Monday, October 1, 2018

Hello October

People often ask me if I miss anything about America. Of course I miss my family, but outside of that (and the occasional irrational craving for Taco Bell), I mostly answer "not much".

Until now....

Now it's October which means it's PUMPKIN SEASON!!!!!




Unfortunately the rest of the world hasn't quite caught up with America and it's love of all things pumpkin in the fall.

(*sigh*) What I wouldn't give for just 15 minutes in a Trader Joe's...

In other news, October means the summer season in Ibiza is coming to an end. We'll be out on the streets for a few more weeks before the west end shuts. Winter means it's time again for Spanish class. I have my first class tomorrow, and I'm determined this winter to learn Spanish! We'll see how that goes.

One other thing October brings is a chance for me to finally go to a 24-7 Gathering! 24-7 Ibiza, is a part of of 24-7 Prayer, and every year they hold a conference where all their communities come together. I've always wanted to go, and am so excited to be a part of it this year.


I leave for Vienna on Thursday, and will write up a blog post on my trip when I get back. Who knows, maybe I'll even get fancy and vlog my trip!

As always, thanks for reading!


Monday, September 10, 2018

God Knows the Tea


So, if you're alive and paying attention to the news or pop culture, you know that people are always hungry for the tea.



The past few weeks have been full of news about celebrities fighting, and YouTube beauty guru drama. People have been spilling tea all over the place.



Now I'm sure some of you are wondering what the heck I'm talking about. Who are these people that can't keep hold of their tea cups! Urban Dictionary defines "Spilling the Tea" as telling the details of something especially scandalous. The tea is the gossip. For some of us, the "Tea" about our lives is the stuff we don't want people to know.

 But we can't hide anything from God. Truth is no "Tea" can hide from him!

Side Note: At this point I'm wondering how long it would take me to translate my own version of the bible using urban dictionary...(hmmmmm)

One of the things we pray a lot in the prayer room is that God would help us to get straight to people's hearts when we chat with them out on the streets. I can't tell you how many conversations I've had in the west end that start with hello, and then withing a few minutes someone is spilling our there life story to me. Mistakes, flaws and all. I love it, not because I want to hear the juicy details, but because it gives me the opportunity to speak God's truth into their lives. I get to be a reflection of God's love and forgiveness to them. I get to break that stereotype that says God can't love me because I've done  THIS ---> _____________  (fill in the blank)

Romans 8:1 tells us that there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ.

The truth is God sees all of me. The good, and the broken, and he still loves me. There's no putting on for God. He sees past the mask, straight to the heart of who I am. And he still loves me. Still chooses me.

So, God knows your "Tea" and he still wants relationship with you. That's good news!


Monday, September 3, 2018

Do it Again

A few weeks ago I was in the prayer room at 2AM when someone put this song on:

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I love a simple worship song with powerful lyrics. Here's my favorite bit from this song:
I've seen you move, You move the mountains
And I believe, I'll see you do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe, I'll see you do it again
As soon as I hear the first notes of the song ringing out in our small prayer space, I start to smile. This was a song I sang a lot when I was in Las Vegas, working on trying to get my Spanish Visa. You guys know it took me several attempts and many years to finally see that happen. If you read back through this blog you'll see there have been many times along my Ibiza journey where God stepped in and made the impossible happen.

It happened with my very first trip to Ibiza in 2009. I felt God call me to come on a short term missions team that year. At the time a plane ticket to Ibiza from California in April was going to cost me almost $700. On top of that I needed to pay for accommodations and food for the five days I would be in Ibiza. When I felt it was impossible God stepped in and provided the money for me to go.

In 2014 I wanted to come back for another summer season, but didn't have the money to cover my housing and expenses for three months. Just as I was getting ready to reach out to the team leaders Abby and Charlie to let them know I wasn't going to be able to make it that summer, they emailed to inform me that someone had anonymously donated the money for me to come that season.

I though often of both of those stories as I waited for my Spanish visa results last year. As we sang "Do it Again" in the prayer room I was reminded of God's faithfulness during my visa journey. But I was also challenged to hold on to that same faithfulness for my future!  My Spanish visa renewal is coming soon, and I'm reminded that I serve a God who makes mountains move. A God who can step into my life and make the impossible happen.

I hope you know the same is true for you! God wants to move the mountains in your life, and I bet if you stop to look back you can recall the times from your past when he's done that. The good news is that God is the same yesterday today and forever! (Hebrews 13:8) The same God who moved those mountains in your past is ready to DO IT AGAIN for you today. (see what I did there?)




Monday, August 20, 2018

The God Who Sees Me.

She was standing against a wall as we first approached. We'd been called over by the police to make sure she was okay. The closer we got to her, the more she looked like she was trying to disappear into the wall. She was crying, and before long her story spilled out.

She can't find her husband, she's alone...and she's scared. I was out on the streets with Nick, and we do our best to try and calm her down. She tells us the name of her hotel (which is close by) and we start walking her home. As we walk, she keeps saying one thing. 

"Please don't leave me alone." 

We assure her over and over again that we won't leave her. We promise to get her back to her hotel, and as we walk, I'm praying that we some how stumble into her lost husband.  

Before long we have her back in her hotel. As we get her room key, the man on the front desk informs us that her husband is upstairs in bed already (yes!). 

After we were done we head back into the prayer room and I couldn't stop thinking  about a two things:  

1. I was ready to walk past her. When we initially turned the corner, she looked like she was fine. Just a woman standing in the west end. I couldn't see that she was paralyzed with fear. But our God is the God who sees us (Genesis 16). And he saw her. He knew she needed help, and with a small nudge he pointed us in her direction. It's a reminder to me that God is actively pursuing his children in this place. 

2. Her simple request. 

"Please don't leave me alone." 

I wonder if I sound like that to God at times? He's promised me that he won't ever leave me (Hebrews 13:5), but am I listening? Am I believing him? Every time she started begging us not to leave her, I just reassured her that we weren't going to do that. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I want to have a faith that trusts the things that God says. 

We sang "Yes and Amen" by Housefires in the prayer room tonight. I love the bit that says 

I will rest
In your promises 
My confidence 
is your faithfulness.

You have been so faithful in my life God. Let my confidence rest fully in that! 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Day Seven

A Week in the Life: Day Seven

What a week its been. Reading back through my posts, I realized that I'm just barely scratching the surface of what goes on in this place! There are so many exciting things happening everyday, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. Every now and then I pinch myself when I realize that after all the years of praying and planning, I'm finally here.

My day seven was full of rest. The only solid thing I had on my schedule today was church. We do a service in the west end in our center every Sunday evening at 7 PM.


I love the mix of people that show up. Everyone from workers to locals, and all are welcome! After church several of us went out for dinner at a local spot near one of the team apartments. My Monday is going to be pretty full on, so I also spent some time today getting ready for that. It's already time to face a new week!

*Just want to note that today is July 1st, which means we've officially stepped into my birthday month!


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There are two types of people. Those who are reserved and shy about their birthday, and those who are not. I'll give you three guesses which one I am, and the first two guesses don't count!

Thank you so much for joining me for my "Week in the Life" blog series. I'll be blogging regularly, so make sure you come back to check in on me.

I'm still working to raise the support I need to volunteer with 24-7 Ibiza. If you're interested in learning more about how you can help, just click on the Donate tab .

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Team Time

A Week in the Life: Day Six

Today was an off day, which means this blog post is gonna be a short one!

Every other week we gather as a team to do something fun. Today's agenda included lunch and a bit of well earned relaxation!



Once I got home I took a quick nap followed by me finally hanging up my clean laundry. It's possible that it's been sitting on the spare bed in my room for a few day. (oops!)

My night was full of video games and reading...two of my favorite things! Now I'm off to bed.

See you tomorrow!



Friday, June 29, 2018

Weekend Streets

A Week in the Life: Day Five

I was on the streets tonight, and it was definitely a night to remember.

On the weekends our rhythm on the streets is a little different. We start the night with 30 minutes of prayer and worship, and then we head out from midnight - 4:00 AM. The format is a little loser on the weekends. Sometimes we'll go inside a club to chat to the bar staff, or we'll grab some food. The goal is to be present in the west end even on the weekends. 

Tonight started with cheesecake. 


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There's an amazing little spot near the west end that makes a new flavor of cheesecake each night. Tonight's menu included Reese's peanut butter cup. *See GIF above for my approximate reaction :)

After cheesecake a few of us were standing outside the restaurant when a guy literally stumbled up to us. He was not doing well, so we offered to walk him back to his hotel. One of the first things he said to us as he walked up was "Do you guys know Jesus?" He was so drunk I'm sure he had no idea what he was saying, but we loved it and were happy to tell him that we did in fact know Jesus!

Once we got him safely back to his hotel and in bed we headed back out. We made our way down by the water, where we stumbled upon a group of friends in a strange situation. We could see one of the guys laying on the beach while a few people stood around taking photos of him. He wasn't moving, and we weren't exactly sure the people surrounding him were his friends, so we wandered over to make sure things were okay. Turns out he was among friends. In the group of four guys, two had taken drugs, and were in the midst of their high,. The guy in the sand was conscious. I'd though he was lying still, but he was actually in the process of digging in the sand. He informed us that he was in fact digging a hole to china. The other high friend transitioned between trying to go for a swim in the sea, and giving us all hugs. I recently heard that you need 12 hugs a day to thrive, so I was happy to receive them! The only downside to the hugs was that he was covered in sand. We sat with the boys for a while, but the two sober friends assured us they had things under control, so we left them to it.

As we headed back towards the west end we could see that it was closing time. Once all the bars and clubs close at 3:00 AM, hoards of people stream out of the west end as they head back to their hotels. We saw a fight break out and stopped to pray peace over the area. The fight broke up, and we continued on.

Then, the Bat-phone rang.


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The Bat-phone is a mobile phone that people call us on if they need help. We call it the Bat-phone because just like Batman responds to the bat signal in the sky, we respond when we get a call! We get calls from workers, the police, and even the local medical center. This call was from a few workers who'd found a young man who'd been in a fight. When we arrived this kid was covered in his own blood. His friend had punched him in the nose, and he'd bled all over himself. He assured us he and his nose were fine, and he just wanted help getting back to his hotel, and so we helped him clean up a little and walked him back to his hotel.

The Bat-phone rang once more and we headed to another bar in the west end. The bouncer had called us about a guy sitting outside his bar. I prayed as we approached that God would help the situation to be a simple one. In less than a minute of chatting with this guy we found out his hotel name and were on our way! By the time we walked him back to his hotel it was 4:00 AM, and our night was done.

We love making sure people get back to a safe place. Sometimes we get to do that ourselves, and other times we have to trust that friends are going to take care of each other. We love showing kindness to people in the west end because we believe our God is kind. We want to be a reflection of him in everything we do!  Some nights are full of deep God chats and praying for people, and some are full of helping people back to a safe place. We really believe that God works through everything we do!

Now it's late and I'm going to bed. See ya tomorrow!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Bossa

A Week in the Life: Day Four

After a late night last night, waking up to my alarm at 1:00 was a little difficult! I eventually got up and made my way to Play d'en Bossa, which is on the other side of the island. No matter if you're rich or poor, there's a place for everyone in Ibiza. While San Antonio appeals to the young budget traveler, Bossa is for those with a little more cash. The area is home to some of the most popular clubs on the island, including Ushuaia and Hi*. 






*side note: Hi, used to be home to SPACE, the best club in the world. I'm still not over it. Let's continue...

 For several years now different people from 24-7 Ibiza have been praying about how we can best serve the community of Playa d'en Bossa. This season a group of people have been meeting every week to prayer walk through the area. Everything we do here is fueled by prayer. In prayer we're asking God to show us the way. I believe God already has a plan. In prayer we wait and listen for God to reveal that to us! 

A lovely girl named Ellie has committed 6 weeks of her summer to come to the island specifically to pray for Bossa. I'll be spending some of my time praying with her, and I must say I'm a bit excited. 

While we were prayer walking today I had this verse in my head.

Matthew 5:13-16 (MSG)
 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."

 I must say I love the message version of this section of scripture.  This was my prayer as I walked today. That we would be salt and light in this place in whatever way God leads us to do that. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Fitbits and Mullets

A Week in the Life: Day Three

It's currently 6:21 am, and I'm about to finally head to bed. It's been a pretty amazing day


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First of all I finally broke out my Fitbit, and as of right now I've walked close to 18,000 steps today. Excuse me while I pat myself on the back!

I had a meeting this morning (when I say morning, I really mean Ibiza morning which isn't actually until 1:00pm). It's a check in for some of the work I do here on the island. It was great to get prayed for and encouraged. Definitely left that meeting feeling good!

On a side note, I just want to mention that today it was super hot in Ibiza! According to my phone, it was just as hot here today as it was in Las Vegas. The big difference is that the humidity level in Vegas was 6%. Ibiza was 67%!

After the meeting a few of the girls I work with and I headed to the Hippy Market in Es Canar.

 



It was a fun way to spend an afternoon off. Lots of funky jewelry and flowy skirts. I will definitely be back!

Tonight I was on the streets. It was my first night out with the current 2 week team that's here. My first hour out started when we got a call from a local restaurant owner about a drunk guy who'd fallen asleep at one of their tables. Wanting to make sure he got back to his hotel, they called us. When we got to him the first thing I noticed was he was wearing a wristband with the name of his hotel on it. (can I get an amen!) This was exciting because we knew exactly where to take him. Sometimes when we find people, we have to sit with them for a bit before we can get the correct hotel name out of them. But not tonight! Within 10 minutes we managed to walk him back to his hotel and get him safely to bed.

Not all of my interactions worked out so well. We later met a group of girls who needed some help. One of them was not doing well. The girls were a little suspicious when we approached to offer help, so we had to send them off with a prayer that they would make it back to their hotel. As we were headed back to our center we ran in to a worker named Phil. Everyone in the west end loves a bit of fancy dress, so of course he had on a mullet wig! When we're out on the streets, we love to help people get home safe, but we also love chatting and praying with people. We asked Phil if he wanted prayer, and he decided to pray for us! It was great to stand and listen to him pray, as he asked God to bless 24-7 for all the work they do in the west end.

I had one other event to attend before finally heading back home at 6:00 AM. And now...it's time for bed!

See ya tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Let them Eat CAKE!

A Week in the Life: Day Two

Today started with a few meetings. The work I do in San An is part of a larger work that's happening here on the island of Ibiza. That work includes the planting of a church, as well as some amazing stuff that's happening in Ibiza Town, and other places on the island. I have this meeting every other week, and it includes people who have moved here to participate in the work that's happening. We get together to catch up, and to pray and worship.





That meeting was followed by another meeting with everyone who's here to work specifically in San Antonio in the west end. After the rush of meetings I got ready to do a shift in our 24-7 Ibiza Center. Our workers center is open from 4:00 - 8:00 PM. We have wifi, computers, FIFA, table tennis, and most importantly for all the Irish and English, we've got free tea!



The center is a great place to connect with workers. They can come use our stuff for free, and we're there if they need help, or want to chat or pray. 

An added bonus today was that I got to work my center shift alongside Jeff and Suzy! They're an amazing couple from the UK who've given up one year of their lives to come serve in Ibiza. Sadly today was there last center shift, as they're headed back to England next week. (boo!)

Today was Jeff's birthday, which meant lots and lots of cake! 


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Today's center shift was full of not only cake, but also lots of coffee, table tennis and a few tears. Once we'd closed up for the day, we headed out for a little goodbye celebration for Jeff and Suzy. I'm off again tonight, so it's early to bed for me! 

Definitely gonna miss these two! 





Monday, June 25, 2018

A Week in the Life...

In wanting to share more about my time here in Ibiza, I've decided to do a week in the life blog series. I'll be blogging every day this week. The goal is to give you more of a glimpse of the work I do here in Ibiza... 

A Week in the Life: Day One


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It's the beginning of a new week which for us here in Ibiza means a new 2-week missions team has joined us! This team is from Ireland, and I'm excited to get to know them as they join in with the work we do here in the west end.


The first thing every team that joins us gets to do is go through orientation. There they get to learn a little history about 24-7 Ibiza and about what God's been doing here on the island. 


Here's one of the videos we share during orientation. It's a brief glimpse into the prayer and work that's been going on in this place for over 15 years! 



Straight after that they got to do a prayer walk around San Antonio led by yours truly. It's one of my favorite prayer walks to do. I love getting to introduce the teams to San An, and to lead them in joining their prayers with the hundreds of others that have been prayed over this place. 

After a little afternoon siesta the team was invited around to my apartment (that I share with two other awesome ladies that are serving here). We had an awesome meal, and it was another chance to get to know this new group of people I'll be spending some quality time with for the next two weeks. 

Tonight's my night off, but I can't wait to hear all about how their first night on the streets went. 

Now it's 1:15 am, and I'm headed to bed early tonight since I have a full day tomorrow...


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Hello


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This is the part of the blog post where I apologize for not actually blogging! Let's just pretend I did that and move on... 😀

(on a side note, we definitely need to start using more gifs!)


Teams
Things here are in full swing. I can hardly believe we're quickly approaching the end of June. July will be here before you know it and we'll be headed into the peak time of the season. We've just had our second missions team with us, and they were brilliant. They were here for 2 weeks, and during that time they got a real taste for the work we do here. The teams do everything from participating in our night time street work, to giving out free popsicles on the beach!



The heart of what we do happens out on the streets of the west end at night. When you go out at night wearing our 24-7 Ibiza t-shirt it doesn't matter if you've been here 2 days or 2 years. People will approach you for prayer or for help. It's always amazing to watch these teams quickly get over their shock, and dive right in!

Church
We have a church service we offer the working community on Sunday evenings in our center at 7pm. It's a super simple service, meant to connect with people who don't normally go to church.The goal is to keep around 30 minutes long. We're doing a series on the attributes of Jesus that's been going great. I got to speak a few weeks ago, and some of the talks have been real conversation starters.

Streets
I spend three nights a week out on the streets of the west end. It's a crazy place full of bars and clubs, and I love it.


Since our first night in May, we've seen some amazing things happening. There have been so many opportunities to help vulnerable people. My favorite thing out on the streets is to get to pray with people and to offer them the hope that Christ brings. We're never pushy about sharing faith. Everyone knows that we're "The Christians", so they often will come to us with their questions about faith. Or they just want prayer. One of my favorite encounters happened one night when I was walking by a club in the west end. I was going to give a wave to the guy who works on the door when he approached me, and grabbed both my hands. "I really need you to pray right now, because I'm having a shit night." he said to me. I grasped his hands, and we prayed. So many people have been responding to prayer because they say it makes them feel better. We know that's the Holy Spirit at work! Every night I see the proof that God is alive and working on the streets of the west end. A place so many people have given up on. God is moving. He hasn't given up on this place, or the people in it!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Here We Go...


Since I arrived in January, I've had a growing feeling of excitement. I'm excited to finally be here, and excited for the summer season to begin.

Monday night was our first night back out on the streets of the west end, and it did not disappoint. I'm gonna be honest, the first night kind of snuck up on me. Even though I had the date down in my calendar, I found myself a little shocked as I sat in the prayer room at 10:30 for orientation. After all the years of praying and working to get my Spanish visa, it hit me that I was finally here.

For about 30 seconds I let the pressure get to me.

"What if I let people down?"
"What if I came all this way for nothing?"
"What if I go out there and nothing happens?"

Of course that's all in my head. None of what happens here depends on me. It all depends on God. The truth is that going out into the streets of the west end isn't about me being prepared, or having some sort of amazing master plan. It's simply about me following God's leading.  With him everything is possible (Philippians 4:13).

In the end my first night was great. I met a lot of people that I'll get to know over the summer, and I had a great conversation with one of the long term workers. I even got to pray with someone out on the streets!

I walked home that night with a smile on my face, and a heart full of anticipation. This is just the beginning. I can't wait to see what God's going to do next!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Bring it On...

As of today, there are only 8 more days until the season begins. Our first night on the streets is April 30th, and I must admit that I'm excited.

We're not alone, as the whole island is getting ready for the influx of people that will be coming to visit this summer. A lot of businesses in Ibiza are closed in the winter. Now all those places are cleaning, painting, and getting ready to open.

The true sign that things are getting ready to kick off, is that the Burger King inside the Ibiza airport has re-opened. It's an unofficial sign that it's time to get to work!


The last few months have been good. I've had a chance to settle in, and I've been able to be a part of the winter rhythm of prayer. I've gotten to experience a little of the quiet before the storm, but now it's time to get to work!



Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter in Ibiza 2018

Happy Easter everyone!

Today we gathered as a community to have Easter service on the beach. 


Today was also baptism Sunday. 



In baptism we are publicly confessing our belief in Christ. As we go down in the water, we are letting go of our past, and as we break through the surface we are raised to new life in him!(Romans 6:4) 

After church we had a barbecue, and it was just a great time to relax and get to know people better.

I can hardly believe that I've already been in Ibiza almost 3 months. The time is flying by. Our first missions team will be arriving within a few weeks, and the excitement is building as we get closer to the beginning of the season.


Friday, March 16, 2018

Construction Zone

The season is getting closer, and in preparation we've been giving our center a makeover. There's been painting and hammering and nailing, and things are starting to come together.




The more work that gets done, the more excited I get about the coming summer season. This past month has been full of planning meetings and prayer sessions. Every week we get together to pray over the different areas of ministry we do here, and I love it. Through construction and prayer, we're getting ready!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

God in the Details

A few weeks ago I had a pretty amazing Sunday afternoon. One of our friends from Spanish class works at a really nice restaurant here on the island. Ibiza really does have a little something for everyone. There are the cheap spots, and the not so cheap ones. The place our friend works fits in the "not so cheap ones" category. He encouraged us to come, and even though my budget was laughing, I went. In my head I figured I could splurge on a glass of juice or a smoothie.

One of the things I love about the work we do, is that we get the opportunity to share our faith in different ways. One of those ways is by building genuine friendships with the people God puts in our path. The hope is that as we do life with them, they begin to see the difference that Christ has made in our lives. And as our friendship grows, we get an even stronger platform to share the gospel from.

So we get to the restaurant, and let me tell you it was freaking beautiful. It's on a beach overlooking a magnificent view. Our friend was so excited that we'd come. And after he seated us, he proceeded to spoil us.



I'm sitting with my €10 orange juice (about $13 US), overlooking the view, and just enjoying life! I was there with Barbara and Stephen, and we all felt super fancy. 

Barbara, who's my housemate, is Dutch. She noticed that the couple sitting closest to us was speaking in Dutch. At one point she tells Stephen and I that this couple is actually having a conversation about God. About 30 minutes later, the couple finishes eating and comes to sit next to us in the lounge area where we're sitting. Barbara greets them in Dutch, and then the conversation starts to flow. Turns out they speak English as well and soon they're asking us why we live in Ibiza. 

We quickly learn that they're Christians, and that they love Ibiza so much they visit 3-4 times a year. Before long we've exchanged information and they've promised to come to church next time they visit. We chatted about life and God, and as we got up to leave they insisted on paying our bill. 

Later that night Barbara got an email from the couple saying how encouraging it was for them to meet us, and to hear about the work we do. 

It was another reminder that God is all about the details. I really believe that we were all there at the same time because God orchestrated it. And because of that we were able to encourage one another! It challenges me to keep my eyes open for those opportunities. 


I've been in Ibiza for almost 7 weeks now. The time is flying by! I feel more settled in everyday, and just wanted to let you guys know that I'll be stepping up my blogging game. You can expect at least one post per week from me. 

Thanks for reading! 

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.