Archive for February, 2010

India!

Posted in Life/Stories on February 26, 2010 by lspray

As some of you may already know, I am going to India for my outreach!

I could not be more excited about this. Along with Israel and Brasil, India is at the top of the list of countries I’ve always wanted to go to.

And thanks to your support, I’m now able to do so.

Again, I can’t thank you enough for making this all possible.

Later I’ll write more information about India and some of the needs I still have for the trip. I have a couple of ideas for the trip that should make the trip and this blog (and how you view this blog) much more exciting.

Stay tuned!

Belize & Other News!

Posted in Life/Stories on February 26, 2010 by lspray

We are now here in Belize!

Most of you got a support letter from me saying I was doing a DTS in Belize, which, at the time the letter was composed, was the truth. But that changed when the government of Belize decided it needed more money, so they changed around a couple of rules that basically made it so that in order to keep the boats in Belize (where they were based) Destination Paradise would have to pay the government over $100,000. Obviously that wasn’t a very good option, so they moved the boats to beautiful Honduras, which is where my DTS was taking place, until Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning we got the go-ahead from the officials in Belize to come back and start fresh. So, to beat a bad weather system, we waved goodbye to Honduras and set sail for San Pedro Belize at about 5PM. At about 10PM Wednesday morning we arrived in Belize to check in with Customs. Let me just say that sailing through the night is amazing. In order to see anything that may be in the water up ahead, we kept all of the lights off. Its amazing how bright the moonlight can be when its your only source of light! I took the 4AM-6AM watch because the moon set around 2:30AM, and I wanted to watch the sky go from being only illuminated by the stars, to watching the sun come up over the horizon. It was beautiful to say the least. No one else woke up till about 6:30, but I didn’t mind since sailing is a great time to wrestle with and ponder over all the thoughts in your head.

Once we got to Belize and got checked in with customs, we again set sail at about noon for Belize City, where Chris (Our Base Director and Captain) has a couple of meetings with officials starting on Monday. We arrived in Belize city at about 5PM on Wednesday, and by the time we got to Belize City, we had been sailing for 22 of the past 24 hours! It was exhausting, but it was a ton of fun.

So! On to other news:

We just got done with a great week of taking about relationships. Our speaker, John Murphy, leads the Boarders DTS and Social Justice DTS at the Denver YWAM base. He had alot of great things to share, along with some amazing stories. To sum up the week (and as food for thought) John talked about how, when broken down, every problem in the world is a relationship problem. Wrestle with that one for awhile.

Also, I will have a photo diary post up soon, because I realize I have been slacking with that!

I’m trying to update alot of stuff on here this week since we finally have a goo internet connection! This also means that I’ll have plenty of time to answer any questions you might have for me.

I’m going to try to link the blogs of everyone else from my DTS, so that way if you get tired of reading what I write about it, you can look at their stuff!

I’ll try to update a ton of stuff this week and I also have a ton of other news, but I’ll leave it at that for now.

Once again, I cannot thank you all enough. I am here and having all of these experiences because of your support. I cannot write a blog update that is long enough to express how grateful I am for all of the prayer and financial support I have gotten from you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Flying Children

Posted in Life/Stories on February 13, 2010 by lspray

The picture above was taken during our trip to a fishing villiage called Chachahuate (pronounced as: cha-cha-WAT-hey, you don’t even want to know how badly I spelled it before I checked the correct spelling) . Chachahuate is a tiny cay off of a small island chain called the Cayos Cochinos, which is inhabited by the Garifuna people, who, long story short, are the decedents of African slaves who were either shipwrecked there, or rebelled and ended up there, depending on who you ask. The island took me less than 10 minutes to walk around, and has no electricity. Upon arrival, the island looks like something out of an adventure movie, with thatch roofed huts all along the beach, fisherman in weather-worn boats coming and going, and children running everywhere. one of these children happened to be David, who is pictured above (no pun intended). Our time with the Garifuna was spent with a doctor, who we helped weigh babies and teach basic CPR. We also spent some time teaching the people basic english, and entertained the children (by throwing them into the air of course.) Needless to say, it was a great week.

Yesterday was my 21st birthday. To celebrate, we went into town with some friends and had burritos in an area that had most of the tourist restaurants and bars.  After dinner we went to a place that had a live band…and, well…lets just say I danced with more old tourist women than an Elvis impersonator in Vegas.

As for whats been going on in the past couple of weeks:

Last week our speaker was a guy named Jeff Pratt, Jeff works with YWAM Axiom in New Haven Connecticut and is doing some amazing stuff there. The teacher for the week was on, “Father Heart of God”, which was a ton of stuff about God’s character, and how that ties into life…and that was something that I definitely needed.

The week before that our Base Director Chris Toney spoke, with the theme being worldview, talking about everything from Darwinism to Mormonism. It was good just to gain more knowledge about those worldviews, and in the process learn alot more about my own. Coincidentally, I had just picked up Charles Colson’s “How Now Shall We Live?” which is a 550 page monster of a book dealing with worldviews.  So it was a very informative week!

The week before that a woman named Dina Beck came and spoke about spiritual gifts and how God desires to use our individual gifts to the best of His, and our abilities. It was a ton of fun taking the tests and all that (although I’ve always been a little skeptical of those things). Unfortunately, I do not have the gift of healing, buuuuut, it does appear that I have the gift of throwing children.

All in all its been a great couple of weeks, alot different than I expected, but exactly what I’ve needed (God has a way of doing that doesn’t He?) Tomorrow we are headed up to Port Royal, which, in case you were wondering, is the same Port Royal from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean.

Thanks again for all of your prayers and support! I’d love to answer any questions that you might have!

Luke

Thank you.

Posted in Life/Stories on February 2, 2010 by lspray

to all of you who have supported me. Really, thank you so much.

I’m continually blown away by it.

Thank you.

Thats all for now.