Friday, August 6, 2010

This week was my very last week in my apartment. I finally got everything moved out and stored most of my stuff in a 5’x5’ storage unit. Who knew that Jon Hatton, the king of collecting junk, could fit all of his stuff in a 5’x5’ room? I bet I threw away 20 trash bags of stuff. In fact, I know it was at least 20, because I used an entire box. Moving makes you realize just how much junk you have that you don’t really need or use.

With the move, I disconnected my internet and packed up my computer. When I got home last night I checked my email and found my official acceptance letter to YWAM! So yes… It’s official… I have been accepted to the Justice DTS Lecture Phase of YWAM. Starting in September, I’ll have the opportunity to be taught by the mothers and fathers of world missions, who God has been using to build His kingdom all over the earth. This portion of the YWAM Journey will cover 12 weeks. When this part is over, we’ll spend the next 12 weeks targeting areas of poverty and injustice in both Asia and Africa. We may be working in an orphanage in Cambodia, digging wells in Mozambique, working with the trafficked and sexually abused women in Thailand, or caring for street children in India. The possibilities are endless!

So, why have I decided to take such an extreme leap? Over the past year or so, I’ve realized that I am my own biggest fan. It’s a humbling experience when you confide in your friends about your concerns with your own ego, and they agree that you have become one of the most self-absorbed people they know. I’ve gotten really good at putting myself first and that’s not ok. YWAM had been on my radar for awhile and the more I looked into it, the more I realized that this was a perfect opportunity to be part of something much bigger than myself. When Jesus spent time with his disciples, he told them that in order to find life they first had to lose it.

I understand that losing your life isn’t the “American Dream,” but right now, I want nothing more than to know what it means to die to myself in order to find true life. I want to experience life in Christ in a way that I’ve never imagined! The Justice DTS is designed for those who refuse to stand on the sidelines and observe the atrocities of the world. It is for the adventurous in spirit, the compassionate at heart, and those who desire for their lives to really make a difference!

If you feel like God is speaking to you through this post and would like to consider partnering with me in ministry and joining me on this mission, there is a “donate” button on the right side of this page. YWAM is a support-based ministry, therefore its participants are required to raise their own support. First and foremost, I only want to strive for what the Lord has for me. If you are considering making a donation, please take some time to pray and hear from the Lord what amount to give.

Thank you in advance to anyone who is called to join me financially or through prayer!