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Hey family!

Been awhile since I’ve updated but since March, it’s been amazing to see the students’ growth and love for outreach! I was able to have the privilege of teaching a whole week on the topic of Missions. It was incredible and I never would have imagined myself speaking to a classroom of over 40 people for an entire week!! It ended up being so inspiring and I covered things like, God being a missional God, an overview of missions in the Word, what is missions?, who does missions?, why do we do missions?, mission is actually our main reason for being on the planet, the 10/40 window, 1st world missions, martydom, the worth of the Gospel etc, cross-cultural awareness, and at the end we had a time of 3 hours of worship and intense commissioning and saying yes to God’s call on everyone, to be a part of His mission. It was amazing! I was so amazed at what the Lord did in everyone’s hearts and how He used me to express Himself to His kids.

Right after that week, all the outreach teams left for Fiji, Thailand and Cambodia!

While the outreach teams have been away, I’ve been working hard planning for the Discipleship Training School in July that I’ll be leading! 🙂 Booking speakers in and their airfare, planning the weekly, master, & event schedule, praying, processing student applications, choosing outreach locations (another possibility of me going to Hong Kong in October!) and much much more keeps me busy! 🙂 I’m getting so excited, albeit a bit nervous, to try this out on my own with the Lord! I have a staff team of 4 and already 12 students fully accepted. It’s looking like there could be upwards of 14-20 students by the time the school starts at the end of July.

I’ve also been ministering on a team in our city’s Healing Rooms, teaching Sunday School, leading worship at different events and churches, attending our Christian Leadership Network meetings, starting a Young Adults group, mentoring a few different young ladies in the city and leading our staff team of about 10 that has stayed back in Toowoomba to do ministry here.

It’s been full on! I would love prayer for sanity and rest in the midst of the business of life, that I would have the wisdom to really continue to encounter God and treasure quiet moments with Him, and that I would be growing in my confidence to lead this school without a co-leader (I’ve been a bit nervous about that!), that things would come together planning-wise, and that I would be very in tune with the Lord with what He is planning these next 6 months!

Thanks so much! Love you all!

P.s. The pictures are of the Young Adults Group that I’m leading here in town (there are about 8 all together, 4 pictured), a little glimpse into some of my schedules/calendars for planning this DTS, and a bunch of pictures from the last time I went to East Timor! 🙂

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Fiji Times!

Last newsletter I shared about the upcoming trip to Fiji! Well, we’ve been back now for about 2 months and I’ve finally got a bit of time to sit down and write about it 🙂 Hope you enjoy and are encouraged.

To start, writing 6 weeks of pure awesomeness is next to impossible! So bear with me as I try to hit the highlights 🙂 (Also, if this is too long, skip to the end to see what I am doing now and will be up to when the January DTS starts!)

I believe the word for the trip was “Unity”. If you remember, I asked you to be praying for our Team Unity. The team struggled a lot before we left with this. We had 6 students, and 5 of them were extremely strong willed and they butted heads all the time. Before we left, we called a team prayer and fasting day to ask the Lord for unity, unoffendability, selfless love and grace to continuously choose each other over ourselves. The whole team was aware this was an issue and that we would need to fight for each other and not with each other while on outreach! 🙂 I also had all of you guys praying for us!

The Lord answered our prayers! 

We realized that, after hearing many comments about our unity, something was shifting and that the Lord was using our constant intercession and worship to create a bond and love for each other that couldn’t be shaken. Seriously, it was totally a miracle! Because of the unity He gave to us (and the team worked so hard for) we were able to minister to the brokenness and disunity in Fiji itself!

An example of this is us heading to Naviti an island of the west coast of Fiji. We were able to be the first YWAM Team and non-methodists to run a church service and worship with instruments, do some skits and share a message from the Lord on unity in the church. The Assemblies Of God church on the island all came and joined us, so it was also the first time that had happened! We did worship everywhere and people were always drawn to it and confused by the power they felt behind it. Opened a lot of doors to share the Kingdom 🙂

Another example was the Fijian prison we went to a couple times! The second time we brought an Indian pastor (aside from the Methodist and AOG unity issue, there is also a Fijian and Indian unity issue! There is much animosity there) with us and he was able to share with the prisoners his heart. The Fijian pastor, Paul, who ran the ministry invited him back to share anytime he wanted and in turn Veejay invited Paul back to his village to help the church plant.

Learning to cook in Natawa with Vulolo

Learning to cook in Natawa with Vulolo

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Playing with children from the Special Needs school in Lautoka

A testimony from our evangelism times was getting to share the gospel with a really open Fijian-Indian named Bob. He was so sweet, and we talked for quite a long time. He had been healed a long time ago by Jesus and didn’t realize who Jesus was or why He healed him, so I shared with Him and prayed many times through-out the conversation for him. He was so open and I even told him that Jesus is the ONLY God, which he didn’t fully understand (he’s Hindi), so I ended up getting his phone number and bought him a Bible and we hung out with him again later on! I don’t think he ever fully received Jesus as his King, but he definitely was interested and had never heard the things I’d told him! We have his number as well, so the team that is heading to Fiji in April will get to keep building on the relationship. SO blessed 🙂

The Lord used our team to build unity, relationship and the Kingdom in Fiji while we were there, and we are so thankful for your prayers that made it happen! Some ministries we loved doing were Village Volleyball (seriously, the whole village came out every afternoon), learning to cook, playing with kids for hours and discipling them in their walk with God and encouraging to have big dreams, church services, worship teaching, serving (building, cleaning etc), evangelism, prison chapel, praying for the sick in the hospital, assisting a YWAM Medical team (doctors, dentists and nurses volunteering free services in poor villages)!

Oh! One of our ministries we did a lot of was worship & intercession! Our main contact had told us that that is a huge tool the Lord uses to open doors and release His presence into places. We definitely saw this first hand, as the people were always so quick to listen and receive prayer 🙂 One night we were actually up from 1am-5am doing worship warfare for a village we were staying in! In the middle of a huge ministry weekend! The Lord is faithful though, and His children are worth any sleep we sacrifice!

Another time we saw God move through that ministry was when we interceded for the YWAM Base and two of the full-time staff who needed the right visas to work as doctors in Fiji. That day was the huge breakthrough YWAM Marine Reach needed! The visas came through the next day after 4 months of waiting and stress!

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Helping out with YWAM Marine Reach! Serving the doctors as they serve the village 🙂

Getting ready for the market in VaiVai

Getting ready for the market in VaiVai

Saying goodbye to the kids on their school-boat the morning we left Naviti (we had been there for 10 days) was incredibly hard! I don't think there was a dry eye in the place! We had spent hours and hours pouring out God's love on them, and receiving probably even more love back :) They couldn't stop giving us things (shells, handmade necklaces, animal teeth, sulus, handmade weaved bookmarks etc)! What a blessing to fall in love with those precious gem. Our favourite thing was encouraging the old and young ones to dream big with God and do missions! He is way bigger than their tiny island :)

Saying goodbye to the kids on their school-boat the morning we left Naviti (we had been there for 10 days) was incredibly hard! I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place! We had spent hours and hours pouring out God’s love on them, and receiving probably even more love back 🙂 They couldn’t stop giving us things (shells, handmade necklaces, animal teeth, sulus, handmade weaved bookmarks etc)! What a blessing to fall in love with those precious gem. Our favourite thing was encouraging the old and young ones to dream big with God and do missions! He is way bigger than their tiny island 🙂

One of my one-on-ones, Maria, got baptized in Fiji!! This is an amazing story of God’s transformative grace. When she first came to YWAM she found out she actually wasn’t a Christian! Through much prayer and discipling, many tears and tough questions, she fully received Jesus as the Lord of her life and let Him have control. The Lord was softened her heart and she was amazing. She had revelation that He DOES exist, that He is GOOD, that He would never leave her if she gave her life to Him and He is worthy of it all 🙂

Jared (my super duper cool co-leader) and I had the privilege of baptizing her in the Pacific Ocean at sunset. It was incredible and the whole village of Naviti came out and joined us!! She has changed so much, and if it was just her life that was saved and transformed, whatever I go through in life is totally worth it!

Now she has gone on to attend the Atlanta School of Ministry (the place where I spent 3 years studying the Word of God and reaching the lost in the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia).

Baptism!!!

Baptism!!!

Worshiping and praying with the patients waiting outside before they saw the doctor or dentist!

Worshiping and praying with the patients waiting outside before they saw the doctor or dentist!

A strength the team developed was prophetic words! A house visit didn’t go by without the team hearing God specifically for the people that lived in the house. Interestingly enough, this was hugely impactful because our contacts were not used to teams operating with the Holy Spirit! That’s so sad! I can see why though, it can be quite intimidating to go to a house where you don’t necessarily speak their language and the people stare at you because you are white!
However Jared and I decided to get the team to do practice hearing the voice of God, by getting one of them to sit in a chair with a blindfold on. We would send one person at a time to them and they had to ask God what He was saying about that person! It’s an incredibly encouraging exercise, and even the most timid person who really believes they can’t hear God, find out they can!!! Nearly everyone is right on, every single time. The key is that because you can’t see, you are really relying on God for something!

This released them in the prophetic, and the Fijians were amazed that God wants to speak to them! It enabled us to train them in hearing God’s voice and to teach them that speaking with Holy Spirit can be a daily thing! 🙂 That is something that is often missing in the Fijian village churches (esp the Methodist church).

Intercession and Worship at YWAM Marine Reach

Intercession and Worship at YWAM Marine Reach

One of our many church services filled with the wonderful Fijian people!

One of our many church services filled with the wonderful Fijian people!

CURRENTLY: 
I am co-leading this next school (34 students!!) that is arriving on Thursday. We have been in hard-core preparation mode these past few weeks!

These are what the responsibilities of my new role will look like:

Pastoral care of female staff
Responsibility of female students: helping staff with one-on-ones, dealing with student issues etc
Classroom manager: setting the room up, setting the atmosphere pre and during class, feedback for speakers, assessing engagement of the room etc
Ministry time facilitator: Discernment, guiding the room with Holy Spirit etc
Spiritual oversight of school
Taking care of weekly Speakers: preparing them, welcoming them, communicating with them daily about how the school is going, working with them during class ministry etc
Base Worship&Intercession Coordinator

I also will be leading a team to an undisclosed place (I will let you know when the students know ;)) Should have 8 or 9 students with us! More info on that to come 🙂

Spending time doing one of our main ministries: Relationship building with food and Jesus!

Spending time doing one of our main ministries: Relationship building with food and Jesus!

Prayer Points:

  • Provision: Naturally and Supernaturally
  • Protection: Spiritually, Mentally, Physically, Emotionally
  • School Leading: Wisdom, Discernment, Revelation, Much Fruit, Unity between Kerri, Landon and myself (the leaders of the school)
  • Outreach: Planning, preparation and unity between Caleb and myself
  • The students: Transformation, God to move, Evangelism to explode, unity among them

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).

God bless you!

Love,

Hannah

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TEAM FIJI!!! 🙂 From left to right: Maria (Denmark), Emily (US), Alycia (US), Jared (coleader), myself, Sarah (Germany), Kristen (US), Efraim (Switzerland)

We’re going to Fiji!! So stoked!! All the teams head out this week: East Timor on Sunday, Malaysia on Monday, and Fiji on Tuesday. Our team has spent the past 10 weeks preparing, bonding, praying and learning! It’s been amazing, and we are so ready to get on the field! Also, we as YWAM Toowoomba have not been to Fiji before, so Jared and I are pioneering with this team! We don’t fully know what to expect! 😀 Adventure is so fun 🙂

So here’s a brief summary of what we know:

  • We will spend a week and a half working in the village of Natawa with a medical aid team.
    • The medical team is a group of volunteer physicians whom our contacts have organised to provide basic health needs to remote inaccessible villages. We will be helping as best as basic first aid training allows us — which will be a lot of admin and fetching things, though we should be able to help with basic eye tests and things of that nature.
  • We will also spend about 2 weeks in Lautoka, one of Fiji’s larger cities.
    • Here we will be doing door to door and street evangelism, hospital ministry, youth ministry, worship ministry, spending time at a special needs school, etc
  • After that we are off to the Naviti Island.
    • This is a tiny island off the coast of the main islands.
    • We will be working/helping with three or four villages.
  • From there we will be heading to an Indian community called Vaivai, back on mainland Fiji.
    • The Indian culture is so preserved there that we are preparing for our time in Vaivai as if we would actually be in India!
    • We will be doing door to door evangelism and discipleship, church and homegroup ministry, and community general labour.

Needless to say we, are completely stoked to see God move through us and in us!!

Prayer points:

  • Team Unity! Fiji is a very spiritual place, full of warfare… we’ve been warned from a couple of our staff who have been there before that this is the first thing that gets attacked!
  • Wisdom and Discernment for myself and Jared as we lead the team. Because neither of us have been there, we will need to be on our toes and ready for anything! Please pray that we would be able to have great communication with Holy Spirit and each other.
  • Power, Authority and Boldness! We will be facing a TON of spiritual warfare, especially in the villages, so we will need His power to overcome and to see Holy Spirit move in freedom. Personally I am looking forward to deliverances and healings everywhere we go! Most of the team has never encountered this sort of stuff before either… so please pray that fear would not be an issue! 🙂

Praise report!! Our students and staff needed about $14,000 to all go on outreach… we had a giving time last week amongst the whole school and we raised $13,600!!! WHAT! That’s insane!! God is so good! And so are His children, everyone gave even if they had need themselves. It was beautiful to watch the needs on the board slowly drop and eventually all the numbers go down to zero! Everyone in the room was cheering and dancing the whole time!

More team photos (can you tell what our theme is?)!

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OH yes! I’m so sorry for my lack of update in September, but it happened to be one of the busiest months yet! I took 2 and half weeks to go back to North America! I visited home for a week and it was packed full of a Fundraiser and massive amounts of family and friend catch ups. The Fundraiser itself was a wonderful miracle! My sisters all helped me plan it while I was still in Australia. 80 people came out for a spaghetti dinner, dessert auction and live music! We raised $2,391 in one night!!

Overall, while I was home the Lord helped me (through so many of you!!!!) raise about $3,500!!!!!!! Over half way to my goal of $6,000 to stay for the January-July DTS as School Leader!

I also went to Kansas for a week to hang out with my best friend Ashlyn! She went and got herself married, and I was able to be in her wedding, which was an incredible blessing!

Here are a couple pics of the wedding and home (I GOT TO SEE MY NIECE AND NEPHEW!!! The last time I saw them they were both only a couple weeks old)

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Wyatt and Felicity ❤

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I love how good the Lord is! He is so faithful! We are in our last week of lecture right now, Holy Spirit week! HA! God is rocking some boats and so many students got hit with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in class, even those who had never been baptized before! Perfect commissioning for outreach eh? Gettin’ clothed with some power from on high!

I’m still looking to raise another $3,000!

I am connected with YWAM Canada, and if you donate through them they can issue Canadian Tax Receipts! 🙂

If you choose the cheque option, please make it payable to Youth With A Mission and put a sticky note on it saying “Hannah Macuzzi, serving with YWAM Toowoomba”

If you choose the online method, please put “Hannah Macuzzi, serving with YWAM Toowoomba” in the “Message/Instructions for YWAM Project Funding” box.

http://ywamcanada.org/donations.htm

Or click on the link below if you’re not Canadian and/or don’t need, want a receipt 🙂

http://www.ywamtoowoomba.com/payments/

I pray that this update finds you well and loving Life!

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:14-19

MUCH LOVE,

Hannah

Staff Team July 2014!!

Staff Team July 2014!!

Hey there!

As you may remember in my last update of my time in Australia, I’ve been asked to stay on after my commitment of one year ends in December. I’m going to be the School Leader of the Discipleship Training School that starts in January 2015 and ends in July 2015! Because this extension was unexpected, I didn’t save enough money to actually finish my time here. Rent costs about $300 a month, and my last outreach phase (I’m leading a team back to East Timor in March) will cost roughly $2,000. I also will need to renew my visa and health insurance. This brings the total I need to raise to about $5,000.

Here is an excerpt from my last blog to explain a little bit more about what being a School Leader means 🙂

“I have been asked to stay for the coming January school to be School Leader! That means that during the school I will be working with our Training Director planning for it, processing applications, building the schedule of speakers, log This means I am extending my commitment here for another 6 months. Which also means, I am going to come home for about 2 weeks in September because I won’t be able to afford to come home at Christmas. Woo!! Hope to see some of you then! :)”

My sister Andrea and sister-in-law Merry are helping me plan a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser in a couple weeks when I come home for a visit to fundraise and be in a wedding. I won’t be able to come home for Christmas because of new school, so it will be nice to see everyone, especially my new niece and nephew! 🙂

If you are in the Ottawa area and interested in attending, here is the event info:

Where: 3123 Carp Rd. Ottawa, Ontario

When: September 7, 2014

Time: 5:30-9pm

Cost: $10 per adult, $5.00 per child

Spaghetti Dinner, Dessert Auction, Live Music, Child Care provided

Performances by Joey McNitt and Amy Dagenais, a couple of young, talented, local Christian artists from Ottawa

I will be leading us in a time of worship at the end and sharing about my ministry!

Please contact Andrea Hamilton, @ andreahamilton9@gmail.com to reserve your ticket soon!

I completely understand if you are unable to make it due to previous engagements, distance (especially distance :P) and such! 🙂 So no worries or pressure!

If you are unable to make it and are still interested in supporting me financially however, here is some information on how to do that!

I am connected with YWAM Canada, and if you donate through them they can issue Canadian Tax Receipts! 🙂

If you choose the cheque option, please make it payable to Youth With A Mission and put a sticky note on it saying “Hannah Macuzzi, serving with YWAM Toowoomba”

If you choose the online method, please put “Hannah Macuzzi, serving with YWAM Toowoomba” in the “Message/Instructions for YWAM Project Funding” box.

http://ywamcanada.org/donations.htm

Or click on the link below if you’re not Canadian and/or don’t need, want a receipt 🙂

http://www.ywamtoowoomba.com/payments/

Thank you all so so so much for reading this and continuing in your prayer support of my adventures with YWAM! I pray you are abundantly blessed and enjoy your day! Hope to see some of you in a couple weeks!

 

Oh yes!! We are in our 5th week of lectures (Relationships week) and it’s been fantastic! The students are continuously working through past hurts and issues and getting freedom and healing!! It’s amazing! Last week was Repentance week and it was incredible to watch students be lifted from such shame! There were several people’s faces and posture that literally changed 100%!!!! Ah!! Seriously!!

ALSO! I am going to Fiji! We are heading out on October 7th! Our team has 6 students and then myself and my co-leader Jared! Please be praying for our preparation and finances for the team! 

More info to come! 🙂
Much love,

Hannah

East Timor (Timor-Leste)

East Timor (Timor-Leste)

 

                                           

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  Wow! We had a spectacular time!!! The Lord was so good,   we made such a close family connection with the  YWAM base in Dili! I really don’t even know how to      describe how serving and loving they were! There    are 8 staff there, most of them full time missionaries from Brazil! They welcomed us in immediately as family. We did all the ministries as a team, not just us and them, and their insane servant hearts really gave our team such an inspiration to grow our servant hearts as well!

 

 

 

 

Ministries we were involved with:

Teaching English, Art and Music in local schools, an At-Risk girls’ home and in the neighbourhood of Bairo Pite (where the YWAM base is located in Dili) 

Testimony: We ended up getting to teach in a Roman Catholic school very near the base, and it was an amazing opportunity for YWAM Dili because that particular school had never allowed Christians in before! We were able to share a Christian skit and get the kids doing the actions of “Our God is So Big” and “We wanna see Jesus lifted high”. The kids and teachers all had a blast! 

Teaching English at a school! :)

Teaching English at a school! 🙂

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Agape School of the Deaf

Agape School of the Deaf

Playing beach sports and hanging with Agape School of the Deaf

Testimony: Our team had tears in our eyes as we did some songs with them and they were so happy! Even though they couldn’t hear the songs, they were able to have them translated and they did the actions with us! It was beautiful!

 

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Playing games and doing  skits at an orphanage

Testimony: We had so much fun with these kids! Our translator said he’d never seen them so happy and their faces were completely lit up as we spent time with them and teaching them about God! 🙂

Worship on the streets! :) Had about 30 men gathered around watching us! The atmosphere (every one of us felt it lift, so cool) completely shifted too!

Worship on the streets! 🙂 Had about 30 men gathered around watching us!

 

Worship on the streets, beach, radio, in homes, churches etc

Testimony: This was amazing!!! We did worship everywhere we went and we could all feel the atmospheres shifting. One place (where this picture is from) we stopped was in front of a bikers’ hangout! We sat down and started worshiping and our translator was saying during the first song that we should leave because it was a really bad place spiritually. As we finished up the song and we were feeling something happening, he said, “Keep going, keep going!”. By the end of the second song, the heaviness in the place had completely lifted and 30 guys had come close to watch and listen.

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Preaching on the radio about reconciliation in East Timor at the workplace, the home and the Body of Christ

Testimony: 3 groups of us were able to speak on the radio, sharing testimonies and wisdom for the people of East Timor. We also got to play some worship songs as well! One of the times, the other part of the team was driving home from another ministry and we heard them on the radio. It was pretty crazy! Also, one of the ladies from our host’s church told her that it really encouraged and ministered to her. It was so fun! I haven’t spoken on a radio since I was 13, and apparently hundreds of people listen to it weekly. Craaaazy!!

Evangelism

Evangelism

 

Street Evangelism

Testimony: One of our planned ministries got cancelled so we ended up doing some evangelism and our students rocked it! They were so eager! It took a little pushing out of the nest for them to actually approach people, but when they did, they talked to a ton of people! They got to pray for a couple of huge tattooed bikers! These guys were really hard and tough looking, but when they started talking to them they softened up immediately and asked them to pray for them, and one asked for prayer for his mom who had cancer! We got the story of when the centurion had enough faith for Jesus to tell him that his daughter was healed without Him going to her. We don’t really know what happened, BUT us having the courage to talk to them inspired some Christians who were watching!

Clearing/Digging/Building

Clearing/Digging/Building

Building physical and spiritual foundations in a Jungle village!

Testimony: This one is quite a long actually of how the project came into being!  An amazing story I hope to share in another update (or you can email me for it). But basically we were the first team ever to go to this village, and on the first day there we saw 20 elders/leaders saved! The YWAM Dili Base Director (Anabel) shared the gospel (via the narrow/wide road passages) and I cried when I saw all there hands go up 🙂 The Holy Spirit was so evident! We were able to pray for all the converts, and are excited to see what the Lord continues to do in that village! We were able to clear (of rocks, gravel, weeds etc), dig, and build a house foundation along with a ton of villages! It was so neat to work together with them! They were very keen on doing it well and really took ownership of the project. There are 78 more houses to build there in 7 years! It is for sure quite the spiritual and physical endeavour.

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Prophetic Paintings

 Testimony: Anna is awesome! She was our team artist 🙂 Kat and I encouraged her to start exercising her faith by listening to God for prophetic pictures for people and painting them. She flourished! For the longest time she thought she couldn’t hear God’s voice, but through the paintings it was confirmed over and over that she can! So incredible to watch her faith and discernment grow over outreach!

 

 

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Preaching, teaching, sharing testimonies and doing dramas at evening village church services, local Dili Sunday services, and youth groups

Testimony: What a testimony of the students growth! Most of them had never spoken before in public, let alone preached a sermon! It was such an honour to help them, encourage them and even push them out of their comfort zones and see the Kingdom of God move through each of them as they listened to the Spirit to see what He was saying to each congregation, child, group, or family!

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 Testimony: One of the ladies on staff at YWAM Dili came out part way through our local kids program. We were in the middle of singing “Indescribable” for them just for fun and she actually told us later that she stopped and stared! They were all completely still, just staring up at us in awe! She said she had never seen such a reverence over these kids and she felt the Holy Spirit so strongly when she came closer! It was really encouraging to the team because something they’d been struggling with is the language barrier, and if people could be touched by some English worship songs! But the Spirit is the same yesterday, today and forever and isn’t bound by language!! There were so many times He used our worship music powerfully!

 

Thank you SO MUCH for your prayers! Our entire team felt them everyday! We couldn’t have done what we did without that covering of prayer. There are so many more testimonies as well, but I think my favourite one over all was actually of our team itself! When we first left, none of them were really friends and I’d say everyone had extremely different personalities etc. Several of the girls had come to Kat and me asking for prayer because they were so nervous none of them (especially the girls) would get along! So we encouraged them for quite awhile to get over differences, to be unofffendable, and to be constantly asking Holy Spirit how to love each other. With the help of Holy Spirit and their own perseverance and willingness to surrender, they came through the end with the best friends they could ever ask for! I can’t tell how big of a miracle this is! It was actually something we were concerned about, so to watch such a love blossom and a strong team unit develop was AMAZING!! I love how unity is one of the most powerful tools of the Kingdom!!

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Sadly, our school is coming to an end and the students will be graduating in 2 weeks! It’s so crazy how fast the time has flown! This week we are investing in the community of Toowoomba and serving various ministries, churches and families! It’s so far been a very productive week! Also the students are in the process of recording a CD of their own songs, so it will be great to listen to that once it gets mixed and produced!

 

I pray you are blessed beyond measure! I will be posting another update soon of what’s coming up next and more prayer requests and such. I love you all so much! As always, if you are interested in contacting me for more info, just to chat, or you’re interested in supporting me financially, my email address is hannah.macuzzi@gmail.com

Love in Christ,
Hannah

One of the many glorious sunset pics I got to take on the coast of Dili! :)) He is so creative, eh??

One of the many glorious sunset pics I got to take on the coast of Dili! :)) He is so creative, eh??

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 

 

Hello Folks! 🙂

We are just about to start Week #5 here at the YWAM Toowoomba Music & Worship DTS! We’ve had an incredible four weeks, covering the Character and Nature of God, Openness & Brokenness, Spiritual Warfare and Relationships & Identity.

Cacti and Mountain Climbing!

Cacti!

Week #1 was great! We had a great first weekend to orientate them all on life at YWAM Toowoomba. It was Australia Day on that Sunday, so we celebrated it by cooking sausages and kangaroo (not too shabby) and playing cricket! Jason Solari,  director of the Film School at YWAM Brisbane, spoke on the Character and Nature of God and of Hearing God’s voice. He is a great guy that just finished directing and producing an indie film called The Umbrella. One thing that really impacted them was that communication is 93% non-verbal! We did an exercise where we got in groups of two and stared into each others eyes for 2 minutes. We weren’t allowed to laugh or touch our face. It was crazy how much you could communicate!! 🙂 He told a lot of stories as well that encouraged their faith in stepping out, and increased their hunger to know God! http://www.theumbrellamovie.com/

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My small group! Made up of my one-on-ones.
L to R: Kendra (Alberta), Sarah (California), myself, Alina (Germany), and Caroline (Brazil)

Week #2 brought in Pablo Nunez, Director of YWAM South Australia. He spoke on Repentance, Openness & Brokenness. He gave the students many opportunities to be vulnerable and receive healing for many things. There was incredible breakthrough! Especially the Thursday night and Friday morning, they broke out into confession and prayer for about 8 hrs! It was beautiful! Many were set free from shame, condemnation, heavy bondage and oppression.

Sitting on the edge of a cliff!

Sitting on the edge of a cliff!

Week #3 Andrew Hooey, a pastor from Toowoomba and founder of Freedom Life Ministries, came and taught about Spiritual Warfare. It was actually quite funny because there was a lot of actual spiritual warfare that surrounded the week. The students were really battling abnormal apathy and sleepiness. By thursday morning small groups, everyone was realizing they were not alone in it so they began to pray and fight! Thursday morning lecture was a like a breath of fresh air and they actually got so much out of it! Not to mention that the practical part of battling in prayer and seeing the heaviness lift off of them was very encouraging. Most of them had not grown up around this kind of teaching, so it was awesome to see them respond with so many questions! By the end of the week, pretty much everyone lost their fear and/or passivity of the demonic realms and received revelation of the authority of Christ and also an awareness that there is much more happening around than we think 🙂

The fearless female staff!

The fearless female staff!

Week #4 an incredibly heavy week! We are still recovering (in a good way) from it! Marty Emmett from YWAM Tauranga NZ spoke on Relationships and Identity! We tackled lies and truths. From 11am-9:30pm Wednesday, and then most of Thursday and Friday morning the students got up on a chair and went through the ‘4 Rs’ – Repentance, Receive (forgiveness), Rebuke (the enemy and thoughts), and Replace (with Truth). Basically they repented for the different lies they’d struggled with, and were set free of more shame, comparison, anger, unworthiness, hopelessness etc. We also spent a lot of time creating a culture of affirmation! Literally spending hours affirming and calling out the gold in each other. This weekend everybody has been kind of walking around in a daze, processing their freedom! It’s great. Literally every single student has overcome numerous issues. All of my one-on-ones have been conquering intense self-identity and fear issues. Watching them step into confidence in their identities as daughters of God has blessed me so much! I love them so much! The Lord has been so good in their lives! I can’t wait to see more!

Tabletop Mountain (it literally looks like a tabletop, there is a picture of this mountain on my last post "Hey from OZ")! We can see this mountain from our base, so we went and climbed it! :)

Tabletop Mountain (it literally looks like a tabletop, there is a picture of this mountain on my last post “Hey from OZ”)! We can see this mountain from our base, so we went and climbed it! 🙂

East Timor!

East Timor!

   

Outreach! We announced our outreach teams last Sunday! It was hilarious! I am, along with my co-leader Katherine, leading a team to Dili, East Timor (Timor-Leste) April 23-May 23. The first 3 weeks of April we will be working with EasterFest (the music festival I talked about in my last post). We actually will be hosting quite a few of the artists at our YWAM base! So that should be a lot of fun actually! 🙂

We have 9 students on our team.Caleb (Quebec), Joel (Washington State), John (California), Keith (Alberta), Rachael (California), Alina (Germany), Anna (Alberta), Kayla (Michigan) and Evelien (Belgium). We had our first official team meeting on Friday night. It was great, we played a few team-bonding games and we’ve been really praying into our trip! We will be working with the YWAM base in Dili. Teaching English in orphanages and schools, street evangelism, church ministry (dramas, preaching, teaching, worship leading), prayer walking/intercession, lots of kids ministry and some village ministry. We’re so excited to join with what the Lord is doing in East Timor!

Random: This past Thursday our student and staff guys put on a wonderful night for us ladies! It was quite phenomenal actually, most of the girls had never ever been treated with such love and respect by men that when we had our ‘debrief’ (the speaker was training them in how to treat women as part of the ‘Relationships’ part of the week),  most everybody was crying! The guys did all the thinking and planning on their own, and it was a magical night to say the least! They made invitations (beautiful ones!) and hung them on our doors, dressed in black and whites to serve us a 3 course meal they made themselves, had made individual cards for each girl with encouraging words and verses, gave a rose and their arm to lead us to our seats (they even had chosen a guy to be maitre’d), and at the end washed our feet and prayed for us. Oh! And they created a photo booth and fondue party to end the night. Haha! Needless to say, they past the gentleman test with flying colours. The girls were blown away by how much they were enjoying it, and were whole heartedly doing it! And the thought behind it! So much details 🙂 Such a fun time!

Last night we had an open mic night where everyone had to perform originals! This school is FILLED with talent!!!

Myself and Evelien, one of the students on my East Timor outreach team. She is from Belgium! :)

Myself and Evelien, one of the students on my East Timor outreach team. She is from Belgium! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

—-> Myself and Kat as we plan and prep for outreach! That we would have the grace and wisdom in what the Lord has for us to do. That we would be able to humbly and wisely lead our students! 

—-> Financial needs to be met within the team for outreach.

—-> Strength and desire for the students to keep pressing in during the remaining lecture weeks.

—-> For God to keep bringing revelation to change hearts and minds of all us!

—-> Unity among the staff team, and the outreach leads!

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

I will keep the updates coming!

Much Love,

Hannah ❤