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.