Static and the Choices You Make

Thoughts and Questions before… “This season I’m in is chaotic.  My human eyes turn to day and see nothing but static.  What if my Creator intentionally placed this static in my day. Could it be that the static is not hindering my vision, but in fact enhancing it? Naturally, we can get frustrated when things are unclear, but if everything …

The Tale of the Tuna

Waking up early to watch the sunrise, I went to the outside deck. As I looked out upon the dark ocean that surrounded us, I could make out what looked to be an island not far off. As the sun began to rise, it became clear that we had arrived at Nissan Atoll in PNG. Now Nissan is kind of …

Can You Trust Him?

A year ago, I would have called you crazy if you told me I would move to Hawaii, one of the most expensive places to live and become a full-time missionary. I would have thought you were even more insane if you were to tell me I would then move to Canada to start a new YWAM base.  I simply …

Is Fundraising Really Necessary?

Fundraising? No. I’m not gonna do it. I’ll just hope and pray that people will catch on to what I’m doing. I mean I’ll update facebook, send out blogs, maybe write a newsletter, and then see what happens.  I know people are interested in what I’m doing so they’ll make a move. They’ll contact me. Why do I need to …

Flowers for Prostitutes

Door to door ministry. Handing out roses to women on the streets. Conversations and amazing prayer times. People’s lives being transformed. Some came to know the Lord; others were prayed for and encouraged. One of our January DTS teams recently finished up their 3-month outreach. They ministered to people in Florida and Costa Rica. Their ministry time was full of …

What’s My Calling?

“So what are your plans here? What do you think God is calling you to next?” These are common breakfast table questions here at YWAM Ships Kona asked right after your name and where you grew up. It’s nice to be able to dive so deep initially with people but also is a difficult question for me to answer. Well …

The Open Door

Just yesterday I interviewed a Discipleship Training School student who had just returned from a 3 month outreach in Cambodia. He told me about a day they were walking in the slums, and a man came running at them fast and intense. They froze, took guard, thinking he was about to attack. To their surprise, the man called to them …

The Journey Taken

Being on staff with YWAM is a unique experience and not because of all the reasons I thought it would be. I expected to hear amazing stories of people getting healed. I expected to see people come to know the Lord. I expected to meet new people all the time and yet, somehow I overlooked the fact that I would …

Home Isn’t Always A Physical Place

After you’ve been a part of YWAM for a while, or any missions-focused organization, your idea of “home” may be a little different than the normal definition. Home might not be the place where you were born, or where you grew up, or even where you’ve spent the most amount of time in your life.  I recently visited family and …

The Journey of Following God

Sitting down to join my fellow ladies at the local coffee shop, the thought hit me, “I don’t want to work here.” OH NO.  I had just turned in an application to work at that local coffee shop and, shortly after, realized I actually don’t want to be employed there. Before applying, I felt God had opened the doors for …

Four Lessons Learned During DTS

1. Communication is everything. It is no surprise to find out living with a group of random strangers can be difficult or working in teams can be frustrating. You name the scenario; working with people can be difficult and requires communication always. People are widely diverse, harboring different opinions, practicing habits you are not accustomed to, operating on a different …

What More Do We Need To Be Obedient?

When I’m waiting for confirmation from God on situations, I like His answers to be big and bold. If it was an option, I’d totally go for the unmistakable “writing in the sky” style of communication. But sometimes I can find myself using a lack of big and bold signs to hide behind complacency. I justify not talking to someone …

Tips For Outreach You Should Know

As you’re preparing to go on outreach, whether it’s your very first or the latest in your repertoire, there’s a couple different things you should keep in mind. We can talk for ages about packing tips, what to bring and what not to. Or discuss the pros and cons of flying with different airlines. However, as important as these things …

Adventure Comes From Risk: Saying Yes To Jesus

When my fiancé and I were first approached with an invitation to go to YWAM Ships Kona new ship, the m/v YWAM Liberty, to help get her ready for operation as a medical vessel, our reaction was to laugh loudly. The thought of packing up and heading out to Australia less than a month after we returned to Kona seemed …

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True Stories From Outreach

When students prepare to go on outreach after the lecture phase of their DTS, there can be many questions and, possibly, doubts as to to what the students will face and how situations will go. Each outreach is different in so many ways, from cultures and team dynamics to geographical locations. The greatest thing about outreach is the experience each …

Nothing Could Have Prepared Me For My Time In Sydney, Except God

“Jesus Loves You!” I yelled at the passerby on the street as our car drove past. The year was 2000, the Sydney Olympics were about to begin and I was elated by what I had just done. The rush that came from stepping out of my comfort zone was the first in many attempts at sharing the love of God …

I Transformed Into A Little Girl In Awe Of A Massive, Gracious Father

This Christmas season marks three years of making a decision that changed my life. If someone would have told me then where I would be now, a disbelieving laugh would have quickly followed. A calculated plan was in place, a University acceptance letter in my drawer and a graduation ceremony right around the corner. After many months of planning my …