I hardly know what to say on here, so I will make a list.

1). This week is Evangelism week, with Kel Steiner! I am in the process of learning heaps about evangelism :)

2). Last week was Holy Spirit week, with Raf Shaw! Oh my, we learned so much I don't know where to begin! We saw lots of healings, and we were prophesied over which was great!

3). We are in our EIGHTH week already....! Time is flying it doesn't even make sense.

4). We rearranged our room and it's sooo much better!

5). We are playing angels & mortals this week, where we draw a name out of a hat, and get to bless that person secretly all week. I pooped like 6 times yesterday it was weird. I've had sooo much fun planning stuff for my mortal, and it's been such a blessing receiving gifts every morning from my angel!

6). My hair is still curly.

6). That one wasn't that great so here's another: yesterday we celebrated thanksgiving (which is only an American/Canadian thing, apparently) and it was so fun! We all ate together in the hall and it was decorated so beautifully. We also sang Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and ate pumpkin and apple pie.

7). I am going to Brewarrina, NSW, Australia for three weeks, then Thailand afterwards for 6 weeks! 

8). In Thailand, we will be working with Lighthouse in Action. Check out lighthouseinaction.org for more info :)

9). We had CityFest this past weekend... so fun! Luis Palau came to Newcastle for the weekend along with some bands like Hillsong, Evermore, New Empire, Britt Nicole, Darlene Zceshchk(?). Luis gave the gospel message and I had the opportunity to pray with a few people after they accepted Christ! Our base was in charge of the Princess/Pirate zone in the kids section, and I got to paint mustaches on little kiddies faces! So precious. 

10). I just taught my friend Annie how to pee outside. (shhhh...)

11). And one more cause I just can't leave it out... JESSICA DE LANGE makes the best faces. 

Okay that was easy and pretty painless. I will try to do ten things a week :) 

BYE! xoxo Vanessa


And by now you probably do too, if we are Facebook friends. If not, then I'll show you....

Okay awful quality, but... AUSTRALIA/THAILAND! I am soooo stoked! 

Last week, the third location was approved, which meant our 3 options for outreach were Latvia/Moldova, Australia/Thailand, and Bangladesh. So we were instructed to pray over last weekend and ask God where He wants us to go! We were also told to discuss it with our parents as well. 

In the back of my mind I definitely had Thailand as a place I wanted to go since before I even got here, but was still open to whatever God had for me! When they announced that Bangladesh was the third option, and that they would be working with orphans and homeless people, my heart sank because I thought that probably meant that's where I was supposed to go, because a few people have prophesied children and children's ministry over me many times.  The other two options, Europe & Asia, were going to be working with human trafficking. 

I prayed about it a lot, and talked it over with my parents and Jackson, and they all (God included) reminded me why I picked the Compassion DTS: I hate human trafficking. I wanna see it ended. So then it made sense. And it keeps making sense more and more everyday! I feel so at peace about my choice and can't wait to go! 

So anyway, we turned in our choices at 10pm on Monday night. The next morning our leaders told us we would find out sometime later that week because the staff needed to pray about it. 

But...... that evening we went to the beach for creative intersession, which was new, and they ended up revealing our teams to us! We went to the beach and split up into groups (which we found out later were our outreach teams) and took different parts of the city to pray over and intercede for. My group had the ocean bath, and we felt like God wanted to bring His light there. Sooo we chased seagulls and left encouraging notes and Bible verses around.  And that, you see, is creative intersession! 

After we were done we all went back to the meeting spot and talked about what God did and spoke to us. Then, Dukes (our leader) apologized to us all for lying because the outreach teams are already ready to be revealed! And the ones we are with are our teams! Ahhhhh! 

We went crazy. 

All the teams split up perfectly and everyone obviously listened to God! How great is that?! Latvia/Moldova has 2 leaders and 8 students. Bangladesh has 2 leaders and 6 students. And we have 2 leaders and 8 students! Our leaders are Dukes and Brock. The students are me, Annie of Ontario, Kiki of Ontario, Natasha of Ontario, Abigail of California, Milena of Switzerland, Nicole of Germany, and Jono of Australia. And me. I love my team! I'm sooo excited about what God is gonna do with us! 

We will be here for Christmas and New Years, then leave shortly after to somewhere in Australia for about 3-4 weeks! We will most likely be working with an aboriginal community, which is awesome. Then we will go to Chiang Mai, Thailand for the rest of outreach (until mid March-ish) do lots of stuff, including human trafficking! AND I CAN'T WAIT! Super excited! So here's photos from this night! 

Ocean baths!

 Jono, Neil, Nicole, and Annie!


 Nicole wrote this and let it fly in the wind!

 Jono' reaction to hearing he's going to Thailand!



Abs and Cole!

Milena & Abs

 Group picture! Left to right, front row Me, Abigail, Nicole, Milena. Back row: Duke, Jono, Natasha, Annie, Brock, Kiki

Sooo I think you can maybe tell, I am soo stoked about outreach! BUT I'm still loving it here during lecture phase and really not looking forward to leaving everyone :( This is my lovely group of ten, but there's still about 16 people from our school that we're leaving behind. It's all good though. 

In other news, our school is doing a faith project, where we try to raise money to buy something/fix something that will help the base in some way. Our project is... raising money for a new sound system for the Warehouse's performance room! We prayed about it, and I felt that God said He will provide $150 for me to give. BUT, I don't have money like that, so I'm bringing it to you people! Will you partner with me in prayer and believing that God will provide this money?? :) If you would like to help out financially, you can contact me! Thank you guys!

Hope you enjoyed this a bit! I will try to post more, really! 

Love you all! 
xoxo Vanessa.


So since I last wrote, I got older! And now I'm two whole decades old!

So on my birthday I got to do two very important skype calls.. 
-One to my whole family who had all the lights off and had candles and sang every birthday song possible to me! I definitely cried! I miss my family so so so much.... especially when it's my birthday and I'm 20 and they're not here to hug me!

-The other to Jackson! We talked for a good hour, laughing most of the time cause he looked like this:

Then I requested a song and dance and this is what I got: 

Sooo good! I miss Jackson heaps too.... buutttttt he will be in australia here with me in a month and three days! 

After skyping, my Mom texted me and asked me to take my friends to Macca's and treat them all to 30 cent cones for my birthday! Ummm yes! 

I can't exactly remember what else we did this day, besides hanging out and enjoying my friends and life here, and al the birthday wishes on my Facebook wall from friends back home! Oh! A bunch of friends did make my room all fancy....

 Our door!


 Hales and Manu


It was amazing! Everyone madea giant card for me and it was soo sweet, they also got me chocolate and bubbles. My school is the best, seriously, we all get along so well and have so much fun!

At dinner the Lewis House tradition is to honor the birthday people, so the next night (Tuesday) there were 4 birthdays to be celebrated! So after we're all done eating, they say whose birthday it is, and we all scream and yell and bang our forks on our plates for a good minute. Then, someone gets up behind the birthday person and affirms them (says nice things about them) and then the birthday person gets up and says a speech of thanks I guess but it's so scary! My heart was beating like crazy. 

So the evening of my birthday (Monday) a ton of us went to Max Brenner's for some chocolate! THE BEST.
 School leader, Dukes!
 Alexa & Emma

 Me, Annie, Hales, and Jeshica

 Choco lips

 ME AND KIKI ARE ALMOST TWINS! She's one day younger than me


 Neils on Wheels! He is awesome an drives us everywhere!

 Marls & Talea!

 Me & Mama Milk... aka Katie

 Me and Cassey :) 
 Me and France.... Stephanie!


 Me, Milena, andddd Josie!

Some creepy pictures there, hey? 

Okay so that was my birthday! The best day ever. I felt so loved and happy to be with all of these amazing people! I feel like this post is SO long, so..... if you come back soon there will be hopefully two more posts.... one about Lordship last week, and one about outreach! 

LOVE YOU ALL xoxoxox Vanessa
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