1. And here we are in South Africa! Despite the crazy bumps in the road, all 14 of us have safely arrived at Ten a Thousand Homes YWAM Base in White River. There are already so many stories to be told, even of our journey here!

    It is our first official day of work here with our hosts, Ten Thousand Homes. Even our little one is joining in on the community projects!

    I am out with a nasty cold today, so I would appreciate some prayers! Despite not being able to work, I am so glad I can have some down time to update all of you. Thank you for walking with us in our journey!

     

  2. Living in community is not easy. Loving unconditionally is not easy. Forgiveness and humility is not easy. And so, being like Jesus is not easy.

    Sometimes a good cry will do, a raging workout session, maybe a shared tub of ice cream, a venting session to a listening ear, or even a silent hug will do wonders…but these sweet methods that ease our pain without transforming our hearts are bandaids that make us feel better just for the moment.

    Take a deep breath, and pray with me a prayer of peace if you’re in need of transformation and healing.  

    The Peace Prayer

    Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    Where there is injury, pardon;
    Where there is error, the truth;
    Where there is doubt, the faith;
    Where there is despair, hope;
    Where there is darkness, light;
    And where there is sadness, joy.

    O Divine Master,
    Grant that I may not so much seek
    To be consoled, as to console;
    To be understood, as to understand;
    To be loved as to love.

    For it is in giving that we receive;
    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
    And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

    -St. Francis of Assisi

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    My dark, but lovely heart has been healing and slowly changing.

    "But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." 

     

  3. Our parents are here in Kona! We are so blessed to share this DTS experience with them in person! They are leaving tonight back to LA, and in just one week we will be taking our 30 hour journey to South Africa~ 

     


  4. Anonymous asked: <3 will be praying for you both as you prep for Africa!!!

    thank you! :) your prayers are VERY much appreciated!

     

  5. I have seen this view often in the short seven years I’ve known my husband both as a friend and as a lover. The leaps of faith he takes into new territories, unknown futures, and adventures of trusting and obeying God have always challenged me and given me the courage to jump in after him. I’m so thankful for his leadership and his ability to lay down his rights before Jesus. Although, to be honest, the moments before I experience the thrill of flying, I’m always annoyed and anxious that he’s put me in that position to jump! I know he loves me because afterward I’ll be like “omg, you were so right! Everything is okay! This is so fun!”, and he’ll just take my hand and never say “I told you so”. ^^

    In the past few weeks, I’ve struggled watching Jeremiah prepare for another plunge in terms of our next step after DTS. I’m not ready!… How can you even think to jump?!… We don’t even see the bottom of this cliff!… How can you be sure this is God?!

    The path is so narrow ya’ll. (I have roommates from Texas and they are rubbing off on me). It is so difficult to lay down my rights, pick up my cross and follow Him. Sure, it’s easy to trust God in certain areas of our lives, as long as we have the stable paycheck, a car, our own place, access to Trader Joe’s, and our family and friends…But I am still so afraid to trust God in all areas of my life and it’s hard to give up all of these rights I feel entitled to. Not only that, I’m so afraid of hearing God’s voice wrong! It makes me immobile!

    As each week is progressing into deeper and more difficult topics of teaching here at DTS, I’ve been undergoing several moments of deconstruction and restoration as God is continually pulling out lies and replacing them with truth in my heart. There are so many lies I’ve let myself believe that have rooted into fear and distrust in God…God’s ministers in full-time ministry sacrifice so much needlessly, your friends and parents will think you are irresponsible and foolish if you can’t financially support yourself, you have the potential and education to “make it big” and do “big things” for God, and you’re wasting it away, if you do hear wrong then it’s the end of the world…

    I am still on top of that cliff; sometimes pacing, sometimes meditating sometimes arguing with God, arguing with Jeremiah, arguing with myself… But, I’m still okay. I’m not ready to jump just yet, but I’m still okay. Jesus is taking my broken, hurt, selfish heart and penetrating my darkness with his gentle Love. Oh, it hurts, but it’s beautiful and it’s good. It’s so good.

    Jesus, thank you. And, I love you so much.

    -h

     

  6. We’re already in Week Six of our DTS! I can’t believe we’re already halfway through our lecture phase. As many of you already know, in six weeks we will be going on a short term mission trip. I’ve been looking for an opportunity to share our mission trip location, but I’ve been busy being “BAMMED!” by Jesus (it’s a good thing), and I just kept pushing it back. So without further ado, drumroll please: ba dum ba dum ba dum….

    Hannamiah will be going to South Africa and Swaziland!! 

    Why South Africa and Swaziland?

    Before we came to YWAM, God spoke to us about walking in humility as a couple and serving wherever there was a need. So, to keep the story short, during the time we were praying about outreach locations, our school leaders asked Jeremiah to go to South Africa and Swaziland as a co-leader because he has experience staffing a DTS outreach. We had our hearts set for Egypt initially, but seeing this need, we were moved to simply serve our school and our leaders in whatever area they needed. 

    Jeremiah will be serving as co-leader along with a lovely Brazilian sister. Our company includes two leaders, eleven students, and two children! I will serve as translator for the most part, because most of the students are Korean! 

    What We’ll Be Doing There

    There’s still a lot we don’t know because none of us have ever been to these countries, but that is causing us to pray even more! For now, we know that we may be working with home constructions in Johannesburg, South Africa and working with orphans diagnosed with aids in Swaziland. 

    Prayer Requests

    1. Our team still has a few individuals who need the money to go out with us. We are praying and fundraising for $10,000! 

    2. We really want a sense of unity and a hunger to pray as a team! We want all of our members to experience breakthrough and healing here during the remaining lecture phase. 

    3. We know that we’re on the right track with what God wants to do with us, because we feel the enemy attacking in very annoying ways. Please pray for protection over our hearts and pray for courage for our team. We want the courage and authority to pick up our shield and sword and fight, while keeping our eyes on Jesus.

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    We are so excited for the things God has in store for us for the next six weeks and for our outreach! Thanks for walking this journey with us. 

    P.S. My husband is the best! I felt so overwhelmingly blessed and loved on my 25th birthday here at YWAM. Thanks for all the birthday wishes and cards, everyone! 

    -h

     

  7. I met a sweet girl named Gabriella today at the Banyan Tree cafe. Her and her schoolmates from Foundation School were practicing reaching out and speaking to people they felt God wanted them to speak to. She approached me shyly and asked if I had a minute. She asked me my name and started a conversation. She asked if she could pray for me, and of course I couldn’t refuse! Her prayer was three simple sentences:

    "Jesus, I pray for Hannah.
    I pray that she can hear your voice, and know what to do.
    And… play hide and seek with you.
    Amen!”

    She giggled away with her friends handing me this butterfly. 

    I melted.


    -h

     


     

  8. Here is our temporary address during our training here at the University of the Nations:

    75-5851 Kuakini Hwy #224
    Kailua Kona, HI 96740 

    I would love to read some letters here at one of my favorite spots on campus ;) *hint hint

     

  9. Since the first day I stepped back onto the warm sands of the Islands, God has been reawakening some of the dreams and desires that have been left on the back burner these past few years. You know which ones I’m talking about; the dreams that have been shushed and pushed into a little corner or a shelf where it just collects dust. One of those dreams I’d like to share is adoption.

    Adoption for Jeremiah and me seemed so far away and just too far from reality in the first two and half years of our marriage. We weren’t even ready to have our own kids, let alone think about adoption. All of our circumstances have kept us from even opening up that dream, until now. 

    During Family Week, Darlene and Loren Cunningham told us so many inspiring stories of how God provided and cared for their families. On the last day, they introduced a couple who have six children; three of their own, three adopted all with special needs, who also founded Chosen and Dearly Beloved. They are hosting a seminar this coming week about adoption and we are both so excited! 

    We have no idea how God will lead us with this dream. It may be now, it may be later, it may be that it’s not for us, but for us to guide others in adoption. All I know is that God saw this small dream, so full of dust and neglect, and He picked it up gingerly and placed it in my hands again. 

    God is a God who remembers all of your dreams. He knew about them before you were even knit in your mother’s womb! Dig around in the hard to reach places of your heart with God, and maybe you’ll stumble upon an old, rusted dream. 

    Happy Sunday, everybody!

    -h

     

  10. Exhibiting Servant Leadership is one of the values that YWAM encourages and demonstrates. Serving is difficult; especially when you’re in a leadership position. It’s usually not glorified and it’s a lifestyle that takes practice. I want that. 

    Sarah 권사님 is one of our staff at Restorer’s DTS. She is a tiny Korean woman with a big heart to serve. No lack of Korean ingredients, not even her physical limitations can stop her from serving and feeding 80 people Ddeukgook for Lunar New Year here in Kona.

    I want to be like Sarah. 

    -h