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