This past summer has been one for the books! Visits with friends and family, AAALLL things Bible, lots of fun surprises, and the best, most unexpected gift from the Lord. There is no way to adequately communicate all of the cool things that happened, but here are some of the highlights~
In April and June, I had the privilege of teaching Philemon and Ephesians at YWAM Santa Cruz (CA). It was my first time teaching completely in person and I loved it! Not to mention, their classroom is in an ark. How cool is that?! Then, in May, I was invited to teach Genesis at YWAM Niagara. I love how the Lord works. I never wanted to teach Genesis (I mean, the first 11 chapters are intense!), but the Lord used it to stretch me, and now I actually enjoy teaching it ?. I also had the added bonus of getting to visit with one of my besties, Miriam, on the way up to Niagara. I love being able to travel to different locations to see how the Lord is using young YWAMers to minister to the people in their communities.
Y'all, I knew going into my visit to Wisconsin that it would be unique, but I couldn't have imagined what the Lord would do! It was a packed few weeks - my oldest niece, Sophie-Ann graduated high school (?how is that even possible?!), lots of card games and board games with the family, visits to see friends in Richland Center and LaCrosse, thrifting adventures and crazy Spiderman escapades with my nieces, and a bit of a family health scare that ended with such a positive outcome.
In all of this, one of the biggest blessings was seeing restoration and reconciliation happen in my family. Seeing my dad after 5 years on Father's Day was amazing, but then visiting him again with my mom and sister (who hadn't seen him in over 12 years) was beyond anything I could have hoped or imagined. This was an answer to prayer and something that I had dreamed of happening for years. There's so much more to the story that simply can't fit into an update. The takeaway - God is good and faithful in all He does!
At the beginning of August, dozens of Bible nerds descended onto the YWAM Lakeside campus for a week of fellowship, testimonies, and strategic planning. It was the first time that many of us had ever met in person, as all of us had been meeting on Zoom for the past 3 years. We came in with very little on the agenda, but simply wanted to allow Holy Spirit to guide our time together. And it was powerful! We got to hear the history of the School of Biblical Studies from Phil Leage, one of the first SBS students and current Director of Extension Studies for the University of the Nations, which was a major highlight for me. We also shared how the Lord is moving in the different bases that were represented in Canada, the US, England, and Ukraine. One of my favorite parts was hanging out at the lake, dreaming up ideas for how to make studying the Bible more accessible to people around the world.
While things slowed down quite a bit this summer with all of the travel for YWAM and family, things are amping up again. Two weeks ago, I finished my last training session, and it was a doozy. So much needed information on all things safety and compliance. While my head is still spinning a bit with all of the details, I'm thankful that it answered a few of my most pressing questions.
One of the last things I need to do before all of the inspections and home studies is to get the room (and my house) ready for littles. I set up a wish list of items I needed and I was so overwhelmed by the response! Almost every item is here in my house, ready for assembly. My spare time is now devoted to organizing, cleaning, and putting safety locks on EVERYTHING.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way, with finances, furniture, toys, and prayer. You are making a difference!
This month has been a flurry of all things Bible at YWAM Ships. We graduated our last CBCC on September 7th and then turned around and started a new one on September 21st! At the beginning of the month, we had no applicants and I had already set in my mind that we would probably not run a school this fall. Then, 2 weeks before we were suppose to start, we got an application from a local college student. I didn't want to run the school with only one student, but after I met her, I felt like the Lord said, 'Do it for her'. After that, we got in 2 more trainees and 5 auditors. Many of the auditors are from my church here, who are participating as a part of the ministry school the church runs. This group is from 3 different states, covering 3 generations and they are a blast! 5 of our crew are helping staff the school and I am incredibly grateful for what they add to our group!
Our Corpus crew is growing! We now have 12 YWAM staff and 8 weeYWAMers (what we affectionately call our YWAM kiddos). We are multi-generational, multi-lingual, and now international! I absolutely adore the family we have established here in Corpus. We continue to join in with local ministries and look forward to launching our second Discipleship Training School (DTS) and School of Navigation (SONS) this coming January.
In all areas, both in ministry and in personal lives, we have seen the faithfulness of God. We look forward to all that He has in store for this part of the US - Corpus Christ, the body of Christ.
Check out the songs that have been on our hearts this year:
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