Thursday, 26 November 2009

Tired But Strong

Its this time of the year again!! HAPPY THANKS GIVING!! Well for tho’s who are American for the others happy 27th of November. Anyway to the serious stuff. Last week was PRAYER WEEK! Exciting stuff. As always prayer week is always a much anticipated week. God does a lot of healing this week physically and spiritually! So I’m just gona share some story’s because that’s all I can really do for this. so hope they inspire you to have faith and trust in God that he does listen to us and he does respond to our prayers and he knows our hearts.
So I had a prayers slot between 1am - 3am but all tighter I must have had around 16hrs of sleep all week just little naps here and there you know… but its was awesome because God completely gave me strength! I was very rarely tired. I mean my Body was exhausted aching and weak but mentally and spiritually I was completely fine! It was something I prayed for every day that God would give me strength to pray through the night and he did!
So saying that the first night we prayed for a lot Healing and we had some! We prayed for Corey that day he fell over and twisted his ankle. So we prayed for him and god answered he was walking around jumping up and down was so sick so that really got us pumped to keep praying for more!
So we kept praying all night for different people, I ended up praying for Dylan and we prayed all night…. For 2 till 7 in the morning… we were praying for his back and we just wrestled with God al night. But you know he didn’t get healed and I don’t know why I guess its just one of tho’s things where God is painting on such a bigger canvas. That’s were we just gota trust in God because he knows what he’s doing. The way I see it is that God could have healed him there and then and 4 of us would have been really encouraged and stoked. Or Gods gona heal him in the future where hundreds of people will see his story and be saved from seeing God do a miracle. So I think one thing I had to get my head around was that God is so much bigger that what we could ever comprehend… he really is looking at things from a different perspective. Which really comforts me knowing that God has such a bigger plan for my life something bigger that I could ever plan. So rest easy folks your in for one sick ride if your walking in true faith with the creator of this universe!
But we did pray for another Girl and her back did get healed so Gods good right! But I’m gona post a link to Claude’s Blog because some exciting stuff happened to her over prayer week so it would be cool to actually ready her Blog to see the students perspective of things so be sure to comment on her Blog will be super encouraging for her! So read her Story it will really show you what were doing out here its sweet.

So on a new topic! This week was EVANGELISM WEEK!! Its been a tiring 2 weeks as you can tell. This week Ryan the base director spoke on evangelism, he’s such a good speaker and gets you pumps to share the good news to people. So basically the the whole week is just go out and evangelise. The week was sweet we did a lot of stuff pushing the students to think outside the box and to serve the community so it was an eventful week.

So that has been my week is been super intense but so fun! Just a little update on what I’m doing next. This school goes on outreach in 3 weeks!! And I wont be going with them… sad times. Its because I’m staying back to staff the January school! So in 2 weeks I have to so a Leadership training school for 2 weeks which is a accredited course so I get my cert 4 leadership thing it legit! But its gona cost me a bit of money so I don’t know how you guys are doing financially with Christmas coming up and stuff but I’m struggling a little bit to get some money together to fly down to Newcastle (near Sydney) to go do this course. So if you can and you feel God calling you to some money or this would be awesome would really help me out to get more skills and to be more effective in discipleship so ill leave you to pray about it. If you do feel led and you can get hold of my parents they will sort things out ( love you mum and dad ) so thank you guys for everything you doing to help me out here. You guys are just as much apart of this whole thing as I am. Because I couldn’t do it with out your prayers and money! So God bless you, have a good Thanks giving please keep praying for me and the students! Pray for Matt and Claire as there in New Zealand right now sorting things out and getting ready for some awesome travelling, yeah so Thank you guys once again and ill keep you posted on what happens next week!

Would love to hear from you guys who are reading so drop me an email because I would love to chat to you guys!!!

Love you all God bless

Monday, 16 November 2009

Stuck with the BEST!

So yet another blog post! Hope everyone is doing well just gona give you an update on what’s happened this week its pretty exciting not gona lie well its been all right ill let you guys judge. This week we had a couple come in and teach on relationships, Jono and Naomi there part of Christian surfers Coolum witch is just up the road, they challenged us quite abit and the students definitely made them think about how they act towards one another and how there gona build up there character and stuff. It was cool to see the guys really come together this week as brothers. Jono had a chat to just the guys about guy stuff…. It was sick as a house were all staying accountable and looking after each other its sweet! Been chatting to Joel this week its been so sweet to be apart of what God is doing in his life. God is doing a lot on his heart right now and challenging him in ways he has never been challenged before. This guy has such a good heart! He’s so caring and wants to help people in any way he can I’m stoked. Im just saying this because I dunno its cool to just reflect on what I’m doing here because for so long I just felt like I wasn’t really doing much and I wasn’t really making much of an impact on these guys. But the last 2 days iv taken time to take a step back and take a look at my one on one’s and look at what they were like before the school and seeing them now is well awesome. I take a look at Corey and yeah that guy God has really given him a lot of leadership potential and its been sweet to see him struggle with that responsibility and now starting to really step out in that role and yeah its cool! Also A.J man that kid is such and inspiration! The DTS hasn’t been the smoothest for him but man God is really taking advantage of that! Because when things haven’t gone to well or the house gets a little tough to be in. He just turns to God and just bounces back from everything its soo cool you can just tell God is really pushing him to trust in him and not to put all his trust in the world and people!. Also Nick man that guy has been trough some stuff and yeah when he first came here he didn’t really want to be here and now he’s a bible reading machine! He really wants to just study God and to know what God has in store for him its cool because as well as just reading the bible he’s really trying to get that relationship with God down. So yeah I’m stoked about my student’s I’m finally seeing how God is using me to impact there lives so please keep praying for them there being pushed so much and I cant wait to see what God does with them on outreach!

We went to Fraiser Island this weekend and yeah wow it’s a tough week! Its sweet because we get to do off roading and camp and visit some kick ass lakes. But yeah because we have so many people and so much camping stuff the trucks are really heavy.

So heavy truck + Sand = Stuck we got stuck a lot!

But how ever hard Fraser gets sometimes beging stuck in a truck with the same people for 2 days you really get some Bondage! Its sweet how close you get with people in tho’s situations! Also to top it off on the way back we had to drive back to the sunny coast which is 2 hours away in our vans and yeah our van broke down 10mins out of Fraser and we were in the middle of no where……. There was 5 of us and we had to wait for the pick p truck and wiat for the outher bus to go home and then pick us back up so we were there for a long time….. Like 5hours…. But it was the best 5 hours of the whole weekend!! Me, Amanda, Claudy, Kim and Jonathan were just chilling we got so tight! then we ordered a pizza and then put all the sleeping bags on the floor and just looked at the stars for so long was EPIC! You cant make moments like tho’s! So that was my epic week this week I feel is gona be even better! Its prayer week so were doing more or less 24/5 prayer we have teams and take shifts of going to the church and praying and have ministry times its sweet God does a lot of heart changing on this week so EXPECT BIG STUFF! Ill let you guys know how it goes and what cool stuff is gona happen! Iv got the 1am - 3am prayer slot so sweet!!! Prayer stuff just keep pryaing for the same stuff but pray for prayer week that God does a lot this week! Also I need some pray for guidance about some stuff so if you could pray for that that would be sweet! I just want to say thank you to all of you guys who are supporting me finically and in prayer because with out you guys I wouldn’t be here helping these students turn there life’s to God and help them fins there foundations in Christ all of you guys are just as much apart of this as me you guys are such a blessing to me and to the student. God is truly going to bless you!! Please keep praying and keep pushing into God he knows exatly where all of you are at and he want you guys just to keep asking him to help you guys out and ask him to show you something you have never seen before!! Cos he will supprise you!

Hey Claudy

Love you guys God bless xxx

Sunday, 1 November 2009

God Provides

Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while been super busy… but then I find myself stuck on what to write. Wired how that works but anyway here we go…the topic for last week was the fear of the lord which in any circumstance is a deep issue. So we started on that with a Australian speaker.. Monday he started speaking just touching on some issues like the grace of God and the LAW of God and the balance between the two. We spoke then on how grace with out Law is just a license to sin and how people to often just look to the new testament and speak about how gracious God is and all that but he spoke that there is a key balance between the two and when you lean to much into law you become extremely judgmental but then when you go to much in to grace you don't have the boundaries of law and you can do whatever you want and God will just forgive you. It been really good because it has really made the students think about the choices they make In there life. Personally I think what he was talking about was really extreme but I think he did that to make the students ask questions and to look the theology up for them self’s and take it to the bible. Which they did! As staff we get all the questions when we get back to the house. All the heavy stuff like predestination and stuff like that. Basically all the stuff theologians have been debating for years… its been sweet because that makes me go back to my bible and start seeking out a few things. That week a lot the students really responded to the teaching of fear of the lord, A lot of hearts were changed, which is awesome but also that weekend we had a a lot of spiritual warfare in the house. So that was another thing God really grew me in. a complete change of subject but we went to Australia zoo!! Was awesome got to spoon with a kangaroo was awesome! This weeks teaching was on the nature and character of God. The speaker was really good really came down the there level and it turned into more of a question and answers week even tho there wasn’t many answers because well… God is just too big! But it was good to really see the students just wrestling with God and really wanting to push into his word and strive to get that relationship with him. Also this week was giving week where the base staff and the DTS students came together and share with everyone there needs for example. Students were short of money for outreach the skate ministry team needed some money for some skate ramps to build in the Philippines. All ministry needs a I guess people asked for backpacks, sleeping bags etc. so with about 40 or so people in that morning we had a lot off needs!! So we just waited on God and we let him speak to us individually and we wrote down like and IOU and how much/what were giving and then people would cross it off the board. Everything was anonymously which was awesome. Altogether we raised over $29,000 dollars Praise God! One thing God was teaching me through this was Giving but not just giving but giving when it hurts, giving what you don’t have and giving what you love the most. I'm telling what ever people think they might think your stupid crazy and idiot! When you give out of what you don’t have that is when God truly blesses you! This weekend was pretty sick we helped out at the Yaroomba Classic surf comp. was a good day making burgers and snags for the surf community was a really fun day. Also watching people surf and also surfing my self cant really beat it!
That really wraps up this blog post if there is anything to pray for its

Unity amongst the leadership team

Protection against spiritual warfare
Time management

This week is spiritual Warfare/Jewish roots so the students will respond well to it.

Book to read if you can get your hands on it A Divine Revelation Of Hell Mary K. Baxter Iv been reading it the past few days and its really impacted me. Hell SUCKS! Big time and when you read this book you will know why so the whole time I’m reading this book Names of people who don’t know God keep coming into my mind and my heart breaks. So I pray for you guys who don’t really know God yet because well… So I challenge you to really start seeking some answers about God and take a little look into what its all about. You might be surprised if you approach it with an open mind and an open heart.

Also just going to link my 1 on 1’s blogs so you cant read all the things thats DTS.

Corey -

Joel -

A.J -

Nick - Does a personal journal

keep them in your prayers God is growing them so much!

Love you all

God bless

Take a look at this video it so cool blew me away!