Saturday, 26 September 2009

Twelve again

Just quick one, today most of the students have arrived so they seem to be pretty happy getting to know each other and stuff so were just kinda leaving them to it for now so they can bond and stuff… but what I really what to write about is my walk with God its was a really interesting one. I was just chilling with God in my room and for some reason I just kept getting distracted. All the time I would pray and my mind would wonder… so then I just went “look God I cant focus what’s the deal…? And he said “go for a walk” so being the lazy person that I am. It took me awhile to get off my butt. So when I did I just started walking down to the beach. You have to go through the street to get to the beach. So I was walking through and there were a bunch of 15 - 20 kids aged between 8 and 14 I guess. So when I walked past them they all stared at me while I walked past with my head phones on… So I just went past and God instantly said “Why didn’t you talk to them..” and I responded saying “didn’t know u wanted me to…and they were pretty intimidating” and God was like “ you say your heart is for youth, and then you just walk past a bunch of them without even saying hi?” so I got really convicted. so I walked to the beach praying for them and I said “God if you want me to chat to them then they will be there when I walk back.” thinking obviously that they wont be and ill get away with it.
When I got to the beach a few of the guys were there and I just had a chat with them. Seeing how they were settling in and how they were doing etc. so after they left I had been about and hour and half. So I walked along the beach praying for you guys and my family and all that jazz. And when I started heading back up I remembered what I said to God and started to sych my self up. And I got really excited and stoked for it. Then I was just around the corner from where I saw them and then all that confidence had gone. And then I saw them all just cruising around on there bikes and skateboards and stuff. I said to God “ seriously you really need to do something here because I don’t have a clue how to approach them.” so put my headphones down and started to walk past. When a few of the girls started shouting at me asking if my name was Eroch or something stupid… ( I guess God had to think fast and couldn’t think of a name or summit ha-ha ) so then it was open for conversation. They asked me where I was form and all the basic stuff ( they were pretty stoked I was from Wales!)
Then this Kid came up to me on his bike and asked me about my headphones and if I surfed and what I was doing. ( this kid rode past me on his bike like 2min before and almost hit me so I made a little joke about how he almost killed me… oh how we laughed ha-ha) then he asked me what I was doing. I explained I was with YWAM and what we did and stuff and he kept asking questions about the church. So I asked him what he thought on Christianity. He said half his family were Christians but he didn’t really believe in religion but he respected it and was open to it. So I just asked him his thought on Jesus. He said he new what he was about and what he did but didn’t really answer my question. He quickly changed the subject to surfing and asked me loads of surf questions. I was about to ask him his name and say I would pray for him and then he was like “ sweet nice to see you mate catch you soon” and he went. I said goodbye to all the kids and walked home. I felt kinda gutted in away but God said “ don’t worry you will be here more often…” so I guess ill be heading down there daily! My heart instantly broke for tho’s kids and I just wanted to hang out with them. It remembered when I was that age just chilling with my buddies good times. I felt like I was 12 again ha-ha. I still am….
So pray for thos kids don’t have any names yet but pray that God uses me and give me confidence. Also that I don’t try and do it under my own strength and I completely depend on him to supply me with the words. Also that he softens there heart.


Thursday, 24 September 2009

It begins!

Hey! Its been one week on the sunshine coast and it’s been pretty eventful well….. Kinda.
I flew in on the 14th arrived at the airport. was interesting because I saw a friend from my church on the same plane as me. His name is William Pritchard (friends with Robin) so it was cool to see have a chat to him and see how things were and what he was up to. So should be meeting up with him soon. Hopefully have a chance to have a little prayer sesh with him. Phil my outreach leader picked me up from the airport. was sick to have a familiar face and have a catch up on life while we drove back to the house that I would be saying at.
On that day we got straight into things. We had orientation with Justin and Kelly ( my school leaders) and had a chance to meet some of the staff who ill be working with. First off there Justin and Kelly there from the states there awesome! Really friendly guys and really encouraging. Then there’s Callie really nice lass also from the states. she’s all about evangelism. Hopefully learn a few things. And Roz she’s from England Cornwall so its nice to have some britishness around ( still not Welsh though so its not quite the same ha-ha) Then there’s Amanda and C.J. Amanda is from the states an C.J is from Canada these girls were on the September school the school before mine. And yeah we get along well there both super friendly. Then there’s Bri she’s from Ozzy land so we got some localism on the team which is nice. And then there’s Paul my roomy from Canada. Paul was on staff on my school so we get along fine its pretty hilarious. Banter! Also were living with a cool kid (I say kid he’s like 25.…) called Kim he’s from south Korea he’s a mission builder he’s my hero!
This week we have had staff training so its been fun….. I guess. Naa its been good all really interesting stuff and vital to what we are doing obviously. Been learning

What it is to be a leader
Time management
Conflict resolution
Outreach prep ( even though I’m not going on this school)
Sorting out 1 on 1’s and small groups
Prayer for the students an each other

All these things were really new to me to its been a bit overwhelming but I know Gods called me here so Ill be fine.
Iv been assigned four 1 on 1’s so ill be mentoring and disciplining these guys and really pouring into them as much as possible. So if you could pray for Cory, Joel, A.J and Nick just that God teaches them something new.
Yeah this week has been good aint surfed much its been pretty flat…. yesterday we had a huge sand storm! couldn’t see a thing…. But it turned the wind off-shore so you guessed it Surf time!! Was about 2ft but perfect! (basically and Epic day for Gennith…)A little bit more swell and well I would still be out there now! So yeah I surfed in a sand storm not many people can say that. Also passed the test for driving The mini buss so I’m a right full owner of a Toyota Hyatt…. Well I say owner I’m just on the insurance for free………. Only have to pay for the Petrol and if I crash the maximum I have to pay is $300 which is about £150 not bad Deal if I do say so myself. So yeah the students start arriving tomorrow so its all go from here!! A few prayer points

Pray for the students That God prepares there hearts and does an amazing amount of healing
That I get organised ad manage my time well
The students get here safe with no problems
That everyone gets along well
The welcome BBQ isn’t awarkward ha-ha like the whole boy’s in one group girls in the other like a school disco ha-ha
Pray protection against spiritual Warfare its been pretty heavy for us staff right now (no sleep, worries, doubts, wired dreams etc.) so pray for that
And some waves its killing me… day was just a tease….Ha-ha

Thank you guys so much for all the support your giving me I appreciate it so much! God is good and I’m so excited for the week ahead He’s going to do some amazing stuff!!

Aint got any videos up not much to film right now so when I do ill put them up and any questions just leave a comment.

Love you all


Sunday, 13 September 2009

The day I leave

Hey just puting up a quick video of a little goodbye trip we did. also will be doing more videos like this as up dates in the future......... Hope you enjoy! x