This whole week has mostly just been going over rules and getting used to things here in Townsville. There has been a ton of down time that has been for getting to know each other here. There has been some worship time, and now we have our Ministry Placements, which is basically just our job while we are on base.
Mine isn’t the most fun, it’s not in the A/C like some of the other placements are. But it’s just cleaning, so it really isn’t that bad. The only thing that makes it so bad is the heat and the fact that it is always humid and at least 80 inside as well as outside. But the group I work with is great, so it’s been fine the last few days.
There really isn’t that much to update about yet. Our lectures this week have just been going through the handbooks and schedules for the DTS and the week. Next week we start our lectures, so that update will be much more interesting!
First of all, the trip of actually getting here was crazy. It had its ups and downs; but it turns out that if you bring the flight attendants candy and give it to them as you get on, they’ll give you almost anything and give you the special treatment. It works great and honestly all of the flights were way more enjoyable.
Our first flight was from Colorado to LA. That flight was fine, nothing really extraordinary happened during that flight. It was extremely short, and we landed early enough to have plenty of time to make it across LAX from the Domestic part to the International part.
During that flight, we actually saw a girl from our DTS but weren’t sure if it was her until we finally made it past customs in Brisbane.
We met up with her during baggage claim, and we found out we were on the same flight to Townsville as she was. The only problem was that the line for security to get out of the International part of the airport was long, the bus ride to the Domestic part was long, and the line for baggage drop off and security was even longer. And we only had 30 minutes roughly to get to our last flight. Luckily we found a flight attendant who was able to rush us through the baggage drop off and brought us to the front of security. Then from there we had to figure out where our gate was since it didn’t have it on our boarding pass. When we finally found out, we had to sprint across the whole airport basically until we got to our flight and made it just in time before the last call.
That flight ended up being one of the best to be honest. We had a great time being able to sit next to each other and get to know each other since it wasn’t crowded on the plane at all. We met up with some of the staff right after we got off, and a handful of others in our DTS. Then from there we loaded up and left for our base, as well as seeing the beach that is only a 15 minute walk from our base.
Now, tomorrow we start our first official day of the course. So much has already happened, and so much more is to come! I can’t wait!
I know I said I probably wouldn’t update that often, but my next update will cover a few days and it will be hard enough to fit everything into it!
Alright, so I should start by saying that I am so appreciative of Zandreya and her family! They’ve been extremely welcoming, and it has been a blast getting to know all of them and Zandreya before we start our YWAM adventure!
But like many people in our DTS has posted on Facebook about; the Devil is coming for us because we are about to do great things in Australia and grow in ways we won’t expect. Multiple people from the DTS have posted about something going off track. Whether it’s health, finances, Visa problems, and that sort of thing.
Well for me, it seems that I got stuck with Altitude Sickness (or Mountain Sickness). Since Colorado is so much higher than Minnesota;
So, it’s not hard to see why I would get sick. Headache, shortness of breath, nusea, and extreme fatigue. Usually, I’ll be honest, when I get sick, I get crabby. Extremely crabby. And I easily could have woken up and decided I was going to be in a bad mood.
But there’s no reason for me to do that. There is so much ahead of me, and knowing that I would have made my short time in Colorado somewhat miserable; I decided to make the most of it and look forward to what God has in store for me.
Even though it was one of the shorter flights from Minnesota to Colorado that I’ll be taking during my adventure, it turned into one of the worst ones. Everything was on schedule until we arrived to Colorado; my flight was put into a 30 minute hold due to poor visibility in Denver. Or in the pilots words; The bad news is that we were put into a 30 minute hold, but hopefully it doesn’t last long. The good news, we have enough fuel for it. If it goes longer than 30 minutes, we’ll have to find another place to land.
So on a already cramped small plane, there was a huge aggravated sigh from everyone before we all went back to what we were doing. At least the view is good, right?
Besides that, it was fabulous. It’s extremely comforting to know that I won’t be going into this adventure without knowing someone. So being in Denver and getting to know Zandreya before we head off to Australia is great. The day was mainly just time to get to know each other; discussing our favorite biblical topics, what we are most excited to learn about while in the midst of our YWAM adventure. More is only to come tomorrow!
Chances are, updates will be weekly and when I can too! This will probably be my last one until I leave Denver for Australia!
It’s crazy to think that in 12 days I will be starting a new adventure in another country. A few months ago, even though I knew I was going, it didn’t really seem real. Now that it’s so close, I couldn’t be more excited and nervous at the same time. I’m also extremely grateful.
The support I’ve received from countless people is insane. Without it, I don’t think I would leaving on the 24th! Or I wouldn’t be as prepared as I am.
I can’t really say thank you enough to the people that have helped me through…
- Financial Support
- And simply believing in me.
None of this would be happening if it wasn’t for the prayer that I’ve received. I would be a nervous wreck about leaving so much so I wouldn’t really be excited. So thank you!
Those of you who helped me with finances, thank you! I was able to finish paying for my entire YWAM DTS before the end of the second week of January, leaving me plenty of time to use my paychecks for things I need to get before I go!
A few years ago, YWAM wasn’t really a possibility for me. I wasn’t mentally or spiritually in a place that YWAM seemed like a feasible option for me. If it wasn’t for the people that I’ve surrounded myself with, I don’t think I would be getting ready to go on this adventure of a lifetime.
At the beginning of 2016, I had no idea just how much would have changed in twelve months. I was officially accepted into the YWAM school in Townsville, Australia. I got a promotion at my job (which I am going to miss while I’m in Australia), and I’ve already made close friendships with people I will be going to school with for the first part of 2017.
I’m not usually the type of person who makes New Years resolutions. But this year, I have one; to make the most of this next year and the adventure that God has put in front of me. All of 2017 is going to be a life changing experience.
At this time last year, I knew where I was going to be. Or at least where I wanted to be. I wanted to have a steady job where I could work and make the money I would need for school. I wanted to at least be in the process of getting into YWAM. Last year, I knew the vague idea of what the year would look like for me.
This year, I have no idea where I will be a month from today. I know I will be in YWAM, in Australia. But I have no idea where I will be spiritually. This year, for the most part, is one big spiritual adventure that only God knows about!
Although I’m starting to get nervous about all of this; I know I’m on the right path. A month and a half I was horrified of the idea of having to travel across the world by myself when I’ve only traveled in groups before. Then as soon as I put more prayer into it and asked for prayer from the other students who would be joining me in Australia, I began talking to a girl who lives in Denver, Colorado. After we talked about how excited but nervous we both were to travel on our own, it was decided that I would fly to Denver a day or two before going to Australia, stay with her and her family and then we would leave together on the 26th of January for Australia! It may seem small, but it was definitely a answered prayer that assured me that this adventure is what I should be doing and is going to be life changing.
Thank you everyone who has supported me so far in this adventure!