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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, in the categories: Prayer
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.…

How God Brought Salvation in a Snowy Village

Posted on Oct 26, 2019, in the categories: Outreaches, Testimony, DTS
How God Brought Salvation in a Snowy Village

We reached our destination around noon. The snow started to fall and was covering the whole Himalayan village.   We dropped our trekking bags, ate a steaming meal and had some hot tea. We huddled up to pray and ask God what He had in store for that afternoon of ministry.…

5 Tips for Living with Cross-Cultural Roommates

Posted on Oct 3, 2019, in the categories: Community Living, DTS
5 Tips for Living with Cross-Cultural Roommates

One thing you might not always remember about yourself—is that you have a culture. The way you dress, what you like to eat, how you talk, even how you sleep is part of your culture! It’s part of the way you grew up. It formed when you hung out with your friends, or when you did science projects in class, even the songs you sing (or what language you sing them in) make up your culture. …

An American’s Guide to Kiwi English | Tips on New Zealand Culture

Posted on Sep 26, 2019, in the categories: New Zealand Culture
An American’s Guide to Kiwi English | Tips on New Zealand Culture

You've booked your flights, watched every movie ever filmed in New Zealand, and you can't wait to arrive. But what language do they speak? Okay, okay, you have done your research—they speak English and some te reo Māori. Maybe you even know "Kiwi" refers to New Zealanders and the national bird—NOT the fruit (my rant about that is here). …

13 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be a Missionary

Posted on Sep 12, 2019, in the categories: DTS
13 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be a Missionary

You shouldn’t be a missionary.   Everyone's giving you the reasons why, right? Whether you’re still in school, or your family doesn’t agree with you, or you don’t have the money to travel—it makes sense why you shouldn't do it. Or should you?…

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