Friday, February 13, 2009

Last night was Leadership Vision Night. I, as well as everyone from the city campus of Hillsong Church, went on buses to the Hills campus for the presentation of the vision for the leadership of Hillsong in the year 2009. It was an awesome night and Brian Houston, the senior pastor, shared some great and exciting things for the church. It is truly a blessing to be involved in such a thriving, growing, and God-centered church.

Yesterday was the launch of Sisterhood 2009. It's a weekly ministry to women of all ages in which they can come and have fellowship, worship, and hear a message. I had the opportunity to help out with the toddlers while their moms were being ministered to. God has been showing me that no matter how big or how small the job is, everything we do is for the Lord and is important in His eyes. So as I was preparing the kid's snacks, cleaning the room, and doing the dishes, I was reminded that we should all do our work heartily as for the Lord. When your attitude is in the right place, serving in any area is a great joy and privilege.

For the last two weeks I have been having pain in my ankles and recently my knees have been hurting as well. Please be praying that God would heal me so that I won't have problems walking back and forth from my apartment to the church several times a day. Thank you so much for your prayers!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Hillsong Choir

Well I found out on Friday that the main area I will be serving in for the church is the choir! I am very excited for that. Every Saturday night service I will be singing in the choir. For now it's only one service at 6pm, but come March it will be two services, one at 5pm and one at 7pm. I got to start this past Saturday already. It was a truly awesome experience. It is a blessing to be on stage and a part of such an amazing and God focused worship team. God definitely has His hand on my time here and is placing me where He wants me to serve. I'm looking forward to learning more about leading worship and being a part of serving in a worship team.

My classes are going great so far. I have one more week of intensives which is basically non stop lectures from 9 to 5 Tuesday through Friday. But it's all great information and very interesting. Next week I will be starting a less intense schedule with more emphasis on leadership in a worship setting.

Thank you for your continued prayers!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I just finished the second day of classes and they were amazing! Yesterday we took a bus to the Hills campus, which is the larger of the two, to go to the church staff meeting and have combined lectures with all Hillsong college students. It was great seeing the facilities and meeting more people.

The Power House Retreat last weekend was a truly amazing experience. Over a thousand people ages 18 to 25 got together from Thursday night to Saturday night. We listened to some great messages from different pastors, had amazing times of worship, and had some fun on the beach as well! I met some truly great friends there who I’m sure will be life long friends.

Being in Australia is an amazing experience for me and God is already changing me and challenging me in many ways.

Some things to be praying for:
God would continue to bring people into my life who will build me up and people I can lead toward Him.
God would provide us with internet for our flat soon.

Praise God that he is providing me with many friends who encourage me and make living on the other side of the world a lot easier.
Thank you so much for all your prayers and support!