Monday, January 11, 2016

I Got Accepted!!!

Guess what?

I've been accepted into the 5 month long Children At Risk Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission!! I will get the opportunity to spend three months in Wylie, TX studying topics like: Having Jesus' Heart for The Poor and Needy, as well as having daily prayer times, and devotionals.  I'm so excited to have this opportunity to learn, grow, and build relationships with other believers.  I'm looking forward to God growing me, and pushing me outside my comfort zone to minister to others.

After the first three months, which is called the "Lecture Phase", my team and I will set out on the 2 month long "Outreach Phase" which will take place in another country.  I wont know which country until the first weeks of schooling, but I'm excited to pray along my other team mates and choose the country that God lays on our hearts! 3 Months away from my family, in another state, learning, growing, and being stretched in ways I never thought possible, 2 months with my team (by that time they'll be like family) in another country, new cultures, experiencing the things that break God's heart, seeing hard things, and being exhausted beyond belief, will be a very trying and life changing experience.

I'm looking forward to expanding my relationship with Christ, and my knowledge of the God that I serve.  He has a plan and purpose for everything, and I am excited to see what He has in store for me and what lessons He longs to teach me through this program.

I would like to invite you to pray for me and my future team, that God would prepare our hearts for all that we will be taught during this 5 month long program.  Pray that He would mold us into individuals that have a likeness to Him.  Pray for fiances, as this schooling program will total out to $8000, and though I am working to provide some of that money, I know that my part time job wont bring in the amount I need.  I know, that if this is where God wants me He will provide the money necessary to get me to this school.  But I am only human and still have worries and doubts, so prayer for peace and assurance would be gratefully accepted as well!

If you would like to support me financially you can do so through the Youcaring located on the right hand side of the blog named "Alyssa's YWAM DTS".  I am grateful for any and every amount that is given!  God can take any gift and multiply it, as long as we're ready to trust that He can do the impossible!

Cost Break Down:

Lecture Phase: $3450
This will cover my room, and board, meals, and DTS program related transportation during the school.  (I have a $350 housing deposit due August 19th that will be deducted from this number.)

Outreach Phase: $4000
This will cover airfare and any other fees that need to be paid while in another country.

Other Costs: $550 
This will cover things such as washing and drying close, and other expenses while in TX.

The first half of my fees are due upon arrival on September 18th, 2016.  The fees for my airfare are due over Thanksgiving, and the last portion of my fees are due on December 16th. While I have time to raise the last half of my fees, my goal is to have everything raised and ready to go before  my school starts. Only because I worry about everything under the sun and don't want to be panicked/worried during the schooling that I my not raise the last half of my fees and I also want to be able to focus fully on the tasks in front of me, instead of worrying about the financial side of things.  Make sense?

I am so excited to see what God has in store for me on this journey!  I really hope that you all will stick around to see the ways that God works through me to spread His love to others and transforms my heart to look a little more like His.  

With love, 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Gracious Gifts

I am in shock, once again.

My mind keeps racing through the times where we've cried thinking our adoption is over.  Thinking that we'd failed Nikolai, that he wouldn't come home, that the money would never come. Wondering why the fundraisers were never successful.

I'm reminded this evening of how big our God is and how seemingly insignificant my worries are.  I'm seeing now, the ways that He has planned this adoption and all of the working parts that are needed.  He had this planned before we committed to Nikolai, before I became his Angel Tree Warrior, before he was listed on Reece's Rainbow, before Nikolai was born, He had a plan and was bringing together every little piece.

This evening we were graced by a donation that left us speechless.  We have enough money for our Dossier, we have extra for the fees/costs that will come next.

There is a reason that He asks us to trust Him. This is just one of the many reasons. He knows what He's doing.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Life Update

It has been so long since I've blogged on my personal blog, I think it's partly because I never know what to write about, or I have something to write about and then I get writers block.  Either way, it's been too long.  Exciting things have happened, or are happening in my life and I feel that those things are post worthy.

For starters I'm a big sister *again*!  Charlotte Hope, made her appearance October 20th, 2015.  Guys, she is so darling.  After so many years, I finally have a little sister and I don't really know what to do with myself. It's different in so many good ways, and in other ways it's hard too.  Charlotte's arrival has brought so many thoughts of Addison, wondering what it would've been like if Addison was here today. It's just different from the other babies, it's different in good ways.  We love her.  The boys are smitten. And I can't believe I have a little sister.

I've decided to go to school next fall. This was a big, scary, exciting, decision for me.  It's not a traditional college, it's a Discipleship Training School through YWAM (Youth With A Mission). I've always known that before I got married and had a family of my own, that I wanted to do missions work. I had looked at many different programs, but none of them really fit with what I was wanting to do. I looked into YWAM and actually found a focus track that I was really eager to join, and after some prayer, I decided that YWAM's Wylie, Texas location is where I want to be next Fall.  I'll be studying the first three months, educating and equipping myself with tools and knowledge to work with At Risk Children around the world.  The last two months of this program (It's 5 months long.) I will go, with my team, out into a third world country (my team gets to pray and choose the location next Fall.), to use the tools that we've equipped ourselves with, to share the love of Christ and ultimately make a difference in the lives of others.  I am so stoked for this opportunity.  It is things like this that excite my heart.

I'm also headed back to Mexico for a week in March, I'll be going down with my Youth Group like past trips.  Which, of course I'm excited for.  One of my absolute favorite trips.  I'm eager to see the youth, who are new to the trip, experience Mexico, VBS, meeting the Casa Kiddos, all for the first time.  So many hearts are changed on these trips, you can feel God move, you can see His grace and mercy in the people, and the joy is un-explainable.  The exhaustion is also very real, but the good things and the not so great things balance each other out! ;)

I would say I'll start blogging more, but lets be real, I've said that in the past and life always gets in the way! So, I'll blog when I can, how's that sound?