarily and live here on the base. I’m doing this for a month here (I’ve got 3 more weeks) and I’m working at the theatre (also known as The Yak). I spend most of my time cleaning, organising and cataloguing things. What happened was that a while ago, the theatre was a very active place, but the guys who were running had to up and leave, and so it was left in a mess - stuff everywhere… We currently don’t have a record of what’s in there at all and so when Carolynne got here, she was kinda left to pick up the place by herself… so I’m just here helping her right now! We’re trying to get it back in shape so that we know what all is in there, and so that Carolynne can start doing plays and dramas again.
Well, I’m going home to Bangkok early March (I’m just here in Montana to wrap some things up, spend some time with old friends, and to rest and hang out with God before moving into my next season) and I will hopefully be plugging back into my church as well as YWAM Thailand. My heart is to really bring a new sense of urgency for worship and missions to the people around me and to be a motivator and enabler. My dream is to see more people being sent out from all around me - both internationals, youths and locals.
A snapshot of what that looks like is, that I want to keep travelling up to Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai and go and worship and empower others to worship in their heart language. There are many missionaries up north who don’t have opportunities to worship in English, because they have poured their lives into worship with the local people. I want for them to be able to have a safe place to worship and be refreshed in their own language (English). I also want to travel to places and provinces that have never heard the gospel and bring more awareness to these places. There’s a DTS team that will be going to Eastern Thailand soon after I arrive home, and I’m hoping to travel with them to these places.
How can you be praying?
For health!! I have been sick for the past… around 3 weeks with a cold and a cough that just does not want to go away… Please pray for healing and also for rest. I’ve also been feeling quite emotionally tired from all the goodbyes and just this time of processing the past year I have been in YWAM.
Also, please pray for more direction from God for this next season. I firmly believe that God is doing some things in my life that I have never experienced, never thought of, never dreamed of! And although all that is exciting, it’s also a little bit scary… =)
And lastly, please pray for provision! God has been so good to provide the exact amount of what I need in the moment that I need it, and I am so thankful to all of you guys who have supported me throughout this past year. I don’t quite know what this year is going to look like yet… but I know that God is always faithful to provide whatever needs there are!
Thank you for staying updated! I will try my best to send out a proper update soon =)
Love and blessings!