I’m Going To India And Nepal!

In this update I’ll describe my last three weeks in New Zealand. Then, I’ll tell where I’m going next and what I’ll be doing there!

My Last 3 Weeks In NZ

1. I Summited Mount Ollivier

Sir Edwin Hillary began his career on Mount Ollivier. He was the first man to summit Mount Everest, so it was really cool getting a chance to climb the same mountain as one of my biggest heroes. Here in NZ they rate treks on three levels. The one we did was the highest-level. Not only that, we selected a more advanced rout, and summited in the middle of a storm with winds at 60+ mph. It was by far one of the wildest things I’ve done!

On the next morning, we descended to the Mount Cook Visitors Center. Once they realized we all made it back alive, they looked at us with respect. Towards the end of the conversation, they asked if we found it technical climbing with crampons and ice axes. When we told them we didn’t have crampons and ice axes, the respect doubled.

Photo: Due to weather conditions none of us got a lot of good photos from this trip. Out of the images we captured, this is the one I value the most. Just after making it to the mueller hut we were all trying to get warm and chatting about how fun the hike up was.

Mueller Hut Mount Ollivier NZ

2. I Helped A Community

YWAM separated our base into teams and sent us to serve in churches all over New Zealand’s South Island. My team was sent to a touristy town called Nelson. During our time in Nelson, we also served at a local school. That was nice because we made a big impact on the school staff and the church leaders we worked with.

The highlights of that trip came during the church services. The Nelson church gave our team their entire Sunday service, and the Wednesday night service when we spoke to the youth.

I guess what made it cool for me was having the first chance to see my transformation in action. I can’t believe the confidence I felt and the courage I had to speak out for God. It’s such a good feeling to leave a town knowing you made a lasting impact in at least one persons life.

Photo: Playing cricket on the beach with the wonderful family that hosted me for the week.

Playing Cricket In NZPhoto: On the way home we spent some time with the wild seals!

Seals In New Zealand

3. I Hitchhiked 800 Miles

The backpacker’s school isn’t for the light hearted. To train us for the extreme conditions we will face in the future, the school sent us on a faith adventure. They separated everyone into teams and dropped us on the side of the road with nothing but $10 and an emergency phone card. The only rule: Do not return to the base for 48 hours.

Before heading out we gathered together and prayed for the things we wanted to see happen on this trip. It was a lesson in faith. My team and I prayed for three things: joy, lasting relationships, and a hot tub!

To make a long story short, we hitchhiked 800 miles, had joy the entire time, had a nice place to stay both nights, started several lasting relationships, and got the hot tub! We did all of this with $10! I’m not exaggerating, if the three of us had to pay for that weekend it would of cost us about $1,300!

Photo: One of the many people who picked us up during that trip.

Hitchhiking New ZealandPhoto: Some guy came out of no where and bought us lunch. During the meal I had one of the greatest talks about God with a die hard atheist. Because of that meal, just by showing him love and answering his questions, he is now my friend and believes there is a God.

Hitchhikers Meal
Photo: A photo says a 1,000 words. This one tells a story of 2,000 words! This is the view I woke up to one morning because a random Asian man out of no where started talking to us. After no more than a minute of conversation he told us he had booked a house with three rooms and only needed two of those rooms. He gave us the extra room for free!

Free Room While Hitchhiking

My Next 3 Months In India And Nepal

It feels like I’ve been here for a lifetime, but I’ve only completed one half of my YWAM training. Now that the lectures are coming to an end it’s time for outreach!

When this message posts, I’ll be on a plane headed for INDIA! I’ll be there until late January. Then I’ll travel to NEPAL, and I’ll be there until the middle of March. After that I’m coming back to New Zealand for a debriefing, and then home to visit my family!

Over the next three months, I will put into practice the things I have learned at YWAM about making a difference in remote villages. Unfortunately, I can’t publicize our initiatives. All I can say is that we are doing something bigger than you can imagine. I can’t wait to tell you about it after we’re finished.

Photos: This is the village where I’ll begin the outreach: Hampi, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

hampi-old-and-newhampi-dec-10_053-postPhotos: In Nepal, my adventure will begin in Katmandu! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


A Special Note To My Partners

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for supporting me with your prayers and finances. It hasn’t been be easy for me to communicate as often I hoped to do.

You could have forgotten me. But I can tell that you are still there for me, because I can feel it in my heart. I have a strength that I can’t describe.

I’m still here for you too. I still pray for you multiple times each week. I’m homesick, especially during the holidays. I’m not saying this to throw a pity party. I’m saying it because my situation is changing as we enter this outreach phase. The dangers are real, and I need your continued partnership.

Most of the money has been raised for this trip. Now, my goal is to increase monthly support in preparation for what comes after YWAM. For more information, please visit my home page.

Would you like to become a monthly supporter? You can set this up here on my website or through my home church, Destiny Family Center.

Merry Christmas to you all, and a Happy New Year! Please leave a comment if you can.

13 replies
  1. Mildred Wall
    Mildred Wall says:

    You sound very happy and I am so glad. I will be praying for you and your team. I miss you very much. Have a great time in India. Have a great time and keep up the good work. Love you.

  2. Chuck Balsamo
    Chuck Balsamo says:

    Coree!! Cover your mouth if anyone coughs! LOL, but really.

    Sometimes I still have to pinch myself and ask if this is real. I can’t comprehend the courage you’ve demonstrated to follow your dream. These next three months will give you enough stories to tell for the rest of your life. So much is going to happen. The effects you’ll make in India and Nepal will last for eternity! Praying for you 30 times each day. Love you so much.

  3. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the amazing update! Wow, wow, wow! Praying your time in India & Nepal bring everything Abba Father has for you. Thankful that His angels continue to guard & protect you:)

  4. Sherri Young
    Sherri Young says:

    Wow! God is so good! I will continue to pray for you . What great things you are doing for God. I’m so proud of you. Can’t wat to hear more! Gods speed and blessings .

  5. kendra Thompson
    kendra Thompson says:

    You’re awesome. Thank you for serving and letting us be apart of your journey. I love reading your posts. I pray things go great for you in all that you do!!! 🙂 merry Christmas and happy New year! We are still praying for you!

  6. Theresa Moore
    Theresa Moore says:

    So proud of you Coree you are amazing I love reading your adventures and I feel your heart!!! So happy for you I will continue to pray for your safety and your ministry! !!! God Bless!!!

  7. Chelsea
    Chelsea says:

    Coree, you’re doing such great things. It feels pretty cool to know you. Proud of you, thinking of you, and missing you. Good luck on the rest of your amazing journey.

  8. Elizabeth BCF
    Elizabeth BCF says:

    You are having such an amazing adventure and I’m so happy you are living the dream- you truly deserve it!! You are the funniest person I know, but also the sweetest and the most understanding. I am not surprised at all that you were able to get through to an atheist because if any one could, it would be you!!! And I know that you were the one who prayed for the hot tub :p. SO glad you found one!! And the free room?!? Only you could have managed that!! You are so adventurous and spontaneous and not afraid of any of life’s challenges. I miss you a lot. Do big things in India and Nepal! I’m proud of you and can only imagine how proud Papa is watching you now!!!
    See you soon, Elizabeth 🙂

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