I hope you are doing well and have enjoyed the winter season. This last winter quarter has been great and full of change. I worked in the office as registrar/office manager during the January and February months. As registrar, I worked 9am - 5pm daily receiving and processing applications for future students, answering emails, and sending out information. I also sent out applications for
inquiring minds or future students, answered phones, ordered office supplies, received and distributed staff and student mail, gave out food boxes to families in need, and basically kept the office in order. In other words, I was the voice and communicator of YWAM Maui. =) It was a great time of connecting with future students and encouraging them to take a step of faith to come to YWAM and do a DTS (Discipleship Training School). I loved being able to pray with them and answer any questions they had. I also loved to help make people feel welcome and excited about DTS. After all, it is an amazing and life-changing school!!
In addition to being registrar, I was, and continue to be, the Worship Director for the YWAM Maui base. I absolutely love this job (you can only imagine why...). =) Every Monday and Friday mornings, our students, staff, and any visitors unite together for a time of worship. It’s a treasured time of intimacy with the Lord as we join together as the body of Christ. My job is to make sure that this time is organized by having all the necessary people and equipment. Almost every worship time, I have the opportunity to sing or play (piano, guitar, or bass) which is such a blessing! I love how the Lord is giving me the desires of my heart to sing and play for Him! I am so humbled and honored to lead His people into His throne room to worship.
In March, I took the trip of a lifetime with my boyfriend (Ryan). We’d been apart for almost 6 months because I led the Summer DTS and then he led the Fall DTS. This meant that when I got back from my outreach to Borneo, he was just leaving for DTS outreach to Nepal!! So after almost 10 months of dating and almost 6 months apart, we took a much needed trip to the East coast where we “killed 3 birds with one stone”. I met his family in Virginia, we drove to Florida for our friend’s wedding (I was a bridesmaid), then we flew to Utah for Ryan to meet my family (my parents were there and had just come back from their DTS outreach to India), and then we flew back to Virginia to visit family and friends and speak at Ryan’s church. It was a busy but needed time away and I am so thankful for it.
Now, we are back at YWAM Maui and our Spring DTS has just started! We have 11 students (7 girls and 4 guys) ranging in ages from 17 to 26 and they are all hungry for the Lord! It’s always encouraging to get new students and see their excitement for being here. As staff, we sometimes lose sight of how blessed we are to be a part of YWAM Maui. Sometimes it’s easier to focus on the negative things like living in community or not having enough money for even a cup of coffee or not owning a car, but God has really given me a fresh perspective on where He has called me and why. He is transforming people’s lives and He has called me here to be a part of it so who am I to complain or ask why? Ephesians 4:1 says that we need to live lives worthy of the calling we have received. For a short while I was not living out that scripture. However, through God’s infinite grace, He has shown me how blessed I am to be not only His daughter, but to be His bride living in the center of His will. I am so thankful!
For this Spring quarter, I have switched my job to the Hospitality department. I love it! I get to clean, bake, organize, cook, and clean some more. I also love it because I get to hang out with the students and ask them about lectures, life, family, God...etc. Also, I am still Worship Director and singing regularly.
I want to thank you for your constant love and support. I am so blessed to have such amazingly supportive friends and family. I hope all is well and you are also living a life worthy of the calling God has given you wherever that may be and whatever that may entail. Thank you so much again.
-Spring DTS students to engage in lectures and be open to God’s working in their lives
-Winter DTS students & staff on outreach right now in China and Borneo
-Increased support/finances for myself & YWAM Maui
-Continued physical & spiritual protection for YWAM Maui