It is hard to believe that 2018 is almost over.
This past year had so many milestones for us as a family as well as for the ministry we do.
The fall has brought in some steady routine which we have been most thankful for! We have been partnering with other ministries here in Nanaimo, building relationships, learning more about the city, her needs and current atmosphere. Weekly we attend a few different prayer meetings, as well as volunteer with Youth For Christ and University Christian Ministries. Our team has had the opportunity to help lead worship, do breakfast programs in local schools, lunch programs, floor hockey, youth nights, prayer walks, etc. We have also felt very supported and welcomed by the local community here. We have been blown away by the generosity of the local body of christ, words can not describe how full my heart is.
We are very excited for 2019! We are planning on running a 6 month training course called the Discipleship Training School. You can read more about it here: www.ywamnanaimo.com/dts
We also have 3 more members joining our team in April!
Both of these things mean we need a larger facility! Please pray that God would open doors and we would find the place He desires us to be.
Our second report is a big change up from our first three weeks on Vancouver Island. Not only was our team going on our first outreach together but we were traveling to a new location to work with a whole new ministry team on Vancouver Island. It’s ironic that we were focused on pioneering YWAM Nanaimo and yet we were joining with a ministry that was 5 hours away from Nanaimo. However, this was an outreach that we set in our calendar months before arriving. No matter where we were at with getting established, we were going to volunteer at this camp. But to have a breakthrough of getting a team home days before leaving, this marked our team with indescribable gratitude and faith. We were going into this camp with a capacity to fully focus on the campers and not worry about where we were going to be living for the two weeks that we would be volunteering. We didn’t understand fully what we were going to be a part of or what God had in store there, we were just wanting to go and serve where we could. Esperanza Ministries has a commitment to be a place of hope and refuge that reveals God as our Creator, to the remote communities in the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
We are two months into pioneering on Vancouver Island. It’s often felt like our team has airdropped into the wilds armed with our Bible, faith and dependency on God. We’ve gone through extremes of ordinary to extraordinary throughout our days as God leads our team and simply says, “follow me.” Our team and our pioneering efforts of YWAM Nanaimo are far swept into God’s story of hope and life! In our time since arriving we have gone through three distinct periods that we would like to share in a series of reports that we will post. The first report will cover our time camping in Nanaimo, the second report is about our time in Esperanza, and the third report is moving into a home and a movement of prayer.
Tessa, Mateo, Sarah and I landed in Seattle and were greeted at the airport by Chase and his amazing mother Angela! They brought our car and relieved us of some of our luggage until we could find a house. We had to say goodbye for a week to Chase because he was house sitting for his family.
These are some thoughts that I was reflecting on during the 4th of July, the day before we flew out. It wasn’t until this day that my thoughts of transition and what it meant were acute and clear. I think it’s very important during times of transition to reflect on where I’ve come from to appreciate where I’m going. This is a process of reflection from the time Tessa and I arrived to Kona in Feb 2015 to when we left July 2018. These are things that I did, things that I didn’t do that I wish I had done, and things that I gained.