Saturday, February 19, 2011

Letters, Love and Prayers Vol. 9

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4:22 AM
Dear Family and Friends,

Hello from Kruger, South Africa! We are in the final leg of our outreach, in the third location of our travels. It's been exhilarating and exhausting. I hope you've been able to keep up with the many stories on my blog about our ministry and experiences in Rustenburg, South Africa as well. One amazing highlight from my time there was having the privilege of praying with someone to receive Christ. I haven't been able to post nearly as many pictures as I would like because of the quality of internet here, but once I get back in the States, I have a TON to post!

God has really been speaking to me through this journey of DTS, and I'd love to share with you about my plans afterward. About two years ago, God had burdened me with the injustice of human trafficking around the world, specifically touching my heart for southeast Asia. So, I began making plans with what to do with my life regarding those 2 things. That is what led me to Cambodia in 2009. I fell in love with the people, the country and the ministry. In my heart, I knew I'd be back. Which is what led me to YWAM Orlando's DTS. It's been a roller coaster of a ride, and looking back, I see how God divinely directed my steps to this base in this season. It was during the 3rd week of our lecture phase, we had a speaker talking about Lordship and giving God complete control of our lives. It was something I thought I had done, I mean I was planning on moving to Cambodia, right? It was during that week that I heard that “I” had made the plans, and had merely just included God. But He wanted more from me. He wanted me to give Him my plans, my goals, and my dreams, so He could give me His plans, His goals, and His dreams for my life. I was completely wrecked. What did this mean for my future? I let it all go, and realized how much bigger God's plans were for me. YWAM Orlando is a base with an intentional focus on compassion and justice. My DTS is one of those focuses regarding HIV/AIDS. Other compassion and justice focuses include clean water issues, women's rights in Muslim regions, and...human trafficking. Their goal for 2011 is to begin regular human trafficking focused DTS', focusing on both local and international awareness and outreach, with an international outreach in southeast Asia. Over the next few weeks of this realization, I began to strongly hear God's voice regarding my place on YWAM Orlando's staff. I would be part of this training school's staff, discipling and training students from all over the world in their relationship with Christ and igniting a passion for the tragedy of modern-day slavery. I can continue to use my skills in advertising and design to motivate youth and young adults to respond to God's call to “go into all the world” preaching the good news. And I will be able to continue to use the abstinence education information I've learned over the years to educate further HIV/AIDS focused outreaches. It's a place where I clearly fit, and I can't deny God's leading into this next season.

So what exactly is next for me? Well, to join staff at YWAM Orlando, a secondary school called the School of Ministry Development [SOMD] is required. It's a school focused on discovering passions, talents, and vision casting. We'll talk about how to fundraise for a career in missions and how God can use our different personalities in ministry. Similar to DTS, it will be a 12 week lecture phase, and a 8 week outreach. I will be starting this school on March 29, 2011, just 3 weeks after completing my DTS. It's a quick turnaround, but why delay what I know God is calling me into. The funds needed for this school are $4,800 and possible airfare depending on outreach location. The completion of this school will allow me to be staff hopefully by Fall 2011.

Thank you so much for all your support and prayers over the past few months. I wouldn't be here without you. A few prayer needs currently are just for our team to finish strong and press into what God has for us in Kruger. Also, for the funds to come in for my upcoming SOMD next month. Finally, for me to continue to listen for God's voice regarding these last weeks of ministry. Thank you again for all your prayers. In just a few short weeks, I'll be back in the States and would love to catch up and share with you in person what God has been doing!

God Bless,

Joy

About the author

Joy Muldoon is a full-time missionary and part-time blogger. Read about her travels, adventures, and missions here!

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