It would be impossible to express everything that God has taught me, shown me and opened my eyes to since I arrived here at YWAM Honolulu. I can’t explain how much I thought I knew and just how much God still wanted to take me deeper. It’s crazy to think that we are nearing the end of the lecture phase and in less than a week I will be on my way to Greece. I’m trying to rack my brain to sum up this experience in just a few short paragraphs, but the truth is, I can’t.
I have wanted to come to YWAM Honolulu for the past 7 years and God kept directing me to other things every year. Finally this year He released me to come here and it was a defining moment in my life, one choice that changed the outcome of how my future will play out. This place has taught me how to rely on God fully, how to trust God to provide, I’ve grown in patience and understanding towards other people. I’ve not only learned head knowledge about God but how to apply throughout the different areas of my life. I have learned how to lead and how to follow, I’ve learned how to stand up for what I believe. I have become stronger in my faith. Completely submerging myself into an atmosphere and a community of people who seek the Lord’s thoughts and opinions on matters has been such an incredible experience.
It’s hard to wrap my head around the next few days, knowing that it’s almost time to pack up and head to the airport for the second part of this journey. I am excited and expectant as I prepare to go, but part of my heart will be staying on this island. I love it here. I love everything that I am able to take away from this season. I am thankful for the memories I have made here. Sunsets at the beach, hammocking, literally everywhere. I am thankful for the friends that I have made here. It’s different when you make friends with like-minded people. You know they are deep friendships that will last. It’s insane to think we were strangers still trying to remember each other’s names nine weeks ago, and now it’s hard to think about what my life will look like when I don’t see these 36 incredible people everyday.
I honestly can’t say enough about this place. About the community here, the people who lovingly steward this base and us as students. There are good days and there are rough days but there are people who have your back through it all. I am forever thankful for this place, this season, and these people.