Called in Unexpected Places
It was an average morning. The alarm rang at 6 A.M. and I shut it off without even thinking and hopped to my feet from the bed. Pulling up the covers behind me, I fixed the bed before I started getting ready for my day.
I grabbed my things and hopped in the shower, as the steam from the shower began to wake me up I realised something. Something that had actually been running through my mind from the moment my feet hit the ground until that moment. Without even thinking I spoke out this phrase that had been running in my mind all along, “YWAM Perth”. I spoke it out and I said “Why? Why am I thinking of YWAM Perth, God?” At this moment I realised this must be God. I vaguely knew what Youth With A Mission was but not that there was a base in this place called Perth, wherever exactly it was. So there was no way I would have known to put that phrase together and certainly not that early in the morning. There is typically nothing running in my mind that early.
So, I went to work like any normal day and worked my usual 8 hours and came home. Sitting on the couch at home relaxing at the end of the day, I remembered that abnormal phrase from the morning time. I decided to grab my laptop and Google YWAM Perth. I clicked the very first link that came up and right on the page was “Media, Art and Photography DTS.” I thought to myself, “Well, I am interested in media and journalism actually.” So I clicked on it and read more. At this, I was certain God directed me to this, this was no coincidence.
I wrote a message to the school, asking for more information and by the end of the next day I had talked with the school leader on the phone. This was it, God’s divine leading. I was going to Australia. The fact that I had no money for it or that it was in less than three months hadn’t even hit me yet. I was super excited that God was leading me to go to Australia!
I couldn’t believe I was actually doing this…God was about to take me somewhere new and I knew I’d never be the same.
After much prayer on my own and with leaders in my church, I felt this is what I should do and act on it. So, a little shaky and unsure of how it would happen, I began taking steps of faith towards this seemingly impossible goal. I communicated with everyone in my circle about my journey to YWAM Perth in Australia. Most people said they couldn’t donate to my cause but they prayed for me. A little discouraged I kept pushing to go! That year I got the largest tax refund I’ve ever gotten in my life, which paid for my flight. Before I could take this flight I had to have a visa which is $500. Spending every penny I had on my flight, I didn’t know where it was coming from but I kept going. I had a goodbye dinner with my pastor and his wife, just a last farewell hangout. They had told me numerous times before that they were in no position to support me financially, but at the end of our dinner they said they prayed about it and they felt to give me something. Without looking at the amount, I accepted it and thanked them with hugs and I left. When I got in my car I looked at the check, it was $500! I had my visa and my flight booked and my last check at my job was about half of the lecture fees! I couldn’t believe this was all happening!
Flying in the air to Australia I still felt like this was a bit crazy. I couldn’t believe I was actually doing this…God was about to take me somewhere new and I knew I’d never be the same.