Happy New Year from Norway

Hello friends and family and Happy New Year!

Here I am in Norway.

I had a wonderful New Year’s Eve with more than a dozen friends from my 2012 DTS, making dinner and watching a thousand fireworks light up the sky. It was so great to be reunited with the people that I’ve traveled and grown so much in Christ with. We prayed and worshiped for a few hours and shared the past year’s biggest revelations to welcome in 2013. It was such a precious time to be in the presence of God and set the year before Him.

Papa (God) has really given me such a special grace to be here at this time. The 2013 Discipleship Training School that I am going to be staffing will be starting in just 2 weeks and I’m so excited for what God is going to do! I have been assigned to be in charge of prayer and intercession for YWAM Rogaland along with a fellow staff member. I’ve been seeking the Lord on what that really means for this school and how he would like that to look like, not just what I think it should like.

I've been asking Him, What do you want 2013 to look like for me? He drew me to Hebrews 12:1b "...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." This has been and will be in the forefront of my mind these days and these coming years. I'm here to run my race, whatever that may look like or feel like. He deserves it all.

At this moment, I am at YWAM Grimerud the main base in Norway. There are about 350 staff members mixed with some students for training before this coming season of school starts. We arrive last night and so far it’s been such a sweet time of celebrating each other and the nations…and, at last, with my arrival all of Rogaland’s DTS staff is present in our meetings. :)

Last night, a man from South Africa named Edwin taught on “Catching God’s Heart for the Nations”. This was so inspiring for me and just one more thing to add to the growing list of confirmations why God has called me away from home and into Europe…and the world. “When you start to embrace what God embraces, YOU change.” This couldn’t be more true. God has made the nations and loves them. And slowly, I am learning to as well.

I’ve been up since 5:30 am to write this and it’s very quiet and glorious and peaceful when you know there’s hundreds of people somewhere but none of them around. God is good.

One of my assignments here is to be an “Instagrammer”. Follow @ywamnorway on Instagram to see what God is doing here! (Twitter & FB too!)

That’s my update for now. If you’re praying for me please pray for my sleep—I don’t know if it’s jetlag or something else but I’m not finding rest easily at all. Also, my Norwegian. :) I’m trying to learn all I can but I need all the grace I can get. And, as always, pray that I would have the strength simply to run my race here well and to hold nothing back.

Walk in the Spirit!

Melissa

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