I have started this blog so many times that I have lost count. I have so many words but for once, I don’t know how to convey them at all. So instead, I’ll just show off my friend Seung’s AMAZING video of our DTS so you can see for yourself a bit about who we are and what God is doing and then I’ll share a few fun and interesting things from the past couple of weeks!
First…check out this amazing video featuring students from our DTS!!
There a few highlights and news items that I want to briefly share to keep you up to speed with life here in South Africa:
- Outreach: I found out that I will be going to MALAWI AND MOZAMBIQUE at the beginning of April with an absolutely incredible team of 8 other people (6 other students and 2 staff). There are 5 other outreach teams that will be sent to 10 other nations. We are from the nations and we are going out to the nations! So, so exciting!!
- Travel: Our entire DTS (37 students + 23 staff) is heading out at 3am this coming Saturday to the YWAM Base in Drakensberg, South Africa for the Nations2Nations Conference. This is going to be a really BIG week of lectures, daily outreach, and collaboration with other YWAMers from various Bases and nations. We have an 18 hour drive each way, so please be in prayer for safe travel and a really fruitful week of ministry and revelation next week.
- Weekend shenanigans: This past weekend, I got to go ice skating with some of my roommates and some other friends. Some of them had never been ice skating before. It was a really good time of bonding and (quite literally) leaning on each other. It made me miss rollerblading and also really made me miss all of my little TJC hockey buddies. 😉 Saturday, I walked with some friends to a town about an hour away (by foot) and we hitched a ride on the back of a truck around the mountain and back to Muizenberg on the way back. No one really has a car here and Nceba, one of our leaders, flagged down a super nice Xhosa driver (Nceba is Xhosa) who was more than happy to take 8 of us back to our town. So much fun (but don’t try this at home, kids). 😉 On Sunday afternoon, I took the train into Cape Town with a friend to visit Hillsong Cape Town. It was a great message and we had a pretty exciting adventure which included taking a train and sitting near a demon-possessed woman, taking a South African taxi – which holds about 20 people quite tightly – and getting pulled over only to find our driver didn’t have a license (but it’s South Africa, so he let us keep driving), then hitching a ride back on a University shuttle and catching the very last train back to Muizenberg. Not to mention we had some pretty stellar conversations about God!
- Spiritual Warfare: This week our topic has been spiritual warfare. It has been crazy intense but really good. God has been breaking down walls, building up my faith, teaching me more about the Holy Spirit, and opening me up to so much more of Him in the past few weeks and all of that has been really key in preparing me for this week. Let me just simply say…there is some real warfare going on. And America is so very blind to it. I grieved for our church, the Church, and our country this week. I think there is so much that we are missing and I think there are so many battles we are losing because we don’t know how to see the attack and then pray into the issue in response. I am praying for some serious spiritual breakthrough for our churches, communities, and homes back in the states. May we see with spiritual eyes – no longer physical eyes only!
- No More Facebook: Not to worry – I didn’t delete you, I just deleted myself. 🙂 God had been convicting me about some things in my heart and how they tie into Facebook for a couple of weeks and last week I finally obeyed, and man…some breakthrough came. I’m not saying breakthrough came because I kissed FB goodbye (at least for a season) but I definitely believe that God honors obedience and that disobedience can really hinder things that God wants to do in and through us – even if it seems like an odd or random act of obedience.
There is so much more happening here but as I’m sure you can only imagine, it is incredibly hard to communicate everything. I am a slow processor and am still processing SO, SO much.
One big thing, though, is that I really believe that God has something for me here in South Africa long-term. I am saying that now to ask you to pray with me for wisdom and discernment as God reveals the details of what that will look like in the days, weeks, and months ahead. I will definitely keep you up to date as more details unfold, but I just wanted to invite you to partner in prayer with me now as I continue to seek His heart to discover what that means and how I can be obedient to the calling I feel like He has placed on my life.
Also, I do not want you to think that I am inaccessible because I no longer have Facebook. I really, really want to stay in touch with you! I check my email at least a few times a week – often more – and try to reply to emails a couple of times a week when I get some time (and when our fickle internet works). Please, please, please don’t hesitate to ask me questions, send me prayer requests or whatever you want to do. I would LOVE to hear from you!! My email address is gallaghorical (at) gmail (dot) com.
I’m so, so, so thankful for all of you who are supporting me in prayer, through finances, and through encouragement. I can’t even begin to describe how necessary to my day to day life your prayers and encouragement are. And your financial support makes the ministry we are doing possible. God is teaching me so much about His Father’s heart through your gifts, so thank you so very much for blessing me in that way.
I pray that God continues to open your eyes and hearts to more of His love, mercy, and kindness. He is far more powerful than we imagine, far kinder than we dare to hope, far more gracious than we deserve, and far more worthy than we acknowledge.
May you see Him at work in your lives this week, precious friends! He loves you SO much!!