Life around here has been what some may call, "business as usual". While that may fit the bill for most of what we are doing lately, it is far from the truth. It would be a disservice to our Maker to just call the last month "usual" because of the blessings He has poured on to us.
We are working like crazy lately, trying to save as much money as we can for DTS, but also really getting involved as much as possible downstairs. Justin had the chance to speak on something God has placed on his heart. God has shown him that we need to look more closely at how we evangelize. The focus needs to be on the individual receiving love from a believer. Too many times do we focus directly on conversion, that we miss an opportunity to really love on people the way Christ did.
Justin was blessed to be a part of this church by sharing his heart on evangelism. We are excited to further extend our knowledge on this subject as we approach our start date.
God is also preparing our hearts for a special healing service that we are going to be a part at Singing Waters. The leaders have been earnestly seeking after the heart of God and what it means to be bold. He placed it on our hearts to have a healing service here at the church. We could not think of a better way to be bold for Jesus and count on Him to show up at this service. Tons and tons of prayer has already gone into this and will continue to as we near the service. We just want to show the city of Avalon that we serve a God who heals, all you have to do is call on His name. We are asking Lord, thank you in advance for your presence.
So, I think we are down to something like 68 days until we move off the island and 88 days until we hop on a plane and head to the Green Isle. Every couple of days we are finding out more information regarding our DTS. There are currently 12 students attending our DTS in Sligo, with the count being 8 men and 4 women. We know that for the duration of our stay in Sligo, we will be in a hostel called the White House which is situated near central downtown (if one would say that there is a downtown Sligo). The hostel has been rented out to YWAM so we will have full rein over the place. This is super exciting because we will be able to make it our home and be able to live right in the city that we will be serving in. From the White House, we will be attending our lecture at one of the local churches, just a short walk away.
The White House (not a great pic, sorry!)
After lecture phase, we know that there will be a small group performing outreaches in both Lebanon and Morroco. Please pray for clarity for us as God show us exactly which country He wants us to serve in. We aren't quite sure how we will be serving in these countries, but will update as soon as we find out.
Support raising has been going very well, but we still need a large chunk of our DTS covered while we are saving. We have our plane tickets (as we posted last week), which is a huge blessing from God. Besides our plane tickets and the support that we currently have, we are still in need of about $6,000. God has been so gracious with us and promised us the full amount once we reconcile a previous debt. He has asked us to be bold in using money that would otherwise go to our DTS and put it toward this debt. We will have this paid off in about two weeks and couldn't feel more blessed.
Funding is necessary for us to attend our DTS, but we are also looking for support in ways of some supplies. We would love to invest in a nice DSLR camera like a Canon Rebel T3i or similar. Also, Justin is in need of a camping backpack since his bag is just a little too large to take internationally. We have a fair share of necessary clothing, but may need items that we just don't seem to own like rain boots, light rain jackets, and other light, waterproof clothing. If you would love to help us out with these items, we would be forever blessed by your support.
In the meantime, we are choosing to dig deeper into God's word and not fall complacent as we look forward to DTS. It is not easy by any means because our hearts are already there in Ireland (as well as Oakhurst!). The Lord has blessed us with a calmness that seems confusing at times, but is greatly appreciated. We are planning a support dinner here on the island for mid July and may even have one in September in Oakhurst before we leave. If you want to help out in any way, let us know!
Action photo on the Rib Runner looking for dolphins!
Lastly, we would love to thank each and every one of you. By reading this blog, you are supporting our desires and dreams every day. We can never thank you enough for all of your support.
If you would like to know more about our fundraising campaign, please visit https://www.youcaring.com/justinandkorina. You can donate online via WePay or PayPal (for online donations, we recommend PayPal). If you want to be old school, you can mail your checks to the church (check our website above!).
Once again, thank you for all that you do. We love you all dearly!