Hello, everyone! It’s been, well, far too long, many apologies. Life here gets crazy — fast and before you know it you forgot to call your Mom, you have no clean clothes and you’ve lived in Waimea for 6 weeks, whoa.
6 weeks in and I haven’t done a great job at updating you all, so I’ll do the best at giving you a summary so it feels like you’ve been with me for the last 3 weeks.
Week 4 we talked about Worship with Mark Riley (“Uncle Mark”). I think he is my favourite speaker we’ve had so far — not necessarily every lesson but just how he speaks. There’s something so loving, so gracious, so genuine about who he is — he really is like our uncle. He spoke on Worship and how worship really isn’t just music, really isn’t just one genre, one style, one way. Worship is about giving thanks. Worship is about praising Jesus (praise is a weapon for warfare — so cool!). Worship requires a spiritual posture — a posture of humility, focus, surrender, gratitude and JOY. Worship is a declaration. Declaration = Recognition. Recognizing that you are worshipping/praising the one true Saviour. The best way Uncle Mark explained worship is that we first give adoration to God — we give our adoration, our love to Him! Because we are worthy to! We are worthy to praise Him because He is worthy to be praised. Awesome.
Week 5 we talked about Worldview with Tom Osterhus. This was sort of a difficult week for me to wrap my head around because it was just SO MUCH to take in — not bad, just a lot. We talked about Animistic Worldview (because when we are in Papua New Guinea we will be witness to a lot of Animistic ideologies), Secular Worldview and Biblical Christian Worldview. The main phrase Tom spoke that we all took from this week was “Ideas Have Consequences”. This was super interesting to explore because it can have such amazing, beautiful examples and it can have really sad, heartbreaking consequences. We learned about different countries and how if their leaders have certain ideas it can negatively affect the entire nation in terms of food, agriculture, landscape, really everything. Their ideas have consequences — on millions of people. We can look at this in our own lives too — if we believe that we are not worthy of love/friendship/acceptance then we don’t ever accept it when it comes our way because we allowed this idea to have truth. Then we wonder why we’re 24 years old, still single and pretty sure we’ll never get married. Our ideas have consequences. So what ideas are we going to let in? What ideas are we going to give truth to? What ideas are we going to let dictate our actions and inevitably the consequences. Let’s let truth in.
Week 6 was this week, our topic was Identity with Kimberly Campbell. Kimberly is one of the few people that pioneered YWAM Kauai’s base so it was amazing to have her back and hear her stories. Identity is a really huge topic and she covered it in a beautiful approach. We talked about the truth of our identity being rooted in Christ. We learned about our different roles with Jesus. Kimberly taught us about the Father/Child role, the Shepherd/Sheep role, the King/Servant role, the Bridegroom/Bride role and about being a temple. It was really difficult (in a good way) to learn the truth in these roles. For so long I let the world and my culture dictate who I am. I allowed boyfriends to tell me what kind of beautiful I was — what my hair, clothes, body should look like. I let my friends tell me how I should eat, dress, talk. I let my peers tell me I was fat, ugly, annoying — essentially worthless. I allowed myself to believe this. I allowed myself to say I was unworthy. I forgot along the way about the truth. I forgot, somewhere along the way about what God says about me. I let the world tell me I’m ugly, when God tells me I’m beautiful. I let the world tell me something is wrong with my body, when God tells me He loves and made me exactly how He planned. I allowed the world to tell me that I’m not significant, when God reminds me that I’m His daughter — I am HIS. Wow.
We’re 6 weeks into lecture phase and leaving for outreach in 6 weeks. We’re at the halfway point of Part A of this adventure. I know we’re in for a load more learning, emotions (duh) and truth about who we are in relationship with Jesus.
I can’t wait for what’s next!
Many many blessings & aloha!