Tuesday, August 30, 2011

This and That

So, Jesus has been blowing my mind lately and I thought I'd share it with you. These past few weeks have been the hardest that I have personally experienced in my life. There has just been so much going on. It has been like the domino effect. One thing happened after the other and the stress was piling on. I guess I just wanted to encourage you all with a testimony of God's faithfulness. Just when I thought I was at a breaking point, God intervened. God showed me through friends, the Word, His own beautiful voice, and even a cup of coffee that He is ALWAYS with me. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." Even when it seems like you are the exception to this verse, know that God is there. He is always faithful even when you cannot feel Him. I have come to learn that when I am going through the wilderness and I can't feel God's presence or hear His voice, I can still cling to His character.

God's character is steadfast. It never changes even when we do. I have found that speaking out and declaring God's goodness and faithfulness helps me keep my eyes on Him; even when I'm feeling apathetic. So take heart, friends! God IS good, and He IS faithful! God would never put you through a situation that He Himself has not already gone through. I know that blog's are not very personal, but I feel like I'm supposed to ask if anyone needs prayer. If you are going through a wilderness, or simply need some encouragement right now, I would love to partner with you in prayer! That is what the body of Christ is all about. :) Send me an email at: katecouey@gmail.com and I'll give you my phone number! I pray that everyone is blessed and encouraged!

Love in Christ,
Kate Couey

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Beginning of Another Adventure

Greetings Friends!

I would first like to say thank you all so much for the prayers and support you gave me throughout the course of DTS. I am so thankful that God has placed Christ-like people like you in my life. DTS completely changed me and none of it would have happened if my brothers and sisters in Christ wouldn't have been there! During DTS God really burdened my heart with a desire to help the helpless, feed the hungry, and love the unloved. As I was able to put these things into action on my outreach to Africa, that desire continued to grow. God has put it on my heart to continue my journey with YWAM by participating in a secondary training program called the School of Social Justice(SSJ).

This program is designed to confront issues of injustice in today's society including: human trafficking and modern-day slavery, HIV & AIDS, urban injustice and poverty. SSJ also focuses on relief aid and gives practical and possible ways to put an end to the injustice that is going on in the world. I have spent so much time talking about these issues and hearing about how horrible they are, and I am now ready to act on what I know. I am so excited to be able to hear teachers who live every day to see injustice end in the world! SSJ not only shows you how to apply these teachings, but also how to communicate the urgency and desperation of the need to rally others to the cause. The goal of this training is to give clear and accurate understanding of the facts of these issues, as well as going in-depth into what God's heart is for the world. SSJ starts on September 26, 2011 and ends in December. When I left Africa in early May of this year, I had a strong sense that God would bring me back there very shortly. I recently found out that SSJ is going to offer an outreach to Zimbabwe, Africa! I feel like this is a total God-thing. I have had a desire to go to Zimbabwe for years now and I am so excited about this possibility! The Africa outreach would end in late February. God has confirmed this next step time and time again and I am so thankful that He is guiding me in this new chapter of my life.

I have been home since the end of May and have been working at DaySpring all summer in order to save money to pay for SSJ. The twelve week lecture phase of SSJ costs $3,500 and the outreach will be around $2,000 (when the outreach is finalized I will keep you up-to-date with the details, including costs). As of now, I will have the $3,500 needed for the lecture phase, but I still need $2,000 for the outreach. I recognize that Jehovah Jireh will provide all that I need in order to follow His will. He has proved Himself to be so faithful over and over again. I ask that you would prayerfully consider being a part of what God is doing in my life, as I take this next step of obedience. 1 Corinthians 12:12;14 says, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ...Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.” I am only one part of the body of Christ and in order to be whole, I need to have these other parts come along side me in this missions training.

SSJ is known for being one of the most intense mission programs that YWAM offers. I have heard many stories of intense emotional and spiritual battles that occur as God's heart is being revealed. I need as much prayer as I can get to help carry me through every situation I will face. Thank you for your consideration in partnering with me with your prayers and finances. If you feel led to support me, send me an email at: katecouey@gmail.com or leave me a comment and I will send you all of the information. I am very excited about what God is doing and is going to do! I will continue to update my blog(kccompassion.blogspot.com) with details of SSJ and the way that God is moving in my life. Thanks again for everything!

In Christ alone,
Kaitlyn Couey