Moju Morin (July 24th- 27th)

“Put on the full armor of God” -Ephesians 6:11

The white VW passenger bus pulls up and the adventure continues. Loaded both cars and off we went on a two hour drive to the village of Moju Mirin. This short trip was a challenge for all. We stayed in the communities local school which was all closed in (bathroom, kitchen, and shower). After talking to a few locals to figure out the dynamics of the village. We discovered that we (my team and I) were the first white foreigners in that village.

The VW wagons are a popular car in Brazil. Just last year (2014) the company stopped making the vans. 

Before arriving my school leaders (Philip and Lily Lin) flew into to see us. To have a one on one with each of us. The morning before arriving in the village we gather and prayed before heading out. The Lord highlighted some words, and visions. Each one with a different purpose and meaning, H O L Y|S P I R I T    The color orange, a word ‘rider’, turkeys, vision of a young man, and for me a vision of me telling the gospel to a house full of people! 

Day 1: A team of dental hygienist came and cleaned teeth at no charge. This gave wonderful opportunities for us. To build relationships and share the gospel. While the adults went first for the teeth cleaning the kids needed to be entertained. BB tash, Joy, and myself taught games and bible stories to the kiddos. While playing sheep, sheep, Shepard (duck, duck, goose) half the group of kids ran down to the swimming hole stripped down and jumped in! Following after joy and myself lived in the moment and joined. Fully clothed. Splashing around a girl by the name of Carol  l o v e d  me. How I miss the joys of being a kid..with no worries. Carol and I shared something special this little girl captured my heart from sharing laughs and giggles, to embracing each with many hugs, to exchanged a few words in Portuguese. Thank you Carol for reminding me to have a child like mind set when loving others. 

Day 2: Home visits. From house to house we would share the gospel and would offer prayer to people. Each household we visited loved to talk and visit with us, coffee was offered along with greetings of hugs and kisses. We ended the night with a giant christian dance party ‘giant meaning Tash, Eline, and I’. If only we knew 3 hours later half the team got the flu virus. From the stories I heard violently sick. (Praise God I slept through it) 

Day 3: Just like that h a l f of team brazil was sick and ended up leaving the next morning to return back to base. Plans changed all the time in brazil. At first Eline wanted everyone to return home, but God had other plans. Now the Holy Spirit came into this village. Breaking into smaller groups for house visiting I was the only green-go (white person) along with 3 other Brazilians. Now the fun stuff. My vision came true. Each house we attend I shared the gospel. The last home I attend hit the ‘home run’. Walking up to this house I felt something different a good different. As we entered the home we started to chat. The father of the household knew Jesus, but was thirsty for more. In this moment I shared my testimony and a man whom was handicapped started to cry. I asked if anyone wanted pray and this man looked me in the eyes and nodded. He wanted prayer to press on, to be strengthen so he could impact and strengthen others. After ending the prayer I felt the presence of God and the room felt lighter and brighter. 

Here's the photo of the family I had a vision of! How exciting to talk things of the Lord, and agreeing and releasing of prayer. The Kid in the Kiss shirt later came to talk to us on how to get involved in YWAM. 

Thinking to myself..wow this is what life is about. No mater what age, color, status, or language. At the end of the day we have the same wants/needs. To be loved, and that love come from Jesus. We as Christians carry his love, and carry that love to others. That my friends is called revival.  Walking home before 6 o clock (that’s when the snakes would come out) I had a HUGE smile on my face.The next morning we packed our things and heading back into the VW bus and returned back to base. I did it, I conquered the challenge and God showed up in a radical way. When you commit and say “Jesus here I am, send me” He does. It’s a dangerous prayer but that’s when heaven kisses earth. Amen?!

Embraced with love

My first week in Brasilia has been incrível (amazing). I didn’t know what to expect from this culture. I’m in  l o v e  with the people. Arriving from the airport Igor’s family greeted us with a big hug and a kiss on the cheek. His mother Celica is wonderful, she may not speak much english. But she feels like another mother to me. His dad Jay is a wise, genuine, and funny. Carol his sister is beautiful inside and out. The very moment we met she offered her room to us, and even offered her bed. Carol has show us around her city, and has taken the time to teach us about the culture. His family has embraced us with such hospitality and FOOD.

Beans, rice, farofa, and MEAT. The few main staples for the Brazilian diet. 

Now in being in brazil for one week. I’ve learned many things. But the love language for the Brazilian’s is food. All sorts of new and different food and traditions. Almost everything is f r e s h. Every meal that is served has some sort of cheese and bread. Queijo minas (Minas cheese), cream cheese, and Requeijão (cheese spread). Now a mix of both worlds. Cheese bread is HUGE. The cheese is baked in the inside of the bread. Even McDonald’s serves and sell this delicious and tasty treat! Meat is another staple. From all sorts beef, chicken, and pork. All seasoned so well with many different favors from rosemary to garlic. Last but not least rice and beans is another tradition sprinkled onto with farofa. The Coffee or café is strong you only need half of a cup to drink. Compared to the coffee at the YWAM base we are completely spoiled.. haha.. When they make the coffee here, they don’t use a ‘coffee maker’. It is all hand made from boiling the water to straining the coffee grounds. 

Fresh STRONG cafe, a sweet treat prepared for us daily. Brazilian coffee is by far the best tasting coffee I've ever tasted. 

This week has been JAM packed with some many activities, gatherings, ministry, and evangelizing. I have SO much more to blog but have such limited time. So cherish every post.. ! I love and miss you all! Keep the prayers coming our way. Next Saturday we will be in Belém aka the A M A Z O N. A long 56 days it will be… but I’m SO excited! 

tchau! 


Bon Voyage

For greater is HE that is in me, than he that is in the World.
— 1 John 4:4

My time in kona has been one big Adventure with Jesus.

|Lecture phase is over… | It has been 10 weeks of intense training of to ‘know God’. I have experienced the love he has for me, and from that… I’m ready to extend the love into the nations. Into the slums and children in Brazil. “We live by Faith, not by sight” 2 Cor. 5:7

All the weeks of preparing is now here. Coming to YWAM I grew a deeper love for kona. The relationship’s I’ve made have changed me. I have a new spiritual family and home.

Thru the rain, and sunshine this was my way around the Island. Talk about living the island life!

As I sit here in the LAX airport It hasn’t dawned on me. GAH I’m so pumped all this training and excitement is starting! I have two more flights and I’ll be in Brasilia Saturday morning. B R A Z I L get ready. We are coming for you. We may not have the whole team with us yet, but we aren’t giving up. The Lord is paving the way for us. Unity: Family and of course o h a n a                          

I am ready to kick start this bumpy and wild Journey with my heavenly Father.

H E R E  W E  G O

Why the separation?

|Week 6| Mathew Toller| Messianic Rabbi| Bible Overview

Why is our view of God so important? Can I even answer this question.. For all I know is, I need a role model in life. A purpose for life. Mathew had fun testing us on God. Asking questions like Do we believe God is the same now, or how come we feel guilty when calling upon the Lord (when we’ve sinned). I believe the bible is for us to question. It is healthy to break the bible down. Chew each book verse by verse. From this I get a greater meaning of God's word, His word is the truth in my life. I know this book is the instruction for L I F E. 

M A N has caused a separation from God. Our sin causes us to flee from God. What really happens is as we sin God draws closer to us. 

But the Lord God called to the man, Where are you?
— Genesis 3:9

Mathew taught on how the Lord is our shepherd and we are the sheep. I found out how dumb and stupid sheep we can be. Sheep are: directionless, defenseless and need T O N S of attention. If a sheep ever falls over on its back, the sheep will accept it’s fate. All it takes is for the shepherd to rub the tummy and the sheep will flip over. I’m so thankful for Jesus being the shepherd of my life. Even when I’m lost in the waves of life. 

|Week 7| John Leach| Father heart of God

We create a reality around us, according to the reality in us
— John Leach

This one quote encourages me. Pushes me to be a better person, to put others before my needs and wants. How can I/we bridge the spiritual to the secular reality. By showing people grace, hope, and love found in the father. How? by simply a smile, hug, words of affirmation, buying someone coffee, and so much more. 

|| Am I living ||

F O R Gods approval 

OR

F R O M Gods approval 

To be transformed, I must renew my mind daily. 

  • First speak the will of God (first thing in the morning)
  • Read the word (full of promises) 
  • Meditate on God (listen and be still before Him)

This is something that won’t happen over night. It’s a life style. I have to live, breathe and yes renew for the rest of my L I F E. Is it worth it, is HE worth it. 

"The one that you give authority to, is the one who is calling you towards a destiny". -John Leach

| Balance in Life |

You cannot get ‘fruit’ without being in balance. Mind, spirt, and body. All three need to be in balanced. If you don’t take the time to rest in any of the three. You will have a blow out. 

Work hard><Work smart

 

 

Greater than these

During the second week, I found out evangelizing isn’t scary. As a class we were required to go downtown and share the ‘good news’ How nervous was I? SO nervous… gah over nothing! I found out to evangelize means to have a relationship. To take the time, to stop and hear each other’s stories. I ended up meeting a Vietnam Veteran. His name is Bill. He reminded me of a pirate. Looks and all! Bill just wanted to talk to some good looking ladies (old men and their charm). He was hanging out on the boardwalk between kona inn and the canon club. Just passing time, and hanging out with a buddy. Simple minded and was up for listen and someone to talk to. We didn’t have a full blown conversation.. yet. But for the few minutes we talked, you could tell behind those eyes he has stories. In which I would love to hear. So wise, and so much you can learn out of the elderly. 

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After talking to Bill I felt encouraged, hopeful, and relieved. If this is what Jesus did. Sign me up. “We are created for a relationship”- Philip Lin.

Plain and simple we are called to love.

Mark 12:31 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

1 day!

Today is my last full day in my little town of Medford, Oregon. Will I miss it? Of course, all my family and friends are here. On the sunny side I’ll be where my heart has longed to be. To be apart of being the hands and feet of Jesus, and I’m SO excited to see how He uses me. But..
Today marks a bittersweet day. I know I’m going to miss out on some key life milestones. The birth of my Niece, and one of my best friends wedding. Will I be back? Of Course! In order for me to Grow and to Love unconditionally. I know this is the path God has placed for me. I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure! I love you all. I’ll keep
this blog up to date!