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Hi friends,

We are now just one day away from our scheduled departure to Australia. The house is clean, kids are taken care of, bags are almost packed and we are still waiting for the all clear to book our tickets.

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I have always loved creative writing but high school was a long time ago so I'm going to try and arrange my thoughts in a way I hope you will hear the heart of what I'm learning from the Lord. It really is outward processing, so please bear with me, I've been on a journey of making my life more transparent :)

I had a bit of a moment today. A really deep moment where I felt something rearrange really deep within me. Some context: Be careful what you ask God for, His response usually cuts to the heart as opposed to merely fulfilling your expected answer. So anyways, I have been asking God for more perspective, for more transformation within me as we have been in this season of rest and little activity. During this time He has been faithful in bringing up junk, unforgiveness, and other stuff to the surface. It has honestly been great. I can't remember the last time I've felt such heart surgery than I have these past few months.

I am really desperate today. In prayer yesterday Angela and I had taken some time to come back to the Lord and ask if we should keep believing to go to Australia next week. We are needing to see around $9000 released to cover our rent and bill obligations as well as all the travel costs associate with the trip. As we took time to pray I heard an overwhelming 'Yes' in my spirit and an encouragement to not lose heart. There was a catch, I wasn't really sure what it was at the time, but the only thing I felt sure of with the feeling was it was related to trust. But, I wasn't really sure about where to go with it other than felt a real desire to spend some extra time in prayer over the next little while.

This morning Angela and I began our hour-long route to take the kids to school, it took extra long as today is garbage pick-up day... garbage trucks on, what felt like, EVERY corner. This fact combined with having a warm, sweaty child glued to me while I slept equalled a fairly grouchy Luke.

Anyways, after the final child had been deposited to school, we started sharing a little of what we felt like God was speaking to us. I was my usually incoherent, passionate self, muttering words which did not make sense, especially before I had a chance to drink some caffeine. If it comes as a surprise to you, I'm sorry, but we are not a picture perfect family. We are a real hot-mess, especially in the mornings. Sometimes I get it right and the house is spotless, kids are chirpy and I make coffee before I leave, usually a cool 50% of the time. Today however, everyone seemed to have their bad day all at once.

As we talked we were able to get to God's heart for us, it came swiftly, with no arguing, just surrender. And the thing that hit hard was the reality that He wants the Glory. HE wants the Glory in every part of our lives. He is jealous for us. He began highlighting many different instances over the past period of time where through our own insecurity or cleverness had said things to people, lack of gratefulness, etc how I have been robbing God from receiving all the glory from His call on our lives.

It hit home like a sledgehammer busting a wall open. I found myself weeping as I realized how tightly I had gripped my life and decisions for fear of losing control, losing my reputation, losing grasp of my expectations, wished and wants. It is shocking how subtly pride establishes itself in our lives sometimes, isn't it?

I was reading the story of Gideon the other day (Judges 6) and noticed one of the first things God had Gideon do after he had made an alter of sacrifice to the Lord was pull down the idol which was in the center of town. He first stated the big picture (Deliver Israel), then he was clear to remove the idol.

I felt God speak to me what I needed to do. Pull down the idol of self-reliance which had turned into a puffed up view of my abilities. He has not been unclear with us about the big picture and purpose of why we are here in San Jose, its just that He is pulling away and uprooting the things that oppose Him. Sometimes we love to look outward with these things, issues of society etc, but He is MOST concerned with the state of our hearts and true transformation in society comes form individuals coming alive in the Kingdom of God.

The reality I saw today was, the only reason I can do ANYTHING is because of Christ in me, teaching me to be my best self. It is so freeing, releasing the pressure I had placed on myself, my family, our ministry and embracing the freedom of walking intimately with Him one day at a time.

So, here's what I am going to do. Walk in gratefulness for how He is our provider and leader. Identify and thank Him for ALL He has done and will do. I am going to rest in His presence and trust Him to work out all things for good.

I hope my hot-mess is encouraging to you today. I pray for peace to flood over you in every circumstance you face today, I pray you will know you are NOT alone fighting. That you will know God is REAL, cares deeply for you and will make a way.

Jesus + Nothing = Everything.

Much Love,

Luke

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Joy's first solo missions trip!

This has been a big year for my girl. She started middle school! She's growing up FAST.

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Now that we've had a lot of time to wade through this challenging season we have finally found that I have what is called 'Adrenal Fatigue'. It hit hardest when I HAD to nap every few hours just to function every day. It was particularly challenging for me as my natural makeup is to just KEEP GOING until things are finished.... Now that I have had a FORCED time of slowing down, I have started to breath and assess what is going on.

I do feel a bit better but I more feel SUPER challenged. Our Gracious, Compassionate, Loving Father is so incredibly good to stop us when He knows we need it. These last few months I have gotten humbled, lovingly rebuked and sweetly cared for as I have let go and let God take the reigns once again. I have had the challenge of laying down a lot of the things that I would single-handedly undertake to using my time in a more intentional way.

Ugh. Control is an ugly and subtle thing. I don't know when I took the word of the Lord and decided that it was my job to do it all. All I know is that whenever that happened, what I found my heart was REALLY saying was "I don't trust you Lord to complete the work you've spoken into being". In the midst of it, my pride continued to push its way in and justify it all BUT God in all of His incredible Glory helps us to recognize these ugly things and cut it off.

And its AMAZING what things you hear as you begin to walk in freedom... I really had a sense that he was speaking: RESTORE, RECRUIT, REBOOT.

RESTORE: I/we have intentionally placed ourselves in a position to be restored right now. As we have slowed things down a bit, God has been so good to provide encouragement and refreshment in bits and pieces. For example, we were just at our annual YWAM Bay Area Staff Retreat and were prayed for and loved on. It was very refreshing. We know that we need a continued Spiritual, physical, marriage, family, and financial restoration... especially in this season.

Luke and I are still holding on to the possibility of us two being released to go to Australia next week. We still need to see some significant financing to come in for that. However, we do have the kids looked after and accommodation sorted which were 2 big things to organize.

RECRUIT: We have also talked about gathering LEADERS around us to help us out. So we will spend some time recruiting as we plan a bit of a full-reboot in the spring.

REBOOT: We are currently inviting people back sometime in the spring to help us get ready for the next DTS and help develop Youth Street. We are already seeing the Lord orchestrate some conversations with solid people.

If you would have asked me about slowing things down 7 or 8 months ago I would have shut you down. In my mind, we just needed a bit of elbow grease and pinch of perseverance. However, NOW as a beautifully broken person, I am happily welcoming the Holy Spirit restore my Spirit. My hope and intention is to walk into this next season in His Spirit. This ministry is God’s baby. It always has been. I don’t need to take control. He is in control. I just need to move in conviction as He speaks... and right now, that is to be restored.

If you are tired today... if you are discouraged... find that place, that special place where you can just spend time with Him. Logically it may feel counterproductive but when your Spirit is ignited with the passion and love of Jesus... IT RESTORES YOUR SOUL and you will move mountains! Go be with Him today.

- Angela

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Help us get to YWAM Together

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We are scheduled to leave in 2 weeks to join our YWAM family for a time of refreshing and connection. We are so excited!

God provided an amazing couple to live in our home and take care of our babies, this was weighing heavily on my heart. Please be praying for Kevin and Lilia, they are newly married so nothing like a few weeks with the Haythorpe Kids to enjoy married life :)

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Help us get to YWAM Together

We are scheduled to leave in 2 weeks to join our YWAM family for a time of refreshing and connection. We are so excited!

God provided an amazing couple to live in our home and take care of our babies, this was weighing heavily on my heart.


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Together. August 2015 Update.

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Hi!

I've been reflecting recently on how blessed we've been as a family through the different seasons of our journey of beginning YWAM in San Jose. Wherever we have gone, it seems like people have been placed in our path at each turn to encourage, nourish and challenge us as we face life. We are so grateful for all of your faithful help along the way. We had a great chance to catch up with some dear friends this week who have been supporting us through it all. We were so touched by their affirmation and encouragement. Seriously felt like a fresh gust of wind in our sails.

We returned this week from 4 days in the redwoods at our annual YWAM Bay Area Staff Retreat....


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