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Month: April, 2017

T E A R S

The first outreach team has packed their bags, given hugs and jumped on a bus to Mexico City. My heart hurts. I cried like I haven’t cried in a long time. I am crying just writing this blog post. I miss them, but that’s not why I am crying. I am crying because I am so proud of how far they have come. We had our last day of lecture phase today and as we were praying over our staff, I was thinking about how proud I am of every single person in the Mazatlan 2017 January DTS. If any of you guys are reading this, come give me a hug and tell me to stop crying, but in all seriousness I love you guys.

These past three months have been life changing. I have been stretched past what I thought I could be stretched. I have been able to grow along side some of the most beautiful, joyful, honest, raw people I have ever met. Friendships that will last a lifetime and then into heaven. I have met Jesus in a way that I didn’t think I could. I met Jesus on such an intimate level. I came to YWAM filled with so much fear I didn’t know what to do with it. I am leaving YWAM fearless because Jesus set me free. God has given me so much joy it just bubbles out all the time. I have stepped out of my comfort zone to become a worship leader here, and Jesus has taught me so much through it. I have been mentored by an awesome group of amazing staff who strive everyday to become more like Christ. I have cried more tears and eaten more mocha cake then ever. I am going home changed. I am going home in love with Jesus.

We jump on a bus on Monday evening for 18 hoursish to Mexico City to start our adventure. It has taken a lot of fundraising, meetings, and a whole lot of prayer to get to this point and I can hardly believe that it’s here already. God faithfully provided everything that we needed as a DTS, and now I am crying about how faithful God is. I am so freaking emotional, most likely crying all weekend. If you are looking for me this weekend, you can probably find me eating Mocha cake and drinking green tea lattes.

If I have a chance, I will post one more update before we head out on Monday. I haven’t packed yet and that could very well take me all of weekend.

Please be praying for unity and safety for our team as well as the two Mexico teams and the Boliva team.

Lots of hugs and extra blessings.

Nat

Almost there // Outreach

Where do I even start? We leave for outreach in under two weeks, classes are wrapping up and goodbyes are closer then ever. This week has been taught on Spiritual Warfare, it’s an eye opening topic. To be honest, I am finding it hard to concentrate sometimes with outreach so close. I really have to focus in on what the teacher is saying. Knowing that I have to say goodbye to a lot of my close friends, friends that I consider family. There is going to be quite a few taco dates in the next week, a lot of mocha cake eaten. Green tea lattes drank. If you can’t tell, these are a few of my most favorite things here in Mazatlan. There is going to be a lot of Nutella consumed. A lot of tears are going to be shed. Goodness gracious, I get teary just thinking about having to say goodbye.

For my “job” on Outreach, I am leading worship with two others, and we have been practicing a lot. I have to lead in Spanish, and I don’t know any Spanish so this is a huge learning curve for me. I am stepping out of my comfort zone, but couldn’t be more excited. Worship is something that God has been really working on in my heart. I had closed up that part of my heart before coming here and God has been reopening it. Slowly and sometimes painful, but I am continuing to trust him in this time.

We don’t know what we will be doing quite yet in Chile (YWAM = Flexibility), but we are continuing to pray into this as a team. I am extremely blessed to be going with the people who God has called to Chile, as well as awesome leaders.

I desire to travel. To embrace new cultures. To live with the locals. Ever since coming here, I am realizing of how much of a bubble we can live in. Like the small amount of different culture here is incredible in it’s self. I want to see more. I want to hear people’s stories. I want to share Christ with those who have never heard his name.

This is just a short blog post, I will update you all before we head to Chile next week. I don’t know how much I will be blogging on this blog while in Chile, but there will be a team blog that I will be working on. I will share it on Facebook to keep you guys updated with what God is doing in Chile.

We still need finances as a team, so if it’s on your heart to give, please give. Even if it’s only 5, 10 dollars it still helps! Please also be praying for unity as a team.

Blessings + hugs,

Nat