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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.…

150 Salvations in a Prison in Papua New Guinea | YFNZ Story

Posted on Feb 20, 2020, in the categories: Discipleship Training Schools, Outreaches, Testimony, DTS
150 Salvations in a Prison in Papua New Guinea | YFNZ Story

This story starts before we even arrived in Papua New Guinea.   During preparation for our Discipleship Training School (DTS) outreach, our team prayed together in New Zealand. Different people received words about prison ministry, working with criminals, and speaking in front of prisoners in Papua New Guinea. My husband Thomas envisioned a big river flowing through a prison, not fully knowing what it meant.…

9 Ways to Keep Your Sanity When You Travel Often

Posted on Jan 23, 2020, in the categories: DTS, Travel Tips
9 Ways to Keep Your Sanity When You Travel Often

Travel. We love your Instagram shots when you arrive, but it's easy to brush over what you went through to get to that perfect picture. Sometimes travelling is so crazy, tiring, or just plain boring—so by the time you've got to your destination, you've just about lost your sanity. From places like Hawaii to the Himalayas, I've experienced some insane travel as well. So with help from my team and a few of my own mishaps across 15 countries, here's eight tips on how to keep your sanity when you travel often. …

Why Prayer is Never a Waste of My Time | YFNZ Story

Posted on Dec 6, 2019
Why Prayer is Never a Waste of My Time | YFNZ Story

The Prayer Room was a waste of my time.   As a missionary training community, we gathered there 6+ hours a week, worshiping Jesus and praying for the nations. Where I expected to have more meetings, class, or practical ministry—we spent that time pursuing God’s presence together. However, every time I prayed, it felt like it wasn’t actually doing anything.…

5 Lies You’ve Been Told About Money in Missions

Posted on Oct 31, 2019
5 Lies You’ve Been Told About Money in Missions

Don’t get me wrong⁠—having “normal” job is great, but what if that’s not the life that God has called you to? Personally, I had my whole life planned out when God called me to the missionary life. University degree, master’s, PhD, then to be a professor and earn lots of money. Now I’m living in New Zealand, an expensive place to live, relying on the generosity of others to pay the bills. And do you know what, I wouldn’t have it any other way.…

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