The sound of the Australian bird "Kookaburra"s wild laughter reached my ears, and immediately memories came back from the previous week, where we visited the world's largest sand island: Fraser Island!
Originally the plan was that we should have been there the week before, but a large forest fire on the island was guilty of postponing our trip until the week after. But this did not matter that much, while we got some extra time to prepare for this exciting adventure.
I remember when we finally arrived at Fraser Island (after a three-hour drive and a small boat trip to the island), how God's beautiful nature stretched out in front of us – and this was just the beginning of the trip. We were driven by taxi over the sand to the place where we should start our hike. Iiiihh how fun it was – yes, it was tickling in my stomach when we drove over the many sand-bumps on the beach! And the clear blue water which crashed next to us, really reflected God's beauty and strength.
We arrived at a small notch in the wood (which was next to the beach), where we were dropped off. From here began our hike together with each other and with God. It was truly an amazing week, filled with adventure, beauty and the presence of God. One of the things that struck me most was God's greatness and beauty in the nature. One of the days, we came to a big lake, called: "Lake McKenzie". During the day, this place was like a paradise island, with its clear blue waters and gorgeous white sandy beach. But at night the sky opened up above us, and we were able to see God's beautiful creation in the stars. In the midst of God's greatness and beauty, we stood together and sang; "How Great is Our God", and I was filled with great AWE. How amazing is it that such a great God, knows me and wants to have a relationship with little me! It is truly wonderful! God is good!
During the week, we were also taught on the subject of hearing the voice of God, which also was really wonderful to do in the midst of His creation. One of the things that stood out for me was the fact that there are different voices we can listen to, but by getting to know God better and spend time with him, we also learn to recognize His voice. Something else was also the importance of the fact that God is a God of relationships, but at the same time, He is also a great and Almighty God. It made me be so grateful to God and all that he has given me — that I am allowed to be his child and that he loves me unlimited.
Every week here at DTS helps to reveal new sides of who God is. We have among other subjects had about the father heart of God, where we truly saw his fathers-love, and about mission and worldview, where we were allowed to see God's heart for people in different cultures. It's also amazing to be able to praise God, together with so many different nationalities, and it really shows God's heart for diversity and for the Nations.
And speaking of the Nations ... we know where we are going for outreach! We are going to India with this amazing team:
We are going to be in the North-West of India, close to the Himalaya mountains, where we among other things are going to help out in some of the churches and organizations, with the work that they are already doing. More information about our outreach later on.
In addition, we are going to "The Gold Coast" tomorrow, where we are going to stay in a church, and have teaching + do evangelism in the city. This will be an exciting week for our team, which you are very welcome to pray for!
We are very grateful for all that God is doing through us and our DTS, and we are looking forward to get to know God, ourselves and each other even better.
Finally, I just want to say thank you so much to all of you who support us – both financially and in prayer! May God bless you richly again for this! – and thank you for reading this blog post.
You are very welcome to pray for us and our journey with each other and with God.
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