Friday, 30 January 2015

Change, growth, and new beginnings

Red rock canyon January 27, 2015

Well everyone, I am here. I am in Las Vegas, Nevada. Right now I can't even comprehend the fact that I am here. For the last four years I have known that this is where I would be after graduation, and although back then this seemed distant, here I am! I arrived here on Monday morning and I am not going to lie initially it was very overwhelming. When you walk into a room of strangers, walk into a dorm which will be your new home, and say goodbye to your Mom and sister all in one day that naturally leads to some anxiety. All that being said right away I knew that this place would become home to me, and the people I would have the privilege to serve with would most likely become some of my best friends. The first day was all really just a blur. A blur of emotion, a blur of remembering everyone's name, and a blur of just soaking in the moment of finally being here. Fast forward to day two, January 27, which also happened to be my birthday! My birthday was fantastic, for many reasons but for one in particular... It was my first birthday with no snow! Aside from the lack of snow it was just a really great day. We started by going to red rock canyon to hike in the mountainous region outside of Vegas, which might I say was barely a hike but rather an intermediate to advanced rock climb. From our lovely "hike" we headed over to a park and had a barbecue, and just had fun as a group playing volleyball, and on a playground. Overall our group is getting along so well, and I can't wait to see the growth we continue to have together. When we returned to our base we had a prayer and worship evening, which no matter how many times you do has extreme power and forces you to cross boundaries and comfort zones in order to grow. During this time we were invited to get a cord put on our wrist, which as I'm sure you are wondering is something done in India to represent a time in which you have had an encounter with God. At that moment I knew that any worry, fear, or anxiety I had about being here would melt away because my heart serve and my heart to change lives is so much more present than anything that could hold me back. This week so far has just been a lot of information and change so expect more posts in the very near future with more information about what I am learning here, the progress I am making, and what I am doing. I just want to let every single one of you knew that I appreciate all of your support, it really truly means the world to me. I would also like to invite anyone who has questions for me to feel free to post in the comments below, or if you know me personally to contact me through any other form of social media as I will be connected until at least April. One last thing (I know I'm rambling) is that if anyone, and I mean anyone at all needs prayer please contact me and I would be happy to do that for you. Other than that expect more updates from me and I hope you have a fantastic weekend! 

Friday, 16 January 2015

The night before

Well here we are, the night before I leave for YWAM, which happens to be one of the craziest, most exciting, yet terrifying thing I have decided to do. I'm sitting here at midnight, just a few hours before I leave for the airport thinking about the past few months leading up to this moment. For the longest time it's always been well in a few years I plan on going to YWAM, or in a few months I'm leaving for YWAM Las Vegas, and more recently in a few weeks I'm leaving, and now tomorrow this is actually happening. Even now I can't even fathom that the time is here, the time in which I leave everyone and everything I know and love to go do work in a very new and unknown place solely because that is where I've felt called to go for the last 4 years. Right now I feel sad, happy, excited, terrified, but mostly blessed, so incredibly blessed. So instead of taking this time to talk more about what I'm doing (which I'm sure you will all hear lots about) I want to take this time to say thank you. Thank you to anyone and everyone who have taken time out of their busy lives to support me in this journey. So many people have blessed me financially, emotionally, and spiritually. When I didn't think financial ends would meet, all of you blew my mind in how generous you could be. When I needed to be reassured that this was a good idea, and that it's all going to be okay, I've had my amazing friends and family by my side supporting me all the way through. So as I sit here anxiously waiting for this next chapter to begin what I'm going to miss is all of you, my friends, family, lifegroup, siblings, parents, Collide girls, co leaders, co workers, teachers, leaders, and everyone else who graciously blessed me in and through this journey. I feel as though I am rambling (which I probably am) but honestly I can't say thank you enough, I can't say thank you enough to everyone along the way who has supported this crazy, terrifying, and excited dream I've had since I was 14 to go and break out of my comfort zone and make this world a better place. You believed in me enough to invest your time and resources, and the only way I can begin to repay you is by taking this journey and let it rock my world so I can love others with no boundaries, and so I can come home and tell you all the amazing ways I had the opportunity to changes lives. So thanks, you guys rock.