In spring of this year I was praying for God to give me a country that he wanted to send me to, and to my surprise I heard Iceland. At first I wasn’t sure I was hearing him right so I continued in prayer for confirmations. Within the following weeks I received three major confirmations. “Ok, this is awesome that you want to send me to Iceland, God but please show me who with!” The following week I was at the young adult service I attend on Monday nights and Alyn and A.J. wanted us to pray for them because they were off to Iceland! I was so amazed at how quickly God answered my prayer. My own leaders had a heart for Iceland!
This started the journey. I had been told by a friend that I should check out YWAM (Youth with a Mission) a few months back and I my heart was so drawn to the organization when I read their history and mission statement.
“Youth With A MIssion all began in 1956 when a 20-year-old American college student named Loren Cunningham spent some time in prayer while on tour with a singing group in the Bahamas. Leaning back on his bed he saw what he called a “mental movie.” There was a map of the world and waves were breaking all over it. The waves began to turn into young people, thousands of them, spilling on to every continent and sharing the good news about Jesus. The picture faded.
“Was that really you, Lord?” he asked.
This idea, radical at the time, that young people could be missionaries, stayed with Loren. Four years later, in 1960, he started an organization with that idea expressed in its name: Youth With A Mission.
Today, Youth With A Mission (YWAM) has grown into one of the world’s largest Christian mission organizations. The story of how YWAM began and how it grew is a story of God’s direction and God’s grace in using ordinary people from countries all over the world.”
As I was looking on their website I came across Iceland. I then found that they were holding the first YWAM DTS in 25 years this coming October. I immediately printed out an application.
The process was slow and I was shaken with fear of finances. In July a dear friend of mine had a prophetic vision that I was sitting in a room that looked like an attic and God was pulling a treasure chest in front of me and urging me to open it; when I did a beam of different colored lights shown out and she said that it was full of the things that God had already made a way for, all I had to do was claim it. That night I decided to claim Iceland. I finished my application and kept in prayer that I would not be accepted unless I was called to go; lo and behold I was accepted.
Which brings me to why I am writing this post. Before I leave (October 6th) I have to raise close to $5,500 dollars. I am walking out in faith believing that God doesn’t order what he cannot pay for, so I ask that as God lays it on your heart to give, you would partner with me for this season of my life and help me arrive in Iceland!
You can help by clicking the photo of Iceland to the right which will navigate you to make a paypal donation.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING WHILE IN ICELAND?
I will be attending a 6 month DTS (Discipleship Training School) which will be held in Reykjavik, Iceland. Three months will be set-aside for a classroom/lecture phase, which is designed to help students understand God more deeply, to live more like Jesus and to identify our unique gifts and purposes to use in missions. The classroom phase is followed by three months in cross-cultural outreach to expose us and have more global awareness, preparing us to answer the call to:
“Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations.”
Love & Blessings,