Monday, November 17, 2014

Bookworm of sorts

I have been reading, in my standards, a lot of books in the last month! I have been loving it!!

First, The Soul-Winner by Charles Spurgeon
This book was extremely challenging. Spurgeon talks about the qualifications and necessity for a soul winners; people sold out for telling others about Christ.

The next book was Discovering the Power of the Cross of Christ, again by Charles Spurgeon.
It followed the title quite well. Spurgeon covers the meaning of the different things Jesus said while on the cross. Also, the power of the cross and what all Christ's death and resurrection means. It is one of those books you could read countless times and still get more out of it each time.

I also read 7: An Experimental Mutiny against Excess by Jen Hatmaker.
Jen Hatmaker goes through a fast of sorts of giving different things up for 4 weeks. The first month was having only 7 food item options, the second month was only 7 articles of clothing, and so on. Taking normal everyday things that are usually taken for granted and limiting them in order to draw near to God through repentance and worship of Him alone. It was challenging and I am praying about how exactly to duplicate something like this in my own life for a season.

Along with these other books I also read Bruchko by Bruce Olsen.
As a 19 year old he left the USA for South America. No plans, no sending organization, and little support, he obeyed a call to go to unreached tribes. The next years of his life were extremely difficult. Eventually He ended up being able to share with a tribe called the Motilone Tribe. He learned the language, shared the gospel, revival broke out, and that tribe went on to share with other indigenous tribes. If you have a chance to read this book I would highly recommend it as well as the above books.

Currently I am reading through the bible chronologically in 120 days and soon will be starting The Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Colorado Pt 1

The first week of Colorado is coming to a close, it is going fabulous! I also am so ready to see and spend time with the students, Josh, and Kelly.

My purpose here (YWAM Denver) was to be trained more in the Choice Project; a curriculum put together by BSHOP and Life International. I had the privilege to speak a bit during the second session on the sanctity of human life. Ryan had to fly home a day early so Alicia and I tag teamed the last teaching day. It was a great learning opportunity! It was also great to be with the 15 students in the school.

Vicki also got to come along to help with Ryan and Alicia's girls. We both stayed on base with some of the girls and it was a lot of fun!

When we weren't teaching we were able to see Red Rocks,  and go to Estes Park. The first was a great hike, the second we saw a ton of elk at a gas station. It was wild. Estes Park was a cute little town to walk through. The drive was incredible.

Tonight I was able to go on a hike with 3 of the YWAM girls I was rooming with. It was beautiful. At the top of a steep ascent, you could face one direction and see the Rockies then turn around and see Denver skyscrapers lighting up the horizon. It was so windy, we closed our eyes and the wind was howling through the tall grass - when we opened our eyes two deer were watching us from the ridge.



Tomorrow night I get picked up and head to YWAM Colorado Springs. We will sit in on a week of teaching by Chet Ingram with their DTS students. We have also planned a lot of hiking times!!



Sorry I don't have a single picture to post about it

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Check It Out

Jenny Spoelma (formerly Jenny Voss) was in charge of the kitchen when I did Immersion 3 years ago. I was on the kitchen team, so I spent many hours in (now my home's kitchen) the kitchen with her and a few others. I got to know her, and hear her story and share who I was with her. I loved that time! Also on staff with her was Kelsey Klumpstra who is now my housemate and dear friend!

Jenny started blogging a long time ago about Beauty. She would interview friends and blog about the interview. She challenged the people she interviewed to go and interview someone else and submit the interview for her blog.

Long story short - Kelsey interviewed me and Jenny posted it on her blog! Check it out here:

Jenuine Life
 
 
 
 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Colorado


 
I am so excited to spend time once again in this beautiful state!!

Last year we took a road trip to Colorado for a week and it went so well! We stayed at YWAM Colorado Springs, and sat in on a teaching about Missions. The trip went so great we decided to go again! The main purpose being community bonding, and a road trip always proves to be effective for that :)
 
This year we will be sitting in on Chet Ingram's teaching on Laying Down Your Rights. I'm excited because not only do we hear some good teaching, but we also meet awesome people and see beautiful sights.




Also, I am going to Colorado a week before the students to be trained/help teach the Choice Project. this is a teaching on the sanctity of human life, abortion, purity, identity, Jesus, etc. Ryan wrote the curriculum with Life International and now teaches it to many people. I felt God calling me to take a stand for life and help teach it, so Ryan is giving me that opportunity!

November 1 - 8; Waalkes family, Vicki Geurink and I are going to YWAM Denver
November 8-15; the Students, Josh and Kelly are meeting me at YWAM Colorado Springs!
 
 
Pray for safe travels and soft hearts.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Community Engagement

This all spurred out of an desire to be in relationship with our neighbors and for our neighbors to know Christ. Overall, to bring the Kingdom of God to the West Side.

Community Engagement - dedicated intentional time to invest in neighbors and the neighborhood by praying God's will over the West Side.

How? Each afternoon the students have time for ministry. There are tutoring programs, volunteering in the Pavilion, helping out with some afterschool sport programs, and community engagement time. This community engagement time will look like students praying around the West Side and praying for neighbors. Out of that, building relationships with those neighbors where we are praying for them and forming friendships. Also, praying against strongholds in the neighborhood.

"Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” - Jeremiah 29:7


I am most excited for this opportunity. And that statement shocks me. I am quick to pick things that are task mode and not people focused, but God is giving me a desire for this and I am exciting to see how He will use me and grow me. I am excited for the ways we will see this neighborhood change, and for the friendships that will form between the students and our neighbors.


There is power in prayer, and I am excited to see young people praying the kingdom of heaven over the West Side. I am excited to see God move, and answer prayers. I am excited for meeting neighbors and getting to know the West Side better. I am excited to see students on fire for prayer!!




I plan on updating how this is going throughout this fall and into winter! I would love to encourage you to pray alongside us!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Freedom Reigns in this Place

I usually didn't tell many, because I didn't want to have to explain to many exactly what I was experiencing.

I have had dreams since I was little. Sometimes silly, sometimes the occasional nightmare - normal things.

But around my senior year of high school my dreams turned into terrible nightmares. Slowly these nightmares had invaded reality, making daily things frightful and instilling fear where it didn't belong. For a while it seemed petty, but it got more and more real. I wouldn't go into the park by myself, I was paranoid all the time, I couldn't walk past a light switch without turning it on. I would go to sleep with the light on and sleep under my covers. I would run if alone in the dark and constantly be watching corners and shadows. It was exhausting on top of low sleep quality. but I was completely blind to how bad it had gotten.

Then we had class, with Dave Huizenga (used to be a pastor at Sunshine Church) and he spoke on God as father. While speaking off topic a student asked about dreams and I followed up the question with what do you do with emotions that last after the dream?

He began to give a few examples of dreams and it felt as if he was seeing the images that last in my head and the dream content, and articulating them. I felt as if I were throwing up in front of 75 people at first - like a wave of shame I had been denying that I felt about these dreams surfaced, and the bondage I had been living in was brought to light. After class, I went to my room and wept. There was so much pain and terror associated with some dreams that I had been pushing down and ignoring and I was finally realizing and allowing myself to bring up.

I went to a trusted friend in the community and began telling her all these things and she asked to pray for me.

I accepted and she asked me to start - vocalizing all the emotions I feel and had felt, to God. I was weeping as I finally exposed my heart to the one who knew my heart better than I did, and the only One capable to heal it.

Then she prompted me to cast off any spirit of fear, or places of fear, or any strongholds the devil may have in Jesus's name. After this, she prayed for me. She prayed Ephesians 6 over me, and prayed over my room, and over a lot of things. As she was praying God gave me a picture.

I was laying on the ground, curled up in a ball and Jesus came running and put his arms over and around me and just held me.

Each time a fearful thought started to creep in, the picture would pop up in my head and fill me with such joy of His love that the fearful thought would be gone.

It was an incredible sense of freedom, trust, and protection form Christ.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Coming Soon!!

I have compiled all the writings/poems/etc. that I wrote during my time in Guatemala, along with pictures and facts from Guatemala, in a picture book!

I am very excited to have something tangible for people to have. It will be a great resource for praying for justice issues, and what is going on around us.

The first copy will be arriving next Saturday! I will review it and then get some more info out about it.

Just a heads up, it will be a bit more expensive so I can put the profit towards BSHOP.


I am super excited about this!!! Even if it flops, I'm excited to a have a copy :)