I had hoped to update you before now, but this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write. Where do I begin!
Describing YWAM New Zealand feels like explaining to a dog how gravity works. There are no words for this level of experience and change. My mind is completely blown. I’m already 10 times the person I was when I left home.
I was the first student to reach the base! Awesome, right? I thought that would give me an advantage but for some reason I lost all of my social skills the moment I got here! For the first time in my life I couldn’t start a conversation or keep one going. It was weird.
Then I quickly realized something about identity. It’s easy to know who you are when you’re in an environment where you can relate to at least one or two things. But when you get put in an environment where absolutely everything is different, its difficult to bring what you have to the table and make it relate. I pushed through my awkwardness though, and one by one I connected with everyone in a big way. It was fun seeing the uniqueness of each person and imagining how close we would all become over the next six months.
Now, after such a short time, I love these people. Each of them has an awesome life story to tell and a powerful future ahead of them. So when you pray for me, please pray for them also.
After we all met on that first day, we received our itinerary, and we heard our first few lectures about the nation of New Zealand.
I’ve never fallen in love with a territory this fast and this hard. I’m not just talking about the geography either. Believe me, the people are even more beautiful than the land.
Listen to the NZ national anthem and you’ll start to see what I mean. It begins in the Māori language, then in English.
From that first day until now I feel like I have lived another lifetime. I’ve seen so many sights, my camera will never tell the story. I’ve changed so much, people back home wouldn’t recognize me. I never thought this experience would change me as much as it has.
When first arriving here in New Zealand I thought I had a big understanding of God. I thought I had Him figured out and I was in a good place in my life. Little did I know, there was a lot more to learn and experience.
Every factor is working together perfectly to shape me into the missionary I want to be. After each new lecture I am twice the man I was when I woke up that morning. With each weekend trip I’m seeing twice the beauty as the trip before it.
Here is 30 days in NZ through my eyes!
The YWAM base where I’m staying is a fairly large campus. It has five different houses for people to live in, two lecture rooms, a building for offices, and a big dinning hall with an industrial sized kitchen. There are also various other buildings for things like laundry, storage, and a gym.
Two weeks into this journey I was blessed with a ukulele! My goal is to be able to play it before I get back to the states.
We’re completely off on Sundays. So my friend and I hitchhike to random places. It’s the best way to meet new people and explore the area. We have even nicknamed this day, “Sunday Thumbday.” Haha.
Since this is a school for backpackers, each weekend we all pile into big vans and head for somewhere new and exciting.
As you will see from the photos below, we do everything from climbing to the peak of a snow covered mountain, to exploring caves covered in glow worms, and adventuring on cliffs that overlook the ocean.
Thank you to my supporters for sending me here. I am using this time to grow as fast as any human being can grow, and I am well on my way to making the difference I’ve set out to make.
I’m really missing my friends back home. So please leave me a comment and tell me how you’re doing!
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