Most people can relate to time moving very fast. It is hard to believe, though, how fast the time has flown by since I arrived here at YWAM Lakeside back in April. Now that summer is here in Montana, we have been able to see a lot of the beautiful countryside here in the midst of continuing to have class. We've covered a lot of topics ranging from Agriculture to Church Planting to being led by the Spirit. We were also able to travel to a Native American reservation for a week and learn about how to enter a culture and begin to help them see how they fit in God's story.
It's been a great month, and I have gotten very close to my classmates and staff. These schools always come to a close very quickly, but I am so excited for everyone as we go out from here. I myself will be heading to Pennsylvania to catch up with family, then out to Colorado to meet with friends there. I am also excited to be attending a large, international YWAM conference in Tijuana, Mexico at the beginning of September.
As far as longer term, I am trying to sort out how to go about obtaining a bachelor's degree in Sustainable Agriculture so that I can work towards being able to aid communities in transforming their landscape, building community, and learning how to garden and grow food. I'm not sure how this will fall into place, but I trust that God will lead.
On memorial day, we as a school had a chance to go to Glacier National Park. This is one of the top parks in the country, and the spectacular views helped me understand why. One of my favorite things about doing a school like this are the relationships that are formed. When we have a holiday or down time, we are always finding experiences to share together as we enjoy this season of our lives together.
I love how beauty springs up everywhere this time of year. I am reminded of how good of a job God does in making the world. I find it so amazing that so many things exist simply to display their beauty. I hope you get to enjoy some of that beauty this summer.
A few prayer requests. This school has definitively confirmed to me that I need to be pursuing further training/education in sustainable agriculture. I feel very burdened for the lack of knowledge and appreciation concerning producing good, healthy food, both here and abroad. The pathway into becoming more of an expert in this field though is not clear. I could use prayer for wisdom as to where to live, how to spend my time, where to attend college, if that is the next step, or where to step into a YWAM role that is seeking to develop these programs, though I am not fully trained. I greatly desire a more in-depth understanding of botany, microbiology, and agriculture, so I am praying for the Lord to guide me into a way to allow me to get education but also continuing to partner with ministries. I know though that wherever the Lord leads, I will be seeking to disciple people into what it looks like to live a life surrendered to and honoring of Jesus. Your prayers are greatly appreciated!