Australia & Papua New Guinea

Australia

& PNG

October 2019 I started a Medical DTS (Discipleship Training School) in Townsville, Australia. After 3 months of lectures, we went to Papua New Guinea to provide free medical care (with the medical ship) and to evangelize. After a secondary school (DBS) and 2 months of mission building at the base in YWAM Newcastle, I returned to the Netherlands at the end of August (2020) to work as a nurse until the Birth Attendant School starts (which has been postponed because of COVID-19) .

Goodbye for now…

Goodbye for now…

There is a time for everything ... a time to laugh and a time to cry, a time to meet and a time to say goodbye. Wednesday morning, August 26 at 5:30 am was a time to say goodbye. Goodbye to YWAM Newcastle, who in just 6 weeks ...

Plot Twist

Plot Twist

After 3 weeks at the base in YWAM Newcastle, it already feels like home. In the mornings I spend my time cleaning up the warehouse on campus and in the afternoons I can be found in the kitchen. Here, together with Erin, I prepare the tastiest meals for the ...

Een nieuw seizoen!

A new season!

Sunday, July 5, after 9 valuable months, I left Townsville behind. It is always a pity to say goodbye to many good friends, but also fun to start a new adventure! My first stop was in Brisbane where after some delay I got 1.30 ...

Vaarwel Townsville!

Goodbye Townsville!

October 20, 2019, the day I left the Netherlands, my room and job in Rotterdam canceled, my stuff in my backpack, ready for the Medical DTS! After an intensive 34-hour journey, I landed in Townsville in the middle of the night, where after a futile attempt ...

Laatste Loodjes

The final weeks

Next week is the 11th week of the Bible School! That means that we still have 2 weeks in which we read the latest Bible books, do homework assignments and prepare for the Bible overview presentation in which we can see the whole Bible in a nutshell in 45 minutes ...

God multiplies

God multiplies

We have now arrived at the Bible School in week 8! Next week we will read the last five Bible books of the Old Testament, from next week we will go through the whole new testament in four weeks! It's great to see how faithful God is, ...

God van wonderen!

God of miracles!

We are already halfway through the 3-month Bible school and what a joy it is! It is great to read through the entire Bible in chronological order, learn about the historical context, and think about applications for us daily ...

How to find rest in God

How to find rest in God

In the third week of the DBS (Bible School) we received lessons about the Psalms. Great new insights and powerful truths that I would like to share with you! The Bible books are written in different styles; Psalms is Hebrew poetry. Psalms late ...

Verdieping

Dig deeper

The second week of the DBS (Bible School) flew by! I have never read so much in my Bible in such a short time, what a great investment! Especially if you keep in mind that the goal is not just to gain more knowledge, but to ...

Back to School!

Back to School!

The first week of the Bible School (DBS) is over! And what have I learned many new things in such a relatively short time! We attend the school with 11 students from YWAM Townsville and collaborate with YWAM Queenstown. Classes are held in New Zealand, so we ...

Opgesloten voor onbepaalde tijd!

Lockdown!

It has been two weeks since we completed the DTS! After a lot of last minute departures, canceled flights and changed plans, we ended up with 6 students from the October DTS. Although at first it seemed that the ...

Oost, west, Townsville best

East, west, Townsville best

How time has flown by! At the end of this DTS, I look back with gratitude on a great half year, with wise lessons that I was able to learn, wonderful adventures I had and wonderful people I could meet and with whom I was allowed to go together ...

Life to the fullest!

Life to the fullest!

The last week of the DTS outreach (March 2-8) is again on board the medical ship, where the days are as follows: breakfast at 6:30 am, DTS team meeting at 7:30 am (Bible study), half hours later ship meeting with all 115 volunteers in which we hear ...

Fighting for life!

Fighting for life!

6:00, time to get up! I climb out of my bunk bed, wait a little impatiently until the tiny bathroom (which we share with the six of us) opens. Half an hour later I walk to the dining room for breakfast. Oatmeal with apple, enjoy !! At 7:30 ...

Outreach update

Outreach update

What is enjoying (primitive) life in Papua !! And what a privilege it is to be able to get on a plane and then land in a completely different world; to be received with open arms and to be part of the families we stay in and of ...

Inkijkje

Insight

As soon as the first tones of my alarm sound, I grab the eye mask from my head to turn off my alarm. 6.30 am, the first rays of sunlight shine brightly in my face, what a wonderful day! And what a privilege to be able to sit outside on the wooden veranda ...

Avonturen in PNG

Adventures in PNG

Here we go, Sunday evening January 26, 10.30 pm it is finally time to leave after a beautiful worship & prayer session! After a long bus ride we arrive at the airport in Cairns at 4.00 am where we wait after a long wait and an hour on the ground at 11.30 am ...

Klaar voor vertrek!

Ready to go!

Last week we had the last week of classes; that means we are ready to go outreach! Spiritual struggle was the central theme this week. In Ephesians 6 it is described, "We do not fight against humans, but against invisible creatures: the ...

Outreach Prep

Outreach Prep

Last week was dominated by outreach preparations, as the first 2 teams left on Thursday evening! We were taught by Jagua (from Papua New Guinea) about the country, the language, culture and useful do's & don'ts! There are more than 850 languages in ...

Fear of the Lord

Fear of the Lord

After returning from the outreach last week, 'normal life' started again on Monday (daily lessons from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm and dinner prep in the kitchen, Monday and Friday worship and Wednesday family night). This week we were taught by Donna McGown about 'Fear of ...

Outreach vol verrassingen!

Outreach full of surprises!

Last weekend we arrived at the WhiteSunday Base in Airlie Beach (270 km from Townsville) for our second outreach! What a great week! We went with the team (12 men) to the nursing home for three mornings to connect with the ...

A Merry Christmas

A Merry Christmas

On Monday and Tuesday, in addition to worship and arranging some practical matters for the outreach, we spent time preparing and decorating the tables and the room, because Wednesday was of course Christmas! And it was great! In the morning with the whole DTS to ...

Welkom in Bethlehem!

Welcome to Bethlehem!

This week we worked hard on the amazing Christmas event Stable On The Strand (SOTS)! On Monday we started the day at 7.00 am with a meeting with our outreachteam, after which we left with a van to the beach for the first shift. From 8am to 12pm we have ...

Een nieuwe fase!

Getting ready...

Two months in Townsville; time flies! Bizarre to learn so much in such a relatively short time, develop deep friendships and experience great processes with the Lord. Last week we had the last week for this period; Which...

Thick skin & soft heart

Thick skin & soft heart

Last week we were taught by Hannah Peart about 'Missions'. What a great example figure that woman is! Hannah started nursing after high school and after graduating (15 years ago) she started working full time as ...

Life changing commitments

Life changing commitments

This week the theme 'Lordship' was central. Lordship is about awe and respect for God, the recognition of his power and holiness, the result of surrender, a heart like Him and a lifestyle focused on holiness. Surrender your life to God. Distance ...

Wijze lessen

Wise lessons

This week the theme 'Wisdom in relationships' was central. Steven Aherne (former YWAM Australia director) taught us valuable principles! When people hurt you (consciously or unconsciously) by the things they say or do, you have a choice of how you react and what ...

Making every effort!

Making every effort!

Exactly a month ago I left from the cold Netherlands to my new home in Townsville! Time flies, but on the other hand it feels like I've been living here for months. This week the theme was' Clear conscience '(clear conscience) -' Make Every ...

Een intense week!

An intense week!

What an intense week this was! Joanne Blaik was on fire with her lessons on identity. There are so many truths you can know with your head that have not landed in your heart. And that has changed a lot this week! Like every week we start ...

Ups & Downs

Ups & Downs

The week starts well on Monday at 4.20 am to climb Castle Hill (the mountain behind the campus) where, after a steep climb, we enjoy the beautiful sunrise with 12 people! 'Nature & Character of God' is the central theme this week. To...

Eerste week in Townsville!

First week in Townsville!

Time flies! Already a week here in YWAM Townsville and what is it enjoy. This week was all about introduction and orientation. The first weekend a lot of introduction, went to the market and the art hall and in the evening with a large group to the ...

Let’s Go!

Let's go!

BEEP BEEP BEEP .. 3.20 hours, full of adrenaline I open my eyes, it is finally that time! Thursday October 17, the day when the adventure really starts! After a short night (2.5 hours sleep) we leave with the whole family to Schiphol at 4.00 am. Just one more ...

Nothing to lose

Nothing to lose

Only 2 more days until the time has come ... Thursday 17 October; the day I literally fly to the other side of the world! How I thoroughly enjoy this phase. Recently graduated nurse, I quit my job at the Maasstad Hospital and my room in Rotterdam, ...

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