Moving Time!

Hello to all of my blog followers 🙂

So I’m currently in the process of switching my blog over to tumblr. So I wanted to give you the new address so you can follow that one!

http://alooper31013.tumblr.com/

Kevin and I are working to integrate our blogs together on the same webpage. We haven’t gotten that far yet BUT this is a start. So I am no longer posting new entries (after this one, of course!) on this blog and wanted to keep you in the loop. Hope everyone is doing well and thanks for supporting me!

Anya

Becoming Aware

I haven’t really posted about social issues in my blog before but after seeing this trailer on Friday, I feel like it’s important. Below is a trailer about a documentary called Nefarious which travels onto 4 continents, exposing human and sex trafficking. 

I think in the past, I have turned a blind eye to these issues because I felt so powerless, like there was nothing I could do to change it. But even if that’s true (which I don’t believe anymore) but even if it is, I can’t close my eyes to this anymore. I need to recognize that it’s happening. I need to not pretend that human trafficking doesn’t happen in my own city. These girls, these children, are deeply loved by God and I can’t ignore the suffering anymore.

I don’t know if you have ever had this helpless feeling when confronted with these issues but if you have, I implore you. Become aware. Read things. Participate in discussion. Because there are things we can do. We can pray. We can get involved with non-profits attacking this issue head on. We can give financially to organizations that are working to end this. We can bring awareness to others. We can support legislation and government initiatives and intervention. We can be the voice for those who have no voice. We can fight for those who have no fight left.  We can do something. Do something. 

This isn’t me trying to make anyone feel bad or lay something heavy on them. This is where I’m at. I want to do something. I would just encourage you to become aware and do something yourselves. That’s all.

Nefarious Documentary

1 of 3 in a documentary trilogy about human and sex trafficking.

I’m engaged!!

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Well, if you have spent any time on Facebook, this information will not be a surprise to you 🙂 So much has happened in the last few months so let me try and succinctly summarize for you!

I finished the Phase 2 in December and boy, what a season! I was not sure what God was going to do in those 3 months but he did so much. He taught me so much about humility and about loving others more than myself. He also strengthened and deepened my relationship with Kevin leading up to….you guessed it! The Proposal!

He planned it perfectly. He made this beautiful dinner of fancy cheese and wine (one of our favorite meals) with candlelight and fancy china and we just spent time together. It was so incredibly romantic! He had hollowed out an old book to make a flower vase but instead of flowers, he made a nest of shredded paper and put the ring inside. It was beautiful and perfect! If you want to see pictures, they’re on facebook. Of course, I said YES and we set the date for March 10th, 2013.

God is so faithful and His goodness is never ending. He has blessed us far more than I could ever imagine and He continues to bless us daily. Not only do we get to enjoy each other and bless each other daily, Kevin and I get to work together in ministry at YWAM Denver. I joined staff 2 weeks ago and he is currently leading a team on outreach in Kenya. God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good.

Made with Purpose

Week 2 at the Phase 2/School of Ministry Development

This week’s topic has been Strengths and Character. We each took a personality test called StrengthsFinder which is a test that identifies your top 5 strengths out of 34 that their research has found. As we spent the week talking about our strengths, God was teaching me about how we are stronger together than we could ever be on our own. He made us for community and relationship!

Prayer requests: I need to make another payment for my school on Nov 1 so please be praying for the financial support to come through!

Thank you so much for supporting me and walking this journey with me! Adventures are always more enjoyable with company!!

D.E.N.V.E.R.

Well it’s the end of Week One on my Phase 2 at YWAM Denver. It feels so great to be back! This school focuses on leadership and character development so I’m really excited to see what God has for all of us in it. Here’s a short little video update of the week and some prayer requests 🙂

 

Diving back in

If money and people’s opinions were not a factor, what would you do with the rest of your life? God asked me this a few months ago and my answer came quickly. Missions.

The two years that I spent with YWAM Destination Paradise in Belize were incredible but I thought that it was an adventure that God was blessing me with, not a career. I figured I would return to the States at the some point, get a job and do something else. And that’s what I did. After I returned to the States and finished my School of Worship at YWAM Denver, I got a job and started looking for my career. What was I going to do with the rest of my life? There were so many options. Use my teaching license. Go back to school, ideally law school. Try to break into the international non-profit sector. The world was my oyster…and I kept looking back and longing for what I had been doing. The prospects that had once excited me now paled in comparison to the joy that I had experienced in YWAM. And so, I went to God and asked Him for direction and thus, the question was posed.

If money and people’s opinions were not a factor, what would you do with the rest of your life?

And that’s when it hit me. I wasn’t searching for a career out of the passions or desires of my heart. I was searching for the career that protected me from unpredictable financial times and from the potential disapproval of those around me. Did I want to live my life like that? Should anyone?? And so God took me on a journey to explore the desires and passions that He had placed in my heart, regardless of where it might take me. My heart led me back to missions. It led me back to YWAM.

Anywhere can be a mission field. You can be a missionary in a work environment or in your family or in your community. God calls us all differently and I feel called to fix my gaze on His face and to live the Great Commission through YWAM currently. Could He lead me down a different path later on? Absolutely. But for now, I am committing my investment here at the YWAM Denver base.

The base requires a 3 month training program called a Phase 2 and then I will hopefully join staff at the beginning of next year. I have already started praying for and inviting people to be a part of my support team. I am trying to be personal and intentional in it so the letters have been slow in going out. If you have not received one but would like to consider being a part of my team, either through prayer or financial support, please contact me! There are links at the top of my blog that explain both YWAM as an organization and why I chose YWAM Denver. You will also find contact information at the bottom of my blog. I am including a link to a video that I made in an attempt to try to express my heart for missions.

“And Mary said, ‘I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

I feel like I should pose the question to you. If money and people’s opinions were not a factor, what would you do with the rest of your life?

We can all come up with a million reasons not to step out and not to do what is on our hearts. But I have one reason that trumps them all. God is. If He has placed passions on your heart, then HE will uphold you and provide as you follow Him. It’s not always wise to “follow our hearts”. But if God is guiding your heart, then you can follow it because you will be following Him. God is good all the time. And all the time, God is good.