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so of course it’s that time,
a time when you remember things past and look forward to things ahead. As 2010 is rapidly disappearing in the rearview mirror i naturally begin to wonder what this bright new year will hold.
2010 was good to us, finally settled in our own little corner of the world (kelowna, BC) we began to dream once again. this past year took us to many places. some of those places we once called home, but many of them new and unfamiliar to us. This was a year of adventure, challenge, growth, family & friends, and much Love.
we can’t wait to see where this ship will sail in 2011, my husband wrote something once to me while we were dating and i feel that it is very key for this next year, it went a little something like this…..
“faith is the ship of doing.
it is never docked but is fueled by hopes of distant lands;
the Holy Spirit fills it’s sails and the word of God is the very wood it is made of.
you are it’s crew and when the crew stay on board it is not easily sunk.
Jesus is it’s Captain and the hurting world it’s destination, a redeemed world it’s goal.
faith is the ship of doing and it’s your choice to sail with it or not.”
a few pictures below only begin to capture this past year for us, enjoy and much love in this new year.
in the city of darwin there’s a “buzz” in the air that’s never been heard before, one that speaks of dynamic fun, exciting adventures and crazy epxperience. it’s that of the youth awakening to a new phenomena. what could this be you may be asking yourself? it’s something that has them coming back for more, wishing saturday was EVERY day of the week, and that they could chill with the guys in the cool black shirts non- stop. it’s the “buzz” of youth street darwin my friends, taking over the city.
we are about to have our 5th saturday in a row now and the crew are addicted! they just can’t get enough. we have seen numbers increase week after week. we had 24 in total for youth street teams this past week and over 30 come for youth street live! we are of course praying that numbers will yet again increase this week.
along with all this excitement i do have some sad news… this will be our last saturday in darwin as an outreach team. we have LOVED our time here , chillin with the youth of the city, going into high schools , doing lunchtime programs jam packed with music, skate, and building relationships. for all you out there who may be wondering ” what about youth street?”, well don’t fret my friends. youth street will be kicking off full time in darwin when February 2009 rolls around. so get excited and stick around, who knows when youth street may be coming to a town near YOU!
its saturday, the music’s pumping, the energy level’s high and excitement fills the air. it’s the day that youth street kicks off in darwin nt for the first time ever! not sure of how many crew ( a cool “tag” we give the youth) to expect having been able to do only three days of promo prior, we await anxiously.
with near 23 youth street staff, thanks to the reef to outback back base in darwin and current DTS that’s running we make an unstoppable force. crew start to arrive and we see 9 come in total, in the mix we had a few sport fanatics along with a skater and a few musos. this was of course GREAT considering those are the three teams we are running for this youth street connect.
because it was the first day of youth street in darwin we wanted to kick it off with a BANG! so we decided to have what we call a “together factor”. which basically brings all the crew together for a few face melting hours of extravagant fun! we decided to run the first ever “battle of the gladiators” to test one’s skill, accuracy and stamina.
needless to say friends, this day went OFF! we had crew raving about the day , the staff, the games, the snags (cooked by yours truly) and set on bringing ALL their friends next week. it was amazing to see the youth get right into it, there was no room for passivity or boredom this week that’s for sure!
8 people pack their bags full of what little belongings they have with the goal of achieving a call greater than themselves. they hit the road filled with a desperate passion to see aussie youth changed by the heart of god, and through love, bring hope to a generation that needs it most.
3 days, 30 hours, 16 pit stops, 120 pieces of chocolate, 450 something songs, and 0 arguments later they arrive at their destination. shaking off the cobwebs of the many hours past with closed eye’s, they step out onto a sun-scorched land that is not their own. vision clear, and hearts on fire, they begin the journey god’s laid out for them, not sure of what awaits around the corner but ready to take on whatever lies ahead…
it’s early saturday morning. the sun is rising, the horses are running wild in the yard nearby and young vibrant darcy, no more than 5 years 6 months, awakens to an empty house. her mother didn’t return home last night after her grandmother so graciously tucked her into bed and she has never known the man her mother cries over day in, day out. she has siblings, but doesn’t see them much, they are always out running ‘a muck’ with their friends. darcy has never known true love, she has hardly experienced the joy and tenderness a small hug can bring, or the pride and comfort that comes when encouraged over a mere color pencil drawing made at school. but growing up in an impoverished culture has not tainted this young one’s spirit in the least, she is full of life and full of dreams. this is one girls story…
robert awakens to a dark hot room with this gripping fear that his nightmare which took place the previous evening is more than just a nightmare. quickly he is brought back to reality by the tall dark figure standing in the doorway, his father yelling over him. yet he only sees his lips moving, he hears no noise…robert is deaf. he has never heard the trickle of the rain as it falls from the rooftop, or the laughs and giggles from his playmates at school, he has never heard the words ‘i love you’. as his father firmly grips his arm to pull him from the floor in which he sleeps upon, the pain doesn’t surprise him, that is the one thing he has always known. the fleeting hope only minuets ago that this could just be a nightmare is robert’s reality. this is one boys story…