Outreach Update from Dublin, Ireland.

Hi everyone!

If we’re not friends on Facebook and you didn’t hear – I was fully funded for my outreach!!! Thank you again to everyone who helped make this possible. I am beyond grateful. God is such a faithful provider and your generosity showed me this. THANK YOU!!

I am writing to you from Ireland!

I am absolutely loving it here.

We have jumped straight into it and started plugging into churches, homeless ministries, doing projects to help different christian ministries with the renovation of their buildings and, street evangelism.

There are so many homeless people in this city, at almost every corner there is a homeless person sitting and begging but we are finding that they are super open to talking – they’re just lonely. We talked to a guy that opened up about having depression and just feeling totally hopeless. We got to tell him that there is a God who loves him and we got to pray for him! It was so awesome. His name is Kevin – send up quick prayer for his salvation! 

 

Praying for people in Dublin

Praying for people on the streets in Dublin

 

We also get to help out at this amazing homeless ministry called Lighthouse. 

It is such a blessed ministry and sees so much fruit – it is so cool we get the opportunity to serve there. I got to hang out with a homeless couple, Dan and Jenny for about an hour and a half. They opened up to me that they were both heroin addicts and I just got to sit and listen and chat with them. It was so amazing. They told me that at all the other food shelters they’ve been to, they always felt judged and like no one valued them or even wanted to talk to them. They said that at Lighthouse they always feel loved and valued – so in other words, they can see Jesus in us! I so believe that God is moving in their lives and I am excited to get to know them more. 

PLEASE pray for them as Jenny is starting Teen Challenge, a Christian rehabilitation center and Dan is going to a different treatment center in about a week. Pray for the power of God to move in their lives and that they would be healed from all addiction and more importantly, know that God loves them and has a plan for them.

 

Feeding the homeless , and looking fab in a hair net.

Feeding the homeless , and looking fab in a hair net.

                                            

It is seriously such a blessing to be here. I have found it pretty stretching as a leader but I feel the Lord guiding me all throughout the day, which is such a beautiful thing. I have never done something so challenging and rewarding. I feel so close to Him and it gives me strength and courage as a leader when things get hectic. God is teaching me to have grace with my students as they are still learning and growing so much and this is a whole new thing for them. 

My prayer is that God’s word would be so engraved on my heart that I would live and love out of a place of truly understanding the way God lives and loves. 

I just want to be the woman that God wants me to be and in every stretching moment, I feel refinement happening – taking steps closer to understanding what it means to be a woman of peace and love. Praise God for the strength that truly only comes from Him. He is way too good. 

PRAYER POINTS:

– Pray for unity in my team – that we would show Christ by the way we love one another. 

– Pray for me – for wisdom, humility and the Lord’s guidance. I want to lead like Jesus would.

– Pray that we would see tremendous fruit in the relationships we are building. 

 

Thank you all for taking the time to read my updates – it means so much to me.

 

Please let me know how I can be praying for you. 

 

 

God bless!

 

Jasmine

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Jasmine in Hawaii

My third daughter is in Kona Hawaii doing a Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission.  It is so exciting as a parent to watch her grow in her faith in God and also her passion for others to come to know him.  I thought I would share her newsletter with you because it is SO exciting what she is doing and I want you all to be part of this adventure.  Enjoy!!!

Hi everyone! Jasmine is going to Cambodia (1)

Quick update on what’s happening here in Hawaii.  Kona is so beautiful! I love exploring more of the island and I stand in awe at God’s beautiful creation. Just two days ago we went up a volcano called Mauna Kea. From base to top it is just under 14,000 feet! I drove up there on the back of a truck (ute), and we were literally driving above the clouds! It was amazing and the sunset from up that high was incredible!

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Everyday I am overwhelmed here as I learn more about God’s beautiful character. This is truly the most exciting journey and so different from any other challenge I’ve experienced before. We have a small(ish) DTS of about 45 people and I love it – couldn’t think of a cooler bunch of people to do this with! It’s so wonderful to see how God not only transforms me but also the lives around me. It’s been an intense few weeks, which at some points has been pretty challenging but I feel like we’ve grown so close because of it.

My roommates are so incredible! I have been blessed with the best!

Her room mates

Our living arrangements are… cozy haha, but sharing a room with seven other girls is really fun! It’s just like having a sleepover with my best friends every night! We all get along so well. Each of them are so on fire for The Lord.

I am now in my fifth week of lecture phase and The Lord has taught me so much already. One of the major things I have been learning is The Lord’s father-heart for me. I know that this is something I will need to really journey through with God and I am so grateful that I am able to spend so much time just learning about Him, who He is and being in His presence. I am so hungry to know Him more.

Outreach locations were announced and I am so excited to tell you that God has led me to CAMBODIA!!

On the day of deciding outreach locations I was so stressed! We were presented with a list of 8 different nations and then given an hour to pray and choose two locations, write them down and then our leaders spent a day praying and putting us in our teams. I pretty much knew I was going to Cambodia as soon as I saw the list but it took me so long to actually write it down because I was so nervous! I’ve never really had any desire to go to an Asian nation, I think just because the culture is so different and I guess that frightens me a little. During that hour of praying God gave me the scripture John 16v24, which says, “You haven’t done this before but ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.” and since finding out, I have had such a peace about it and I know that can only be Jesus! Now, I am so excited to learn more about the culture and the people. We are going to a city called Battambang and at this point all I know is that we will be teaching English to children. There is also talk that we will spending some time in extremely poor villages where there are many rescued, sex trafficked victims but I don’t know to much about that yet. I will let you know as soon as I know more of what we will be doing there.
Outreach Team

Recently, God has just been telling and showing me how much He loves me. He’s teaching me that He doesn’t love us out of obligation but it is His ultimate desire to love us. I know that sounds pretty obvious but it’s like it’s finally clicking for me ya know! I LOVE HIM SO MUCH! The more I have of Him and the more intimate our relationship becomes, the more I want! I will never be fully satisfied because I can never get enough! So good!

One of my favourtie parts of the week is our intercession times – every Tuesday and Thursday, we all pray from 1pm-3pm for a different nation or a cause. It is so awesome! The thing I like best about it is that it’s really teaching me to have faith that God does answer prayers, even when we can’t see the fruit of it. Last time we were praying for unreached people groups and I got a picture of a little boy, in some kind of Middle Eastern nation. He was by himself and standing on dry, dirty ground. I literally know nothing else about this boy but I have faith that he is out there somewhere and has been blessed by my prayers.

I cannot believe it’s only week 5! God has taught me so much and I know He’ll continue to work in me and through me.

God has been so good to me and I have over half of my outreach fees paid for. I still have about USD$2200 left to pay but I have seen Him provide and I know he can do it for me. He is way bigger than finances!

Please continue to keep me in your prayers. I am having an amazing, challenging and blessed time.

Thank you all so much for being a part of this journey with me! It truly means so much to know that I have people praying for me!

May God bless you heaps!

Much love, Jasmine

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