A few weeks ago I moved to Newcastle, Australia to be part of a Sports Discipleship Training School with YWAM (Youth With A Mission). Prior to this I had moved to New York from my home in Maine to attend a cosmetology school that began in December. But a couple of weeks before the school was about to begin, I started to feel differently and I couldn’t figure out why until I started to seek and ask God about it. I heard Him speak so clearly to me while reading James 4:3
“When you ask you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives that you may spend what you get on your own pleasures”.
This verse hit me so hard because I realised then that I wasn’t doing what God had purposed me to do. All throughout Highschool I told myself I wanted to be used by God in any way He had planned for me. This changed when the time came that my way seemed like the best way.
Once I read that verse in James I knew I had to do something to change. I emailed my school immediately and told them that I would no longer be enrolling . As soon as I sent the email I felt so anxious about what to do next. Going to cosmetology school in NYC was the only thing I had planned on doing. But the next day, I found YWAM Newcastle‘s website and applied on a whim for the January school. I thought it was too late to enroll, much less financially make it happen. But God works in mysterious ways.
Fast forward to about a week before I left for Australia: I was $3000 short for my lecture fees. All I had was a plane ticket. Doubts kept flooding into my head telling me this wasn’t Gods plan for my life and that I was taking a huge risk for nothing. Ignoring all of these thoughts, I continued getting ready to leave …
Two days before I had to leave, I received $1000 from friends, family and a few anonymous donors towards lectures. One day before my flight I drove from Maine to New York to catch my plane at JFK and found out someone had anonymously donated $500! The next day I boarded my flight & still needed $1500.
An amount that seemed like so much started to look so little after seeing how much God had already provided.
While on the plane, I got the exact amount of money that I needed for my first 3 months of missions in Australia. The exact amount. The generosity that I received still amazes me. I am so thankful for all of the help you guys have given me and continue to give; from financial support to prayer. It amazes me how God works things out. I truly believe that when we make ourselves vulnerable to God & allow Him to be the One Thing we put our trust in, then we are truly able to be moved (literally!) by God in ways we never thought imaginable and He WILL provide everything that we need.