This song is my hope and my prayer for both the new year and the year we leave behind. Bring on 2012
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
My Christmas Eve last year was spent playing with kids in some back alley in Thailand; this year I was playing Christmas carols for the homeless as others served them food and gave them gifts.
That night we came back to the base, got dressed up, enjoyed a beautiful dinner and exchanged secret santa gifts.
Christmas day I got to sleep in and we all came together for a nice lunch outside. Later that night I got to skype with my family and watch as they opened presents on Christmas morning. My favorite part was getting to wake my sister up for Christmas; our whole lives she has been the one waking me up on Christmas morning so it was a rare treat that I got to repay the "favor".
Now we are on break for the next 3 weeks. Some of our staff are relocating around the base, I myself have changed beds, but for the most part we are all taking it easy. I've got some things on my to-do list that I both need to do and want to do; one such thing is to prepare the prayer room for our next week of prayer.
I hope you all had a great Christmas! If you want to skype or have a chat just email me and we'll make it happen.
What a scatter-brained and choppy blog post. Yikes sorry guys lol
Friday, December 23, 2011
Yesterday myself and the Communications Director here on base, Lucas Cristofali, took it upon ourselves to do a little project "test run." Taking inspiration from something we saw on Street Art Utopia, we made these posters and placed them around the base.
What I found most interesting is that, before the day was over, all of the tags for "LOVE" were gone. More than people feel the need for patience, forgiveness, peace, courage, faith, and even hope, they need LOVE. Should that convict us? Inspire us? Perplex us? Or even engage and challenge us? I don't know. I'm not you. But I'll tell you one thing and it's that people need love and we are the only ones who can give it.
See what else we are doing at YWAM Southlands.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Wow what a busy few weeks these have been. Right after Schoolies we started getting all ready for our first ever YWAM Southlands Conference. What is the Southlands? We are. The Southlands all started when God spoke to Steve Aherne, Australia's national director of YWAM, and God said that He wanted Adelaide, Melbourne and Tasmania to become one. Before the Southlands came about, we were all separate and independent YWAM bases but now we are 1 region with 3 locations. This has never been done before in YWAM and we really believe that we won't be the last.
Now to be honest I wasn't too excited about the whole Southlands concept; it just felt like when your parents go away on vacation and come back with more chores for you to do; for me the Southlands sounded like a headache, nice in theory but in reality too hard for comfort. I was pleasantly convinced otherwise. Steve and other elders shared with us the history of the Southlands coming about, the heart, and the vision, what it looks like for us and how we can personally claim it all ourselves. It didn't really become real for me, or make sense, until the night we had a party and I just saw everyone, from all different bases, dancing together and having fun; at that moment I just stopped and thought, "yep, we're a family." And we really are. We may be spread across three states but we are a family and we are commited to each other. It's community on a much bigger scale and I'm really excited about it because we weren't meant to do it alone. Please visit our website www.ywamsouthlands.com.au and see what we're all about.
Something that God convicted me about, that I want to share with ya'll, is about my music. God really convicted me about putting my dream on hold, my dream to use the arts to impact injustice; that it was something He gave me to start now, not five years down the road. So I'm working on getting some better recording equipment and I'm going to try and use songs that I have to support ministries. God showed me that I need to have a ministry that's mine, something that's not dependent on other people as much as my overall ministry is; an avenue that I can always have to be impacting people through.
Thanks for reading! I'll write again soon. Have fun as ya'll get ready for the holidays!