Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Divine Appointment

Tonight was our community outreach night, my outreach is "street evangelism"...no don't worry, I don't had out tracks. Street evangelism is just a time to spend walking the streets of Kona meeting and engaging with strangers (my favorite).

Our leader challenged us, tonight, to "treasure hut" (Treasure hut is asking God for specifics I.E. hair color, gender, clothes, name, location, time..) she prayed that we each would encounter a divine appointment.  So we broke off into groups of threes and my team prayed and two of us revived nothing and the other felt like The Lord was telling her 1. Katherine 2. blonde, curly hair.

Off we went, walking up and down the pier in Kona asking every blonde curly headed girl if she was Katherine..

After about thirty minutes of searching for this 'Katherine', we decided it would be best if we sought out others as well.

I had once gone into an art gallery and spoke some with the lady who owned the shop so I thought it would be nice to go back and visit. One of our team members decided stayed outside to pray for us while my other team member and I went inside.

We walk in and behind the counter is a blonde, curly headed woman....We smile, but don't say a word. A few moments later this curly blonde approaches us, asking my teammate about the key around her neck. We told her we were with YWAM and the conversation just began to flow intensely out of all three of us.
(No, her name wasn't Katherine).
She began to share with us how she was new to Knoa and how she was writing a book, but she felt like since she'd moved here that the enemy had been attacking her and she's not been able to work on her book. We shared with her the times that U of N holds corporate worship, open to the public and she was very interested.

As the conversation came to an end she asked to us to remember her in our prayers. We offered to pray for her right there, in the middle of the art gallery she worked at, full of excitement, she accepted.

After we prayed for her we looked up and her eyes were filled with tears. She said that we each had prayed something very specific that she's not told us, yet.

I prayed for her heart, that her spirits would be lifted.
 My teammate prayed that she would feel no loneliness.

 She explained to us how lonely she had been since moving to Kona, that she feels as if it is the enemy trying to hold her back, and that she's been having anxiety attacks that physically make her heart grow heavy when they begin.
(Cool how God speaks through you.)


We exchanged numbers and email, but just as we were walking out our new friend said to us, smiling through her tears.."This morning, I prayed for a divine appointment.."


You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:1-3

Friday, April 22, 2011

"Is that really you, God?"

Our very first assignment was to read the book "is that really you, God?" by Loren Cunningham, the founder of YWAM(youth with a mission). The story is how Cunningham's vision of young people changing the world and how it has resulted into YWAM.

While traveling in the Bahamas in the 50's, Cunningham, received a vision from The Lord. His vision was waves fuddling the shores, of all the nations, on a map of the world.  He says the vision became waves of young people covering all the nations, sharing their faith. This vision turned out the be the begging of Youth With A Mission.  

The book goes into more depth with numinous stories of hearing God, starting in Cunningham's childhood,  to Mercy Ship, and all the way up to moving to  Kona, HI and starting The University of Nations.  

James 4:8, Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you.

Monday, April 11, 2011

And so here begins the real fun

Aloha Rome,



So these past few days have been crazy amazing!! Who knew you could love so many people in such a short time?!

My team is just spectacular, like I can't even begin to put in to words the feelings that I have for them all.

 
Josie (top): (other than Jillian) was the first person I met, in the LAX airport and we've pretty much not left each others side since then. She is 20 and from California.

Meagan (bottom): is one of my roommates, she is so spirited and someone the I can certainly count on.

Erika (below right): another roommate, is 17!! THE baby. You would never guess that she is the youngest, she carries and presents herself in such a lovely way. She is eager to learn, her passion for life is so evident.

Campbell (below left): THE SWEETEST PERSON EVER. Ahh I love this girl. We were both hand picked for the hospitality team and I am so very excited to be able to spend that time with her. She is from Peach Tree City! I guess Laura just needed a little Southern Hospitality in her life.

I just want to take this time to say thank you to my mother, for teaching me that it is okay to be FIRM with people. Having 6 other roommates from all over the world causes a little bit of conflict. For the past 3 days we've all been passively mentioning that we need to be doing a better job cleaning our room. One girl in particular is a little bit unfocused. Today everyone except her was in the room and I finally decided that I was going to lay down the law, so I did, in front of everyone. twenty minutes later..our room is spotless.

Tonight we each were given 3 minutes and a microphone to give our testimony, woop - emotional public speaking in the bag! Listening to everyone's stories from how they got here to how they're here as a last resort to the pornography addiction or to their hatred for God for taking her mother away when she was 15 years old and never once had a father, to not knowing at all who God is or what He's about they just want to travel and take pictures.
I love/hate that the staff has continuously put us in vulnerable situations so that we better know each other, and better know how to pray for one another. After each person spoke a staff member would come up and place a lei on them and then pray for them. Christine prayed for me, have I told you how much I love her!?



After our gathering tonight a big group of us walked down to the frozen yogurt place in this cute little shopping center, on the beach. I told Christine how I wanted to have that community involvement. Well I start today at 2pm (8pm your time) at the yogurt place, on the beach! The owners are a couple, Jon and Anna, they're the only employees and work 80+ hours a week. You should have seen the look on his face when Christine introduced us and told him that I wanted to help. I am really excited to get to know them and learn from them more about the Hawaiian culture while being in it. PLUS!!!! Its like JANDY'S IN HAWAII!!!!!


Today starts our FIRST OFFICIAL DAY! I am so very excited. Christian Fox, Sharee's (our school leader) husband and RTW leader, will be our speaker today!

Friday we will be given a little sheet of paper that has our options for outreach locations, and thirty minutes to choose. Please continue to pray that the Lord will make it very clear to me, even before I am given the paper, as to where He needs me to be for the second 3 months of this journey.

I love love love you and miss you SO much! You know who to love and kiss on for me! ;)



-Grace

Welcom to Kona

 Dear Rome,


I'm rooming with 5 other girls, two from PhotogenX Erika Spitler and Megan Rich. Erika is makes me think SO MUCH of Hannah Litke- I knew I was going to love her! The others are in DTS preforming arts and Asia Pacific. Our room has 4 bunks, 5 dressers, a closet, sink, mini fridge, microwave, toilet and shower.

Laura, Zach, Jonathan, Christine, Lindsay, Jessica, Dave(not pictured), Carmen and Sharee are (just how I suspected) WONDERFUL!
I love them all.

Once we got to campus we took our things to our room and then got dinner. The whole cafeteria is outside! ...did I mention it was raining? After dinner we went to get registered, easy as cake! During registration Laura informed Campbell and I that she had chosen us to be her hospitality team. Which basically means that we will be making goody bags, planning gatherings, making leis, running errands and doing anything necessary to make the guest, who come in to speak, feel as comfortable and welcome possible. So from 3 to 5 everyday Campbell and I will be doing these things as our job. SO EXCITED to show this island a little southern hospitality.

I'm so very exhausted!! I will talk to you tomorrow. I love you :) Tell the kids and dad I love them too. Kiss on Caroline and Ryder for me!


-Grace

P.s. Make that 6 roommates..a girl that is exactly like Melissa Blackwell just walked in.