Exactly two weeks from this moment I will be on a plane heading to Brisbane, Australia for Youth With a Mission! I'm a little nervous, but that's usually covered up by my excitement. Meeting new people who you are going to spend 7 months with can be hard, but I am so ready for a new challenge. I mean, the Lord showed me that this was my next step in life so it's going to be an amazing experience. I honestly don't know what to expect. I haven't been away from home for more than 3 weeks so this is a big step, but I have the middle child curse so missing family and friends won't hit me instantly!
I will be doing a discipleship training school in Brisbane for 4 months that is themed Photography so I will learn how to use photography on the mission field. That is my dream. Using my talents to share the love of Jesus with ones in need of it. After those 4 months I then go on a missions trip for 3 months where I get to use everything I've learned. I read that some possible options of where we might have a chance to go is Japan, Malaysia, India, Guam, Saipan, or Peru. Now, those could be totally wrong but I'll find out my options when I get there! Yes, I'll admit it, I am so excited for this part of the school. I feel that I am able to kick into another gear when I am on missions trips because we are totally focused on what the Lord is having us do with no distractions! It's such an easy way to live. We have all these small distractions that, when added up, will consume so much time. You don't have those things on the mission field, I love it. And what excites me even more (if that is possible) is the fact that I'll be spending 3 months instead of 3 weeks on the mission field. My relationships with the locals and my team are going to grow so rapidly.
The thought that keeps going through my head as I'm getting closer to leaving is "make most of your time here." So I've been calling up close friends and leaders asking to meet for breakfast, lunch, or whatever just to connect with them one more time because it's gonna be a while before I'm home! And most importantly, I've been spending lots of time with my family.
There's not much left for me to do I feel so productive! I quit my job at Starbucks almost two weeks ago so I have had endless time to prepare. My last couple weeks here have consisted of bike rides, coffee (lots of coffee), hanging out with friends and family, and most importantly, Netflix. Sleeping in has been a friend of mine recently too, no more 4:30 AM shifts at Starbucks whoo!
Lastly, I am still needing some money raised for the outreach phase of YWAM, so if you would like to donate you can do that here. If you would like something in return to donating, you can buy prints of my photos at any size on photo paper, canvas, or metal here! (All proceeds will go towards funding my trip). Most importantly though, I can always use your prayers! Thank you so much.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I'm taking it with inexplicable excitement.