Friday, February 2, 2018

Thoughts on Waiting

Waiting is hard.

 As I sit here in the living room of my apartment in Ibiza, I realize that part of me still can't believe I'm actually here. I've been waiting and praying for this for over 7 years.

While waiting is tough, I have to admit that I learned a lot during those years. One thing waiting did was force me to step up my trust game. I felt God calling me to go to Ibiza, so I had to trust that he was going to help me get there. I'd love to tell you that my heart was full of trust 24 hours a day, but...




I'll admit I had my moments of doubt. It was in those moments that I clung to God. One of the songs I listened to a lot was "God I Look to You" by Bethel Worship



God I look to you I won't be overwhelmed
Give me vision to see things like you do

God I look to you, you're where my help comes from
Give me wisdom, you know just what to do.

Proverbs 3:5 says this:

 "Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own." (MSG)


The song and the verse reminded me to not let the visa process overwhelm me, but to keep my eyes focused on God. It wasn't my job to try and figure it all out alone. It was my job to trust and to let God guide me each step of the way. 

And you know what? Even though my waiting is over, the trusting doesn't stop! My hope is that I'm learning, and growing in that area. Every day I pick up that trust, and I remind myself that God is good. His love is unfailing, and I can trust in that! 


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ibiza Missions Teams 2018

The 24-7 Ibiza Missions Teams are open for 2018!


There really is something for everyone. If you can come for 5 days, or two weeks, or longer, there's a spot for you! Click on the link above to read more about each team, and the work you'll be doing if you decided to join us.

My first trip to Ibiza in April of 2009 was as part of that year's prayer team. Those 5 days had a major impact on my life. I highly recommend it! Plus you get to come hang out with me. You can't go wrong! :)

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Poppy Has Landed!

So excited to finally be in Ibiza! 

After 3 flights and 17 hours, I finally made it. I was lucky enough to be met at the airport by several people who are also here to work with the 24-7 community.


The last few days have been all about settling into my new apartment and trying to get over my jet lag. From my past experience, it's probably going to take my body a few weeks to catch up with my new time zone. For reference, Ibiza is 9 hours ahead of Las Vegas time. Just typing that makes me want to go take a nap!

On Sunday It was great to attend church, and to get a chance to meet everyone else. There was a little welcome lunch for me after service, and I must admit I'm feeling the love! 



That's it for now! I'll be working on sending out my January newsletter soon, so make sure to sign up if you already haven't. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

28 Days and Counting...

In 28 Days I'll be boarding a plane for Ibiza. Just typing that makes me excited!


via GIPHY

I went to Ibiza on my first missions trip in April of 2009. It was in September of that same year that I started feeling like God was calling me to go back for longer. After years of praying and doubting and questioning, God has finally opened that door. I keep joking with my friends that after this experience I'm going to write a book on waiting. Maybe I need to stop joking about it and do it!

Through everything, I'm sure of this. God is good. As I prepare to step into a new chapter of my life, I know he's with me. I'm excited for what's coming.

 Expect to see more activity on the blog as I count down the days to my departure!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Last Night on the Streets...for now!

Tonight was my last night on the streets...for now! And to top things off I also lead tonight. As I sat in the prayer room before everyone else arrived, I prayed and asked God to take charge of the evening...and he did! The night was pretty busy, but through it all I had an overwhelming sense of peace. Multiple people were walked or wheeled back to their hotels, and the vomit van saw some action as well. I also got several opportunities to visit the emergency staff that are now located in the west end. All in all it felt like a "typical" Wednesday night.


Through out the evening I found myself in a variety of situations. I got to walk a guy back to the Ibiza Rocks hostel with Lucy. At one point he sobered up enough to realize that he was being walked home by two girls. Next thing I knew we were all holding hands as we headed towards his hotel!

As the time for me to leave gets closer, I find myself getting more and more reflective. Getting to lead tonight feels a little surreal. It feels a little like I've been commissioned and sent back to Vegas with all that I've learned in my hands. I don't have all the details about what the future holds. But if the streets have taught me anything it's that God is willing to lead us if we'll just follow!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Heart History

It's 5:32 am and I'm in the prayer room alone. It's not something that happens often, and while I like the prayer room when it's full of multiple voices lifted in prayer, I must admit there's something I love about it being just me and God. I stop to pray first for the situations that are going on out on the streets. Then my heart turns towards thanksgiving. As I look around the room, I start to think of all the nights and hours I've spent here, and how God has shaped my heart and life through that. I think of the life long friends that I've made in Ibiza over the years. I've sat in this room shoulder to shoulder with them crying out for God to make a difference on this beautiful island. God has used this tiny space to hugely impact my life!



I get a chance to say thank you before the doorbell rings and I welcome Becky and Robb back into the room. Soon we're back  in the prayer rhythm, and the story continues...