Friday, November 5, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
For June and July we have seven short term staff who have given up their summers to serve God through Mission Adventures. It has been a HUGE blessing to have extra sets of hands to help out and minister to the students. During our staff training weeks at the beginning of June, God was at work in the hearts of people in Las Vegas. As we did outreach as staff, we saw 13 people give their lives to Christ and two healings!! Praise God! After this week, we’ll have a staff week off and then two more weeks of students before our summer ends.
Before our summer staff arrived Samuel, Brett and I were very busy. In May we drove to Scottsdale, AZ to visit a team that we had during spring break. It’s always nice to get out of Las Vegas and catch up with old students. I got to see some students that came through last year with MA. I also learned how to hunt scorpions with a black light!!
A week after that we drove to Camarillo, CA to visit another team. I forgot how much I had missed the beach! It was great to relax before the summer was about to start. In the fall we’ll hopefully be doing the same thing; travelling around to check up on past teams and make new connections with future teams.
After a year+ living on base, an opportunity came up for me to be able to move off the YWAM base. Joshua and Stacy, a couple I work with, just bought a house and are renting out two rooms. They asked my roommate Andrea and I if we would be interested in living with them and we said YES! We’re both very excited to have our own rooms and to live in a HOUSE. We’ll only be about 2 miles from the base which is nice. I have really enjoyed living on base but I’m ready to move off base. This is definitely a blessing from God but also an added challenge. Recently, financially it has been difficult for me. This month is the first month that I haven’t been able to pay my rent on time. As I’m in the middle of a busy season, I haven’t found the extra time to really focus in on support raising and because of this I am suffering. Please be in prayer for me in this area.
-Our students that we’ll be leading
-Unity as staff
-We have a cook for the summer!!!
-I’m moving off base!
-Jesus is saving Las Vegas
Thanks for reading and being a part of what God’s doing in LV
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Hello again! April seemed to have flown by and May seems to be following suit. Since my last newsletter, we had two more weeks of teams at the beginning of April where we trained 50 more students, bringing our spring student count to 150 in six weeks!! It was a great last two weeks of teams and God did amazing things in all of the students. Months later students are still talking about their week in Las Vegas with us and how God is continuing to do a work in them. Needless to say, we were all ready for a break once the last team left.
In April I finally got to go to Calgary, Alberta to visit my sister Megan, my niece and some of my relatives. It was a much needed break and it was great to get out of Las Vegas. I also visited my Oma (grandmother), Aunt and Uncle. I hadn’t seen them in about two years, so it was great seeing them again!
Mya is such a cute and well behaved baby. She loves to suck her thumb (just like Megan & I did) and she rolled over for the first time while I was there. I was sad to have to leave everyone but two weeks was the perfect amount of time.
After I arrived home from Calgary, I had one week of work in the office before I was to leave again. Last week was spent in San Francisco meeting with other Mission Adventures (MA) staff from YWAM bases in Canada, USA, Mexico and Russia. It was a great time to meet with other people who understand the stresses and joys of MA. It was a tiring week with early mornings and late nights (which I’m starting to adjust to with all our MA teams coming through), but I enjoyed it. I love San Francisco; it’s such a different city than Las Vegas. The conference ended on a Friday but I decided to stay for a couple extra days to hang out with some of my YWAM friends that live in the bay area. I got to see my friend Peter Tews (who I hadn’t seen in a year), Kristen (my best friend) and Peter Trudelle which is always fun and much needed!
Things are getting busy for us here at the base … in fact it hasn’t stopped being busy! We have three weeks until our summer staff arrives, who will be helping us with MA for June and July. The first week and a half of June we’ll be doing staff training, teaching them the insides and outs of MA before our first team arrives on the 12th. Our summer is starting to get full, but we still need a lot more students. On top of that, we don’t have a cook for the summer which is an added stress. Before our summer staff arrives, we plan on being on the road for about a week, visiting a couple of teams that we had this spring from Scottsdale/Phoenix, Arizona and Southern California. It’s scary to look at our calendar and see how much there is to do in such a short amount of time. At the same time I can’t help but get excited for everything that God is going to do this summer through us and the students we’ll be training.
-For our summer staff that will be arriving soon; team unity, energy, health, etc.
-MORE students for the summer and a cook!!!
-I finally got to go to Calgary and I made it back into USA with little problems at the border
-For seeing old friends in San Francisco
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. Thanks for being a part of what God is doing in Las Vegas!
2 Corinthians 5:17
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away.
Behold, all things are made new.”