Hey everyone! We got our outreach options last week, and I just realized I haven’t informed you what they are! We handed in our top three this morning, but I’ll tell you all four anyway, just so you know what the other teams are doing!
1)- Cairns & Taber lands– 3 week outreach in Australia, then to PNG for 6 weeks. PNG is Paupa New Guinea
The first 3 weeks will be in Cairns and Taber lands. We’ll most likely be doing general evangelism, some children’s/youth programs, and some general labour. Then we come back for 2 weeks of lectures, then leave for PNG. So for that outreach, we’ll be backpacking to remote villages in PNG and ministering to them.
2)- Charter Towers Region/Ayr– 3 week outreach in Australia, then to Darwin and East Timor for 6 weeks
General evangelism, children/youth programs and labour in Charter Towers Region and Ayr. Then we go to Darwin for evangelism as a stopover to East Timor. Here we will be doing a lot of rebuilding because this country has been very depressed recently.It used to be a part of Indonesia, but it wanted to separate itself, and was battered by Indonesia after that, so it needs some rebuilding.
3)- Mt.Isa -3 week outreach in Australia, then to PNG on the Medical Ship (which is super cool) for 6 weeks
Also super cool. Mt.Isa is about 10 hours away from Townsville, where I am right now, and here we will be doing the same as the others, general evangelism, labour and children/youth programs. THEN we go to PNG on YWAM’s medical ship!! The medical ship travels for 3 days overseas to PNG and puts its anchor down, opens up ship and runs a full Medical clinic for random villages there. Free eye surgery, glasses clinic, dental clinic and primary health care tips are the main work. Evangelism is paired up with this also. We’d be on the ship for the full 6 weeks.
4)- Gladstone/Emerald- 3 week oureach in Australia, then down the coast of Australia for 6 weeks.
The Gladstone/Emerald region is about 2-3 hours away from here. Again this 3 week outreach will be focusing on general evangelism, labour, and children’s/youth programs. Then for our main outreach, we travel the coast in Australia! In Australia, governments have opened the doors for churches and other Christian organisations to enter into high schools and evangelise. This outreach would be up and down the east coast, and we’d go and do day long seminar’s in each high school we visited, doing testimonies and just random evangelism.
So! I hope that’s clear enough! Like I said, I handed in my top 3 choices this morning, and we *hopefully* should know what team’s we are on by the end of this week, so I will keep you posted! In the mean time, we are going through lectures with Ken Mulligan, the base director here. He and his wife, Robin, started the base here in 1992, and have seen many youth come and go throughout the years. Ken is speaking about Clear Conscience and Repentance. He is talking a lot about trust and covenants, and how to receive trust we need to give trust. We went through all the aspects of trust, I’ve never realized how much goes on subconsciously to initiate trust with someone else!
We are also learning how feeling convicted is not always a bad thing! I don’t know about you, but when I think about the word conviction, I shudder. All the bad things I’ve ever done start rushing through my mind, whether I’ve been forgiven already or not. But the definition of conviction is surprising! Number 1 definition-a fixed or firm belief! So when I am convicted, it is because I believe something to be right or wrong. And we can be convicted for doing good things! See mom, I’m already learning! 🙂
The best part about life here is by far the worship. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning we all gather together and have base worship. Right now the October DTS is here between their outreach, and so there is probably 150 people in the auditorium giving their all to Christ. It is LOUD and it is CRAZY, and I LOVE it. Today I had a girl come up to me and tell me about a picture she had for me from God. She said she saw a misted mirror, like the way your bathroom mirror looks like after you take a super hot shower. Anyway, she said that’s the way I see myself. I know I’m back there, but I don’t see myself clearly. But then, out of nowhere, God came and He smashed the fog away. Soon will come the day when I can see myself clearly, how relieving!
Anyway’s, I think that’s enough preaching for today! Thanks for making it to the end! You deserve an extra hug for that feat! Come find me on June 15 and ambush me please! 🙂
Oh, and a special shout out to my family. I miss you all so much!!!
With Strength that is not my own, Sam