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See Ya’ Later, Townsville!

Well, that was the most painful experience ever. The last 48 hours have been extremely bittersweet. 
On one hand, I’m genuinely heartbroken to leave YWAM Townsville. Over the last 22 weeks, I’ve not only learned more than I expected and grew more than I could have imagined. I’ve also made relationships that’ll last a lifetime. The last 22 weeks have been absolutely amazing, terrifying, and exciting all at the same time. And nobody will completely understand our adventure unless they lived it. Not even other people who have done a DTS will be able to! The family I found with YWAM Townsville has a very special place in my heart. I can’t wait to see where everyone ends up and what adventures God gives them! That’s why every goodbye ended with “See you on Facebook!” and “talk to you later!” 


On the other hand, I can’t wait to see what’s next. I can’t wait to see what happens in Cairns over the next week. Then, I can’t wait to get home! I can’t wait to see what’s in store, and I can’t wait to share this amazing adventure with everyone who has supported me throughout this crazy journey!

But I can honestly say, this isn’t the last I’ve seen of Townsville or the YWAM base there. It holds a very near and dear place in my heart, and I can’t wait to see how it continues to grow and impact the city, the nation, and the world. 

Thank you to everyone who has made my stay there comfortable. You’ve each taught me things you don’t even know you did, and blessed me so much! 

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Well, today our seven week outreach phase came to an end. The last seven weeks definitely blew all of my expectations! Seven weeks ago, I thought I would have been in a completely different position. I thought I would be with the Youth Adventures team working in Papua New Guinea. But four weeks ago, I don’t even know how it happened so seamlessly, I ended up flying to Darwin, Australia to join the Reef to Outback team. 
With Reef to Outback, over the last four weeks I was able to work with different aboriginal communities. We went to one community a handful of times during the week and we were involved in the Sunday evening service there. Then on Thursdays we were able to go to a different community and continue building relationships between them and YWAM Darwin. There we would listen to their worship music, share stories, and pray for them and they would pray for us as well. 
During this outreach, I was tested and stretched more than I thought I would be! The team was staying at the YWAM base in Darwin and honestly we had it pretty good even though the rooms were small. We had WIFI, a variety of meals every day for lunch and dinner, air conditioning, a pool, and the lagoon swimming area wasn’t far from us. We had it good. But I still found it extremely challenging at times. I got distracted easily because of the things we were lucky enough to have. So I really had to be intentional about spending time in the word and having my quiet time. 
Also, during this outreach, some things we were planning on doing fell through and couldn’t happen. So the things we were able to do, both the big things and small things were a complete blessing. And I had to really learn to see even the small things as a blessing, if it wasn’t for me, it could have been for a teammate or the community. 
We also got to do street evangilelisim. Which my time in Cairns with Youth Adventures totally got me ready for. Two others on my team and I, decided to use the time to bless the homeless community as well. On two different occasions, we bought some sandwiches and water bottles and handed them out to people. It an amazing thing being able to see someone’s eyes light up not because they are getting food or water, but also because they were being acknowledged by someone. There is still ALOT of tension between white people and the aboriginal communities in Australia, and there is a stigma around them and anyone who is homeless that they aren’t worthy of even being acknowledged or even making eye contact. So it was amazing to bless people with both some lunch and just friendly conversation and some prayer as well. 
We also had an opportunity to go out to the outback, camp for two nights, and help with a family day at a boarding school before the students left for their holiday. That had its ups and downs for sure. On the first day, I hurt my foot. And before realizing how bad it was, I continued to hike on it and now I’m still paying for it a week later. 
But today, our outreach is over and we are back in Townsville. But our outreach ended on a bang! Every Thursday we got to go to a community to meet with Auntie Helen and her husband, Uncle Albert (for elders, in the aboriginal community, they address then as aunties and uncles). And it was usually a short visit, short and sweet. But yesterday, the very last thing we were doing for outreach, Auntie Helen’s family was all there. We got to meet he son, Bill, his wife, and other family. It was such an amazing time! Worship went longer and was so much fun. A few of us got really into the dancing during worship and that broke the ice for the entire time. There was laughter and so much smiling. And after worship, everyone from the community that was there wanted prayer.
Here are our team leaders, Grace and Jason (on the ends), and in the middle is Auntie Helen and Uncle Albert. 

Here is a picture of one of our team leaders, Jason, praying with Uncle Bill. Bill made rounds for sure. 

Selfies were a huge hit with everyone there!



Honestly it was such a blessing for the day to end so well. This community definitely has my heart!

Outreach has absolutely blown my mind and has exceeded any expectations that I had. Now, we only have two weeks left of this adventure! Crazy! The next two weeks, we’ll be with our entire school of 60 people! Many of which we haven’t seen for two and a half months because they were on the medical ship! We’ll be debriefing outreach and telling stories for a week, and then the final week will be “re entry” week. The week will focus on equipping us to go home. To go back to our old environment that probably hasn’t changed much while we have all changed a TON. It’s absolutely crazy to think that I have been out of Minnesota since January! Absolutely crazy. 

After my two weeks in Townsville are over, I’ll be flying up to Cairns to see a family friend and stay with them. I’m also going to try to reconnect with a church we worked with will there during our very first bit of outreach. Then, on July 6th, I’ll be leaving in the morning and getting back to America a few hours before I even left Cairns. Crazy, I’ll gain the day I lost when I came to Australia! 

Thank you for your support! Please continue to pray for me while I’m here! Also pray for an easy transition when I come home!

It’s been Crazy!

For starters, it’s been crazy so far. It’s been eye opening since I got here and so many great relationships have been developed already. There’s already been a ton of growth, and it’s just been crazy.

So firstly, last week I was extremely torn between which outreach team to be a part of. When I first applied, Reef to Outback (fun fact, YWAM TOWNSVILLE was originally called Reef to Outback because Loren Cunningham suggested that would be a fantastic focus for the school) had been my original choice. But it was partly because I didn’t know about Youth Adventures. So all of last week until today, I was going back and forth between the two Outreaches/streams. Then this morning I asked the leader for RTO for a bit more information on that stream to help me choose between the two.
Then after learning more about it, it sounded like the perfect fit. So I decided that would probably be the best choice. And I thought that would be my choice.

But then before the group meetings started, the outreach leader for Youth Adventures asked where I was with the choice and said if I wanted to join the group meeting to learn a bit more about it, I could. So right away, I was back to phase one– I had no idea which outreach I should do. So I went to the meeting and immediately knew Youth Adventures was the one I needed to be in. So after going back and fourth on the streams, I’m positive that Youth Adventures is the one I need to be in. So that was a long process.

For lectures over the past week have been extremely beneficial. Half of last week was orientation, and then Thursday and Friday were Hearing Gods Voice. Friday I got a few confirmations from people that correlated perfectly with my prayers. Then Saturday however was completely different. It was obvious spiritual warfare, I know that now and I knew it at the time too. I was angry and frustrated with not having made up my mind about outreach. Then I felt incredibaly isolated, most of the time I put myself in isolation too. Someone would ask me to join them and I’d say no, and then I’d feel even more angry.

Then Sunday, I decided to read the Bible from cover to cover. Then Monday, I finished Genesis and started Exodus; Monday evening for awhile it looked like it was going to rain and we were all hoping it would. But before it did, a rainbow came out above the campus. Right away I remembered the promise God made to Noah;

Genesis 9:16 “Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant of every kind on earth.”


Then as soon as I made the connection and got a picture, the rainbow was gone. Then during worship on Monday night, I kept getting the word abundance and love. But I didn’t want to share it, I wasn’t sure if it was personally for me or for someone else. So I asked God to send someone over and pray for me and if that happened, I would share it. Sure enough, someone from my DTS came over and said that I had been on her heart for a few days. So that was just one more confirmation that I was A.) in Townsville because I was meant to be, and B.) was supposed to share the word I had received.

Then the lectures for this week is on Identity, and right away our speaker started it off with a bang and had everyone crying on a Monday morning. I’m not sure what other people were thinking about it, but I was personally just extremely overwhelmed. For the reason that God has so much love for each of us and we don’t deserve any of it.

Every year in Sunday school when we’d learn about how the people chose Barabbus, I would just feel sick. How could those people choose Barabbus? He was horrible. He should have been the one to be crucified.

(1)”Jesus Loves Barabbas Too” just like how he loves us. And that just blows my mind. I had never thought of it like that; we are Barabbas. We aren’t above Barabbas, we sin just as he did. And we are ungreatful for Jesus taking our rightful place on the cross too sometimes– we just walk away and are glad we don’t have to deal with it any more. So that was one giant, game-changing take away. The second ties in with it.

(2) “God is Love“, and that’s one thing I forget all the time. Yeah, sure I know God loves me, but just how much? The song “When Love Sees You” is just another thing that made everyone cry in the first lecture of the week. He loves each of us that he would send Jesus to go through (3) “THIS” and would go through it again and again for each of us. And that is just mind boggling.

Any of the links in here I highly recommend you look it.
1.) It’s pretty self explanatory. It’s a spoken word.
2.) Just the song a referenced, it’s beautiful and I just love it a lot.
3.) This is the “physicians view of the Crucifixion of Jesus” and explains his last moments right before and during the crucifixion with medical terms and ends with “Lord died, not the usual crucifixion death by suffocation, but of heart failure due to shock and constriction of the heart by fluid in the pericardium.” Meaning he basically died of a broken heart. 



Over all, so far this whole YWAM adventure has turned out to be much better than I expected. Sorry if this update was just all over the place!