Monday, December 20, 2010


happy birthday to us!

all of our friends who came out to celebrate

my roomate and amazing friend Janice

Ben and I both turn 26 next week and so all our friends came out to celebrate with us on the weekend...How did I get to be this old?!  We had a great time and I'm so thankful to be blessed with so many amazing friends in my life.
Coming home for Christmas in 1 day!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


SBS Thanksgiving dinner :)

Janice and I reunited with Anna

reliving a cafe legacy...

Ben and a nice sunset

reunited with Darren and Anna!

Sorry I know it’s been awhile (Nikki) J
Things have been pretty crazy here as we just finished celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Youth With a Mission. Everyone worked really hard to put the event together, and it turned out really well! Lots of celebrating was done, and it’s been really cool to hear about how much God was moving in the hearts of many of my students during this time. 2 friends from my time in SBS came to visit during the week from California and B.C. It was so nice to see them and have a little reunion.
This week we are studying the Psalms..such a beautiful book! I can hardly believe we only have 3 books left to go before Christmas break! My students are doing really well for the most part, some are still having some rough days, but in general they are not complaining as much so I take that as a good sign! I’m coming home for Christmas in less than 2 weeks and can hardly wait to see everyone…I’ve been doing a bit of Christmas shopping for my nieces and nephews, it feels really strange to be Christmas shopping in the heat. I can’t wait to get to the snow and have a real Christmas!

Friday, November 19, 2010

my weekend in Maui...

Linda and me

random guy spray painted pictures for us...pretty cool!

Linda and Steve

me and Linda and a huge banyan tree

Linda and Steve gifted me with an amazing weekend in Maui last weekend. It was so great to see friends from home. We had a great time, catching up and seeing the island. Thanks again Linda and Steve, it was such a refreshing weekend that truly blessed me!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

wandering the wilderness...

slip and slide!!

sooo fun!

students carrying Moses' bones

So we have returned from the Wilderness! It poured rain for 2 days which was quite ironic as we were supposed to be desert wandering… It was an amazing couple of days though. God was really at work in my heart and it really felt like a personal retreat with God in a way. Also, it was great bonding with my students. I got the chance to get to know some girls that I hadn’t had a chance to yet, and it was so refreshing! I know these bonds will last through the whole school so I’m really thankful to have had these couple days together to get to know each other.  We had the students act out the book of Numbers, which proved to be quite amusing! All in all, it was a great time…loved having so much time to get to know students, pray with eachother, spend time in worship, and just be with God.  Oh, and since it poured rain and we didn’t know what else to do with our time, we set up a huge tarp, got some dish soap, and had a full on slip and slide…don’t think I’ve done this since I was like 8 or something, but I will be doing it again! It was SOO fun!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Random photos of life lately..

sailing trip

ywam harvest party

Ben on sail boat

me and Jo

pumpkin carving

ha ha...Passover assignment

bonding with students

Joe is great

reunited with Janice!!! finally! oh ya, this is our new apartment!

New Home!

Sorry I know it has been awhile, things have been a little crazy here in Kona! God totally hooked me up with the perfect apartment, literally right across the street from my classroom and office here on campus. I moved in last week, and my best friend from my SBS, Janice, arrived on Sunday afternoon and moved in. We are slowly furnishing it with garage sale findings, donations from other people etc…It actually doesn’t look that bad all things considered! We’re still sleeping on air mattresses but it’s actually pretty comfy! I LOVE having a home, and am soo grateful that God provided us with this place, at exactly the right price, in exactly the right location. School is going great as well…we just finished up on Deuteronomy. There have been a lot of emotions and tears among the girls in my small group, and that has been hard. I know God gave me my soft heart, but sometimes it’s really hard because I feel others pain so deeply! The girls in my small group share with me about how much they are struggling and how hard the school is and I cry with them because it’s like I feel their emotions. So strange, but it’s like God has given me this huge heart just for them and it’s like He’s given me His love for them and His eyes to see them. Wow, such a privilege to be able to walk beside these students. One thing that it’s really done for me is remind me just how much God worked in my heart and transformed my life during my SBS. As they share their struggles, I’m reminded that I don’t struggle in these areas much anymore, and how much I did before my SBS. I’m amazed everyday to be reminded of how the Word of God literally set me free. He is so good.
We leave tomorrow for “Wilderness Wanderings”….it’s a 2 day trip where we stay in cabins and wander the wilderness like the Israelites. I’m really looking forward to getting away, and having time to just bond and be with my students. Please pray for safety, unity among the group, and a time to form deeper friendships centered around God.
I will put up pictures of my new place soon!
To my family- I am homesick for you guys. I wish you were all here.
Thanks so much for all your prayers and support

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


One of my students name is Silas. This note is from his homework folder so I would see it before I graded his work....he's brazillian, and is struggling with the English side of things. He is trying so hard and I'm so proud of him. This note totally made my day, I think I will save it forever. Please pray for Silas

bonding with the students

yet another carwash to raise finances for another gotta make these things fun :)

one of my students Kalyne

me and 2 of my small group them!

these are 2 of my students..its going to be an interesting year.

Just a few pictures of life recently. I've been getting to know my students, and finding they are such fun and genuine people. I've been so blessed by their friendships already! I started holding my small group last week and it went really well. I have 3 young girls under the age of 21 in my group, and they are such beauties! I feel so blessed that God has entrusted me to take care of these girls in whatever ways I can. Please pray for wisdom for me as they allow me to mentor them and speak into their lives, that I would be able to give them wisdom that comes from God...cuz I really don't have much of my own! ;)
We just finished Exodus, now onto Leviticus! Love grading students work and helping them figure out what they're doing.
Still apartment hunting, not having much luck. It's frusterating, but trusting God has the perfect place.
Thanks for your prayers....lots of love.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

First teaching=DONE!

trying to look like a teacher

my fellow these crazies


more teaching

My first teaching is officially done and over with!! I feel so relieved! Thank you to all those who were praying for me, I hugely felt your prayers. I couldn’t believe how calm I felt and how much fun I had interacting with my class. They seemed to have fun too, and got really involved in the teaching. In the end I decided to teach on the life of Joseph, more specifically on Genesis 39. I was so challenged by the integrity and morality Joseph showed in this chapter.  Really, Joseph was done injustice to twice, first when his own brothers sold him into slavery, and second when he was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and thus thrown into prison. But how cool is it that as a result of these things happening God used him to save all of Egypt from famine? This story was such a picture to me of God using what man intends for evil, for his good. ( ‘Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today.’ Genesis 49:20)  And also a picture of how God loves to bless us when we are faithful to Him. Joseph’s life was an example of faith in God no matter what the circumstance was. Life definitely wasn’t fair to him, yet he never complained or questioned God, and in fact gave Him all the glory for restoring his life back to him.
I was challenged by Joseph’s faith, that trusting God can’t be based on circumstances.
I had a great time sharing these truths with my class! And it really seems that God worked through me despite the fact that it was my first teaching and I really don’t know what I’m doing! J I was sooooo encouraged by my students responses, it feels so great to be a part of this. I love sharing the treasures that God reveals to me in His Word with others…I feel so blessed.
Thank you all for your prayers and support. Please continue to pray for my students, some of them are really struggling to catch on, and are really discouraged.
Thanks for reading and aloha.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

School is officially in session...

So school has started! We started classes on Monday, teaching the inductive Bible Study method. I really like my class, they're fun. We have 24 students and so far they seem to be grasping the method for the most part. Some of the girls are feeling really overwhelmed and there have been some tears, so I am trying to just be there for them as much as I can. I can relate SO much to them, as I remember feeling every emotion that they're going through. Please pray for my students, that they will be able to stay calm and not allow their emotions to override what God wants to speak to them in this time. My first teaching is early next week, I'm still terrified, but it's really coming together. God has been showing me what He wants me to share and how, so I'm very thankful for that!
Still apartment hunting, no luck so far...please pray that God will bring the right place up at the right time.
God continues to amaze me and I just can't believe how good life is! I feel so alive knowing I am in the centre of His will...what a great God we serve.
thank you for your prayers, hope you all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Camping madness

the whole group

our make shift surf board table..
cool right?

watching the guys surf from our campsite
my beautiful German friend Jo

Here are a few pics of my most recent adventure. Last weekend me and some new friends went camping at a place called Pololu valley. The guys are all big into surfing so we went to this place because it had the best waves apparantly? Either way, we weren't complaining, as their "secret" camp spot was up on a hill over looking the ocean. It was a full weekend of good food, friends, watching them surf, waking up at 5 am to watch a sunrise that never came, cutting down my first tree with an ax (great therapy by the way!) :) and just an overall great time. I feel so blessed to have met such great people in such a beautiful place. What was I ever worried about? God is SOOOOO good!

On a seperate note, the students arrive in 2 days!! ten million things to do until then so a little stressed. please pray for calm, and that I would be able to prepare my teaching for next week in the midst of this madeness...
thanks for reading

Thursday, September 23, 2010

what?! teaching in 2 weeks?

Hey guys,
things here are busy, busy, busy as we prepare for our students to arrive. Currently I'm making welcome cards and baskets, choosing my small group etc... Also, was asked to do a teaching in less than 2 weeks! Are they kidding?! I don't know what I'm doing yet! But since I seem to like a challenge and didn't think I had quite enough on my plate yet :) , I said yes. Oh boy. So, the fun part is that I get to choose a story from Genesis to teach on. I prayed and decided to teach on Jacob and Rachel...awww... I did always love this story. So please, please pray for me as I prepare, I really want to help my students to understand this story and how they can apply it to their lives. Also, want to be able to be there for my students as they are settling in, and have time to prepare a teaching that will help them. I'm so thankful for this amazing learning opportunity, all fears aside. On another fun note, I am currently apartment hunting! I have been really feeling lately that I'm to make this more of a home. I think I'm over the whole transient, wanderer phase (at least for the time being :) and want a place that can be home for me. I also feel this will be a great way to connect with my students as I can get them off campus and have them over so they can get a much needed break. My good friend Janice is moving back here in November so we'll be living together. Please pray that the right place for us will open up. We need something close to campus, and reasonable in we are still Ywam ers after all.. :)
thanks for your thoughts and prayers, would love to hear from you all.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Aloha from the big island!

doing a little night fishing.i'm currently trying really hard to learn the guitar.painting bunk beds for the new students.reunited with my friend Jiin!

Here are just a few pictures of my life in Kona since I've been back.  I just finished a week of SBS training, it was overwhelming! We read through all the students applications and prayed for each of them (so far we have 24 students), went through the manuel, and got trained in grading assignments.  I know, sounds exciting right?! K, so maybe not, but I know it's necessary, I just want the students to get here already!! As I've been praying for the students, I've been getting so excited to get to know them. Some of the young girls were very open and honest in their applications, and I got choked up a few times just reading about their heartaches. I'm so thankful that our God is a God of healing and restoration. Please join me in praying for my students, that God would prepare their hearts for the crazy journey they are about to embark on. 
I'm so excited, tomorrow I'm going to a hidden place where you get to see lava at the volcano here! should be crazy..
Lots of love and aloha!