Monthly Archives: March 2009

toast.

As I sit here finishing one of my nightly pieces of toast with fellow toast associate, Philip Jamis Kuda, I provide you with the information of where I will be attending my Outreach. I have been hand picked  to be on a stellar team to Southeast Asia led by the awesome, the amazing, Kim “Freaking” Golden and the athletic and luminescent Kieren O’Neill. My teammates are… Katy the Crane, R to the Chelle, Kaylee, Carter, Andrew Love and Mandie. The countries I will be tapping are… Bali, yes I just said Bali, Taiwan, Thailand and Cambodia, the Cambo. Sweet as. We found out our teams via an extensive scavenger hunt that ended in tears and joy. It is really cool to finally know my team so I can finally sleep at night. 

It has been a good week so far, our speaker Gordon Rosewall is teaching on The Father Heart of God which is freaking sweet. He is a Kiwi and is super energetic and resembles a young Elton John, both wonderful things. 

In two weeks I will be left somewhere on the South Island with two other students and twenty dollars to my name. This is known as Faith Week. We are literally dropped off in an unknown location and cannot come back for an entire week. This will be totally challenging for me but also an amazing experience to totally rely on God. 

And now I will leave you with a Haiku… 

 

Tea and toast are sweet.

I do like it golden brown. 

Except on Sundays.

encouragement.

swing!

swing!

Today before lecture we had intercession and prayer. We did something new and different and it turned out to be incredible. Everyone wrote their names in the corner of a piece of paper and then folded it down so the name could not be seen, then we randomly passed them around. We prayed and interceded over the person we had on our paper without knowing who they were, it was liberating. Some of the stories, versus and images that people got were amazing and accurate. Afterwards we got our papers back and got to see what that person got from the Lord for us. I got mine back from Beau and was almost in tears at what the Lord had told him, this is what it read… 

Have faith, for we serve a faithful God! I pray you’d be graced with an ever-deepening understanding of his limitless love for you! He shouts for you! He sings for you! He pines for you! He cries for you! Our God gets butterflies when your praise rises to the heavens! Let this love soak in and do it’s transformational work… Be blessed. Be healthy. Be light on you feet. The King’s love falls all around you. 

Numbers 23:19-20 “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a Son of Man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?”

heartbeats.

This week has so far been HUGE with injustice. Mainly dealing with children… different situations- child soldiers, sex trafficking and abortion. I want to start with a story that happened monday night. Jaclyn, Katy and I were outside of the local grocery market talking about prophecy because it has been a hot topic of late at school. In the middle of our discussion, a man (and I am talking a random Joe kind of guy) walks out of the store and approaches us. He asks if we are YWAMers and then continues to say how blessed and thankful he is to have us here in Oxford. Afterwards he put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Now you, you have a huge heart for children and the Lord is going to use you in many ways through this,” he wished us well, got in his car, tooted his horn and drove away never to be seen again. Wow. I was in tears… I don’t know if you have ever experienced being prophesied over but is powerful stuff. Well, just ten minutes later we went to the church for WAM night (World Awareness Missions) and watched the Invisible Children documentary. I just could not believe after what happened at the store was followed up by a night of awareness of Joseph Kony’s child soldiers. I am attaching the link to watch this short documentary. Please watch it. This is my heart, this is my passion. After watching this film we all went on a silent walk in the cold, dark, still night. During our walk I could hear the Lord calling me to this, using my gift of compassion to help these displaced children. Families ripped apart, children being abducted and brainwashed, hearts being broken, hope being lost. This injustice strips me down to the core. Please watch the film (The Rescue of Joseph Kony’s Child Soldiers) and take action on April 25, 2009. (You will understand after watching.)

http://www.invisiblechildren.com

Also, over on the left column are some links to some Facebook photo albums that I have put up. You can look at them even if you are not on Facebook. Please do! There are a lot more pictures here than on my Flickr account. Enjoy.

outreach.

 

akaroa!

akaroa!

This weekend has been AMAZING!!! Starting with Friday Night Outreach in Christchurch right up until this moment, very late Saturday night. So Friday night consisted of all of us dividing into different groups in the city square in Christchurch. There were teams such as the music team, the mobile team, the prostitute team, the sports team, and I was on the art team. We started out drawing a huge garden with sidewalk chalk and talking to people who stopped to see what we were up to. It is a great way to start conversations. Not long after getting busy with the chalk I was distracted by the music team so I headed that way. The crowd around them was growing and people were totally fascinated with the drum circle they had going. It was so full of life, the people came to life and were dancing, clapping, singing along. Me, Jaclyn and Kenny even started The Electric Slide with some Saudi’s. It was seriously awesome. 

Then today we went to Akaroa, see the picture above. It was such an amazing town, right on the ocean. It was so relaxing to get away and spend some time there.  

Last Thursday we found out what specific countries were available for Outreach. This was huge. So after finding out the countries we had to give them our top three options by tonight. This was SO tough! I prayed and prayed and prayed over my decision and I could feel the Holy Spirit and my heart slowly guiding me in my choices. I felt such relief in writing down my final decision and putting it in the bucket, it is now out of my hands and I know that I will end up right were God wants me. So here were my top three choices… (1) Southeast Asia/Africa- Indonesia, Northern India, South Africa and Uganda. (2) Southeast Asia- Bali, Taiwan, Cambodia and Thailand. (3) Africa- South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Morocco. Unbelievable right? Well, from my understand we find out at the end of this week so until then I am just waiting. 

Matthew 7:25-34

wonderwall.

Really quickly as it is way past the time that my head should be asleep on my pillow… Tonight as Phil and I were walking back to the HSH we met Landon, Josh and Carsten on the way only to be invited to go worship in the park. Donned with guitars and headlamps we eagerly followed. It was a perfect night, the most beautiful night here so far… so many stars I can’t even explain, a half moon and thin light clouds. We climbed to the top of the jungle gym and worshiped in community and friendship for two hours. It was amazing. 

“I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus, no turing back, no turning back.”

injustice.

Today during intercession we prayed over injustices in the world. Sex trade, displaced children, refugees, child prostitution, AIDS, domestic violence, trafficking, war, rape, slavery, etc. This is such a passion of mine. My heart just cries in pain. It is so hard to consider all of the men, women and children in the world facing these issues when we are all so far away from them and wrapped up in our own worlds. I wish to never forget the faces, hearts and desires of these children. I also wish to never forget that they are children of God, created in His image. It is so hard to just stand by and let all of this happen. I am so excited to go on outreach for this reason alone, to act in the lives of these people, showing them love and attention which they have never been exposed to before. The cycles of abuse and continual persecution can only be stopped by divine intervention. I feel so called to pray for God’s justice and peace to be washed over these people. As a part of the future generations we have to stand up, we can no longer afford to be silent. 

“Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was put in charge of us until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law. So, in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galations 3:23-29

“You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike in terror.” Psalm 10:17-18

healing.

I have witnessed something tonight that I never even imagined would ever happen. Here is the story…

It all started last night when a fellow dts-er Phil was telling me, Jaclyn and Katy his story. To make a long one short, he was telling us how he witnessed a blind man see through the power of prayer and faith in India a few years back. Well, being from the states I have never seen any physical miracles like so, in fact it would be safe to say that I even doubted it still happens. Hearing Phil’s story was amazing… the way he told and the faith that he has is so encouraging. I have never even heard a first hand account of a miracle like that before so it was awesome. Well that it just the beginning. 

 

from left... phil, emrie, jaclyn, katy.

from left... phil, emrie, jaclyn, katy.

So, tonight we went into Christchurch to go to church. There was a guest teacher who had an amazing testimony of having the gift of healing. At first, again, I was extremely skeptical of some of the accounts he spoke of but was hooked none the less. This guy was a firecracker, probably around the age of 65, you could tell he just had the Holy Spirit in him. So he was recalling healings that had happened in the previous years to start with and then he goes on to say that many miracles of healing will take place tonight during the service. After his stories he started calling out things like, “There is someone in this room with a numb shoulder, please come up,” and then after a few seconds someone would come up to the front and he would pray over them with force and such faith it was incredible. Well about the fourth or fifth time he walked over in front of our section and said, “There is someone in this section that has degenerate back pain and has for years,” as soon as he said that I nudged Jaclyn (because she has a horrible back and has since about age 15, cannot sit up straight, a whole list of issues that cannot really be helped) and said, “That is you.” Well another lady got up before Jaclyn and walked to the front and I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt she wasn’t the right person. The lady proceeded to explain her issues and it did not match up to what he had said so he prayed over her regardless and then called out again, “In this section, there is someone with degenerate back pain, please come up.” I nudged Jaclyn again and she went up. Immediately I broke into tears… was this really going to happen?! So the man prayed over her, everyone that was there from YWAM prayed with him, hands lifted up towards her… “Thank you Jesus, Praise Jesus, Amen.” She was healed. She walked back to her seat and sat with perfect posture. I looked at her and tears were streaming down her face. After the service we talked and she did feel healed in that moment, she also said that it would take a little time to know for sure but she believed that it had happened, and I believed it too, I had to. 

This is the most vibrant miracle of God I have ever experienced or dreamed of experiencing. He is alive in this place, so alive. People believe, people have such strong faith. Our school believes, this is only the beginning. I am still just in awe. 

“He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” Job 5:9