February 23, 2011

The Unexpected

So as most of you know, yesterday we had an earthquake here in New Zealand. I was at the grocery store with another staff member from the DTS when the earthquake hit. I remember thinking, "Is this really happening?" Some things fell off the shelves into the isles, but that was about it.  At first, it seemed harmless so we carried on and headed back to the base for lunch. While we felt the earthquake here in Oxford no damage was done, but that was not the case for Christchurch. It wasn't long after the earthquake hit that we found out how much impact it really made. Christchurch is about 40 minutes away and they got hit hard. It had a 6.3 magnitude and left many buildings crumbling to the ground, taking people along with them. This quake left hundreds of people homeless in Hagley Park trying to find shelter from the rain. Seeing the need, our base family went to go help. We sent out three women, two with first aid care background and one who is a nurse, to go care for individuals who were hurt. These girls couldn't leave the area without bringing anyone home so we came together as a family and opened our doors to 18 backpackers. It has been such a blessing to serve this country and these people who are in a foreign land. I'm so blessed to see the body of Christ come together in unity. I can't even begin to imagine what these people saw out there, but I am glad the Lord brought them through our doorway. Please continue to pray that we listen and move when the spirit tells us to. That we be discerning in how He wants us to serve during this time of need. Christchurch is where we do our Friday Night Outreach for the school. Thank you for your constant support during this time. Please continue to lift up the people here as search teams continue to be in affect. 

This coming weekend our students will start to pour in the base. I'm really looking forward to their coming! Please pray that travels go well and everyone arrives safe and sound. Until next time!

February 16, 2011

New Zealand ground

I promise I'll try to get better at this blog thing.

Back on Oxford, New Zealand ground! 

Words cannot express the joy I feel to be back on the YWAM base here in New Zealand. Meeting old friends and gaining new ones, the Lord continues to show me His heart for community. Getting back to the heart of worship and prayer, I'm really looking forward to season of more intimacy with my Pappa. I've been able to spend the past couple of days just seeking after more of Him as we are completing staff training and I'm LOVING it. I love the dynamics on this Staff team. We seem to compliment each other well and I enjoy becoming a family. This weekend we are taking a break from the base to have some time of solitude and refresh our minds. Then we start next week off with more training and preparation for when the students arrive. Please continue to lift the Staff up as we seek the Lords direction for this school. So excited I get to share this journey with you all. Miss you heaps!