Hello chums. Sorry for how long it has been since my last update, as you can imagine life has been very busy!
Ill start off with a little Japan round off for you all, although it seems a very long time ago now! We went to Kobe, Japan which was such cool place to go to, although it was very spiritually heavy. Almost everyday we did times of intercession and prayer, scripture reading or worship over different areas and strongholds. We partnered with a long-term YWAM team that originally came out of YWAM Perth and have been based there for a year now. We are able to join them in evangelism times, which involved lots of google translate and also we did many open air presentations on the streets. Japan is a respect-based culture so we were initially very wary about causing offence but we found that people responded really well to what we were saying and it was amazing to speak to people who have never even heard of Jesus before! We also had the opportunity to go into Osaka to do some homeless ministry which was a great time of salvation and healing.
I now feel very cultured as we experienced lots of the local cuisine and I can eat with chopsticks! Kobe was such a clean city and everywhere was very quiet which was a massive contrast to our previous location!
We returned back to Perth for one week to meet back with all the other outreach teams, share testimonies and prepare to transition to life back home. It was so amazing to see everyone and hear about the countries that had been to and the lives that had been touched by Jesus. However as you probably know I only made it back to England for a grand 12 days before returning back to Perth! Being back home was so good and we managed a very brief family holiday, but of course I would have loved a little more time to meet up with everyone and share more individually with you all.
So now I am back in Perth and have finished week 4 of the Birth Attendant School. We have done so much learning, its crazy full on but I love it so much! We started off with nature and character of God which was a great foundation to build the rest of our teaching onto. We were reminded how God is always good no matter what and that when we will experience things that seem to contradict that we have to trust that God is who He says He is. We have had other topics including being a godly midwife, anatomy and physiology, global health issues and also fear of the Lord. I can now name all the parts of the pelvic bone (personal life goal achieved) and I have learnt how to take vital signs and have even given someone an injection! It has been so good to learn all the things that I would have done by going to university but having the angle of God’s heart for mothers and children and have a totally different perspective to come into learning. We have also been praying for the first baby we will deliver and the mama who is currently 7 months pregnant!
Outside of class I have settled well into a new group of friends which is so good. I am staying in the same accommodation block as my time in DTS- just one bed over which was initially weird! We do breakfast work duty every morning 6am-8am which was quite a shock to the system but actually gives us the afternoon free which is such a luxury! We still have lots of time of worship and intercession and we have been practising doing ‘healthcare gospels’ where we do a short healthcare teaching and then sneak the gospel in some way or another.
You may have also seen that our outreach locations have been announced! Mega exciting. Right buckle up and see if you can stay with the explanation. First the whole team will go together for 8 weeks in Zambia and then we will split into 2 groups for 4 weeks. I will go to Malawi while another group goes to Uganda. Then we will return to Perth for 4 weeks over the Christmas period and to start our second lecture phase, (called ABAS) which focuses on complications in pregnancy. We will finish our ABAS in India and we will be spending 12 weeks there. Finally the teams split again and I will be going to Bangladesh for another 8 weeks. phew. I am so excited for outreach and everything we learn in class makes me really hyped to go out and start catchin’ some babies!
To go to all these amazing countries and meet all these beautiful mamas and babies I am still trusting for around £5700. This is a big number but any little you can give would bless me massively! By supporting me, you will be supporting all the babies I will deliver, the moms I will bond with and the family’s who will know about Christ and accept them into their lives. Not all of us can go to the nations but all of us can be involved in missions in some way, and we can all have a share in the inheritance of the nations!
I have a link below through which you can donate into through either monthly or one-off support. If you are a taxpayer it also allows me to receive an extra 25% on top of whatever you give!
You can also give to me in other ways if this isn’t your style so please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and or chat to my Dad, Richard if you see him around.
Thank you so much. You are all so appreciated!!