A Different Season
Fall is setting in and what a difference it is…
Late September…October…this is a new thing for me. I haven’t been in California around this part of the year for three years as I spent the last three Septembers and Octobers in New Zealand and Sweden with YWAM.
What have I been up doing since my last newsletter in May and June? Well, the school that I was on in Sweden called the School of Biblical Studies (SBS) with YWAM (Youth with a Mission) ended on June 28th. We as as a class of eight graduated and then we celebrated the long year by hanging down at the ocean with a bon fire. The next day I took a train to Hamburg Germany to visit my best friend from my New Zealand YWAM school, Tim. I hung out there with him for around three weeks or so. We did quite a bit. We had a blast and what a blessing it was to see Tim and his family again after they had visited me in September 2012 just before I took off for Sweden. We also visited a handful of our friends from our time in New Zealand for a weekend and as well spent a day taking in the history of Berlin Germany. A few days later I left to head back to California. My first stop was from Hamburg to Frankfurt Germany, where I spent the night at the Airport and then went from Frankfurt to Seattle where I spent the night with a family friend and then the next day was on a train and bus to see my brother and his girlfriend in Oregon. The next day I was on my way to California as I was picked up by my mum. Then the next day I made my way out to TLC Summer Camp to help out with my church to serve as the Game Director for a week of camp. What an amazing week it was with the awesome speaker and amazing band and overall fun times. After that I rested and caught my breath for two weeks before I went to Kansas City Missouri to attend a Circuit Riders School with YWAM connected with the International House of Prayer. The school was a week long and then I hung out with my good friend Austin who I meet in Sweden before he headed back to Sweden to staff. I then came home and school started and that is where I am currently.
My Overall Time in SWEDEN
Sweden was actually quite an amazing time. That old saying, you don’t really know what you’ve got until its gone, rings true in my head. When I left YWAM Restenäs after my school ended for Germany I was happy. It had been quite a long year and there was a lot of wear from the full on year. However, as hard as we studied through the Bible, and as hard as times were going so fast through it in such a short time and as hard as winter was, the overall time there was great. It was a huge learning experience and a huge character building experience as well. Going there with not even enough funds to cover the first three months and then knowing that God came through in the end and the school was paid off was such a huge blessing.
The winter with four to five hours of daylight was extremely hard. So much darkness, It was certainly a new experience for me. I even walked over a frozen part of the ocean and thats not something that is done everywhere. Then a few months later being able to swim in that same ocean until 11.30pm at night and still see because of the twenty plus hours of daylight in the summer felt rewarding. I had a great time in Sweden making many friends and sharing many memories that will last a lifetime. I also learned quite a bit of Biblical History studying the Bible and surprisingly enough it has actually stuck and challenged me more and more to dive into it when others talk or teach about it.
In the end I came to enjoy Sweden just as much as I enjoyed my time in New Zealand. God really has taken me on some fun experiences and through it I’ve got to meet heaps of awesome people and see the true beauty and wonder of His creation in different places around the globe. In the cold and darkness of winter it was easy to look at the negative of Sweden and Europe and want out. In the end looking back, it completely grew on me and I had heaps of fun with the many new experiences both learned wise and culture wise. There is defiantly a soft spot in my heart for Sweden and even its harsh winter months. I know this for sure, cold anywhere else I have been so far cannot compete.
Reunion, Summer Camp, Circuit Riders, Home
As I mentioned earlier after graduation from the SBS on the 28th of June I took a train to Germany and hung out with my best friend Tim, from my time in New Zealand. Germany was wonderful. It was consistently warm weather and while my friend Tim was at university I would take his bike and just ride around Hamburg and explore. I had a blast. There were heaps of highlights. Being around for Tim’s birthday, seeing his family, going to Berlin and as well getting together with four others from our school in New Zealand to have a mini reunion for the weekend. What a joy that was. It was also just a highlight to hang out with Tim and have random fun just like we use to back in New Zealand. Meeting his friends and seeing where he lives was a cool trade off being as I got to show him around where I live and my friends just ten months earlier. Its so great to make life long friends in different countries, gives you wonderful reasons to travel. After, my time with Tim in Germany, I traveled home for a summer camp to work with my church as a game director. It was fun but also tiring. Then I had two weeks to relax. It was pleasantly nice.
I then was off to Kansas City Missouri for Circuit Riders with YWAM. I had a good time there learning about how to share the simple message of the Gospel. I also meet people that knew people I did from New Zealand and as well of course made new friends. The lessons and the teachings were powerful, but I think simply just being able to share my experience about my SBS was amazing. It gave me a new appreciation for what I had just gone through the past year studying the Bible. Sharing and telling stories and talking about my specific school and leaders in Sweden was a joy I had forgot about since being there.
After the week long school ended I had the chance to meet up with my good friend Austin from Sweden. We did the SBS together and became good friends and he had a few days before he was going back to staff. It was a joy to catch up with him and just simply hang out again.
I then came home and got to see a bit of family, aunt, brother, cousins, uncle and friends and have now entered into a new season. I am not sure what it brings yet, but I am ready for the ride. I was given a new Bible by my one-on-one from my SBS and I have got myself some Bible dictionaries and new coloured pencils and I am attempting to go through the SBS process again and as well finishing up my AA degree with my last class. Praise the Lord for this last year and this new season beginning.
Let the New Season Begin.
I want to end this newsletter/update by simply saying thank you. Thank you to everyone of you who helped through financial giving and as well through prayer over my time in Sweden. Without God and God in and through you to help me I couldn’t have done it. It was a wild adventure, but even in the hardest of times the prayers kept me going.
I am very thankful and feel very blessed to have awesome friends and family in my life willing to help and pray for me as I seek to follow God in the life of a missionary He has called me too. God bless you and thanks again. One Love. One God. One Way. Chur. Kyle.
Just a few simple things to keep in mind that I could use prayer for in this new season. To begin, that God would show me what He has in mind next. I’ve been asked a few times when is the next adventure. I have a few things on my mind and heart, but I know God has brought me home to enjoy this time and as well the holidays with my family. I have missed out on being around for the holidays for the past three years being away in different countries. Next, adjusting to life at home. Even after such a time it has still been a bit weird being in a completely different environment than I am used too. Lastly, God’s direction with finishing up school, continuing to study the Bible and as well for what is next that it would be clear and as well for continued heath.