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I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world can not give. So do not be troubled or afraid. John 14:27. This was the bible verse I was given when I first arrived at the base in Townsville, looking back over the past few weeks I realize that this verse was so important and just what I needed when I was first settling in! God is awesome! I share flat with 7 other ladies and at first it was very daunting, walking into a room where most of the girls know each other (as they had been here a few more days) was very scary and I felt very isolated, yet they were all very friendly and we were all soon getting on very well. ☺ (Below: The bed I sleep in - sorry mum I know it’s messy – there are three other bunk beds in this room) I have been in Townsville for two weeks and already the women and men I come in contact with everyday are already brothers and sisters that I can rely on and trust. My Daily Routine: 6.00AM – Up for 30 minutes exercise 6.45AM – Breakfast 8.00AM – Worship or small groups depending on what day it is. 9.30AM – Lectures start 10.30AM – Morning tea! (Consists of Sliced orange and apple and crisps) 10.50AM – Lectures begin again 12.30PM – Lectures end + Lunch Afternoons are free 5.30PM – Tea
7.00PM – Work duty - I clean (and scrub) the floors in the main living area’s! This has taught me a lot about forgiveness of the menial things in life, such as when someone with mucky shoes walks over my nice clean floor messing it up! Which I guess can be linked to the amazing forgiveness of Christ who constantly forgives us for not only the menial petty things that we do but the massive mistakes that we all make in our lives. Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love towards us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord. Psalm 117. This is so true here in Townsville, there are 14 nations on my school. I think we often forget how many nations there are and how many Christians there are around the world and start to believe we are the only ones battling against the world to save people. We are not the only ones! :-D Praise God! YWAM Townsville has a passion for youth and run a program called Youth Street where over 100 young people get together and play games, share fellowship and get to experience a love and acceptance from people not only their own age but with people from all over the world and many different ages. (Left: Crazy hair day at Youth Street) Many of these kids come from backgrounds where love is not readily shown, so for me it is a great privilege to work with them and get to know them on a personal level where we can influence and change each others lives for the better. Oh and I also get to act like a little kid
playing games such as: sumo wrestling and human pac man! I have one word for lectures: Challenging. The first two weeks of lectures have been on Identity, very fitting for the first few weeks as we get to find ourselves, get to explore how we act like we act and if necessary change who we are to be a Woman/Man of God, taking down the walls that ‘protect’ us and becoming who our creator made us to be, BEAUTIFUL, CARING, LOVING, FUNNY, KIND… I have learnt that we often conform to the ideals of the world maybe because we’ve been told it so many times we believe that we are worthless, ugly, insignificant. Maybe we don’t stand up for our own beliefs because it’s easier to agree with everyone else or just perhaps we are just too lazy to stand out of the crowd. After just coming out of high school you can imagine that this hit a few nerves! Learning that I am ‘Fearfully and wonderfully made’ is a concept which is refreshing to grasp! As well as lectures we as students also get a go at discussing God in a small group which is called Creative devotions. One is on a Character of God and the other is on how to reach an unreached people group, which is going to be a challenge but I’m excited to see what myself and God has come up with. ☺ My creative devotion was on Gods Love and it was really good, it was totally God moving within everyone which was totally awesome! I challenged my small group to make a list of people that they didn’t like or didn’t get on with and to pray for those people and step out in love to make renew friendship. ☺ It was really good! Along with the school that I am involved in there are many others running alongside. There is the BCC (Bible Core Course) which sounds very intense but a great way to get to know God’s love through scripture and also a YWAM Medical Ship, this ship spends 6 months of the year over in PNG (Papa New Guinea) spreading the news of Christ through the practical way of providing free medical care for all those who need it. For example teeth are pulled out, woman are taught how to provide care during pregnancy and when their child is born,
cataracts are removed and replaced, glasses are given to those with bad eye site and an overall lesson on wellbeing is taught to provide understanding on health. I had the opportunity to have a look around the medical ship. (Below) The slogan for the Medical ship is ‘I want to live’ and many who have had the opportunity to go and work on the ship have reported back that they saw a difference in the people, they now had HOPE of a different life. As part of the DTS I have the opportunity of going on outreach, the first is for three weeks and is somewhere within Australia. The second is for six weeks and there are different locations. I would appreciate it if you were able to pray for me in making the right God given decision but also for the finances to be adequate (I don’t think I have a problem as everyone was very supportive and I raised £2,000 for outreach but just incase I would love for your support in prayer!) The places I am able to go are: 1. Cairns/The Tablelands + Papua New Guinea 2. Charters Towers + Darwin/East Timor 3. Mt Isa + Papua New Guinea Medical Ship. 4. Gladstone/Emerald + Throughout Queensland. I’ve been praying for the past few days and I feel that God is keeping me in Australia to give hope and new life to the teenagers of Aus. There is such a high rate of teen suicide and depression that I feel that I can really help make a difference to these kids lives supporting them and telling them my story. Prayer: God continues to move within me changing me. The weather indicates that there is a cyclone which is heading near to Townsville. It is unlikely to affect us directly but I ask for prayers of safety and preparation. As a school that we will continue to get closer and become a family. The funds for the school’s outreach will all come in on time.