Victim to Victor
English for Missions (EFM) student from July quarter -Larissa Sakiyama
My name is Larissa. I’m from Brazil. I thank God for leading me to come to YWAM (Youth With A Mission) Perth to do the EFM. I learned many things during the past 3 months. In the beginning, I was very excited about everything and everyone on the base including learning English and making new friends. But things however, became very traumatic, difficult and challenging.
On the first day of school, I received news that my grandmother died. I did get over the grief very quickly with prayers and care from the school leader. But for the next 6 weeks, I struggled in relationship with the leader and therefore in learning English.
Then came a week of teaching on culture shock. I felt all the symptoms of culture shock: feelings of being embarrassed, hurt, frustrated and misunderstood. I was angry, depressed, sensitive, upset, lonely, fearful and hopeless with lots of negative thoughts in my head.
I started to enjoy learning English and making new friends again.
God’s so good in blessing me with a bike and few other gifts to remind me that He is with me in good times and hard times.
Then one day God answered my prayers and provided a one-on-one time with my leader. We had an amazing conversation and prayer time together. I rejected all the lies of the enemy and felt God’s forgiveness. I want to obey God and have the mind of Christ (Romans 12). I began to understand His truth about my identity and destiny in Jesus. I could hear His voice and understand His message through the Holy Spirit. I started to enjoy learning English and making new friends again.
I’m now looking forward to my next school, All Nations DTS (Disciple Training School) in October, 2014 to experience God’s grace and allowing Him to work on my character. By His grace, I’ll persevere and fulfill His will and plan for my life.
In conclusion, I thank God not only for learning English, but also growing in my relationship with Him and people here on the YWAM Perth Base.