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Bonjour and Baguettes

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First things first, I am so blessed to be a part of this amazing outreach. It’s only been one week and every team member has exemplified vulnerability, love, and responsibility. Unity is absolutely necessary on outreach, and it is evident that everyone is making a strong effort to achieve it because it is already very present. We are prayer warriors for each other, we have each other’s back, and we are constantly building relationship with each other.

So our trip began like any other…oh wait, no it didn’t. Turns out our lovely Jessyca didn’t actually have a booked plane ticket to Paris with the rest of the team. After much prayer, talk with the airline workers, and an appreciated flight time delay, a ticket was booked and we could be on our way. Hurdle #1 complete. (more…)

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What is His Heart for Me When I Grieve?

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I figured coming to YWAM DP to do my secondary level school, FCM (Foundations of Counseling Ministry), that I knew how to live in community, and I knew how to go after God. But what I didn’t expect from this base was that they live and encourage each other to live in vulnerability. I have never lived completely in vulnerability. Especially in a community.

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Counseling, Horses, and a Calling

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10614123_10203239886452749_6906134846106134560_nHey everyone! Camille here, FCM student at our lovely YWAM DP. Wow, what a beautiful season of growth it has been. God never ceases to amaze me in how he speaks, teaches and stretches me, each day.

We are gonna quickly jump back a few steps… to pre-FCM. I received a Facebook message, suggesting I prayerfully consider coming to do the Foundations in Counseling ministries (for July of 2014). “HA! ya right!” I said aloud. “I ain’t meant to sit on a couch all day”. Alas, God had something else in mind and, long story short, guess where I am a year and a half later?

The Lord showed me and continues to reveal, that being a counselor isn’t just a title and it doesn’t even need to be your career, it’s a lifestyle. I’m learning more and more how God has created me- with compassion for the hurting and a desire to reach the broken. As Christ-followers, people ARE our mission: to be the hands and feet of Jesus, to be the light of the world, to be hope, and to make disciples of all nations.

His Word says it so perfectly:

Isaiah 61:1-2 (NLT) “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come…”

This is who I am. I have been created to partner with Christ in this mission.

IMG_1769SO, what is my “mission field”? you may ask. I believe it will involve lots of hooves, halters and manure (yep). The Lord has given me a crazy passion for horses and I have so much joy when working with these incredible creatures! I first discovered “Equine Therapy” on a road trip, three years ago and was immediately captivated. I read about the miraculous healing (physically, emotionally, mentally, etc.) that was taking place in children and young adults simply through interactions with horses. “Wow.” I thought, “God, I want to be part of what you’re doing in this.” How awesome that He is able to take my compassion for the broken and bring it together, in harmony with my love for horses! To come along-side the addicted, the traumatized, fearful, autistic, paraplegic, depressed and lonely and to FULLY love them with the Father’s love.

FCM is equipping me for the adventure ahead. I’m honored and blessed to be here, learning how to counsel the lost and point them toward hope and freedom. I’m discovering more of who God is and am diving deeper in love with my Maker. I don’t know what the future holds-but I trust that He will prepare me for the journey ahead. Here I am Lord, send me.

“Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing… I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” Jeremiah 33:6

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You Have a Choice

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blog1If someone came up to me 2 months ago and told me “My boyfriend is physically abusing me and now I’m having suicidal thoughts.”  I would have stared at them for about 10 seconds and said, “Well, can I pray for you?”  Sometimes people would come up to me and tell me about major things in their life and I had nothing in my toolbox to help them with.  Well I’ve been here for about a month now, I am doing the Foundations of Counseling Ministry secondary school and I can now say that I have a lot more tools in my counseling toolbox.

 

blog6             Probably one of the most important topics we learned was this week on co-dependency. Lynn Toney and Ally George, our school leaders, were our speakers.  FYI, co-dependency is bad.  By definition it is an “excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a partner.”  In other words, it is emotionally destructive and a relationship addiction.  But being codependent doesn’t have to include 2 people.  You can be codependent on objects too like alcohol, technology, drugs etc.   Now if a girl called Sami came up to me and said that she’s struggling with her self-worth.  I start to ask her about how and why she’s feeling that way.  She starts going on and on about how people have hurt her over and over again.  She believes that God does not love her.  Sami believes that God does not love her and does not speak to her.  I know this girl, she is a joy to be around so I give her some encouragements and I pray for her.  She comes to me a week later with the same issues.  Everybody is out to get her, she was having trouble relating to people emotionally, and God is doing nothing.  I notice that she’s starting to possess some co-dependent symptoms such as reliance on others for approval or identity, being always extremely happy or always miserable/depressed, and having the victim mentality (Woe is me, everybody should feel sorry for me.)

blog3            HERE’S THE KEY PART: Fear, anger, and depression are all choices.  You can choose to be fearless, you can let go of your anger, and you don’t have to be depressed.  (This is actually clinically and biblically proven) We learned in another week about these 3 topics.  2 Timothy 2:26 says: “And they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.”  It may not seem like fear, anger, and depression  are choices, but they are.  Sami has all 3 of these things because she is choosing them.  But James 4:7 says to “resist the devil and he will flee from you.”  She has the authority to tell the devil to shove it up his butt and take a hike.  Then she can focus on the truths that her Daddy is telling her: “You are My child,” “I will never leave nor forsake you,” “You am Strong,” “You are my masterpiece,” “I chose you when I planned creation,” the list can go on and on.

Oh and by the way, I’m Sami.  I am a child of God and he calls me His shining star. Through all these things that I am learning, my toolbox for counseling is getting filled up.   I could not have counseled others without dealing with myself first.  We have about two more months.  I’m going to use those two months being the victor instead of the victim.  Suck it satan.

blog4Sami Johnson – FCM Student, July, 2015