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Dear family,

News from the past six months (since my last email update! ah!)! 🙂

First off, I had my 25th birthday in July! That was pretty cool. The Lord has shown me how blessed and favoured my life has been as I’ve traveled the world and seen hundreds impacted by the love of the Lord and His Kingdom. My family has also more than doubled in size in the past few years. All my siblings are now married and I have 4 nieces and nephews! Amazing! 🙂

Since I last emailed, we graduated the second DTS that I co-lead! Super excited to hear stories already of how they are impacting the world with the Kingdom of God. 2 of them are actually coming back on staff this July to be on my DTS staff team for the July 2016 DTS.

I also lead a third team to East Timor! It was quite a trip, many testimonies of the Lord’s love and I am really getting good at the Timorese language, Tetun! In the village I was able to communicate quite well and even do some translating! I think my favourite part of going back a third time was seeing relationships grow and the changes God is doing in their lives since my first time being there almost 2 years ago.

Check out these awesome testimonies:

 

This is Cecilia... She is a wonderful woman who has been on quite the journey since I first met her in April 2014!! She received salvation and physical healing our second time being East Timor April 2015. When I went in October 2015 her face shone the light of the Lord and she has received much healing, emotionally spiritually and physically, and even her husband is on his way to receive Jesus soon, because of her testimony and the joy she has found. What an honour and privilege it's been to go back to see her and see the seeds we planted grow into fruition! Praise the Lord!!

This is Cecilia… She is a wonderful woman who has been on quite the journey since I first met her in April 2014!! She received salvation and physical healing our second time being East Timor April 2015. When I went in October 2015 her face shone the light of the Lord and she has received much healing, emotionally spiritually and physically, and even her husband is on his way to receive Jesus soon, because of her testimony and the joy she has found. What an honour and privilege it’s been to go back to see her and see the seeds we planted grow into fruition! Praise the Lord!!

This is Janelle... She is a beautiful lady who is trying to get on track again in life and while our outreach team was in Darwin in November (Northern Australia) the Lord sent us to her to encourage her and pray for her. The week before she was beaten by her partner and she had two ribs broken, he ended up going to jail. When she met us and told us her story, we shared the gospel and prayed for her and her ribs were healed! Keep praying that she will fully surrender to Him her heart as He continues to chase her.

This is Janelle… She is a beautiful lady who is trying to get on track again in life and while our outreach team was in Darwin in November (Northern Australia) the Lord sent us to her to encourage her and pray for her. The week before she was beaten by her partner and she had two ribs broken, he ended up going to jail. When she met us and told us her story, we shared the gospel and prayed for her and her ribs were healed! Keep praying that she will fully surrender to Him her heart as He continues to chase her.

Also I got to lead these wonderful young people to the Lord at the University in Dili! So honoured and blessed! They were so blessed and were so amazed at the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ! So hungry!

Also I got to lead these wonderful young people to the Lord at the University in Dili! So honoured and blessed! They were so blessed and were so amazed at the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ! So hungry!

The Lord provided a way for me to go home to Canada for 5 weeks in in December! It was a most amazing time of being with family and hanging out with my nieces and nephews! I am so thankful for that precious time and love love love that the two older ones can say my name now when I skype them! 😀

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THE NOW:

Landon and I are no longer co-leading, he is fully leading this school that just started and I will be leading the July school by myself. This means for the first time in YWAM Toowoomba history I will have a whole 6 months to prepare for the school!

I am currently doing a few different things around the base. I’m in the beginning stages of planning, organising and running the July DTS as I said earlier.

I’m serving on the Leadership Team that meets weekly to discuss staff/student issues, base decisions etc.

I also get to teach! I’ve been teaching the DTS on subjects like Hearing the Voice of God, Worship, Holiness and Fear of the Lord so far.

I also am overseeing staff development and Pastoral Care. I meet with about 5 staff girls bi-weekly and run a small group for the new DTS staff as well. Weekly, I run a staff development session that focuses on Leadership.

I have just recently (in the past couple weeks) begun to serve at at a local church here in Toowoomba as well. I am going to be training and developing the youth in the church in ministry! This involves creating a Youth and Children’s team to volunteer in the Healing Rooms that the church runs, mentoring them weekly, teaching on worship and stuff as well.

This school I won’t be leading an outreach team, but it will allow me to continue to plan the July DTS, serve my church here, and have a bit of a rest after the past 2 full-on years.

I’m very excited about this season! It is a bit weird not being fully involved with the school but I’m loving the change in schedule and being a bit more flexible.

 

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This is Tammy, my car! My church family in Toowoomba blessed me tremendously by giving this beautiful little red car to me! She’s a ’95 and runs like a new one. Only 140,000 clicks on it!! I still cant believe it! In all my almost 26 years I never thought I would ever be able to own a car! The Lord has completely outdone Himself in His faithfulness to me and has challenged me again and again in my misconceptions of receiving and blessings! Thanks Lord!

 

Thank you so so so much for reading this email and continuing in your prayer support of my adventures with YWAM! I pray you are abundantly blessed and enjoy your day!

Feel free to connect with me via email, facebook or follow me on instagram (hmacuzz). I am not the greatest at responding, but I LOVE hearing from you!!! I promise I read every email I receive 🙂 Now I am working at scheduling in times into my schedule to reply to all of them, so if you’ve sent me an email in the past bit and I haven’t responded yet, don’t worry! An answer is coming! 😀

God bless you!

Lots of love,

Hannah

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Hey there!! 🙂

I am back from 4 1/2 weeks in East Timor and a 1/2 week in Darwin, Australia! So many stories to be had, but I think my favourite part is always watching the students grab hold of the fact they can hear the Lord’s voice, know what He’s saying, and then obey!

Team East Timor

Team East Timor

I also loved going back to a country I’ve grown to love!! I seriously felt like I was coming home. We got to build a house, hold many church services and kids ministry times, build relationships and disciple, evangelize on the streets, in universities and in aboriginal communities, teach English to children and adults, worship and intercede over nations, and boldly proclaim the Kingdom of God to the Timorese people.

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After we arrived back in Toowoomba, there was a couple more weeks of lecture and local outreach (which included busking/evangelizing!!! That was so fun, I’ve never busked before but it was such a neat way to share the love and light of Christ to people!). The last week Landon (my Co- School Leader) and I shared on debrief and re-entry, as well as both of us taking the time to impart again to the students what a normal Christian life can look like. It was incredible to share with them the power of Grace, which can train us for godliness in this present age! Titus 2:11-15.
I was able to teach a day on Holiness/Sanctification, and he taught on No Compromising. I love love love teaching! I was literally so paralyzed in fear when it came to speaking in public a few years ago, it’s incredible how far the Lord has taken me! I still get nervous, but now it’s so fun and rewarding to see the fruit of what you teach for 5 months displayed in a group of 33 young people who are on FIRE for the Lord and His Kingdom! These guys’s journey has been inspiring and encouraging to me to say the least.

Last Worship Session

Last Worship Session!

Bible Reading, I lead this 30 minute segment 2 mornings a week. We read a portion of scripture for 15 minutes, ponder it for 5, then discuss for 10 :) So much fun!

Bible Reading: I lead this 30 minute segment 2 mornings a week. We read a portion of scripture for 15 minutes, ponder it for 5, then discuss for 10 🙂 So much fun!

On Honouring Night (the night after Graduation), I had the chance to honour the whole school and I cried the whole way through. I had no idea that I would grow so close to these wonderful people or be so proud of them! They have truly laid down their lives for the King and I fully trust the Lord to carry them on until completion. These guys are a different breed of young people than I’ve ever seen. They are on a mission. HIS mission! I’m so excited after having sent them off last week, they get it! They get the fact that we, as followers and disciples of Christ, never turn off. We are always missionaries wherever we go. We are always transforming to look like Christ, never taking a ‘break’ from the tilling, ploughing, weeding, etc of our spiritual gardens. The call to rise up and take up our swords has been shouted from the rooftops and they are off on a mission to live as foreigners to this world, and bring Heaven to earth wherever they go.

Grad night!

Grad night!

I am so fulfilled. I can’t believe how fulfilling it is to watch seeds planted and take root, grow and bear fruit! Discipling is addicting!!! It’s so cool, I’ve been told all my life by that I have a mother’s heart (nurturing, developing and teaching people) and that I would mother nations but I never ever believed/understood it until last Friday. I realized through this school that that is one of my giftings, and I feel so blessed to be able to walk out in that calling! I felt the morning after graduation like a mother about to have an empty nest, I was overwhelmed with fear for their lives and then the Lord reassured me the whole day that He is keeping watch over them and that this is so good for them to go, to take to the world a message it needs to hear!! Woo! I love my job!!!

NEWS about the FUTURE!
I am School Leading this next school that starts in July with Landon. There are 12 students and I will most likely be leading a team of 6 students to East Timor again (3rd time) for 6 weeks with Stu, a student from my last team who is coming back on staff in July.

To give you an idea of what I do around here:

  • Planning, Booking & Facilitating Speaker Sessions
  • Small Groups, One on Ones & Basic Mentoring
  • Facilitating Classroom & Ministry Times
  • Leading Staff & Student Worship
  • Student Song-Writing & Collaboration
  • Teaching, Preaching & Sharing Testimony
  • Planning, Coordinating & Running School Events & Local Outreach Teams
  • Local Evangelism, Youth & Mercy Ministry
  • Planning, Coordinating & Leading Overseas Outreach Teams
  • Student Assessment Development & Implementation
  • Staff Development & Mentorship

Also, if you are interested in supporting me financially, (I will be doing more intentional fundraising in the next few months, especially if I commit to YWAM for a longer term) I am looking to raise funds for a new computer. I have already raised $1,200 of my $1,500 goal through GoFundMe! 🙂 I only need $300 more!

You can go to the GoFundMe page itself to donate:
gofund.me/wnk9t7y

Or you can donate via PayPal by sending money to hannah.macuzzi@ywamtoowoomba.com

Feel free to connect with me via email, facebook or follow me on instagram (hmacuzz). I am not the greatest at responding, but I LOVE hearing from you!!! I promise I read every email I receive 🙂 Now I am working at scheduling in times into my schedule to reply to all of them, so if you’ve sent me an email in the past bit and I haven’t responded yet, don’t worry! An answer is coming! 😀

God bless you!

Lots of love,

Hannah

imageDearest Friends & Family,

I’m so sorry it’s been 8 weeks since my

last update! I have been incredibly busy with leading this school! An amazing opportunity just presented itself this week! In a couple weeks Easterfest (the biggest Christian music festival in Australia) is happening and

I just got asked by a local worship leader here to play keys and sing with her on MainStage Saturday morning during the Festival! Great opportunity that I’m scared silly of but so excited for! Being pushed out of my box by the Lord, and it’s awesome!!
Also I got to teach for the second time this school this week! I spoke on Cross-Cultural Awareness and Outreach Prep! It was a great morning and so fun! The Lord is definitely giving me so many opportunities to be stretched and to grow in the gifts He’s given me!

My time as a school leader is spent mostly in meetings! 😀 Meetings to do with planning, problem solving, speakers/lecture/Classroom  management, ministry, pastoral care, student issues, Base Leadership and the growth/future of YWAM Toowoomba, evangelism/discipleship etc. I love it!

My favourite part of school leading I think is having one-on-ones with the staff girls instead of the students. While I love the students, there is something so special about discipling girls that I already have a relationship with and get to walk life daily with! I meet individually with 5 staff girls weekly, and it’s been amazing to see the growth in each of them this school!!! I love helping them with their own one-on-ones and helping them with family stuff back home, life on base, and even just being a listening ear! I feel so blessed to see them become bold and steadfast leaders and teachers.

In the third week of school we had 5 healings in one morning! One student has had fibromyalgia for a number of years, and today she had 0 pain for the first time in years!!! She had always been at a 6, and often would go to 8s and 9s since she’d been here. She even went running on the trail!!! So amazing!!!

I’ll just give you a quick update of our different weeks:

Week #2: Bible Overview/Inductive Bible Study- Amazing week of invoking hunger for the Word of God! The students really loved this week of practically applying the Word to our every day lives and also how to get the deeper mysteries of the Kingdom through intentional study! I also was able to teach a session on the Biblical Foundations of Worship & Praise. This is the second time I’ve been able to share on this topic, I love it! I got reeally good feedback as well 🙂

Inductive Bible Studies

Inductive Bible Studies

Week #3: Repentance & Fear of the Lord – The Spirit of the Lord was so intense in worship times that we had three demonic deliverances happen, multiple healings, gold dust and incredible times of repentance and spiritual heajling. It literally felt like a spiritual bomb went off! Crazy amazing times.

Week #4: Holy Spirit – Over half the students were baptized in the Holy Spirit for the first time ever! Many got the gift of tongues and many received other gifts or became aware of ones they already had. It was amazing as well, because even the students who had grown up with secessionist backgrounds were open and ready to learn about and receive from the often forgotten yet integral part of the Trinity.

Week #5: Evangelism – A great week after Holy Spirit! The students were fired up and excited to pimageartner with Him in loving on and spreading the name of Jesus to the city of Toowoomba! All 34 students and 12 staff went out on the streets for a day! Amazing stories from everyone. I think my favourite part is watching even the most shy and insecure people get out of their comfort zone and rely on God to lead and guide conversations with strangers who are still actually His children.

Week #6: Relationships – This week was amazing, a lot of the students were convicted to reconcile relationships with family, friends, ex’s, etc! Amazing, we’re still hearing testimonies of the Lord restoring relationships as they are lead to apologize, repent and ask for forgiveness. 🙂 Amazing!! image

Week #7: Spiritual Warfare – Amazing week of teaching by a local pastor who runs a ministry called Freedom Life. They specialise in deliverance and inner healing. Incredible stories and biblical teaching!! The students got a lot out of it! We’ve had some experience with intense spiritual warfare this school, and we experience more on outreach, so it’s been very helpful 🙂

Week #8: Music & Missions – The Lord inspired and called people out this past week! Even I felt renewed and awakened to the dreams He put in me many years ago! Dreams I had let die or fade away, He brought back up and actually the timing is so amazing! He is opening up opportunities (such as playing mainstage and working more with the House of Prayer here, and I was also recently given an opportunity to teach the IHOP model of Worship&Prayer to a bunch of High School students in Toowoomba as well!!) that aren’t allowing me to hide anymore! haha! It’s amazing that in His grace, He does things like that eh? I am learning again that HE is a dreamer, and I don’t need to be afraid to dream or that I will get disappointed. Even if things in the past haven’t turned out the way I thought or wanted, this isn’t plan B! It’s still plan A and He has known it all along 🙂

Week #9: This week is only a couple days of lecture (I got to teach on Cultural Awareness, Missions and Team Building!), and now we are heading into the set up of Easterfest! Tomorrow until Easter we will be at the park, setting up fences, building walls, floors, tents etc 🙂 Such a great opportunity to serve! A lot of the staff are going to be performing all over the city in cafes, on the streets and in different venues at the festival itself! It’s going to be a crazy time of ministry and music!

The countdown to East Timor is on! 4 weeks away!
I’m learning to be a child again. The song by Jason Upton “When You Were A Child” has been on repeat the last few weeks!! He is calling me to not be worried about my future! Who cares m almost 25 and don’t really especially have an a-z plan! He has called me to be open and available to Him. And He will do the rest 🙂 I really do feel though like He is about to drop something big on me in the next few months… so stay tuned! He has been fanning a fire for the 10/40 window again 😀

Thank you so so so much for reading this update and continuing in your prayer support of my adventures with YWAM! I pray you are abundantly blessed and enjoy your day!
Feel free to connect with me via email, facebook or follow me on instagram (hmacuzz). I am not the greatest at responding, but I LOVE hearing from you!!! I promise I read every email I receive 🙂 Now I am working at scheduling in times into my schedule to reply to all of them, so if you’ve sent me an email in the past bit and I haven’t responded yet, don’t worry! An answer is coming! 😀

God bless you!
Lots of love,

Hannah

Hey there family and friends!

This is the last week I will be in Australia before my team and I head out to East Timor for 4 weeks! We are very excited! We have just found out some of the opportunities we will have while we are there. We will be playing some beach sports with a Christian ministry that serves the deaf, also teaching English for several days to children from the ages of 5-14 and speaking about relational conflicts and resolutions on a local Radio show hosted by YWAM Dili! We will also be serving with a building project in Bahareduk, a village about 3 hrs from Dili, for approximately a week. Our time there will also include evangelism, discipleship, intercession, kids ministry, sharing testimonies and teaching in churches.

From L-R: Myself, Kat (co-leader), Alina, Evelien, Anna, Rachael, Kayla, John, Caleb, Keith and Joel.

From L-R:
Myself, Kat (co-leader), Alina, Evelien, Anna, Rachael, Kayla, John, Caleb, Keith and Joel.

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The past weeks since I last wrote to you, have seen the Lord working and moving in marvellous ways here in Toowoomba at the YWAM base. We’ve covered the topics Inductive Biblical Studies, Father Heart of God, Lordship, Stewardship, Biblical Worldview, Missions, Spiritual Gifts, Outreach Prep (cultural differences, team dynamics etc), and Holy Spirit. The Lord has stirred up such a hunger in the students and staff!

Beautiful Toowoomba sunrise!

Beautiful Toowoomba sunrise!

Lordship was such a breakthrough week for many of the students. We had a time of releasing things that they had held onto above the Lord such as family, dreams, money, makeup, clothes, image, comfort food, talents etc. It was beautiful to see such surrender! The next day we actually practiced what had been released by having a school wide giving time. It was crazy! We had many outreach needs and staff fees that we honestly were not expecting to be able to raise that morning. One girl needed over $2,500 for outreach funds and ended up being given over $4,500!!! She ended up giving all the extra to other people and in total we raised over $16,000 and every need was met! We also were able to give and extra $1000 to local ministries that were on our hearts! Along with money, students and staff also gave away a ton of other things to others who were in need or just wanted to bless others. The Lord also put it on many hearts what people held onto physically too much, so to show Him that they were willing to follow Him no matter the cost and that they loved Him that much. Guitars, hats, tons of clothes, shoes, a box drum, rings and tons of other stuff was given away! Everyone got completely blown away by the generosity of each other and the Lord.

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Kendra! One of my four girls I mentor! She’s wonderful!

Another week that really stood out was Holy Spirit week! Our speaker was a Pacific Islander from Tonga. He was on fire! With his way of speaking so different (very very islander! He’s awesome!), it was the perfect commissioning week (the last week of lecture phase). About 6 students spoke in tongues for the first time, everyone was baptized in the Spirit! The gifts were all practiced and grown, and everyone was pushed out of their comfort zones to the point of falling into the comforting arms of the Holy Spirit. It’s the best when you realize that no matter how uncomfortable the circumstances around you are, HE is the one that’s supposed to bring us comfort! All 3 of the outreach teams (Malaysia, New Zealand, and East Timor) got prayed for and received prophetic words, and I think everyone is SUPER pumped for what the Lord will do when we are away!

 

Easterfest being set up!

Easterfest being set up!

Since Lecture Phase finished 2 Fridays ago, we have been volunteering at Easterfest. It’s held at Queen’s Park here in Toowoomba and is the largest Christian music festival in Australia. The park is transforming and it’s been great to be able to hang with Aussie tradies and volunteers from churches around Toowoomba! We’ve set up massive tents, stages, built walls in the Green Room, Lounges, Merch tents, assembled fences around the whole site and parts of the site offlimits, made sandpits, long light strands for tents, created roads throughout the whole place, etc. Everyone is super tired but loving the results. The festival starts this coming Thursday and approximately 10,000 people from all over Australia will be here! It’s also going to be AWESOME because we’ll be doing street ministry all over Toowoomba during the festival, and there are a ton of venues in the city that are all part of Easterfest as well! There is a 72 hour worship even happening at the same time, which both staff and students will take part in. I will playing a worship set with 3 students at the Jesus Tent, an evangelistic, healing, prophetic, supernatural kind of place! It should be radical! The runners of the tent came in and kind of gave us a rundown, and apparently there is crazy Holy Spirit stuff that happens there every year! Booya!

 

We totally saw a koala just chillin in a tree right next to the YWAM base! He was there for a whole day! So cute. (This is apparently an extremely rare occurrence for our area!)

We totally saw a koala just chillin in a tree right next to the YWAM base! He was there for a whole day! So cute. (This is apparently an extremely rare occurrence for our area!)

Oh oh! Another cool testimony, a few weeks ago the girls from my cabin and I did an overnight prayer time in the lecture hall. It was the first time any of them had every prayed longer than an hour and we went from 11pm-4am. It was indescribable! Jesus totally showed up and we experienced new revelation of the fear of the Lord AND the love of God at the same time! Also, we prayed for the city and for a number of needs in the city and prayer is being answered! We also had a time in my small group of intense prayer and to see these girls’ hearts so passionate for prayer and the Word is melting my heart! I LOVE IT!!! Testimonies of answered prayers from things going on back home, healings, hearing the Lord’s voice more clearly in regard future etc is blowing up! God is on the move!!

Oh oh oh!!! One more!! My one-on-one Sarah and I were taking a walk and she tripped and sprained her ankle! It was incredibly painful and so we sat down and she was crying and couldn’t walk. I prayed for her and then was like “Oh hey how does it feel?” and she said “It still… wait what?!?! I don’t feel anything at all!!!” And it was completely healed as if nothing happened and we walked home. #chea

Financial: If you are interested in supporting me financially, I was able to connect with YWAM Canada and they can and will issue Canadian tax receipts. All you have to do is click on the link below and there are three options If you choose the sending a cheque option, please make it payable to Youth With A Mission and put a separate note on the cheque (such as a sticky note) saying “Hannah Macuzzi, serving with YWAM Toowoomba”. They do not want anything written in the memo section of the cheque

http://www.ywamcanada.org/donations.html

Prayer Points: 

–> Easterfest! That God’s glory will fall on the city of Toowoomba and that MANY would enter the Kingdom!

–> All the outreach teams as we head out next week! (My team leaves April 22) Safe travels and smooth transitions into completely different cultures!

–> Team unity and rest!

–> Unoffendable (made up that word :D) hearts all around!

–> Wisdom for Kat and me as we lead an overseas team for the first time 🙂

–> For the Kingdom of God to manifest wherever we walk

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this! I pray you are blessed and your life enriched by the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. If you have any questions feel free to email me!! hannah.macuzzi@gmail.com

The next update will be after I’m back from outreach! Yip yip!

Much Love,

Hannah