Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Traveling thru London by double decker bus gives such a fun glimpse into its beautiful architecture and stunning uniqueness as a city in a convenient and nicely busish vantage point. Of course for this photo nerd, I can happily sit by the window gleefully taking photos with my nose pressed to the window and it's perfectly acceptable. I had such memorable time visiting family, friends and supporters stateside this last month and thankful for the safe trip back...
Travel in a nutshell:
After 24 hours of plane hopping from Tampa to Miami to London, with fiction filled layovers and meals that have recognizable labels, but taste like they may have landed here from another planet's food chain. Crowding into Underground tube stations and yanking my two ton luggage over that Gap. Paying to use the toilet at the Coach station (???err still not reconciled to having to pay to go into toilets here. PS. They don't seem any cleaner than the free ones, in fact usually worse- just sayin). And then a 4 hour journey by bus to Derby, with only one mild occurrence as an irate couple, who missed their stop, proceeded to curse our bus driver to some God forsaken land, namely hell, because he wouldn't drive them back.
All in all though, a smooth, successful traveling experience. And to top it off my lovely friends on the YWAM base cooked me a delicious curry to welcome me home. Best part :)
I suppose, craziness of YWAM life, you may now resume pace...
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The Netherlands is a lovely country, and the city of Amsterdam, with all its narrow canals and fascinating, building architecture, truly breathtaking.
We recently arrived back from spending 6 unforgettable weeks in this city and a couple other surrounding areas during this year's DTS overseas outreach. It was so much fun for our team to be able to share Jesus with people from all over the world
through a variety of ways within these city streets.
We saw God challenging our team to grow in confidence in stepping out in various forms of evangelism. Our team shared the Gospel and prayed with people, sang worship & praise songs in the narrow streets and declared scripture around the city, ministered to homeless and drug dealers and participated in practical helps projects.
One of the areas we ministered in was the Red Light District, reaching out to the ladies behind the windows. We offered teas, coffee and listening ears to hear their stories and those shared were heartbreaking. Many were open to praying with us and we even saw one of the ladies come to accept Christ and leave that life behind. Please pray that these women have a revelation of their identity in Christ and that all of these windows would close up for good!
In our downtime, when not sampling Dutch Stroopwafels or taking much welcomed naps, I was snapping away on my camera and wanted to share a brief glimpse of the sights for you...
If you ever get the opportunity, I would highly recommend a venture through this picturesque land...