2 weeks in

Well, I’ve been here for a couple of weeks now, and I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to do for work. I have my days of peace and no worry, but they aren’t all like that. I mostly have a hard time filling my days. I’ve found a sort of routine and that helps. I’ve been doing a regular walk in the morning followed by coffee breakfast and devotions, then I usually hit the job boards seeing what else is out there that I’ll qualify for. I just keep applying knowing that God has the right thing out there for me and trusting that he’ll open the door when the time is right. For now though, I’m leaning on him and trusting him and his provisions for my life. He knows all of my needs and I trust that he’ll fulfill those.
I thought that Starbucks was going to work out, I heard from one of the managers at his store the next day and he said that I would be at a different location and they would call me later in the following week. Is till haven’t heard from them and I think I would have by now. I’m sure it just wasn’t what God wanted for me right now. I’ll just ask for your continued prayer and I try to find the right means of income. In the mean time, I’ll just keep hanging out at the pool, applying for jobs, and reading books. Not all bad, but it does qet a little boring! Thanks for all of the support, I appreciate the texts and phones calls, they seem to be coming right when I’m feeling discouraged or missing home. Love you all!
Natalie

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Into the Unknown

It has been a while since I’ve done any blogging, but I feel like change always drives me to write down my thoughts. I’m in the midst of a huge leap of faith. I know that many people may not understand what I’m doing, but I have to do what I feel God is asking me to. Here’s the story…

In 5 days I’m headed down to Azusa, CA to start a new adventure. I’m not going to school (yet), I don’t have a job (yet) but I do have a place to live and some amazing friends that have invited me to come and share a townhouse with. I feel like I should be much more nervous, but I’m not. I have such a peace and excitement for what God has for me. He is my provider and He has always had my back. I’ve asked myself many times “what’s the worst that could happen?” Nothing really is that bad that is going to stop my from following what I feel is a clear call from God to go.

I’m headed South and I’m so excited, God has a plan and I’m not quite privy to what that is yet, but I know that he’ll give me bits and pieces and He feels necessary – and I’m ok with that. I’ve often felt that He had big plans for me, but I’ve grown comfortable where I am. Comfortable in my job, in my home and just in my life. I’m ready to live out what God has for me and I’m willing to do whatever He asks of me.

There isn’t much of a story to how it all came about. The idea came up jokingly, but it piqued my interest. Through a series of confirmations and I’d say the most important one coming from my mom one day while we were on vacation. She just said, “Why don’t you just move down there with them?!” I told her, I had actually been thinking about it, but not sure if I should bring it up. So, with that I started taking steps to making this happen. With crummy health and an eventual surgery on August 16, plans were put on hold until I could heal completely. I know that God has been working through this all.

This comes as a surprise to many, but to anyone that knows me, knows that I listen to his voice and I follow. They know that I’m always up for an adventure with God. He has always encouraged me to jump off the cliff while yelling “Geronimo!” So here I go, jumping into the unknown with God by my side.

week numero uno

Here I am, a week after arriving and the whole no personal space, no time alone thing is coming up! Living in a small apartment with 3 rooms, one bathroom and 19 people isn’t the most fun thing I have ever done. This week there is another team leaving that lives next door, so then we can spread out.

It has been a good week. Lost of reading the Book, we started at the beginning and we’ll end at Rev… We got through to Jeremiah in two days. We read for 2 hours outloud in groups and then have six hours off while other teams read. I think that we’re trying to finish it tomorrow. The 2am – 4am shift was a little tough. Three days through the entire thing is pretty good I would say.

We also finished our lectures. We did it all on video all about the battle that we’re in and what it means to fight against it. 12 hours of teaching in 3 days was quite wearing on everyone, but at least we have a/c. Today we had another person join our group for 2 months, her name is Kimberly and she is from Holland. SHould be fun!

We start with our conference this week and we had a meeting today to help prep us for it. We got to see all of our friends that we haven’t seen for a week, it feels like it has been so much longer. It is weird to think that it was only a week, but after this, it’ll be harder to see everyone. I got a big hug from Sarah who is leading the group in the South, she’s fun, I’m sure we’ll hang out on a free day. We will see all the groups at the conference this week, it’ll be a lot of fun. We’re all working with media at the conference (surprise, surprise!). They are expecting about 3500 people.

I’ve also been hit with a little bit of a bug in the tummy, so I haven’t been feeling very well. Please be talking to the big guy if you think about it. This place is also pretty heavy and it’s a constant battle in the other realm, but He is good and I think that I might be able to eat this evening!

I have some more pictures come, as soon as the internet is fast enough to upload them, I’ll get on it!

Talk to you soon,
Natalie

p.s. get skype! 

life abroad

Things sure are different here. This is my first time in an eastern/asian culture. It is different to stick out and go to places where I’m totally out of the ordinary. I actually am really enjoying it all. Last night we went to a couple of “malls” or shopping areas where there was a small aisle and clothing and goods hanging everywhere. It was crazy! People were talking to us and practicing their english, smiling and laughing at us. As we were walking I would see one person nudge another and look at us. It was quite the experience. 

We’ve been finishing up our lectures this week since we came a week early, and we are watching some DVD’s as planned. it is all about what is going on in the realms around us and how to battle. Hopefully you get my gist as to what I’m saying. Anyways, we watched 4 hours of that yesterday and we’ll watch some more this evening and tomorrow as well. We should finish up tomorrow. 

Everything is great here and the big guy is moving in the region that we’ll be working in, so that is encouraging. If anyone has any desire to send me mail at all, you can ask my parents for the address. I’ll write more as things happen.

Thanks for your support,
Natalie 

late night games

Every Friday night we have a meeting, basically it is a church meeting. Good worship, one of the weeks speakers and tea and cake or other treat afterwards. It’s a good time. The new thing that I have been apart of the last few weeks is volleyball afterwards. Last night we played volleyball outside, under the lights, until 2am! It was also so much fun! It is a great stress release, after this week, it was very needed… Let me tell you a little about this week.

We had Paul Childers as our guest speaker, as I mentioned earlier this week. He and his wife run a ministry called photogenX at YWAM Kona, Hawaii. They use photography to make people aware and come against social injustices in the world. He shared with us on Tuesday about this ministry and one of the tracks that I could be a part of, that I would like to join. It is a school that goes around the world and visits 6 of the 7 continents. It starts on South Africa about a week after my DTS is finished, learning lots of photography basics. Then I would be able to come hoe for Christmas for a couple of weeks and then make my way to Egypt, pyramids and all! There we would get on a boat and make out way  to Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, Crete, and basically follow Paul’s missionary Journey. This is when we would do a biblical core course and dig into the bible reading it a few times through and really getting a grasp on it. Then we’ll make our way to Germany, where we’ll be taught by a fine art photographer that had his art shown and sold in the Louve. Amazing! After that we’ll go to Morocco and then make our way to Costa Rica for a few months and finally end up in Kona, Hawaii for a few more months. 

It really would be around the world and an adventure of a lifetime. I feel like this is something that I was made for. God has been confirming this to me and to the people in my life. There have been things over the last 3 years or so that have confirmed this in my life. I’m so excited that I finally feel like I’ve found something that moves my heart in a way that I really can’t explain. After this, I would hopefully be able to move forward in having a voice against injustice in this world. And I would be able to use my gifts that God has given me to fight against the enemy and his dark schemes.

I would love to have your prayer support as I apply for this and see what happens. Feel free to ask any questions, and I’ll do my best to answer them. Thanks everyone! I love you all!

Natalie

one week

This is somewhat frightening… I am one week, seven days, 168 hours, 10,080 minutes, however you want to say it, from leaving for Australia for an adventure of a lifetime. I can’t believe how quickly the time has come for me to take off. There are so many emotions that I’m feeling all at one time. I’m sad, to be leaving behind family and friends. I’m excited, to see the world. I’m scared, to be all by myself. I’m trilled, to be doing what God had called me to do. I’m nervous, to be so far from the familiar. And so many other emotions that I don’t feel like I can accurately describe.  In the midst of all those feelings I feel this deep peace that I have never felt about such a huge decision. I’m sure it’ll be different, but I can imagine that when I fall in love, it’ll feel something like this… so peaceful, among other things! Hopefully, if nothing else, this post will give you a feel for how to pray from me as I get all packed up and ready to face the world!