Hello friends and familia!
On March 9th we left for Scotland. We spent two months in Glasgow volunteering with Glasgow City Mission working with the vulnerable, broken, and mending of the city. After the two months we established friendships with many of the staff and the people they serve everyday. We heard many hard stories and we have many of our own stories too share as well. Outreach was difficult most days for me but it was good. To be honest I don’t really want to take the time to write in more detail about my outreach but please feel free to inquire when I see you in person or through technology if I won’t see you. ;)
When we arrived in Norway again it was like coming home! Expect for the reentry stress and many many emotions. Also when we got back our YWAM base has been hosting a secondary school for artists and it has been very encouraging and inspiring getting to know the students! We had a teaching on creativity last week and everyday had little assignments to help us grow past our comfort zones as creatives. This week is going to be an interesting week. This morning we had teaching on “looking forward.” We discussed our hopes, dreams, and fears for when we go home in a week. The rest of the week we have a little bit more teaching, a surprise adventure, and preparing for graduation and then finally graduation.
And a quick update financially-
I still need about $300 to finish paying my school fees! Woo hoo! We’ve come so far, thank you! Please consider helping me finish strong and get the whole way to paying all my fees.
My DTS has been so good. It has been full of growth, learning, friendship, creativity, tears and much laughter. It is very bittersweet to be ending but I know this season must come to an end so a new one can begin. I am so grateful that I got to spend nine months with God here in Norway. Thank you for supporting me for so long with prayers, finances, and love. I can’t wait to share in more detail with you about what God has done in my life.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for the time spent staying tuned into my life for 9 months. I have felt every investment you have made in my life and I hope I can invest back into you.
Much love and gratitude,
Life of Addi Update #3
Hola from Norway!
In exactly one week, my outreach team and I will be leaving for Scotland! I'll first give you a summary of the last three months, then tell you about what we’ll be doing in Scotland.
After Christmas break, we went on a little road trip to southeastern Norway to attend a YWAM Norway conference. All of the YWAM bases were in attendance and it was really great to connect with people from all over the world that came to Norway for the same reasons that I did. It was also great to see the vision of YWAM in action by being there in community and seeing the different areas and ways of sharing the love of Jesus the other bases were focusing on. When we got back to Ålesund, we had a creative week, some really cool teachers came from California to teach the dance track for the first week they were here. They founded a dance company called trEd and we learned five choreographies in three days. We practiced intercession and spiritual warfare through dancing. Those same teachers taught the next lecture week which was on Spiritual Warfare. I was surprised that the week was actually about our identity in Christ and how we are worth fighting for, and so are our dreams. The next lecture week was on the Character and Nature of God. Our teacher was one of our new staff members who recently moved here with his wife and two daughters from the U.S.
We then had two creative weeks in a row. The first week, the dance track and film track collaborated to make a music video to a song the YWAM Secondary School of Worship students had composed. It was a challenging experience to plan everything out. We had three days to plan and choreograph and then one day to film it. In the end, it became more of a dance video than music video but we still had fun making it! The editing isn't finished so I won't be able to share it with you yet, but stay tuned! The second week we had one of the base elders come and teach on creativity and co-creating with God in the mornings and in the afternoons another new staff member taught on prophetic art. This week was really refreshing after having several intense weeks of teaching and a couple more to come. Our next lecture was on the Lordship of Christ. It was a challenging and stretching week learning how God is not about subtraction, but rather multiplication and how that requires me to lay down and fully commit my life to God. Our teacher modeled to us that this week could be a watershed moment in our lives and how our decisions during this week would impact our posterity.
The following week we had the student Showcase. As the dance track, we presented our choreographies to communicate our testimonies. There was also an art exhibit, photo prints, and a film showing. Showcase was a way for us to show our work from the year, to celebrate each other as artists, and share it with the community. After Showcase we had our four-day winter break and most of the students and one staff went to a cabin near a town call Åndalsnes. The cabin is a gift from a local couple who wanted to bless YWAM. It was such a sweet time of rest, reading, games, and hiking. When we got back from the cabin it was our last lecture before outreach prep. The week was focused on Destiny, along with the Holy Spirit, our teacher really just inspired and encouraged us. Our teacher was Kayle Mumby, from Canada. He told his story and shared with us his dream and vision for us and the next generation. His dream and vision are that me, my fellow DTS students, and other young adults like us, will be the leaders and influencers of our generation and of the next great revival. We are the Burning Ones. We burn for God. This week was the perfect send off into outreach, I don’t think I can emphasize how encouraging it is to know that God and even my teachers, who I may never meet again, believe in me.
Some miscellaneous things that have happened throughout our time here: One day we all went to a nearby island where some of the staff live and helped clear out their barn. The staff members we helped are the fifth generation to live on that island and in the same house. The island even has the same name as their last name! We had so much fun hauling out wood and hay, old tractor machinery, tools and old furniture, and a bunch of bricks. The reason we cleaned it out was that the couple have a vision for the barn to be a youth and family ministry building with a rock-climbing wall and guest housing. Another miscellaneous thing: When we arrived, the (then) fifteen female students had to share one toilet. The base had started renovations on the bathroom before we arrived but it took way longer than expected to be finished. So, we had to hike three flights of stairs ;) to use our staffs’ showers. After five months, we finally have four showers and four toilets!! And, wow, we have a very generous and patient staff to share their showers with us! Now, our kitchen is under renovation and should be done when we get back from outreach. The base has lots of projects because they moved into this larger building right before the DTS arrived. It has been really fun to be a part of the DTS that gets to pioneer this base and expanded it for the future DTS’s.
One of the common places to hang out is at a local café run by YWAMers called Lyspunket (light spot) which arguably has the best chai latte and coffee in town. But even more exciting, is that the YWAMers who run the café are actually branching out and opening a new coffee and culture house called Dråpe (drop of water). This year is really about dreams becoming reality for YWAM Ålesund. The base is hosting a twenty-four hour, week-long prayer event. Excitedly, YWAM Ålesund has experienced new leaders and several new staff members!
Super spontanously, I went on a little weekend trip by myself (!!) to another city in Norway called Bergen. I contacted another YWAMer who lives in Bergen (and did the same DTS) and on less than twenty-four-hour notice she said she could pick me up from the airport and let me sleep on her couch! I also got to see some family friends from Colorado while I was there. But now the part I thought was important to share with you: as you may know I have been gluten and dairy free since I was probably six or seven years old and have always had eczema as a result of eating them. But finally reaching my capacitary of believing I was a burden because of it and dealing with it for at least thirteen years, out of sheer impulse and faith, I prayed and asked many others to pray, that I would be healed from my eczema and gluten and dairy allergies! Since my first night in Bergen I have been able to eat gluten and dairy and have been doing so far about four weeks now! And my eczema is also slowly healing. Unfortunately, I am still sensitive to sugar, but don’t tell my mom, and I’m praying to be healed from that one too!
Now back to the topic of outreach! I will be going to Scotland with six other girls on March 9th! We will be serving at Glasgow City Mission and going on an eight-day prayer trek through the Highlands. We will be there for eight weeks in total. The majority of the time we will be working with Glasgow City Mission doing ministry with the homeless, so we will be able to really focus in and invest in those eight weeks. I am ready and also understandably nervous to share the love of Jesus with the world and everyone we encounter! I hope to encourage and inspire hope through my dancing and practical serving at Glasgow City Mission.
This is not going to eloquently or professionally worded just a dose of raw and honest Addi. I am uncomfortable and don’t like asking this but, please, finically support me. If you watched my “Surprise Update and Urgent Message,” you might have heard that I only needed $1,400 and then was fully funded a few days later, but sadly, I had misunderstood and actually still need $2,120. I am asking for your prayers and help to be able to raise the final funds that I need. I know that God has plans to convey the Gospel through me and to teach me great lessons while in Scotland but I need your prayers and support in getting there. I believe with God and your help I can be fully funded in one week!
Lastly, please continue praying for me and DTS family. Some prayer points are:
-that the three of us who still need funds would receive them in one week
-spiritual and physical protection
-opportunities to share the Gospel with people in Scotland
-the Fruit of the Holy Spirit and good attitudes
And please pray for my mom’s side of the family. My great granny passed away two days ago.
Thank you for taking the time to enter into my life the past few months by reading this! I am so grateful that you are supporting me and cheering me on in what God has called me into! I am sorry it took so long to communicate to you what I’ve been up to and when I finally did it was a short novel! There is so much more I can’t wait to share with you! Another little thought that I’m mulling over right now, which may seem so elementary and simple to believe, is that what people may or may not think about me does not matter at all, in all honesty, but rather obviously only what and how God thinks about me truly matters. Man! there is so much I want to tell you but this letter is already long enough.
Addi <3 Isaiah 52:7
Here are the links to some dances, the people we’ll be working with in Scotland, my friend’s photo portfolio so you can see some great pictures of the beautiful place I've been living in, some of our teacher’s websites, a really great poem you should read, and my YWAM base so you can see more of what we’ve been up to!
Testimony/Showcase Piece- https://youtu.be/NzbVYLWh4GI
Christmas Dance with Katja- https://youtu.be/cMPvb1TNv5o
Matt. 11: 29-30 Choreo- https://youtu.be/VB3bI2ySVmc
(not great quality videos)
Friend's photography- https://jacintakuhl.myportfolio.com/work
Glasgow City Mission- https://www.glasgowcitymission.com
YWAM Ålesund -http://ywamaalesund.com
The Vision Poem- https://www.24-7prayer.com/thevisionpoem
Barney Asprey blog- http://everydaytheology.net
Kayle Mumby website- http://www.kaylemumby.com
Hei hei from Norway!
I have some exciting news... But first a little update on my life.
Since September I have been learning more about God, challenging my creative abilities, and stretching my imagination. Every week we are either in lectures or doing a Creative week. On Creative weeks I get to dance with 3 other lovely ladies, from Germany, Chile, and Finland. In dance track we have worked on prophetic dance, improve, timing, connection, and healing through dance. For lecture topics we have had, "The Holy Spirit and Hearing God's Voice", "Worship", "Justice, mercy, creativity, imagination, and worship" (no one knew what to name it and it represents that week well;), "The Father Heart", and most recently "Relationships". God started to speak and move right off the bat! From day one of Lecture He has been speaking, freeing, teaching, redeeming and healing me.
It has been a learning curve living in community with many others and one thing he is teaching me right now is generosity. It started a couple months ago with my desire to become selfless. I had been praying about it and what it meant but nothing really seemed to change. Then one evening, recently, when I was preparing dinner I started to pray over the food for an abundance and that every person would be truly and completely satisfied with the dinner. I had specifically prayed for myself not to be selfish and hoard the fruit. And God then gently revealed to me that the opposite of selfishness is generosity. I will say learning how to be generous is very difficult. He is definitely still teaching me how to do it and do it well.
Another thing God has been up to in my life lately is revving a dream I gave up years ago. It's so sweet realizing that He doesn't want me to give up pursuing it because it's His dream too. I don't know where He'll take me with it but I'm excited! And He's even planted some new dreams...
Some more little things we do everyday is called "Community Contribution (ComCon)" it's just chores but they wanted to give it a nice name. The ComCon team I'm on is the hospitality team so we clean and prepare rooms for guests and teachers. Surprisingly, I do enjoy making beds and cleaning toilets but don't tell my mom! Everyday each team rotates between preparing breakfast and cooking dinner. I am glad we have chores because I think it gives us a sense of purpose and we get to contribute something to the base.
On Tuesdays we have small group where we drink tea, hangout, pray and discuss the lectures. Small group is also the same as the Outreach team. There are two Outreach teams and two Outreach locations. Now here's the exciting news... I will be going to Scotland for Outreach! Of course as of now we don't know what we will be doing yet. But soon we will do a culture study of Scotland to prepare for Outreach. Another exciting thing happening is that I will be going home to Germany with a friend for Christmas!
Lastly, an update on my finances. On September 1st my first tuition installment was due. And God provide the funds for a plane ticket and my tuition! Thank you for praying for me and supporting me financially. However, my last tuition installment is due on December 1st. I am still in need of $4,150. Please consider supporting me financially and please share with your friends and family about my adventure with God and what He's up to. Most importantly please keep me in your prayers. My pray requests right now are that-
-all DTS students would receive all needed funds
-our hearts, minds, and spirits would be prepared for Outreach
-and that Scotland would crave and expect our coming to serve and bless them
Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for taking the time to