The Beginning

Well I made it to Brisbane, Australia and have been here for about three weeks and I’m LOVING it! It’s been insanely busy these last three weeks and even though they have gone by fast I feel like I’ve known both this place and the people here forever!

This week we have been learning about hearing the voice of God and Intercession and I can’t help but think that the people with me here were an answer to prayer!  It’s amazing how fast we have all connected with each other and it feels like a little family already! I also can’t help but think this is a little glance into what heaven will be like.  I see nothing but family being in heaven connected by our love for the Father.  All together praising Him and encouraging one another.  Never to feel lonely but surrounded by loved ones. Ah! I can’t wait to see that glorious place!

My passion and eagerness to share Jesus with others have grown so much since being here! I want people to feel and experience the love of God and the hope we have in Him!  In my Bible reading I found a verse that really spoke to me.  It’s Philippians 2:14-16 and it says “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life-in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.” WOW! What a powerful verse.  We are called to be stars that shine in a world full of darkness. This makes me look even harder at how I act and carry myself.  I want others to know I’m different (in a good way!) and wonder why. I want to catch other people’s attention so that they ask “why?” I want to show the love of God to everyone I come into contact with.  I know this is a high goal and if you believe it or not we are human and we all mess up but that shouldn’t stop us from striving to be like Jesus every second of the day.  So I am going forward with that attitude and hope to turn a few heads in the process so that God can work through me and so that God can reach the lost!

The photo below is of my finance progress.  We found out the choices for our outreach locations and I will soon announce where I will be going next!! So I am trying to get a head start on getting the money together for my outreach phase! If you are interested in joining my little adventure please contact me!  God is going to amazing things during this time and YOU have the chance to be a part of it!  I think is so cool that anyone and everyone can make a difference no matter where they are or what they do!  As you can see by the photo below I am SO close to having the rest of my budget so please consider joining what God has planned for this time!

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Philippians 4:1 “Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends”

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The Countdown Begins!

Well tomorrow marks ONE month till I leave for Australia!! Its crazy to think about but I think its starting to feel REAL…Im REALLY going!! I can’t imagine what is waiting for me there but Im SO excited!

Things have been a little slow fundraising wise but Im keeping the faith and trusting in God to provide all that I need :] I feel like the DTS has already started and this whole support raising thing is my first lesson…FAITH.  Money is something we all deal with and need and usually comes with stress.  I worry constantly about bills, gas, food, and now everything needed for YWAM.  I think we all need to take a step back and look back on times in our past that we have stressed about money…did it all work out in the end?  I am sure 90% could say yes! I know I can…everytime I have worried about money it eventually works out somehow..that right there is GOD. He provides for us over and over and most of the time we just pass it by because we have for some reason grown accustomed to God’s provision.  These are things that I want to work on and improve.  First, to not worry about money but let it go and give to God becuase he NEVER fails us and he will always provide.  Second, to give thanks and credit to God for that provison, not to just be thankful it worked out but to give thanks to GOD for working it out!

In the process of applying for my visa I got flagged becuase of my numerous world travels…lol!  So on tuesday I traveled to St. Louis to do medical testing to hopefully clear up any worries the visa people may have about me!  Please keep this issue in your prayers.  Please pray that the results get to the officals as quickly as possible so that I have my visa in time for my departure.  This also came with extra cost i was not expecting so I would appreciate any prayers reguarding fundrasing!

So many have already given to my DTS and I am SO thankful.  I know how hard it is to give..believe me! We all have things we need and could use the money for so I really am SO thankful that you chose to invest in my future!!

I don’t think I have ever been so eager to do anything in my life!  I just know that im going to change for the better and get closer to God…and I want that more than anything…ANYTHING.  I am excited to be surrounded by people who share the same passion for God as I do and to learn and grow with them!

Im seriously SHAKING as I write this…I dont have the words to express how deep my need for this DTS is..all I can say is I’m READY!!

So please join me in prayer and financial support for this amazing journey I’m about to embark on in just ONE month!!

Here is a video showing one way I use my passion for art to bring glory to GOD: Oceans Painting Video

Thanks for reading and contact me if you are intersted in joining my journey!!

Bethany

cookie time!

cookie time!

I am selling these beautiful holiday cookies made by my wonderful sister to help fund my YWAM trip! Get some amazing and delicious cookies for the holidays while supporting a great cause!

YWAM Brisbane

Hey guys! Here is YWAM Brisbane’s promo video. Hopefully it will inspire you and will also show why I am so passionate about this program! I believe I will find direction and Him and can not wait. I am in desperate need for both of these things and I am asking for people to join me in my journey and this amazing opportunity! Please contact me at bethanydownunder@gmail.com if you are interested in joining me either in prayer or financial support. The need is great but He is greater!!

Puzzles Puzzles Puzzles

Hey guys!

            I was thinking the other day about puzzles.  I feel like a lot of people would agree with me that when you FINALLY finish a puzzle, it’s an awesome feeling to take a step back and look at the beautiful picture you just put together.  It’s crazy to me that a few hundred little pieces, which on their own don’t look like much, could make a beautiful picture.

            I can totally relate to this because it’s pretty much the same as painting a picture.  I spend hours putting thousands of small strokes of paint on a canvas to create a picture.  That’s crazy!  Sometimes it’s hard and tedious, but once I’m done, I look at it and get the most wonderful feeling inside!  I say WOW!  I really just did that! 

            I can also relate to this as I am starting a new puzzle of “fundraising.”  It’s probably one of the hardest and least fun puzzles out there for me, but it leads to something so wonderful!  I did some figuring, and if 200 people gave just $50 dollars, that would come out to $10,000!  That right there is my entire budget for my YWAM DTS.  So I am asking for 200 puzzle pieces to complete my beautiful picture.  You see, no piece is more important than the other because EVERY piece is essential.  A puzzle missing a piece is no longer a beautiful picture … it’s just a collection of cardboard!  Please know that if you invest in this puzzle, you will not just be a piece of cardboard but an essential part of God’s picture for my life!

 

And for an added bonus!  The first 20 people will get their very own painting by yours truly!!

 

Email me at bethanydownunder@gmail.com