Ride Nature Update :) August 05, 2020
Ride Nature Update :) August 05, 2020
Life / ministry update July 16, 2020
Hey all! Here's the latest update regarding ministry here in Fort Myers, as well as what God is doing in my life currently and where He is leading me. If you have any questions, want to know more, or just want to chat, always feel free to reach out! 717-758-3730
I am super thankful for all your support, prayerfully and financially, I am so stoked for the partnership the Lord has provided between you and I in furthering the kingdom! I couldn't keep going and doing what I am doing without your support and faithfulness to what God is calling me to!
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Praying for you, if there is anything specifically I can be praying for, don't hesitate to reach out!
Something New! June 22, 2020
I am totally a visual learner, and those who know me know I love taking photos, so I'm not sure why it has taken me this long to make a newsletter like this, but I hope you enjoy!
Included are photos from our ministry, what we're about, and some rad stories of those we are getting to share Jesus with!
RN Update!! June 04, 2020
I wanted to take this update specifically to go into more detail about the ministry I am working with this summer.
Last year, while visiting my aunt in Fort Myers, Florida, I ran into a ministry called Ride Nature. We went into the shop for coffee, and I came out touched by the goodness of Jesus. They had pictures of the kids in the countries that they have brought the gospel to in the shop, which got me and one of the staff talking about the mission and vision of Ride Nature. Over quarantine, God reminded me of this ministry. I had no idea they had an internship program, but God told me to apply. Now here I am ! I am doing this to gain a deeper understanding of how to work a nonprofit, how to start and grow a ministry, and to grow myself in discipling and serving Jesus in different ways.
Ride is a nonprofit missions organization that equips and disciples for outreach, evangelism, and discipling others through board sports. This ministry is all about Acts 1:8- "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The book of Acts shows the gospel took root in Jerusalem, then began spreading through the outskirt of Judea, Samaria, and beyond. Therefore, we believe our Jerusalem here, our neighbors, so we run the coffee/skate shop as a means to minister to our community, we also do homies brekky every Thursday morning at 7am where we cook a hot breakfast for the homeless and then do a devotional with them. Through the homies brekky, the team has seen several local homeless become discipled, get jobs, cars, and we actually have one man that picks up boards to drive around and hand out to the community while sharing the gospel now! (If you click on this link, you will meet him in this video! To The Ends- Jerusalem )
We also run skate church at different skate parks every night of the week. We have really rad men staff who are gifted at relating to the boys and encouraging them on the rails and ramps, which make the boys super eager to hear what we have to say after an hour or so of skating. The girl staff and I are really in charge of loving on the girl skaters, pouring into the moms who bring their boys to the parks, and making connections with people in and out of the shop. We are also heading up “girl skate” this summer, as we scope out the community in search of girls in Fort Myers to encourage, pour into, and disciple! Ride Nature does a wake church every other saturday, where we go to public wake parks and share the gospel with those athletes. Over quarantine, a pastor donated a giant warehouse to our ministry, where we were able to build a giant indoor skate park for the community. In Florida it rains a lot, so when the kids can’t skate, they tend to slip into trouble. We have faith that this space will be used to glorify the Lord and disciple many. In the warehouse, we have also built a food pantry for families in need to come get donated food for free, a barber shop for men and boys to get touched up for free, in order to help them get jobs and also help change the reputation for skaters around the area, and a hangout place with tons of games. We also have outdoor activities, seating, basketball, and ramps at this facility. This skate park is called “To The Ends”, and it is the only free indoor skate park around, the grand opening for this is on saturday! After saturday, we will have it open 3 days a week.
Our staff consists of only 7 people, and then there are 6 of us interns. Between us, we are all helping with every job and every ministry we take part in. Our days normally start around 6 to spend time with Jesus, meet as staff and pray for the day, welcoming the Holt Spirit to do His thing, and then we serve, work, and minister until we get to sleep (around 10 ish). Days are long, ministry is 100% a lifestyle, full time. We do not pay for help, and none of us are paid, we are doing everything with joyful, trusting hearts as we serve Jesus! All the proceeds that come from the coffee/ skate shop don’t go to any person or family, but instead they go to the ministry to keep it running so it can continue to glorify God, and so we can continue to be His hands and feet in this community and beyond. We are basically running a retail shop, a coffee shop, a rec center, and a church together, and God is doing insane things though it! Everything is faith funded, so if you would like to partner with me, or the ministry financially, please reach out to me!
Back to Acts 1:8, after Jerusalem comes Judea, Samaria, and beyond. God has created so many connections and partners for Ride Nature, so we have many organizations that donate boards and equipment for us to take to our contacts in different nations. Every year is different, but last year Ride Nature was able to take 18 trips throughout the nations in order to hand out boards to kids, share the gospel, and disciple local christians and encourage the believers.
With that said, in one month we will be taking a trip to Nicaragua, where we are actually starting a base there. It will be about $500, including the flight, to go for a week of ministry, discipleship, and working to build the base. At the end of July, we are planning to go to Cuba, but if that won’t work out due to corona, we will most likely go to Puerto Rico. In the middle of August, the plan is to go to Israel. I am trusting God will provide the means to attend as many of these trips as I can, as my heart is for the nations, gospel spreading, and discipleship.
I am still planning on going to SBS (school of biblical studies) in Australia in September, however, if the boarders are still closed, I will be doing the school online for the first semester and then head there for the second part. God has spoken to study His word through this as preparation for full time ministry. I believe God is speaking that I will be coming back to work with Ride Nature as staff after the school, and possibly starting up a ministry with/through Ride that not only disciples, but truly teaches the word in depth. I am holding everything with open hands to Jesus as I am fully aware His plans are always best!
I thank you for partnering with me, prayerfully and financially. It is so exciting to share with you as I begin to gain more and more clarity on what God has for me full time! I know God has called me to a life of being uncomfortable, a life of moving around, serving and spreading the gospel everyday all day, and a life that consists of giving up for the Great I AM. I am stoked about this, but really could never do any of it without my brothers and sisters in Christ who believe in what God is calling me to. In all honestly, monthly partners are a need for me. Even $5/ month goes so far!
Thank you so much!
Any questions, or just a chat, as always- 7177583730 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The next 3 months May 11, 2020
Hello! First off, I want to thank you all for joining my mailing list and partnering with me in advancing the kingdom of God! The past two years God has continued to be so faithful while directing me to complete His will in spread the gospel and making disciples. He has blessed me with financial and spiritual supporters such as yourselves, which has showed me the value and importance of the roles of the body of Christ from such a biblical perspective! It has been so humbling to seek God in times of need, and to watch Him bring people like you into my life to partner with, in order to be sent out to the places God is sending me!
As many of you know, I have felt God clarifying bible school for a little over a year now. I believe this desire to attend bible school is pure and from Him, however, He is showing me His timing is always right. He has allowed covid, and He knew when it would happen. Originally, I had planned to go to bible school last September, but seeing how life is now, I see God’s provision so much as I would have been stuck in Australia during this time or sent back home, unable to complete the schooling. Heading into this September, I have been led to hold bible school in open hands, surrendering it to the Lord completely. Australian boarders have been closed for a while, which makes things sticky with applying for a year long visa during this time. As I’ve surrendered the next few months and preplanned agendas, the Lord has led me to a really rad ministry on the west coast of Florida. This ministry is called Ride Nature.
Ride Nature is a nonprofit missions organization that values generosity, gospel spreading, and discipleship. They meet people where they're at, and God has opened doors to starting up bible studies at skate parks, wake parks, and streets to youth that come from troubled homes, and most of the time have an absent father. They love on the homeless community in fort Myers as well. Ride Nature has a coffee shop, which is kinda like the “base” of the ministry, which brings people in for coffee, but also opens up so many doors to spread the gospel and pray for people as God leads. Not only does Ride Nature impact the local community for the gospel of Christ, but they are also active in sending teams out internationally to spread the love of Jesus to other countries and to encourage and equip other believers in those nations to step into leadership roles in spreading the gospel.
I have been accepted for an internship to work alongside Ride Nature this summer. Everyday we will be evangelizing throughout Fort Myers and beyond. We will be serving the community in the ways God leads, always starting the days with worship and prayer to seek guidance from the Holy Spirit for daily ministry. As an intern, I will also be taking discipleship classes throughout the week.
I will also most likely be taking an international trip with them within the 3 months. Big name board companies such as Zap skimboards, donate boards to the ministry for us to take to other nations as a way to bless youth with boards while sharing the gospel of Jesus.
As I continue seeking clarity for where He desires me long term, I am growing and learning in the moments and opportunities He gives me in the present, knowing everyday He is preparing me more and more for what long term will look like. Just from the past 2 years I can see His preparation so clearly. From tearing my ACL and having to switch to youth ministry, and seeing God give me such a heart for high school girls and discipling them into a biblical womanhood, to not going to bible school last year which allowed me to work with FCA for a year here in Florida. In which during this time, God has been growing me in the concept of using a tool such as a sport to completely bring God into a sphere that is so quick to shut God out of. These glimpses of preparation get me so excited for what God has in store for my time with Ride Nature and beyond!
Going into this internship, I am expectant that God will continue to reveal more of His heart and specific calling for my life. I am excited to have the opportunity to work alongside a missions organization and like minded believers to serve and spread the gospel daily here in Florida, and wherever else God may lead during these few months!
Ride Nature, staff and interns, are completely faith funded, full time missionaries. So I will be joining in trusting in the Lord through these months to provide what is needed for housing and food as well. The pricing for the internship has been cut completely in half this summer, which is such a God thing. Housing, transportation to and from ministry and the base, and intern classes will be $350/ month, and then I will also be covering my own food. I will be unable to get a job during this internship as it consists of sun-up to sun-down work, serving, discipling, and loving on those God brings us in contact with. God has been so gracious in preparing me during this past year for where He knew I would be, and so working 4 jobs has definitely been such a blessing and will help moving into this internship as well. I have also been so beyond blessed by many of you who have generously given to bible school.
Moving forward, I want to be a good steward of the gift of financial support I have received from you retaining to bible school, so I have put that money aside specifically for that foundational training that the Lord has spoken about, however, as life is changing, I am uncertain when God’s timing for that season will be right now. I want to keep you all in the know as much as I can, especially since we are partners in furthering the kingdom and I couldn’t do this without your support! With that said, I have decided to keep donations that were given specifically for bible school aside for the biblical training for when the Lord gives the Ok, but if you’d rather your donation go to helping me with finances for the ministry I'll be doing this summer, just let me know!
I am so excited to continue seeking God, growing closer to Him and the calling on my life, and for the plans He has made for the next few months. I am so appreciative for all of you, God has blessed me immensely by every individual on this email strand. I pray for you daily, and I am thankful for the partnership I have in you- can’t wait for the party we’ll have in eternity one day, rejoicing in the presence of our beautiful savior and best friend!
At the end of this email, I have attached the link Ride Nature has created for me to send to supporters as well. Check out the ministry, and what they’re about!
If you feel led to support financially, you can go to “give online”, and you can give to the ministry or specifically! My name will be under “staff and interns” fund and then under sub fund.
If you have any additional questions, comments, or prayer requests, please never hesitate to reach out!
What is the key to a meaningful life? April 03, 2020
Something different from the usual updates, but wanted to share something I wrote this evening as I was reflecting on the book of Ecclesiastes. If you have any thoughts on it I'd love to hear! Hope this is encouraging to you, especially during this time! :)
There is one meaning for life, and without it, there simply is no meaning at all.
King Solomon realized this, and his thoughts from Yahweh about this matter are made known to us in the book of Ecclesiastes. I am thankful I can learn from Solomon, who lived a very "luxurious"life, as one might say. Yet, with his years of riches and glory, that is so far from how he described his own life. This is far from just a parable to relate to, or a story to admire. This is a testimony. A testimony full of raw emotion.
To paint the picture I want to portray, here's a brief background of King Solomon. He had an empire, a really good one. He ruled during the prime of Israel- "The Golden Age", and he became well known by how he ruled with authority and success. He had control, wealth, praises, alliances, women, and talents. He wrote literature, and built structures. Some may go as far as to say Solomon was "the most prosperous and productive king ever to rule Israel." Yet somehow, he looks upon these riches, these years, and counts it as all meaningless.
God is a God of intentionality. He is so precise and detail oriented, all knowing and fully able. He creates situations to teach, to glorify Himself, and to draw us closer to Him. Solomon's story is evidence of this. God could have shut down Solomon's kingdom at the first sign of pride. But He didn't. He lets it create false idols, rise to power, succeed, and become the greatest in history. Why? So God can reveal Himself to Solomon at the peak of His life, forming a raw testimony that we will be able to learn from years later.
Solomon knew God from his father, King David, who actually warned Solomon to "Keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in his commands, his judgements, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn..." (1 Kings 2). Despite his fathers teachings, Solomon fell into a life of reprioritizing his relationship and obligations to God in order to live the lifestyle he was chasing. Sound familiar? How often are we, too, guilty for putting Jesus on the back burner because we "don't have time" because we're rushing to practices, meetings, or social gatherings... However, let us learn from Solomon's testimony instead of walking a life that replicates it.
Despite being the wisest, most prosperous man on earth, his actions and idolizing of false gods provoked the anger and judgment from the Lord. Notttttt what you want... and so begins the conclusion to an emotional testimony of once known "King Solomon", as his life ends and his kingdom collapses.
This testimony is found in Ecclesiastes. The word meaningless is repeated 31 times in just 12 short chapters of this book. This makes me aware that "life is meaningless" was not just a thought for a moment, but a constant dwelling point for him. It became a reflection he could not escape once he became awakened to the truth. The truth in the key to a meaningful life. When he came to understand that it all meant nothing without a relationship with God, then his whole view on life changed. Back in Genesis we are told we were "created in the image of God" (gen. 1:27), and in the second chapter we get to see the pure intent for relationship between God and man. We were made for it. Specifically, intentionally created to find meaning in life through relationship with Jesus Christ. Once Solomon understood the meaningless pleasures and kingdoms of this earthly life, he beautifully writes it out for us in a direct urgent tone.
A verse that sticks out to me in particular is Eccles. 7:14- "When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future." Solomon spoke these words in a time of his life that probably wasn't super good. He had come to conclusion that everything he had invested his whole life in doesn't matter, and that he spent years on nothingness. Reflecting on such a thing must have been difficult. Yet he himself could see that God had allowed those "prosperous" times of his kingdom and life, just as he is allowing the times of reflection and disappointment of himself. The heart of the one writing this verse screams "as long as you know God, you can be content in the present". I am so thankful for King Solomon and the scripture in which God wrote through his testimony.
The key verse of Ecclesiastes is 12:13-14 "Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil." This summarizes the book, Solomon's life lesson, and the lesson God has used him to teach us.
When God reveals Himself to His children amazing things happen. Lives change as life is breathed into them. Shackles of death are broken off in an instant and freedom bells ring and echo forever.
Let us rejoice in this, that life WITH Jesus is everything but meaningless. It is what we were created for, and what He has intended for since the garden. Let us not waste our life chasing fleeting things that lead to the building of pride and social status, but instead steward our time in creating and building what we were created for. Our relationship with our heavenly Father.
IMPORTANT UPDATE :) March 30, 2020
I am stoked to be writing this update to you all, as I have been praying for my supporters (aka you!) and our country these past few weeks! I’d ask if you please read this update in its entirety, but especially those who have given to my bible school financially :)
First, I want to praise God. For His goodness, for the hope that He alone brings, and for His divine presence always, but especially in the midst of everything going on lately! As I have been studying John most recently, I have been seeing more of the character and nature of Jesus himself, and I am struck in wonder and amazement at the way He was so intentional in his years on earth. He lived a life of divine relationships before starting his years of beautiful, radical miracles. HIs father, our heavenly father, was always so far ahead of him, preparing His ways and encounters far before he got there. Our heavenly father is the same yesterday, today, and forever. When we are seeking life with God, obedience to His spirit, and a life that imitates Jesus’s, then why would we think God will show up any differently in his children’s lives now? He doesn’t! He is so far ahead of us, preparing hearts, opportunities, and situations! To me, this alone brings so much peace into the coronavirus situation. Jesus walked in peace because He knew God was in control and had a plan in every situation, as christians, we should / can be looking so different with divine peace during this time! What an awesome gift that we can obtain as children of God!
Secondly, in walking out in the peace obtained to me, I want to address SBS, school of biblical studies, the bible school in which I have been preparing for for the past year and a half, and which you have been such a blessing to me through this preparation. Currently, I have several friends who are either studying or are staff at SBS at the sunshine coast YWAM base, where I have been accepted to attend in september 2020. However, within the past week the current school has been shut down. Every student has been sent back to their home country to finish the school online, and every staff has been sent home before their home country shuts their boarders. Australia has shut down beaches, restaurants, and anything nonessential. There is also talk about Australia closing their boarders for several months. At the moment, people arriving are quarantined for 14 days, and local natives are not allowed to travel outside the country. With that said, the future of me attending bible school in 2020 is very unknown, as I have to apply for a visa in a few months, which will most likely be denied if the country keeps their boards in a strict lock down.
I am praying for clarity over this situation, but also have heaps of peace knowing God’s plan is so perfect and I can’t question anything He changes for His glory.
I wanted to write this brief update to you for several reasons, 1) encouragement. God is so present and so worthy!!, 2) to update you about the condition and prayer requests regarding SBS, and 3) IMPORTANT: I want to confirm that if, by the planning of God alone, I am not able to attend SBS this September, fall of 2020, all of you who have financially given to help me receive this intense biblical education, you will receive a full refund of what you graciously and obediently gave.
I will continue to update you as I learn more, and as I continue praying over this situation! I am super thankful for your support and stoked to see what God has in store!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or comments at all!
Just the beginning. January 23, 2020
As January 2020 is coming to an end, I am left in awe by how present God has shown himself to be thus far. One year ago, I had the amazing blessing to have finished off 2018 in Papua New Guinea, where God really opened my eyes to the power of prayer. We lived through 2 earthquakes during our 4 weeks in PNG, we were guests at a traditional PNG brideprice, funeral, and Christmas celebration, and we were invited into homes in remote villages to pray over the sick. This experience is one I am still processing, and will never forget. God gave me His heart for His people, and He has been showing me that everyday since that, no matter the country. I find so much beauty in that every season, every day, every encounter, is divine when you're following Jesus. One experience may be more vibrant than another, but when you're trying to see life from God's perspective, every moment has such beauty and growth attached in some way!
My first 2 weeks of January 2019 consisted of serving and loving a group of Aussie high schoolers. Out of all the experiences in Uganda and PNG- from being electrocuted 2 times, living through earthquakes, seeing people delivered by demonic holds, witnessing the healing of Jesus Christ, and so many more- these 2 weeks with the Australian high schoolers opened my eyes in a whole new way. After 2 months in third world countries I was (and still am) processing so much, but God didn't hold back, and never does, when we are hungry for Him. God used these two weeks to show me He is who He says He is, no matter where I may be. He confirmed His calling for my life as He opened doors into young women's hearts, and created me to be a "safe place" for them, because they saw Jesus in me. This was it. The beginning of partnership with Jesus in breaking false identity of young women and calling them into who God has created them to be. God is continuing to provide so many ways to pour into young women, and growing me so much along the way as well!
Every season, every day, and every encounter, is just the beginning. The beginning of another rad thing God has planned.
I have been back in the states almost a year now, and my ACL is 2 months shy of full recovery (praise God!), and guess what.. GOD IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER!
(I will send another email soon with really awesome testimonies of God at work!)
I am working 3 jobs right now, I am still coaching with dad and doing social media for FCA treasure coast, which consists of capturing testimonies of what God is doing here. I work 8 hour shifts 5 days a week at the surf shop, where God is providing opportunities to share His love and pray for people every day! I am also baby sitting and house sitting often! God has been super gracious in providing these jobs, and every one of them understands I do not work sunday, and they are all so respectful of that! Sundays are so special to me, and I value time with Abba so much. He prepares me for the week ahead, and i get to dwell on, and praise Him, for all that He had done the week prior. Without Him, I would easily be burnt out, tired, and done. But with Him, I have supernatural energy, joy, and strength, to make the most of every hour and encounter, and to walk in obedience to see Him show up in rad ways!
I am still very much planned to go to SBS in September of this year, that gives me 8 more months at home! For those who are praying for me, and giving me monthly support, I really can’t thank you enough for your generosity and partnership in what God has me doing, and what He has for me to do. I have been in contact with the school, and everything is set up for me to apply for my visa, but I can’t apply until may, so now it is a waiting game and prayers that everything will play out at God intends!
Any questions about ANYTHING, please feel free to reach out :) , and if anyone ever wants to come down to florida, you know you have a place to stay! Thankful for you and what God is doing through you and for you as well!
Update 12.21 December 21, 2019
For those who have been praying for me and my family, I thank you. God is so present and working wonders. Regarding FCA, girls from our High school team have given their lives to Jesus, and He has been speaking truth over them individually, calling them closer- it is amazing! For our 8 seniors, God had given me words and verses for them individually and they impacted the girls immensely. We had a senior who spent about 3 days with our team in total, completely break down and weep at what God said to her, feeling so loved and sought after. She said she feels God like never before and was so thankful to FCA and wished she could have done FCA sooner. I praise God for these moments. Often times, when I get words for people, thoughts of the enemy seep in saying "that's weird, they won't get it, they will think you're crazy". But in reality, it is God's words, and if that's the worst that could happen if I obey God by following through and giving them these words, then I am okay with that. However, God speaks clearer than I ever could, and He impacts people in the ways He knows they need to be impacted, and His ways never fail. With this said, FCA down here is taking off, we had 2 teams in the last tournament, and a coach (who wanted nothing do to with us last year) partnered with us in making this happen. God has softened His heart so much, and has definitely left a lasting impact on Him. I have come onto official FCA staff for social media down here. My job is to tell the story of what God is doing in the treasure coast. Not only is this a job I absolutely love doing and have a passion for, God has also provided a way for me to get paid doing this. As most know, FCA is all faith funded, so for me to be able to get paid for capturing what God is doing, is such a blessing, as I am still preparing for SBS (school of biblical studies).
I am still working at the surf shop, and everyday I pray before I go in that God will provide conversation and opportunities to share the gospel; and once again, He never fails. I have gotten to stand up for Jesus, love others in ways they've never felt before, and invite many of my coworkers to church. Here's the situation- my boss grew up Jewish, but is super hardened to any religion and does not believe there is one answer, BUT he is always down to have conversations about what I believe! So please be praying for his heart to soften and that Jesus will encounter him. Three of the younger coworkers come from broken families, live with boyfriends, and are just very sad, so please be praying that they will feel Jesus' love like never before. The two older ladies are both divorced, live on their own, and work everyday. They are so sweet and adore me, always encouraging my work ethic and "joyful attitude". I have invited them to church multiple times, but they keep saying "I would like to, maybe another time"- PRAY PRAY PRAY! They want to, but I get a feeling they are worried about being judged for going by the others in the shop. I work about 4-5 days a week, coach and do private lessons, and I am doing more photography, God has been super faithful and gracious in providing ways to bring in money for bible school, I have $8,187 AUD saved for SBS so far (literally more than I could have EVER expected by this time), I need to raise $10,750 AUD for the full cost of SBS (includes housing, transportation, food, and tuition for the 9 months). My goal is to raise about 3,000 USD (visa and flight have not been purchased yet) before I leave in september, but with the money and jobs God is providing, it seems like He will be providing more to set me up for what he has planned for me after the schooling. I have no idea what His plan is, but He is setting me up to have a heart for full time overseas, so I'm excited for what He has planned.
If i am being honest, this month has been hard for me. Realizing I have 9 months until I leave, and wanting to get comfortable and make friends here, but also realizing He is calling me elsewhere and that this is temporary, it makes things kinda weird. Living in the present and being excited for the future, without being annoyed at one and anxious for the other, or vice versa, is so different than what we're used to. I respect how Jesus was able to be fully present and love and serve everyone around him, but was also always kingdom minded and anxious to join His father in heaven again. Something God has definitely been putting on my heart to grow in, and to embrace where He has sent me for the time being.
I just wanted to send out this quick update to fill people in. I could write a book with stories of what God is doing, and know these emails don't do Him any justice, but I hope you can see His glory through them! I have a really awesome testimony I am getting ready to send out as well, so excited to share this story about how awesome God is!!! Keep a look out, hoping to post soon :)
I am thankful for those He has placed around me to partner with me in prayer over the lives Jesus is seeking daily, and I pray that He will bless you for the ways you too are impacting the Kingdom! Praying you all have an amazing holiday season with friends and family, and that we can dwell in the glory of our Father's divine plan as He sent Jesus to us this season, to be with us forever, giving us the gift of salvation, and resting in confidence that no gift will ever quite compare to that one right there :) Like always, any questions and comments regarding ANYTHING, is always welcome!
Cheers and happy holidays!
He never stops doing big things November 27, 2019
There are three main big things God has done over the past two months since I started raising money for bible school, and I am writing this update to fill you in, and to praise God for being 5 steps ahead of me all the time!
The first main thing God has been doing is providing ministry opportunities alongside job opportunities! I have gotten to share the gospel in my new work atmosphere, and stand firm in what I believe, which has lead me to see God blessing me at work for it. My boss is not a believer, but He enjoys talking about religion, so it has opened so many doors to talk about relationship with God and not religion. My boss constantly compliments me for being a hard worker and has given me a 50% discount after 3 days of working there, when most start off with 20%. I completely see that as a blessing from God and I am so thankful for the little ways He is thanking me for sharing His word where He is placing me temporarily. I have also gotten to house sit, and the 15 year old daughter stays with me. They have buddha statues all around their house, so it has given me a chance to pray over their house, welcome the Holy Spirit, and pour Jesus into the daughter, who has never encountered Jesus.
The second thing God is doing big things through is FCA. FCA lacrosse is going rapidly in south Florida. Girls are loving their experience being on the team, they are growing in the sport they love, and they are growing in their personal relationships with the Lord- which has been the coolest thing to see!! Several girls have said the best thing they've taken from being on the team is that they never thought the "two worlds" (religion and sports) could come together. God has been using my dad and I to speak truth into their lives, and encourage them in having a relationship with Jesus. Several of the quiet girls have been standing up to pray in front of the team lately, which is so new and so awesome to see! The feedback I have received from the girls has been the biggest blessing. Many of them are opening up and reaching out to me for prayer and encouragement, and I am starting to really see God's purpose for us in coaching these particular girls. I praise God for what He is revealing to them, for how He is using me, and for how He is calling them deeper into relationship with Him!
The third big thing God is doing, is providing for me BIG time. When I put out my new campaign for bible school, it was solely to be able to send these updates, yet I have been blessed by so many of you in prayer, support, and financial needs. God has provided such an amazing support team for me, and I am left in awe because of it. 2 months ago I started officially raising money for bible school, and although I want to say I am amazed as how much God has provided, He is Jehovah Jireh, God that provides, and He never fails to be who He says He is; but I still remain so thankful knowing He doesn't need to, yet he chooses to.
Between house sitting, baby-sitting, coaching, and working in a retail shop, God is bringing in tons of hours and good money. He has been working so much and blessing me immensely through these jobs, and I am so thankful. In addition, one Sunday, at our small, biblestudy-like church, our pastor mentioned that I am preparing for bible school. It was super out of the blue, but I have no doubt God lead Him to say something. The week after, I received an anonymous donation for SBS, which left me shaking and in tears. To receive these types of things, it is humbling, revealing, and clarifying in so many ways. On top of that, I felt God leading me to apply for a "Do Big Things" scholarship a few months ago, that a friend and his mom provide in memory of his dad. Applying for the scholarship was a little uncomfortable for me. The only scholarship I had ever recieved is for lacrosse, something I can get better at or get worse at, something that I had to work hard for to live up to the scholarship. Applying for the "Do Big Things" scholarship, was God telling me it is going to be nothing I can do, it will not be my strength, but His, it will be Him completely using me, to do something Big. Without knowing completely what that "Big Thing" is going to be, I applied for the scholarship. When I received the call that I got accepted for this scholarship that goes towards bible school, it was a little bit of a shock, leading to another huge humbling and trusting experience. It was a gift from the Lord, it was people choosing to partner with me, not because of how I will perform, but because they trust God to use me in a big way.
The latest big financial blessing from God was having life long family friends decide to fly me to Maryland AND plan photography sessions in order that I may raise money for bible school. Before I flew up there we had about 4 sessions planned. Photographing people was so new to me, I did not feel confident in it, and doubted my abilities to create pleasing pictures for my customers. Through the week, I witnessed first hand God working through my photography. He took ahold of every shot, the lighting, the weather, and even the children! haha, the pictures turned out way better than I ever could have imagined, because God was taking them. Through the week, we got more and more people who wanted pictures, having about 3-4 sessions a day, ending the week with a "waiting list", for another visit in the future! God is so good!
Keep reading for the logistical part of this process!
This is the break down of the expenses I am looking at that will lead me to receiving the foundation
God desires for me to have for full time missions. (highlighted is the expenses not paid)
Bible school tuition = $10,750 AUD = $7,273 USD
Flight = up to $1,000 USD
Visa = $620 AUD = $420 USD
Oversea health care = $510 AUD = $345 USD
(plus, I have had monthly college loans to pay off.)
I have already gotten to pay the oversea health care and deposit, so the remaining fees are-
Total (in Australian dollar) = $11,846 AUD
With the 3 big things God is doing, and the big ways He is providing since having a balance of 0 a little over 2 months ago, I have currently raised $5,650 USD, which equals $8,350 AUD (Australian dollar)! God is blowing my mind! As I have been praying about this result and future financial needs, I keep hearing God say "I am setting you up for long term". With that said, I am buying a one-way ticket to Australia, making myself completely available for wherever He may call me after completing my foundation/schooling.
I have absolutely no doubt that God will provide the remainder of the financial needs, plus continue to set me up for my life in full time missions.
I would ask from you to please partner with me in prayer for these next few months- for what God wants to do through me with my time left in the states, for where He is setting me up to go, and for future financial needs.
I am hoping to put my student loans on hold as I go back to studying, so prayer over that area of my life would be awesome as well! Lastly, if your church is looking for missionaries to support, I would ask that you may be in prayer about potentially partnering with me during or post bible school. Although I am unaware specifically what God will be calling me into, He has given me brief insight to what it may look like. He has given me a heart for young women (16-22), to transform the way culture defines them, and to champion them into being the women of God He is calling them to be. He has also given me a burning passion for His word. I believe everyone should be able to read the bible for themselves and to experience God through His word. Therefore, I would love to get more involved with the bible distribution throughout the world.
If you have questions, comments, or prayer requests, please don't hesitate to reach out (717-758-3730). Not only am I beyond thankful for you, I am so for you. I am in prayer for you daily and get so excited to hear about the amazing ways God is using you as well!!
Cheers! and blessing to you!
Preparations for bible school! October 04, 2019
I hope you are doing well and that you find this newsletter informative!
I wish I could hand write this, as I just love a nice hand written letter, however, there is just too much I wish to cover with you!
Over the past year and a half God has specifically shaped the calling over my life in more ways I could have ever imagined. He has given me His heart and spirit to introduce His children to the gospel, where ever that may lead. My heart desires Jesus daily, which has overflowed into a deep passion to see others walking with Jesus as well. We were made for an intimate relationship with our creator, father, and savior. Jesus has completely changed my life. His faithfulness, goodness, provision, healing, and presence has never failed to show how good He is, and for that reason, and for many more, I have completely given my life to Jesus to do as He desires. Not just for a season, but for all of my earthly life. This is something I rejoice in as the life of full reliance on my heavenly Father begins, and I pray you will rejoice in partnering with me in this journey as well!
The majority of my life I was the “odd ball” for sharing how good God is at the lunch table, or for not doing the society norms, but I knew God had a plan for this burning passion and unique boldness to proclaim the gospel where ever I was. After 2 years of college, God has lead me to surrender a degree, college lacrosse, close friend groups, college memories, a career with a steady pay, and so much more. He has shaped my heart to be in love with being on the road, with having minimal possessions, and for making connections and conversations with almost everyone I come in contact with! He has also shaped my family’s heart to be ever so supportive of this, even when it brings me across the world for many months at a time.
Through an organization called YWAM (youth with a mission), I recently lived in Australia doing a discipleship school and local outreach sharing the gospel with people at skate parks, coffee shops, boardwalks, and local events. I lived in Uganda for a month, eating what they eat, living how they live, praying deliverances and healings, and baptizing people there. I then lived a month in Papua New Guinea where I interceded for 4 days straight as my team hiked to ministry locations, as I was limited to hiking because of my torn ACL. PNG is a very tribal nation, majority of men have many wives, and cannibalism is still a norm there. During this time, we encountered 2 earthquakes and a land slide. When things calmed down and we were finally able to get a car up the mountain, I was able to take part in the ministry, which included praying over people with typhoid, yellow fever, and malaria. I also got to preach the gospel to a small prison with about 9 men in each little 15’ by 15’ cement square cell. It was amazing to see people in all three countries give their life to Jesus, be delivered, become healed, and get baptized into their new life with their Savior.
God has made it clear to me that my life will consist of moving when the Holy Spirit says move and staying when He says stay. Recently, I have come back home, had ACL surgery, gotten 4 part time jobs to start saving money for where He calls me next, and for paying off college bills. I have also done a lot of local ministry with high school girls, within my work atmospheres, and basically where ever God opens room for conversation. This year I am working at a surf shop, nannying, doing little side jobs, and coaching FCA (fellowship of Christian athletes) lacrosse with my dad. As I continue pursuing God’s long-term calling on my life, I have gotten a lot of clarity that the next step for me is going to be bible school.
The plan is to do SBS (school of biblical studies) through YWAM (youth with a mission). It would consist of a 9 month course of studying every book of the bible 5 times from 5 different directions for about 10-12 hours a day, and I would leave early next September. If you know me, hours of studying does not seem too exciting, besides the fact I get to spend so much time with Jesus and know more of Him. He is transforming my heart and mind to be so excited and passionate about this next season, which is how I know it is from Him!
I am writing this detailed newsletter to you in prayers that you may be interested in partnering with me in my new life of being a fulltime missionary. I believe the body of Christ is gifted in different ways in order for everyone to work together to complete kingdom work! I can physically not do anything without supporters who believe in who I am and what God is leading me to accomplish. I full heartedly believe your support, financially and/or prayerfully, is an instrumental component to doing kingdom work. YOU are making a difference as we work together with Jesus to bring heaven to earth and transform lives.
Right now, my biggest need is prayer. Prayer personally, spiritually, generally, for my family, all the above. I have seen the power of prayer too many times to neglect it. I have seen the hardest hearts soften because of prayer, I have seen witch doctors give their life to Christ on a Friday after we came and preached the gospel and interceded for them all week long. I have seen an American missionary get His wallet and passport stolen in Entebbe, Uganda, and a whole school pray for 24 hours, just for the Ugandan police to contact Him saying someone turned it in right before His flight back home (and he made it!!!). I have physically felt the loose ligaments moving inside my knee as multiple hands cover my knee with prayer. And lastly, I have seen how my relationship with God changes dramatically when I just converse with Him and lay it at His feet. I can’t make this up, there is a reason God covers prayer so much throughout the scriptures, and there is a reason Jesus lead by example through His prayer life.
To keep you in the loop financially, SBS costs $11,250 AUD, which converts to $7,669 USD. This price includes food, housing, transportation, and schooling for 9 months. I will also be buying a plane ticket to the sunshine coast, and plan on continuing paying off my first two years of college while studying over there. As I stated above, God has been opening doors of opportunities bringing in money for SBS while I get to witness to the people I am working for/with. I plan to work very hard these next few months, while realizing entirely, the money is coming straight from God. I have friends who have done this course and said it was easily one of the hardest things they’ve ever done, but one of the best things. The time, mental and spiritual strain and growth that occurs, and home work that is involved is a lot to process, but I know God is leading me to this, so He will lead me through it! I am not certain what God has for me after bible school but I have a heart for teaching about Jesus and sharing the knowledge I learn, and I know God’s planning and timing is always good. This newsletter will be one of the primary ways I will keep updates, God sightings, and direction from God up to date for you all, I am super excited for what is in store!
I would love if you joined with me on this journey. In this request I am simply being faithful to ask the people who believe in me. I am fully trusting the Lord will provide in miraculous ways, and I am thankful He has put people like you in my life who can prayerfully support me through this journey! At the moment, I am not asking for financial donations, but I am also in no position to reject any word God has spoken to you regarding that, or the amazing blessing that comes with partnering with God in such a way. Furthermore, I am specifically asking that we can grow closer together as we pray, encourage, and champion each other as the body of Christ, as He specifies His purpose for all of us individually where ever He has us!
I am excited to go through this journey with you, share what God is teaching me often, and bring to light the miracles He is constantly performing!
I am really excited for what God has in store for my life, for your life, (and ours together, if you plan to join me!) Thank you for taking the time to read this, and thank you for supporting me in any way!
P.S.- If you have ANY specific prayer requests, or just want to reach out directly, please do so! My phone number is 717-758-3730 , and please know I am praying for you daily.