Life here is indescribable, I actually had to sit and think of what word to use to describe it for you, and that’s all that came to mind. Being here is like nothing I could have ever imagined. To say that I am happy would be an understatement. No, I don’t have the comforts of home, I don’t get to see my family and dear friends whenever I wish, but God is here, and that is something familiar. After only a few days I feel at home, I feel like this is a place where I belong for however long God needs me to be here. Sometimes those thoughts scare the life out of me, but I know that God has a plan.
So, we’ve been assigned work duties for our stay here, and I am placed on lunch clean up, and it is HOT. But we have a great team, we are Team Awesome, and we definitely hold up to that name. We also have been assigned teams and tasks for Saturday’s Youth Street events. Youth Street is a program run on this specific YWAM base and it’s for the youth of the city here. From 2 until 10 pm, we go non-stop. I am working on the “No Name Skate” with another student, Jordan, and yes, skate means skateboards. For those of you who have seen me ice skating, you know how badly this could end! We were asked to write down our top picks for teams, some options would have been Dance team, Hip-hop team, Chick team, Sports team, things like that. There is also Bible Lessons to be taught, child sign in, etc. There is so much to do to keep this running! Anyway’s, I did not choose No Name Skate, but that’s what I was assigned, and I’m sure God has His hand in this, so I’m excited to see what happens. This week we are going to the Strand, which is the local beach, other things we could do is ice skating (yes, indoors!), the water park, anything really, I guess that’s why it’s called no name, because we can do whatever we want 🙂
I laughed with a friend this morning at the revelation that we wake up every morning at 5. At home it was a chore to wake up at 6.30 for work, and here I am, everyday, waking up at 5 to read my Bible. I laugh pretty hard when I think about this, it makes me excited to see what is going to come from all of this. Today we are officially starting lectures, so that is pretty exciting. Yesterday we introduced ourselves (again) and told why we are here, and what it took to get us here. It has definitely helped to put a heart behind a face for me, to learn all about the people I am in community with. And that’s what YWAM is, a family community. We are valued as individuals, but seen as a big family. So yes, I have left a family I love dearly back home, but I also have gained a family here.
“Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
Be strong in God. Let Him into your weaknesses today, and let Him show you His power.
With Strength that is not my own, Sam