Here’s to new adventure’s…

•January 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

A few months ago, I had no idea what this Spring Semester was going to look like. Like previous experiences in my life, I have made plans for my future and God just simply has a way of redirecting me. It’s as if He is saying…”what are you doing Breanna?? You may think that you have great plans in mind, but mine are so much better. So let me just kindly place something better in front of you”. God has a way of doing that in my life.

Here’s the short version of how I got here…Some may know this already but for over a year I had plans to study abroad in Australia this semester. I had chosen my University, applied, chosen my classes, and everything was good to go. 3 days after I got my acceptance letter, this program in Ecuador was placed in front of me. Nothing in me wanted to do it. I was set on Australia. But after thinking more about the program and opportunities here, God began nudging at my heart. After talking to people within the Quito program, my family, friends, and my advisors at TIU, things began falling in place. So 3 months later, here I am–in the middle of South America on an adventure that seems like a dream. God knew what He was doing.

My wonderful boyfriend, Nelson, is actually studying down here as well (amazing story in itself of how the Lord brought him here too) so we traveled down together on January 24th. Countless times we looked at each other and said, “what are we doing??”. It felt like this day was never going to come. But here it is and this is our new home for the next 3 and 1/2 months. Lucky me, I was blessed with altitude sickness the first night–that was quite the warm welcome. The other students arrived the following night so we spent the day with our RA’s (Jed and Ashleigh) walking around town and going to the market.

The other students came and it was so pleasant meeting them all. There are 11 of us (9 girls and 2 RA’s) living in a 4 bedroom apartment downtown. The boys (5 and 1 RA) live in another apartment down the road. Our team is great, deep connections are already being established. The past two days have been filled with orientation. We’ve walked around town, taken taxi’s everywhere, devoured delicious Ecuadorian food, gone to the markets, played games, and spent a lot of time hanging out as a team and getting to know each other.

We have incredible staff leading us–God completely shines through them all. The students are amazing and I am so thankful to be in such a wonderful environment. Once classes begin on Monday, “real life” here in Quito should begin. For now, we’re all just exploring the beautiful city and looking forward to what God has in store for us down here.

school-it’s been a while.

•August 31, 2010 • 2 Comments

Well I made it. Here I am.

TIU.

Never thought I’d be at a University this fall. But the Lord had different plans in mind. Every happen to you? Yea, it happens quite frequently. My parents brought me down here on the 20th; we did some orientation-wish I could say it was a blast. It was great showing them “my home” for the next 3 years since they have never seen it.

I am living in a suite with 3 other girls-one of them happens to be my really good friend from high school, Courtney Ensz. It is such a blessing living with her and the other two girls! We all are so similar and laugh a little too much!

School started on the 25th. It’s weird. Being off and away from regular schoolwork for more than a year was too nice! I’m not used to studying other subjects rather than the Bible and other Biblical texts (thanks to YWAM!) so it’s a shock getting back into it. I’m taking 18 credits this semester. It’s a full load and I’m a tad stressed, but it’ll pay off in the long run. I just need to remember that doing homework is worship to God (Romans 12:1-2)!

SHYG. Senior High Youth Group.
I’ve decided to be a youth leader at a church nearby which I am VERY excited about. I will help lead a small group of about 8 sophomore high school girls every Sunday night. I can’t wait to get to know my girls, have opportunities to share my faith, and ultimately, to spread His love. One awesome thing SHYG does is the church will reimburse the leaders to take the kids out to coffee or to dinner or whatnot; they really want us to connect with our students and I can truly say that I won’t pass up that opportunity! I will be going on a few retreats with the youth group and also might lead a missions trip next summer if the Lord leads me to it. Already God is lining up opportunities to be involved!

So, life’s good. What’s new? I absolutely LOVE it here. The people, campus, size, staff, opportunities, campus life, everything is just right for me. God has really put me in the perfect place. It’s a new start, a new beginning, a new adventure, but just another stop in my journey.

Proverbs 16:9 “In a man’s heart he plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps”.
Proverbs 3:4-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight”.

the Atonement Child

•August 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I just finished reading “The Atonement Child” by Francine Rivers last night. What an incredible book! It’s about a young girl who’s in college with what seems like “the perfect life”-great family, solid faith, steady friends, and is engaged to an amazing young man-until one night when she’s walking home from work and gets raped by a man who she was never able to recognize. To make matters worse, she becomes pregnant; her life begins to unravel and things fall apart. I don’t wanna ruin the entire story for those who haven’t read it. But let me tell you, it’s a story of redemption, true love, and how God’s hand is in everything.

Reading about Dynah who becomes pregnant and has to make the hardest decision of her life, deciding if she wants to keep the child forming in her by a man she never knew, gets me to think of how much God values each and everyone of us. Throughout this book I was reminded of Psalm 139:13-17

“For you formed my inward parts;
   you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
 My frame was not hidden from you,when I was being made in secret,
   intricately woven in the depths of the earth.Your eyes saw my unformed substance;in your book were written, every one of them,
   the days that were formed for me,
   when as yet there was none of them.”

It’s self explanatory. His hand was upon every stage-forming us into His image and beauty. He creates, values, cherishes, loves, adores every single one of His children. Words simply can’t accurately describe His affection towards us.

I wish everyone would live like this. Knowing that they have incredible value and worth because the Creator of the universe knit them together in the womb! Wouldn’t this place be different? Wouldn’t people react to situations differently? Wouldn’t people treat others extremely different? Oh how I just desire that we would all realize our dignity, identity, and destiny. Imagine the joy…

The WILD GOOSE.

•August 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I love adventure. Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit that intrigues me: “the Wild Goose”. Like a wild goose, the Spirit of God cannot be tracked or tamed. He will take us places we never could have imagined going by paths we never knew existed.

Does this not excite you?? For me, it puts a little anxiety into my spirit. Where’s He gonna take me next? What lies ahead? Knowing that He always has more for me to experience and learn makes it impossible to be bored or complacent in my faith.

Little did I think that when I came home from YWAM this spring that I would end up at Trinity International University-let alone school at all!! My plans were to either go to the School of Biblical Studies, a secondary school through YWAM, in Montana or attend Francis Chan’s Bible school in California. But the Wild Goose had different plans for me-what’s new?!

I began looking at schools just to check ’em out. Eventually, my original plans changed DRASTICALLY and I had narrowed it down to 3 schools out on the west coast. And let me tell you, I was dead set on going out there-nothing was stopping me! At the end of April, I visited my really good friend from high school, Courtney Ensz, at Trinity International.  Just my luck, I REALLY liked the school. The people, location, size… everything seemed perfect.

Now I was in a tangle. I had my mind set on the west coast, but I absolutely loved Trinity. I eventually narrowed it down to George Fox in Oregon or TIU in Chicago. Now how was I gonna choose?? I did everything trying to make a final decision-made pros & cons lists, talked to my parents, close friends, prayed constantly, payed close attention to my dreams at night, etc but it was so hard…

It was already nearing the end May, time was closing in, and I still hadn’t made my decision. Until I woke up one morning…

And everything clicked. Trinity it was. And it was nothing but The Wild Goose. How do I know? Because it was the same way I heard Him when I knew I was supposed to do YWAM: it all just clicked. Everything was clear, it all made perfect sense, and COMPLETE peace was given. I can’t really explain how clear it was. And this is how sure I am-not even 1 doubt or fear has entered my mind regarding my decision since!

Proverbs 16:9-“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps”. So this is the adventure I’m on. This is where the Wild Goose has taken me. And I have nothing but excitement towards my future… I am completely ready for what awaits me.

Hello world!

•August 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I decided to try blogging out. I honestly never thought I’d come to this-but let’s see how this goes…