Saturday, 10 December 2011


On December 9th, 2007 two staff members here at YWAM Denver were killed and two others injured from gunshots fired by a former student, who had returned to YWAM Denver and asked to stay the night. After being told that wasn't possible, he took out a gun and began shooting people. Tiffany Johnson and Phil Crouse were those who died from their injuries.
Today we celebrate the lives of Tiffany and Phil, and mourn their deaths. Though I never met either of them, I remember hearing about it when it happened. And having been here in the Spring, I was aware of it, and have many friends here that were close friends with them.

Here is the memorial video for Phil, and here's Tiffany's.

We also remember and grieve the loss of Matthew Murray's life, the shooter who fled from here after the shooting, and the next day went to New Life Church in Colorado Springs and killed several people, injured several more, and than took his own life. Matthew grew up in a Christian home, and his parents have continued to be supportive of YWAM Denver.

"If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together." 1 Corinthians 12:26

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Hope does not disappoint

August 29th I left Washington with less than $200, and drove with my twin to Minnesota in hope of heading to Colorado a month after that for the School of Social Justice. God provided for me all along the way during my road trip and while I was in Minnesota for three weeks. There was gas, food, lodging, etc that needed to be paid for and God continually provided each and every time.

September 24 I left Minnesota with money for the 15 hour drive, and $400 dollars for the SSJ. I arrived in Colorado hoping they would allow me to stay for the duration of the school, and believing that God was going to continue to come through for me.

It's now December 5th, the eleventh week of school, and all of my tuition (about $3500) and over half of my outreach (about $1800) has been paid for!!!! That's the God I serve. That is hope that does not disappoint.

In the last two days God has given me over $200... by way of me selling cookies and brownies, and by the generosity of others.

I graduate a week from Friday (on the 16th), and I need another $1400 by then in order to go on outreach. Our team plans to leave on the 29th for 7 weeks in Liberia, and I'm thrilled for this opportunity. I know God will provide for me... it's in His character/personality/nature as Jehovah Jireh (the God who provides). And regardless of if I go to Africa now or not, I won't really be disappointed because of the hope God has poured out in my life.

"And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." - Romans 5;5