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An Open Letter to a Missionary Mom

Posted on May 10, 2020, in the categories: YFNZ Story
An Open Letter to a Missionary Mom

Dear Missionary Mom,  Each year on Mother’s Day we celebrate women all over the world. We take the day to lavish them with flowers, breakfast in bed, and a day off from “mom duty”. However, this year Mother’s Day looks very different for you. You are the mother of a missionary. …

COVID-19 Ruined My Wedding | YFNZ Story

Posted on Apr 30, 2020, in the categories: YFNZ Story
COVID-19 Ruined My Wedding | YFNZ Story

As I counted down the seconds to midnight on the last day of 2019, I remember reeling with excitement for all that would come.  The anticipation grew as the clock turned to 2020; I was standing on the cusp of the most exciting adventure of my life. Michael and I had set our wedding date for May 31st at a beautiful, romantic venue nestled in the mountains of Colorado. I bought the perfect dress, we booked tickets for our honeymoon, and everything was better than I could have dreamed. This year was going to be perfect. …

Get Up, Take Your Bed, and Walk | YFNZ Devotional

Posted on Apr 23, 2020, in the categories: YFNZ Devotional
Get Up, Take Your Bed, and Walk | YFNZ Devotional

“Do you want to get well?” Jesus asked a pretty obvious question to a cripple. In John 5, there’s a multitude of invalids and sick around the pool at Bethesda. They were covered by five roofed colonnades, providing shelter from the intense heat. Rumour had it that an angel would come and “stir the waters” of the pool—the first one who got in was healed.…

Where Do You Find God’s Goodness When You’re From New York?

Posted on Apr 17, 2020, in the categories: YFNZ Story
Where Do You Find God’s Goodness When You’re From New York?

I was alone in my room in New Zealand when a song came on:   You are the Most High God, the Great I Am I skipped it.   I didn't want to listen to "joyful Jesus music". It wasn't the mood I was in—if anything, I wanted a somber worship song. I needed something that expressed my desperation for God during this lockdown. I grew up in New York City—and currently, it’s being rampaged by COVID-19.…

How 3 Months of Bedrest Prepared Me for Quarantine

Posted on Apr 9, 2020, in the categories: Post-DTS, YFNZ Story
How 3 Months of Bedrest Prepared Me for Quarantine

Do you ever look back on a rough season and think, Thank you God I went through that, because now it’s coming really in handy? After my Discipleship Training School (DTS) outreach to the Himalayas—thanks to a rare little parasite—I was on strict bedrest for three months. It was similar to what the world is facing currently with quarantine and lockdown. My life completely turned a 180 and I could no longer do what I did before. My routines, my habits, and my plans all had to change in a matter of 24 hours.…

How To Be a Missionary When You're in Quarantine

Posted on Apr 2, 2020
How To Be a Missionary When You're in Quarantine

If you’re currently living anywhere on planet earth, then chances are your country has gone into some form of ‘lockdown’.  This means you are probably spending much more time in your home than you are used to. Me too. As a missionary I have been wrestling with the idea of not being able to see any strangers for a whole month—how can I be a missionary if I can’t leave my house?…

19 Verses to Fight Fear and Give Courage in Global Crisis

Posted on Mar 28, 2020
19 Verses to Fight Fear and Give Courage in Global Crisis

Do you really believe the word of God is powerful? Well, crisis is the perfect time to find out. Two months ago, I was throwing up my guts from a random virus. I was in the South Island of New Zealand, supposed to be flying back north to Tauranga that week. I'd already been sick longer than I expected, and I was freaking out I wouldn't make my flight. So I did what all wise twenty-something singles do: I texted my mom.…

5 Ways to Fight Fear in Face of Global Crisis

Posted on Mar 19, 2020, in the categories: Devotional
5 Ways to Fight Fear in Face of Global Crisis

You've heard hundreds of sermons on the “do not fear” verses, and you know you shouldn’t be afraid. Even when you’re facing a global crisis. But really, how do you get things from your head to your heart? “Well, what’s between your head and your heart?” my dad often asks, and points to his mouth. What you say out loud has the power to change your mindset and situation, and it’s the first step in fighting fear. But what does it look like in today's chaos?…

How Jesus Restored Dignity in Papua New Guinea | YFNZ Story

Posted on Mar 19, 2020, in the categories: Discipleship Training Schools, Outreaches, Testimony, DTS
How Jesus Restored Dignity in Papua New Guinea | YFNZ Story

It was a normal Thursday in Papua New Guinea. We woke up sweating and didn’t stop until the sun was below the horizon. There were island-wide power cuts from 6am to 6pm, which meant no refrigeration, no fresh foods, and no fans (a.k.a. no relief from the heat).   Regardless, our Discipleship Training School (DTS) team was in high spirits as we prepared to go on the streets to share the love of Jesus.…

When God Interrupted My Gap Year in New Zealand | YFNZ Story

Posted on Mar 5, 2020, in the categories: Discipleship Training Schools, Leaders Internship, Post-DTS, DTS
When God Interrupted My Gap Year in New Zealand | YFNZ Story

In the middle of my gap year, I travelled to New Zealand to do a Discipleship Training School (DTS) for five months. I wanted to take the time to grow deeper in my relationship with God, before I started university back home in England.  I had always loved school, and I was so excited to start my degree in geography. I had big plans. I was going to become a research professor, teach, and earn lots and lots of money. But on Week 5 of my Discipleship Training School, everything changed.…

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