Hey, hey, hey!
With each week that passes, God continues to blow my mind. Also, how on earth has it already been nearly three weeks since I last posted.
It’s been three incredible weeks, we’ve touched on Evangelism, Spiritual Authority and Lordship. Aside from feeling like I am a towel drenched with knowledge, revelation and new understanding, I’m focused on staying present and digging in until the very end. This is only a short season in my life. There will be a time for me to go home and spend time with my family and friends, a time for me to chew on all the truth that I’ve been learning over the past nine weeks, and a time for me to have more than just muesli and baguettes for breakfast every morning. However, that time is not right now, and I have come to be okay with that. I wrestled through a lot of homesickness over week seven, but God met me there, renewed my strength and has freed me from that sadness. Praise God.
Our topic for the week was “Spiritual Authority” with an awesome speaker from YWAM Perth. I went into the week trying to be as open as possible, because in the past I have never really LOVED the idea of Spiritual Authority. It’s been one of those things that just freaks me out and so I never felt like I needed to learn about it. However, our speaker did an incredible job focusing on the power and might of our God, rather than influence that Satan has in this area. I finished the week with a completely different taste in my mouth about Spiritual Authority and I’m excited to see the way that God will continue to grow me in that area, especially during Outreach.
The only words I can think of to describe last week are “freaking nuts”. On Tuesdays, we have an “open meeting” for everyone at the base and also people from the community. This week, the Holy Spirit was at work. We saw healing, incredible words from God and a number of people from the community even gave their lives to Jesus that night. It was awesome! Then Wednesday came. We had class, just like every other day, but again, the Holy Spirit came. By the end of class, all of the money that we as a school were trusting for for Outreach came in. All within an hour and a half, and all from people within the room. Nearly 13,000 euros, or 18,000 cad. We finished the week off with an incredible time of worship on Friday morning. We saw even more healing, words from God and we even saw the financial debt of the base be completely paid off! Within the week, the base debt went from 33,000 euros (46,000 cad) down to ZERO! The Lord provides as we obey.
Overall, super crazy week. It was incredible to witness it all. I had started reading the book of Acts on Monday morning, which talks about Jesus giving us the Holy Spirit. This week was a testament to the fact that He is definitely still working through His spirit.
“Blessed be the name of the Lord, from this time forth and forever. From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised.”
Following that “freaking nuts” week, me and some friends had planned on going down to San Sebastian, Spain for the weekend. I could not have asked for a more perfect weekend. We went swimming, ate delicious food, enjoyed the beautiful weather and had great bonding time. It also happened to be some type of festival… So we saw some very creative costumes, a parade and danced along with the music filling the streets. All in all, it was the equation for the perfect experience and I felt so refreshed upon returning to Biarritz on Sunday night. I wished that I could bottle up the feeling and sell it, because it was honestly just so freeing and surreal.
I had the song “Blessed be Your Name” in my head all week. In every high and low, He is worthy of our praise. Our God is so vast, mighty and powerful. Yet, He is so close and desires intimacy with all His children. Just a little reminder for you today. 🙂
We have also started meeting for prayer with our Outreach teams each morning. I am so excited for my team and what God has in store for us. We found out this week that we will also be stopping in Poland for some time, just before we head to Spain for the El Camino. Some friends and I calculated that we will hit 10 countries in 3 months (including some day stops with our travel plans). I never really saw myself desiring to travel Europe, but here I am, and my heart has completely changed.
So, that is a brief glimpse into my life the past few weeks. Thank you so much for your support and your prayers. I hope to do one more update of Lecture Phase before I head out, but if not, I’ll update you from Sweden! 13 days to go!
Some prayer requests:
- For safety over our travels (we travel by bus from Biarritz to Paris on March 16th, I think, and then fly to Stockholm on March 17th)
- For confidence and security in what I have learned over the past 9 weeks, and the ability to apply it as I’m on outreach.