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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Airlie Beach Outreach Week

This past week was our first mini outreach week!!! It was so exciting and went really well! We left as a school (58 of us) on Wednesday, Nov. 17th at about 2:30pm. Our destination was Airlie Beach. The drive was 17 hours long. We took two buses that carried about 25 people and one van - we headed north! We drove 5 hours to Harvey Bay. We arrived in Harvey Bay around dinner time and stayed in an old YWAM house. This house is very small, one level, a few rooms. The boys set up tents outside and the girls crammed in the house side by side on the floors in each room. Talk about an experience. It's like having a family of 58 people. Not even kidding - we made pasta and garlic toast and salad. Used plastic plates and small plastic forks and ate as one big family. After dinner I walked down to the beach. The house is literally one street away from the beach. The moon was bright and there was a light breeze. I walked on the beach for a long time. It was high tide so the water splashed on my feet. I love the beach day or night. I love it at night because there are no lights out, only the moon shining above me and as I looked into the distance I could see a few twinkles on the horizon. I assumed they were light houses for boats or little islands. After my peaceful walk on the shore I walked back to the house and found my sleeping bag. It was on the wooden floor against a brick wall. There were 4 other girls in this 5x11 ft room. I had so much on my mind. Sometimes late late at night I like to just lay there in silence...I like to wait until everyone is asleep - because maybe then I can meet a quiet moment. When you live with 58 people there is never silence.

The morning came quickly and in my mind I think it would fit perfectly next to a morning at the zoo. There is so much to learn when living in community. The loud conversation and pounding feet all around the house woke me up at 6am. You know how when you wake up at your house and right when you open your eyes you're most likely alone. You have time to go to the bathroom alone and wash your face in a bathroom alone. You do all these things before you meet the world or any person for that matter...well in my world that is never possible. Right when I wake up I'm surrounded by people. It can be awesome if you look at that way! Definitely something to adjust to. We packed up at Harvey Bay and left at 8:30ish. Today was the long hall, 12 hours. Again with 58 people all traveling together bathroom breaks happen so often, so every 2 hours or so we would stop and take a break to get coffee and use the toilet. I'm a quiet traveler. I didn't really talk much, I personally like to stare out the window and just be still. Even though I'm still surrounded by people I'm in a car, sitting in a seat. I don't have to be anywhere or do anything - it can be restful. Long story short we arrived in Airlie Beach 12 hours later!

We all thought we would be staying in tents for 10 days but the Airlie Base was so kind and let us stay on their property. Lisa, the Schoolies (I'll explain what this is in a second) Leader for the week was so gracious and let the girl staff stay on the floor in her bedroom! What a blessing!

The outreach was Schoolies. Schoolies in Australia is the few weeks after High School graduation. Basically, parents (not all but most) pay about 145$ for their kid to stay in a hotel for a week on the beach and buy alcohol, party, sleep around, basically be completely free with access to drugs, sex, alcohol. America doesn't have anything like this, but here is Australia its a huge thing this time of year. And remember their season are backwards to ours so its coming now into Summer. Back to Schoolies...so what we did was this: YWAM Brisbane has this amazing thing called the Chai Tent. This tent is huge, like way big. Inside the tent we set up a kitchen area in one corner, with a sink and 3 serving/making drinks tables. In the middle/back was a stage with speakers on either end. In the middle there was carpet laid out, with about 12 small square coffee like tables close to the ground. Each table had 4 cushions surrounding it with a candle in the middle of the table. In the back of the tent near the entrance was a gigantic blow up jumpy strip thing. There were lights and music. In the kitchen we served chai and made slushies. I was in charge of the kitchen along with Niesje, another staff member. I was so happy when I found out I was in charge of the kitchen - I thought it fit perfectly for me...working at Starbucks and all :) I just love that type of thing!

Our daily schedule: Wake up at 10am. Breakfast till 10:30. Shower run at 11. Lunch at 1pm. Staff meeting at 2pm. I was in charge of instructing the house cleaning jobs for the team of students at the house each day from 3-5pm. Dinner was at 5:30. Everyone who had roles at the tent left at 6pm. We had worship and a short message at the tent (just us as a school) from 6:30-7:45. The 15 minutes before 8 o'clock the different teams in the tent prayed together and then at 8 o'clock we opened the tent! The tent was open from 8-1am every single night.

I hope that makes sense what Schoolies is and what the Chai Tent looks like. I feel like I'm typing so much...but I really want to fill you in on my outreach week. There are heaps of pictures below - I really try to balance my writing and pictures...I'm trying my best!!

Ok so back to explaining...the chai tent was set up on the beach. The students were split up into different teams for the week. The different things they would be doing were Prayer and Worship (for the 10 days we were there we had 24/7 hour prayer and worship in the prayer room downstairs. Anna and Jess, girls on my staff team, were in charge of this) then there was the kitchen area in the tent, 'on the floor' is what we called it, this is the carpet and table section of the tent. Making conversation with the schoolies that comes in, then there is night security, 4 guys that would stay overnight in the tent to watch it, and day security, 4 girls that would watch the tent during the day. Soooo as you can see...many different things going on - super full schedule. That's outreach weeks for ya! But sooo awesome at the same time. Its really incredible what all can be done in just 10 days.

I could go on for ages but I don't think that would be too fun to read. I hope that gives you a good sense of what happened, the different roles, and just an overall picture of our mini outreach week to airlie beach!

For me it was really incredible. Spiritually there was HEAPS of warfare. We were definitely working in a dark place. But God made it so clear that our tent, us, was the LIGHT on the beach! Each night as I stood behind the tables making/serving chai and slushies, I was so amazing by the people that came up. There were thousands of kinds on the beach. Heaps and heaps of young people walking in drunk, wearing close to nothing, you could see the darkness in their eyes...it was heart breaking. After the first night I had such a heart for these kids. I was so passionate about the kitchen each night.


Michael. Such an amazing driver :)


17 hour car ride!


Double rainbow!!!


The YWAM Airlie base we were staying at.


My precious family of 50. I love them all to pieces.



MORE PICTURES TO COME. I must go to bed now...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

To: Daddy

Dear Pops

I miss you so much right now. Drinking spiced tea and thinking of you. I miss your hugs. You're the best. I'm so thankful for you.

xoxo

TEAR DOWN THE WALLS

My song for this season. God has completely wrecked my heart with His love!!!!! Listen to this song! GODS LOVE IS ENOUGH! Let your spirit release, let go, jump, free fall INTO THE ARMS OF GOD.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJNYXzzfjvQ

Tear down the walls see the world
Is there something we have missed
Turn from ourselves
Look beyond
There is so much more than this

And I don’t need to see it to believe it
I don’t need to see it to believe it
Cause I can’t shake this
Fire deep inside my heart

Look to the skies hope arise
See His majesty revealed
More than this life there is love
There is hope and this is real

Cause I don’t need to see it to believe it
I don’t need to see it to believe it
Cause I can’t shake this fire burning
Deep inside my heart

This life is Yours and hope is rising
As Your glory floods our hearts
Let love tear down these walls
That all creation would
Come back to You
It’s all for You

Your Name is glorious
Glorious
Your love is changing us
Calling us
To worship in spirit and in truth
As all creation returns to You

Oh for all the sons and daughters
Who are walking in the darkness
You are calling us to lead them back to You
We will see Your spirit rising
As the lost come out of hiding
Every heart will see this hope we have in You

Cause I don’t need to see it to believe it
I don’t need to see it to believe it
Cause I can’t shake this fire burning
Deep inside my heart

This life is Yours and hope is rising
As Your glory floods our hearts
Let love tear down these walls
That all creation would
Come back to You
It’s all for You

Your Name is glorious
Glorious
Your love is changing us
Calling us
To worship in spirit and in truth
As all creation returns to You
(x2)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Photos!

Thank you Abba for weekends! My days off its just me and the ocean...words can't really describe these photos. They are simply breathtaking. This is the Gold Coast, more specifically Rainbow beach. The eighth picture down - the one picture where you see the city on the horizon..that's Surfers Paradise. From where I was standing, all the way around to Surfers Paradise is the Gold Coast. Rainbow beach is my favorite. I can't believe this is my home. God is so good!









































Hope you enjoyed those. Gives you an idea of where I live :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Please pray

Prayer is real and powerful! I need your prayers. If you don't know this, I am here with YWAM as a volunteer. God has called me to this place. I know God doesn't call us somewhere, open a door, then close it halfway! He will complete the work He has started.

I need financial sponsors! Please pray for financial provision. I've been asking Abba, "Lord what is your financial plan for my life?" When I'm in the secret place with Him, He gives me so much peace. I don't know where the money will come from but I hear Him say so clearly, "Who am I, Alicia? Who am I? I will provide. It will come. Do you trust me?" He is the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out. He created the earth and everything in it. He gives breath to everyone. Isaiah 42 And for right now He has laid this on my heart to ask for sponsorship. So I'm sharing my heart and doing what Abba tells me to do. Please pray. Even if that's all you can do, prayer is powerful! I know prayers go in the dwelling place with God. If Abba leads you to sponsor me financially I will be eternally grateful! I have a $2,000 outreach fee due on November 17. That is the first huge deadline. Pray pray!

Please contact me if Abba leads you in anyway. If He leads you to sponsor me in anyway you can mail a check to the address on the left hand side column.

Don't hesitate to email me with questions, etc!

May Abba bless you in big ways!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Abba

Wow. I don't know where to begin. God has really got my attention. I know He wants all of me. He's showing me that He is my Abba. I belong to Him. I know that anything is possible with Him. Even though I can't really understand much of what's going on in my life right now, He understands. He holds it all. He holds the dreams I haven't dreamed yet. He holds all the desires of my heart. He holds me. And He wants me to abide in Him. I can't put into words how precious the secret place with Him is. It's in this secret place that I find perfect peace. In this secret place with Abba, when I look to Him with both eyes wide open and my heart searching...I find Alicia. I find who I really am. Dear self, die. I want to live for Abba. Dear self, I want to love like God. "Who am I?" God says to me. You are God, You hold the universe. Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts. Your ways are higher than my ways. Nothing is an accident. "Alicia I want you to fly with me. Keep your focus on me." I can't get enough of His presence. I am my own person. I am Alicia. I know I am special. I know I was created with purpose. These are things that Abba tells me in the secret place with Him. My heart is so overflowing with Him I couldn't help but write about it. I'm so excited about what Abba has in store. God has great things in store, great things.

You should listen to the video below. Let God's love wreck your heart.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GeVf1XQOPg&feature=related