A Wizard is Never Late…

Once again things got crazy busy this week and weekend and so I am late once again for the blog. That is fine, as it is now here.

Last week was a bit crazy. Ha ha, so crazy that I forgot what week I was going to talk about and started to talk about the week before. Confession time, I did bump my head again. Mostly it has been ok, obviously not completely as my short term memory is not that great again. I have moments where it isn’t a problem and then others where my mind is a complete blank. It just is nothing in there, at least it feels like it. This time I managed to take some pain reliever before I got sick. It’s really frustrating that it can take so long to heal properly and maybe have permanent damage. Oh, well it is what it is but if anyone wants to pray for a miracle that would be awesome.

On Monday mornings after cleaning we have worship and then a talk. They are doing a series on strength and what it looks like, how to be strong. First week it was about foundations. We went through how foundations are built and how that should look for a Christian. Preparing the soil, removing rocks and things that will make it bumpy or uneven, anchoring down. The last stage was pouring the cement. All the long work that has to be done to prepare to build on it and how sometimes that can take years. On Friday during base intercession we talked about how that would look for us as a base/YWAM Brisbane. How we need to cover each other and support each other. How it needs to be equal balance throughout and equal strength or it will fall apart or get cracks.

The office work has been going well, of course I can’t detail a lot of that. The student profiles are coming along. We have 21 students total still, for both schools. Thursday last week started our BLS orientation and getting to know each other. It’s been good. There is only one person I didn’t know from when I was here last and she is a riot. She’s a local Brisbane girl. Getting to know the others better that day was also good.

Most of the spare time has been homework (aka pre-course reading and assignments for TAA, which stands for Training and Assessment). There was also First Aid online work to do. Friday we did our First Aid practical day, so now I am qualified to practice first aid. Woo hoo! I’m just waiting for the certificate. I played with the CPR baby dummy a little too much. If it got a reaction I went with it. Like pretending to burp it. I was a little too excited for the practical bits. We had to do bandaging etc as well. Since we had an odd number and the other two in my group of three were working on each other, I just did the bandages and splints on myself. As long as I could show I could do it the instructor didn’t care if it was on myself or not. He liked that I took that initiative though. He mentioned it a few times.

Saturday was a lot of reading and after I went with my friend/co-worker Brenden to watch Ant-Man.  I really enjoyed the film. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I just watched it waiting for who knows what to happen. Good times. The end credits scene got the most reaction out of me though. I giddy clapped and giggled. Ha ha.

Sunday was interesting because it was my first day of actually knowing I was on the roster for church and I only had one practice day nearly 2 weeks ago. I ended up not doing camera but putting the words on the screen. It reminded me of the old days in church with the overhead projector and doing that, only on a computer with a sophisticated looking program. I did not too badly, a few mistakes were made but that was to be expected. It wasn’t anything major so that was good. The sermon was on being a disciple and he talked about the 3 men that Jesus asked to follow him in Luke 9. The one wanted to follow him but liked his comforts too much, the second said but first let me bury my father and the third said but first let me say good bye and all three were basically told to stay behind because Jesus wasn’t first in their lives and hearts. The pastor equated it to standing up at a his wedding and telling his bride that yes, he wants to spend the rest of his life with his second favourite woman. Or his wife saying he is her second or third favourite man. It was an interesting perspective.

Sunday night we started TAA by watching The Guardian (with Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher), which I have seen before, as it is an example of what we are learning over the next 2 weeks. For those who don’t know Costner’s character is a coast guard rescue swimmer that has to go train up coming rescue swimmer wannabes.

Today we started TAA. Today’s homework isn’t too bad. We have 3 staff from the base on the Sunshine Coast (hee hee, it always makes me think of Gibsons, yet it’s Australia’s Sunshine Coast) to take it with us. There are 10 of us from the Brisbane base taking it as well.

So on to prayer requests:

-That TAA goes well. It is lots of information that we are getting and how to assess people and if they are being trained to competently and to serve their needs.

-That this cold I am getting goes away soon. We had a cold snap and so I got a bit too cold one day and now I’m paying for it. It isn’t too bad but it’s a bit disruptive.

-That God keeps doing His work in us and the community. That we will all be able to train and send out the students to do what He has called them to do.

Ok, dinner time and I really need to eat. Bye for now. Love you all and miss you.

Time is Flying By

This post is a little late, sorry everyone.

Wow, I can’t believe I have been here for over 2 weeks already. Work in the office has been going well. I finally figured out how to work the program that we are using to do the staff and student profiles for both the film school and the acting school. We are up to 21 students, which is over double our schools last year (we had 10 total). It’s crazy, but it’s going to be so awesome. So many new young filmmakers and actors that we get to train and send out to the mission field of the film industry. So anyways, I am making progress on that list/project.

Tuesday night is Lifeplace Creative, which is basically worship practice for Lifeplace Church and the tech team to get trained and practice things before Sunday. They really encourage creativity in that department, so that is cool. We get to serve the church so that also is cool. It was my first time going to a Tuesday night practice. It’s a bit nerve wracking (ok, I admit I was having a nearly full on panic attack) but once I got my hands on the camera and started playing with it I settled down and did ok. I have actually only worked one Sunday, due to a communication problem that has since been resolved, and that was on the only camera they had. Now they have 2 cameras which makes things a bit more interesting. So that is going to be the church I attend on Sundays here in Brisbane.

On Friday we (The Initiative Production Company) had a job to shoot a commercial for a new baby food company. So it was baby central for the better part of 8 hours. They were all under a year, but old enough for solids. So funny to watch the babies just being babies and happy while the guys filmed them. There is some great footage, maybe one day you all will see it. I don`t know where or when though.

That day I was also thinking about God`s promises he had made and how they haven`t happened yet. So I was tired, hungry, and emotionally beat up. I went to the toilet at Lifeplace (not TMI, let me finish) and on the door inside the toilet stalls are verses. The one I got was “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will grant you the desires of your heart.” I was like “Yeah, ok. Good timing.” After we got back and I ate I went to Brookside (the local mall) to get a warm blanket from Big W (yes, I needed a second blanket. It`s cold here, we don`t have a heater, and the thermal blanket was cheap and the best thing I could ever have gotten, I slept like a log that night…anyways) and on the way there it was some sun and some clouds with a bit of rain and there right in front of me was this HUGE rainbow. It was so big and so bright there was no way I could have missed it. So I kind of chuckled because of rainbows being a symbol of God`s promise never to flood the earth again like He did for The Flood (which He kept) and said, ” Ok, I get it. You keep Your promises. Although I expect the shooting star reminders, but since it’s during the day I’ll take this. Thanks.” I got a half smile. Didn’t really pick up the mood though. Then that night one of the girls and I went outside to wait for a ride to do an airport pick up (it was nearly 12:30 am) and I looked up at the sky for a second and there was a shooting star. I laughed and said “Did I really just see that?” So that was an awesome moment. God speaks in various ways, we just have to listen.

So this week was also the arrival of some of my fellow BLS students. One didn’t come, which is kind of sad as she was on my SDF and internship. I understand why she didn’t but it still sucks. Then Friday night (the previously mentioned airport run) was my fellow SDF director, Hanna. After 5 months of being gone it was such a good moment. There were tears and squeals and jumping around. Eventually sleep at 2 am, ha ha. What felt like it was missing from here is no longer missing. That was also a great moment.

So this week coming up we officially start BLS. We have orientation and first aid training on Thursday and Friday. Sunday is my turn to be a tech person at Lifeplace and that night we start TAA (Training and Assessment). That will be our life for the next 2 weeks. There will be lots of work and assignments. It’s a scary thought, but it’s pretty straightforward from what I’ve been told. Long days and long nights of homework. Eek. I’m still excited though. I know I’m where I’m meant to be.

On Mondays we are also doing a series on strength. Today was about laying a proper foundation. It was really interesting.

So prayer requests. I still need monthly support, but I do have some coming in, so thank you all for that. That God helps me through TAA because it is not my strength (paperwork and that sort of thing while sitting around all day and all night, I need to move).

Speaking of TAA, I need to go do the pre-course assignments. Here is a picture for you all though of our resident possum. He was hungry for some bread apparently.

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The First Week.

Well, I’ve been back in Brisbane for a week now. Other than the fact that it is cold outside it is good to be back. No really, it’s cold, ha ha. My definition of cold that is. Most regular Canadians would be like “10 degrees at night? That’s not bad. What is your problem?” Keep in mind there is no central heating. I get cold below 20 anyways so ha ha. Also the music playing in the cafe here is mellow acoustic covers of songs that I didn’t think would work like that. For instance, Men Without Hats “Safety Dance”. It actually sounds good. Random outbursts of thought still.

So Monday was my first day in the office, because I didn’t want to be outside of the office wandering around. I wanted to be productive. It sort of failed, sort of succeeded. I got my desk set up that day, mostly, and helped rearrange the office a bit. I still am finding things to make it my own space. Hannah visited and I got distracted since I wasn’t officially doing anything yet. Tuesday I met with Jason and Charis and we went over a bit of how things work. The internship was a good bridge between being a student and working in the office. It’s been busy in there since I was last here. That’s a good thing. So I have been given some work tasks to do, and I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research over the last few days.

Wednesday night we had community worship. I admit to having some anxiety before hand, but that is partly jet lag. I stayed and it passed as it always does. It was a good time. There was a lot of awesome prayer and people getting touched by God.

I do admit to spending a lot of evenings in my room. Trying to sleep, overcome the jet lag, having introvert recovery time. It happens, but I have been enjoying seeing everyone again and getting to know others more than I did when I was last here.

In 2 weeks we will have started the Basic Leadership School. Eek! I’ve been told it’s a big group. 4 of us are for the SDF focus. I think there is at least 5 more who are going to be staffing DTSs. yeah, crazy  but it will be so good to see the others again. I know most of them from when I was on SDF and they did their DTS.

Well, I got more unpacked today, and cleaned up. Tomorrow night it’s shelf cleaning after work so when my roomie gets here there will be places to put things and my stuff hopefully away as best as I can. I keep forgetting to find out when and who to get rides to church from as well. So much going on, but I know it will all get sorted out in time.

Yesterday was an awesome blessing. The hardest bit of change to find for laundry is the 20 cent coins. We hoarded them on SDF. My awesome local friends blessed me with enough of that part of the laundry change to last for at least a month, maybe two.

So prayer requests. Well, for starters one of the ladies back home, who is amazing, has cancer. Her name is Olive and if anyone and everyone could pray for her that would be awesome. I do need to raise more monthly support, so prayers for that and if anyone feels led to donate as well, that would be awesome. Still working on the links etc. Safe travels for my classmates who are starting to arrive this coming week would be awesome. That I finish settling in and get over the jet lag and adjustment period as soon as possible. There has been a bit of anxiety and possibly depression symptoms just from not being able to control them due to the jet lag. Nothing major, as I think I’ve already mentioned, but annoying and slightly disruptive as I’d like to be able to visit with everyone here and hang out more.

Ok, I think that is it for me this week. Love you all and I will catch you later, hopefully with photos to add next time…wait a minute. Yesterday I spooked a kookaburra that was looking for food by the stairs. It went up to a branch and that was the closest I’ve been to one. It just sat on that branch and stared at me. So cool. Ok, now done.

New Beginnings

Well, I made it to Brisbane safe and sound. As did my luggage, yay! The flights were pretty much uneventful. When I got to the airport to check in for the first flight my carry on was just on the button for weight and my checked was 1-2 pounds overweight. God was awesome and I didn’t have to pay any overweight fees. That’s what happens when you get the cheapest flight and it doesn’t allow the option of a second bag. That’s ok because I brought what I needed versus what I wanted to bring for the most part. Needs are more important than wants, in my books I needed my LotR movies, but they didn’t come as I know other people have them I can borrow if I am having a want to watch moment. However I needed to bring Amelie and Dear, Frankie and I did. Also Australia finally got Netflix so that will help with that.

Ok, back to proper business. When I left Vancouver I had an aisle seat so I didn’t get to see us leave Canada properly. As we flew out I said to myself, “See you in two years, Vancouver.” It wasn’t until I put the Hobbit movies on back to back, so I could sleep, that I realized what I was really doing. At the end of The Battle of the Five Armies and Bilbo returns home it started to sink in. When the end song started playing (Oh Billy Boyd, you are one of my favourite singers/songwriters) that it hit me. That was when  realized I was leaving everything, my life as it was, to do this crazy thing. Getting on a plane with a one way ticket to halfway around the world to volunteer with YWAM for the next 2 years at least and not go home until it’s done. I mean, I knew it before but now it just really was sinking in.

When I got off the plane I got through customs quickly with no problems. My pick up people weren’t there yet, but that was fine. I wandered to a quieter spot and waited for the crowd to thin out and then I went back. Charis (the acting school leader) was there and it was so good to see her again. We went out to wait for the van and the driver was who I thought it was going to be. Such a happy day really. Once we got me to my room, which is currently just me, I just dropped my luggage and went straight to the office to see everyone. I couldn’t wait. So many hugs and lots of smiles. I missed watching and listening to the interactions of everyone there.

So that is pretty much it. There was a lot of sleep happening last night. I did go pick up some bedding so I have a shark themed kids comforter now, which is awesome. I love sharks, so yay.

Current prayer requests: That I settle in quickly and the jet lag goes quickly. It’s not too bad right now. That I remember what I need to get sorted out and get that done. That God keeps providing for me to be here. He hasn’t let me down yet.

If anyone would like to support me feel free to contact me. I’m working on getting links to where you can donate on here to make things easy. Like I said, this site is still in progress and I may need to recruit someone to show me, since that is how I learn rather than listen or whatnot, for whatever I can’t figure out myself.

It feels like nap time again but I’ll try not to. I miss you all. God bless.

Getting going…

Ok, basically I’m starting to put this website together for my YWAM and film journey. It’s a work in progress and the first post on here is still my silly now deceased Gruffudd licking Salt and Vinegar flavouring off my hand from 5 years ago. She was a weirdo.

I leave for Brisbane in 3 days. I’m nervous and trying to line up all my ducks but some of them aren’t even in the pond, as my mom put it. It’s ok though because God is in control and He has set me on this path and hasn’t failed me yet.

So that’s basically the current intro, I do need to go finish getting my stuff together, by stuff I mean paperwork, packing, phone calls, etc. More as things develop. Blessings everyone.