I have been absolutely amazed at how much the Lord is moving in various areas of my life, both personally and in ministry. What started out as small dreams and ideas are now growing and maturing. It's funny, the older I get, the more I am okay with simply waiting for God's timing to make things grow. His plans are infinitely better than mine!
This past weekend, a bunch of our staff went to a retreat center a couple of hours north of Corpus Christi. It was such a sweet time together. We had long times of worship and prayer, reviewing the past year and casting vision for what is coming, and generally spending time together having fun. My biggest take-away was the importance of putting Jesus first in everything and allowing Him to refine the parts of me that are not completely sold out for and to Him.
Check out the song list from our first night of the retreat:
On January 5th, we started our 3rd Chronological Bible Core Course! It's a school of firsts - first time we've had participants both locally and online, first class of all ladies, first time I've been the official leader, and the first time I've taught the inductive Bible study method, Philemon, and Colossians. It has truly been a privilege to work with these wonderful ladies and I can't wait to see all that the Lord is going to reveal these 9 months of studying His word!
Last month, the DTS came back from outreach with fun stories of all that they had been able to do with YWAM Derby. After a week of team debrief and a baptism, we graduated our first trainee! It was such a special time to pour into this young man and commission him into the next steps God has for him.
Y'all, I never would have guessed how much I LOVE teaching the Bible! Last year I taught Proverbs at YWAM Detroit (and was so nervous!). This year, I am scheduled to teach 5 books a combination of 8 different times at 5 bases, some online and some in person. I've also been asked to record training videos for how to study the Bible using the inductive method. These videos will be used for the English-speaking online CBCC and SBS through YWAM Lakeside, MT.
I share this not because I want to brag or promote myself, but as a reminder that simple obedience changing things. It shifts our perspective from living our lives the way we plan, to living it according to His plan. 3 years ago, I started my CBCC, not because I wanted to (far from it), but out of obedience, both to the Lord and to my base leaders. And the Lord has used it in ways I never would have imagined. I am so thankful that He sees far more than I ever could and knows the small steps I need to take in order to be best used by Him.
This. This is a God-story! This is a testament to God's goodness and faithfulness. In May of last year, I began the process of raising funds to be able to prove solvency for the state of Texas. And for 6 months I didn't see any progress, so much so that it made me question if I had heard the Lord right. Did I get the timing wrong? Did I misinterpret what He said? I asked our team here to be praying with me because I was really discouraged and they all felt like I just needed to keep pressing in. They believed there were people who would come alongside this vision and ministry. Less than 2 weeks later, I get an unexpected phone call from friends who had been following my story and wanted to partner with me in the full amount I needed! Y'all, I cried so much for days over God's goodness, and their willingness and sacrifice!
So, the process has begun! The next few months will be filled with paperwork, weekend training sessions, getting the room ready, and my home study. I am thankful that the Lord is letting me be His hands and feet to kids who are going through the unimaginable. Please keep me in your prayers, that I will walk in His love and wisdom.
That's right! This summer, I will be making the long drive to Wisconsin to visit with friends and family before I begin receiving foster placements. I would love to meet with as many people as possible to catch up! Tentative dates are mid May to the end of June.
A huge shout out to everyone who has supported me over the years through prayer, finances, and encouragement. Thank you for your faithfulness, kindness, and generosity. I am really quite blessed to have such a strong support team and know that I couldn't do it without you!
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