Our Outreach is approaching very fast, and while I'm writing this, I can feel that It starts to tickle a little In my stomach. The time flies when you are on DTS – it sometimes goes too fast. But then we must just enjoy the time we have while we still can.
For the last few weeks we have been on a road trip In Queensland and New South Wales. We Started our trip in "Lamington National Park”, located on a mountain. Here we hiked out to a waterfall and relaxed a bit after a busy week at the base in Brisbane. Below you can see pictures from Lamington:
After Lamington National Park We went to Byron Bay, which is a surf-town located in the state: "New South Wales". Byron Bay is a real hippie-town where many backpackers and surfers come to seek meaning in life. Therefore, it was a good opportunity for us to tell people about Jesus there. It is also a place with a lot of spiritual darkness, which could also be felt when we were there, because many of us had bad dreams and strange experiences. But despite darkness in this world, God is bigger and his light shines in us and through us! We spent some time on the beach, where we shared snacks, played volleyball, and told about Jesus. Most people were very open and friendly, and I (Edith) also got the opportunity to play some worship-songs on the beach. We also had the opportunity to go swimming in the sea one of the days, and some were also out surfing. This week we had both teaching about evangelization, and then we were also out and evangelizing, which was very cool to practice after we had heard about it.
One of the evenings we were together with YWAM in Byron Bay, who every week has an evening where they give out free pancakes in a park in the city. This was an amazing event where we had pancakes, were chatting, played music, and had a cozy time – all in the honor of our Heavenly Father. In general, this week was truly characterized by generosity and God's love, which we were able to spread in Byron Bay. We also had a "family-night" with our DTS, where we had delicious food and shared Testimonies about what God had done in us on the DTS.
After Byron Bay we went to "Mount Warning" where we had the opportunity to swim (in a pool), hike and relax in the beautiful nature. Here we also met some Aboriginals, who showed us their beautiful paintings of Australia, and played their Didgeridoo for us. They also told us that the word: "Kangaroo" In fact means: "I don't Know" – this was because when the English saw the Kangaroos and asked the natives what they were called, the natives could not understand them and replied: Kangaroo (I do not know).
And speaking of kangaroos, there were many of them in Girraween National Park, which was the next place we went.
In Girraween We had teaching about “Spiritual Warfare”, which made good sense after our week in Byron, where many of us had experienced the spiritual darkness, which was in the city. It was a very interesting teaching where we were reminded of the authority we have in Jesus, and that we have nothing to fear - because God is with us. During the week, we also had the opportunity to hike in the mountains, and it was so amazing to see the beautiful view. It also reminded me that even though things can look difficult and be “uphill”, God wants to take us to the top of the mountain with him and to show us his perspective.
Our trip ended and we drove home to the base in Brisbane. But on the trip home, one of the tires on the bus blew up, so we had to wait in the hot Australian sun for three hours before we could drive again. Luckily, there was a friendly lady who lived right where we had stopped and who allowed us to sit in the shade on her porch. When the wheel was changed we drove home to the base in Brisbane, where our trip ended.
This week we have had Steve Aherne, who has been teaching us in the topic: "Relationships.” Besides that, we are also preparing ourselves for the outreach, which already starts in 7 Days! Lately it has been very challenging for me (Edith) to rely on God´s provision – especially since the outreach is coming closer and closer. It led to, that I this Wednesday broke down and surrendered it all to God again. Our DTS prayed for us that morning, and it was really cool to experience the strong unity there was and how people stood with us in prayer. And before the day was over, God had given us all of the money that we needed for the outreach – thank you Jesus! And it also turned out that God had given us more than what we needed for the journey itself, so we also can afford the things we need to buy before we travel. God is faithful and good, and when we give it all to him, he takes over and shows his faithfulness.
While we didn't have the money yet, God continually reminded us that we should trust him, and as we also say here in ywam: "If good guides, he provides". It has been challenging to trust 100% in God – especially when we are used to have everything we need in Denmark. But it has also stretched us and made us more dependent on God. There was also one of our speakers who said to us: ' If a child does not worry about if its parents would give them the next meal, why are we worrying about if God will give us what we need?" God is a good father, he is faithful and he always keeps his promises! All we can do is trust him and let him lead us wherever he would – for he always knows what is best for us and he is good!
Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope that it enriched you and was helping to show you what a great and faithful God we have! Many thanks to all of you who support us – both financially and in prayer. May God bless you richly back!