Posts Tagged ‘spirituality’

 

Hello from the other side…. ūüėÄ

Hey there folks! This is an update from May-June (the last one was actually one I wrote back in May, but just posted it yesterday)! ūüôā I’ve been up to a bunch of stuff!

What I’ve been up to¬†these past few months:

Well, I went to New Zealand for 10 days in June, after the January Discipleship Training School graduated! Myself and one of my best friends who’s been staffing with me for a couple years, Rebekka from Germany, went¬†together and rented a car and stayed at several YWAM bases, and did some couch surfing as well! The whole trip was amazing, we got to experience New Zealand, get some rest, get renewed and ready for the next school and have so much fun! I was so blessed to have been able to go. We met a lot of cool people who love Jesus and got to encourage some who don’t know the Lord! We visited Hobbiton, (one of my childhood dreams come true), climbed some mountains, visited the Hot Springs, explored some deep caves and went on a boat that floated¬†underneath a million glow worms lighting our way, hung out in¬†the city of Auckland and drove throughout the North Island. Thank you Jesus for opportunities like this! ūüôā

 

Also, I turned 26! ūüôā

My birthday was on July 1st, right after getting back from New Zealand, and I had a blast! I was able to skype with a lot of my family, opened my birthday package from my parents that had a bunch of Canadian chocolate, ate dinner out with all the YWAM staff still on base, ate some of my¬†Canadian Maple Leaf birthday cake,¬†and watched Tarzan¬†with everyone. Wonderful ūüôā

 

After that, on July 4th we started Staff Training! From then til the end of July, I was pretty much leading the whole base (the base leaders were all away on holiday), organizing and running staff training, planning and preparing the school and training my new DTS staff how to staff a DTS! It was a CRAZY month but so amazing to see myself stretched and the Lord’s faithfulness to preserve my sanity and strength. When the school started and all the other base leaders arrived back, I felt a big weight lift but I also was so amazed at how far the Lord has taken me in the past few years, there is NO WAY I would have been able to do this even a year ago, I would have freaked out and probably stressed so much and made myself sick. Wow, HE IS FAITHFUL and HE GIVES SO MUCH GRACE! Seriously, amazing.

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Also, as you know, I’ve been preparing the past 6 months for the July Music & Worship DTS, and it has now officially started! It’s the first time I’m leading a school fully on my own, so scary but exciting! ūüôā We just finished Week #2, having covered the topics of Character & Nature of God, Hearing the Voice of God and Repentance & Forgiveness. There are 13 students from North America and New Zealand, 4 boys and 9 girls.¬†They’re amazing!!! Compared to other schools, it is a young group, but some things we felt strongly as a DTS staff team (there are 4 staffing the DTS¬†and myself) before we started were that the Lord has gifted this group with an anointing in wisdom, discernment and understanding, that He was going to grow them & mature them fast, and that they were going to bring a level of consistency, steadfastness and peace such that this current generation has seen little of. I’m so excited to see that already happening! These guys are incredibly hungry for the things of God. And something we keep feeling the Lord telling us as a school is that faith is not built on emotion it’s built on the Fear of the Lord which leads to the knowledge of God and a deep deep wisdom & understand. Some amazing passages that God has spoken over us are

Hosea 6:3

Let us press on to know the Lord

Psalm 119:97-104

Oh, how I love your law!
    I meditate on it all day long.
Your commands are always with me
    and make me wiser than my enemies.
I have more insight than all my teachers,
    for I meditate on your statutes.
I have more understanding than the elders,
    for I obey your precepts.
I have kept my feet from every evil path
    so that I might obey your word.
I have not departed from your laws,
    for you yourself have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth!
I gain understanding from your precepts;
    therefore I hate every wrong path.

& Proverbs 2:1-11

My son, if you accept my words
    and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
¬†¬†¬†¬†and applying your heart to understanding‚ÄĒ
indeed, if you call out for insight
    and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds success in store for the upright,
    he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
    and protects the way of his faithful ones.

Then you will understand what is right and just
¬†¬†¬†¬†and fair‚ÄĒevery good path.
For wisdom will enter your heart,
    and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Discretion will protect you,
    and understanding will guard you.

 

I am so excited to see the Lord already transforming these amazing young people into targeted arrows for the Kingdom of God that are going to be sent out soon into the nations! We just had a week of Repentance & Forgiveness and every student has chosen to open their hearts to the Lord and let His light come in and speak Truth. I’ve watched minds and hearts healed, tears come and forgiveness and confession of their identity in Christ and not in sin bring freedom. Thank you Jesus for Your work on the cross!

Thank you for your prayers, they mean the world to me! You mean the world to me as well, and I pray for you to be filled with all knowledge of the glory of God and with His power.

 

Much love,

Hannah ‚̧ xoxo

 

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TEAM FIJI!!! ūüôā 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! ūüėÄ Adventure is so fun ūüôā

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 ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs 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! ūüôā

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! ūüôā

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

If you choose the online method, please put ‚ÄúHannah Macuzzi, serving with YWAM Toowoomba‚ÄĚ in the ‚ÄúMessage/Instructions for YWAM Project Funding‚ÄĚ box.

http://ywamcanada.org/donations.htm

Or click on the link below¬†if you‚Äôre not Canadian and/or don‚Äôt need, want a receipt ūüôā

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‚ÄĒthat 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

Hey everyone!

Keep reading to the end to see the big news! ūüėČ

 

What have I been up to for the past month? Well, after the school graduated in mid-June we had a bit of debrief for a week. Myself and Kat (my previous outreach co-leader) and I went on a bit of a holiday for a couple weeks. We visited Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast. It was a blast! Lots of sun, and God encounters ūüôā We got back a couple weeks ago and since then we have been busy getting ready for our next school. I also had my birthday and turned 24! Crazy!

Hangin' out at the beach in Sunshine Coast!

Hangin’ out at the beach in Sunshine Coast!

 

Our new school is starting on Saturday! All the students are coming in tomorrow! We have 17 girls and 4 guys from all over the States, Canada and Europe. Our staff team is growing as well. There are now 15 of us total. 9 are directly involved in the DTS Lecture Phase, 6 of those are leading outreach teams, and 6 are running Base admissions/accounts/maintenance/kitchen etc.

 

I am involved with Lecture and Outreach phases this school! As Lecture Phase staff I will have 3 female one-on-ones, be co-leading a small group of 6 girls, marking/assessing homework and student growth, attending lectures with the students, facilitating ministry times, leading weekly evangelism nights, attending Prayer meetings in the city, teaching (I actually get to teach this coming week for a couple hours on Biblical Foundations on Worship), and lots and lots of prayer! Please be praying for the Lord to completely transform and affirm these students! They are so excited and are so in need of His identity and a deeper intimacy with Him!

wild kangaroos!

wild kangaroos!

 

During the Lecture phase I will also be preparing for Outreach Phase. I’ll be co-leading a team for 7 weeks! Location and co-leader announcement will be in a couple weeks when the teams are formed and the students know where they are going. Right now, myself and my co-leader are creating budgets, schedules, risk assessments, guidelines etc, and also brainstorming about Outreach Prep nights which are once a week with our team. Please be praying for our Outreach Teams as we prepare and get hearts for these nations we will be ministering too. Pray also for us as leaders that we would continue to be bold!¬†We’ve been reading through Acts and AH! I want to be like Paul! I’m so excited to get to watch these students step out, and I want to continue stepping out as well. The Spirit that raised Christ Jesus from the dead is inside me! Yes!

 

Sunshine Coast pier view!

Sunshine Coast pier view!

I also will be working with our Base Training Director as Worship Coordinator. I’m not entirely sure what it entails yet (I just started doing that this week). I believe it will include organising outside worship opportunities and getting teams together to help serve in the community. We’ve already been asked by a local church to send a worship team there once a month! It is exciting! I am getting more and more of a heart for Toowoomba every week! We’ve been getting out into the community a lot more as well! Please be praying for a more permanent way of transportation. Currently, we have none except a couple of staff have cars. It is extremely hard to organize things for students in town when we have such limited modes of transport. The walk to town is about an hour so it is possible, but when carrying gear and such it’s obviously not ideal. ūüôā

 

Here’s the big news!

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, logistical stuff, and getting a feel for the direction of the school. As School Leader I will be taking the weight of the spiritual load during the 5 months. As well as being classroom manager, running¬†Orientation, more teaching, and much more pastoral care.¬†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! ūüôā

If you are interested in joining with me financially as I walk out in this mission of raising up a generation of disciplers, missionaries, worshipers and musicianaries in Australia, please let me know.

There are a couple of ways to support me:

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 ‚ÄúHannah Macuzzi, serving with YWAM Toowoomba‚ÄĚ. They do not want anything written in the memo section of the cheque. You can type¬†the same thing into “Message/Instructions for YWAM Project Funding” if you choose the online method.

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

I am praying to raise about $4,000.

As always I pray this finds you well and that you are richly blessed by the Lord in every moment as you seek Him and His kingdom! I pray He showers you with His love, and you are captured over and over by the power of His gaze. He is worth it all! He is worthy of glory in every encounter with people, whether that’s on the bus or at work, at home or in school! His name can be made known! I pray you are filled also with the knowledge of the glory of His Name, and that as you live life you pour that out into those around you.
We are one, as He is one!

Blessings,
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! ūüôā

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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! ūüôā

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! ūüôā 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 ūüôā 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 ūüôā 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 ‚ÄúHannah Macuzzi, serving with YWAM Toowoomba‚ÄĚ. 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 ūüôā

–> 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! ūüôā

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!! ūüôā 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 ūüôā

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! ūüôā

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! ūüôā

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 ūüôā 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! ūüôā

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 ‚ÄúHannah Macuzzi, serving with YWAM Toowoomba‚ÄĚ. 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 ‚̧

… Of His Dreams

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“We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.‚ÄĚ

— Arthur O’Shaughnessy

This melancholy poem was once the outlook that I had on life, particularly in my own. The nomadic spirit that the Lord has placed on me can occasionally be confused with alienation, isolation, loneliness and a general sense of not belonging anywhere, that is, if perceived through a worldly or non-biblical perspective. It can lead to sadness, depression, self-pity, rejection, and a whole host of other ungodly emotions!

At times, there is this assumption or idea that there is a great cost to being a Mover of the earth and a Shaker of the world. But the more time I spent with my Maker, the more I realized that I was not called to move the earth and shake the world, but He has called me¬†to move His heart. And of course, shaking the earth just so happens to be a natural (or should I say supernatural) by-product of moving His heart.¬†¬†While this life is not promised¬†to be¬†comfortable, it IS filled with the promise of¬†His abundant love and the love of His people.¬†One thing I’ve learned from world-traveling, is not that I am alone, but that I am in the largest family known to man-kind! Every where I move or go, He is there and so is His body! It is supernatural + phenomenal.

Speaking of moving…. guess what? I’m moving to AUSTRALIA! I know, eh! What?! Haha! Yep, you see, it is a long story. Let’s start where I last left off! In case you missed that, head over to the post titled ‘Surprise’.

–>¬†https://consecratedbygrace.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/surprise-d/

Sooo, here goes!

Back in May of 2013,¬†my church offered me a position on their staff. At that time, I had been home for two months and had watched and waited for something. Anything really. It’s very weird for me not to be doing stuff. Lots of stuff. Which, in itself was a lesson straight from the Lord! He started teaching me to live extraordinary in the ordinary. To live loud in the silence. Phewie, that’s a hard one, and boy, am I still learning!

So anyway, back to my church, I accepted the job offer¬†in May and became a temporary Youth Pastor to eight of the coolest kids around. Now, when I said yes, I never ever in a million years saw myself doing the youth pastor thing. I’m not sure why, it was just never on my radar! But I wouldn’t trade these past eight months for anything. I fell in love with my kids! I’ve watched them grow in the Lord, with each other, and in hunger; it’s been awesome. I even got them making music! When we started, there were only two confident musicians. We now have a solid team of two guitars, a piano, a keyboard, an ukelele, a drummer and some nice vocalists! They sound amazing! Honestly, when we started¬†I wasn’t very optimistic, bahaha!

Some of the youth and I at a local outreach! :)

Some of the youth and I at a local outreach! ūüôā

I’ve also been in charge of the worship ministry at the church. I’ve done all the logistics, creativity, encouraging, mentoring, facilitating, and communicating. I’ve been able to witness the worship team expand, help leaders grow into their authority and freedom, and experience some beautiful moments with the Lord and our congregation! Watching our unity grow has been wonderful as well!

Tranquil Acres Camping

Tranquil Acres Camping

That same week I was offered the job at the church, I was approached by a woman who owns a trailer/rv camping grounds with her husband. They were getting on in their years and the physical labour was getting to be too much. She asked me if I would like to work for them. They would give me as many or little hours as I needed, and they’d work around my other commitments. They gave me a bike, as it was only about a 25 minute bike ride from my house. And I’d be working outside doing physical labour and the campgrounds were spectacular. Every single thing about this job was an answer to my prayers, and hers! Did I mention one of my prayers was that my bosses would love the Lord? What an answer! She is a mighty prayer warrior, and it often you’d find her lifting up her voice to the Lord! My favourite times were when we would get together and pray for the campground. Such a precious time of learning and being humbled by this woman’s faith!¬†By the end of the season (there are so many crazy God stories involved with this!) all the campers (most were not Christians) were talking about how much joy and life I had and how I brought a smile to their hearts even on their worst day. Ha! I love how the Lord is so evident even when we don’t have a clue! I was just doing my thing, working away!¬†It was like a puzzle and all the pieces were coming together. He is so faithful eh? When we wait on Him? It’s all in His timing!¬†Back to Australia!

That same week as both job offers, I was looking around on different mission sites just for fun. Okay confession: I had the thought “So I’m single, 23 and can go anywhere in the world, literally…” And I ended up on the YWAM page! I randomly looked up “worship staff opportunities” because once you’ve done a DTS you could potentially staff at any of their bases, and there were about a billion different options. I clicked on several but nothing really made me actually interested… that is until I clicked on the YWAM Toowoomba link! Honestly, I had no idea where that even was. Turns out, it’s in Queensland, Australia!

Toowoomba!!

Toowoomba!!

The base runs a Music & Worship Discipleship Training School (DTS). So I submitted a short form of interest to staff there, and was just expecting an automated response with the costs, commitment length etc. Instead, I got this remarkably long, personal email from the Base Director and his wife, explaining the history and heart of the base, their vision (matched up with my passions exactly), and their need for female staff! Especially those with worship leading experience. They answered most of my questions before I even asked them and they even offered to help with my flight there! WHAT! Almost unheard of! So I freaked out. Showed my parents, my church leadership and some friends. Everyone said, “Well Hannah this is pretty much you to a tee. Jesus. Worship. Travel. Disciple. Dance. Pray (they are in the midst of opening a House of Prayer). Music. Missions. Unreached People Groups. Australia. You will kick yourself if you do not consider this opportunity!” So I prayed and prayed, and so did my leadership and my parents etc. I got several confirmations, so I sent in my visa application (ANOTHER ONE! I will probably end up writing a book on visas for missionaries, haha) and waited! Oh! And not to mention, those jobs that the Lord set me up with enabled me to save a good chunk of the costs of going! Being on staff with YWAM is basically being a full-time missionary, and we have to raise our own support and such. I finished the campground job in November and heard from Immigration a couple of weeks after that, and it’s official! The Australian government granted me¬†a 12 month visa! I am finishing up at the church the 5th, and I will be heading to Toowooomba on January 8th. My director even gave me an extra week because he found out both my sisters are due to have their babies within then next couple weeks! So awesome! Praise the Lord! So, I’ve got a billion other testimonies from these past 9 months being home. But needless to say, the Lord has been at work since day one. Even that day where I the¬†U.S. sent me home and I had no idea what the future would hold! It was all a part of His plan… who knew that it would turn out THIS cool? I never ever thought I would go to Australia. And now, here I am, moving there.

If you are interested in more details of what my mission will actually look like, stay tuned for another post in the near future. Or email me at hannah.macuzzi@gmail.com

Or message me on facebook!

Lots of love,
Hannah ‚̧

http://www.ywamtoowoomba.com/

Little sister got married in January, both big and little sisters got pregnant in March (both due in about a week), and older brother got married in August! :)

Little sister got married in January, both big and little sisters got pregnant in March (both due in about a week), and older brother got married in August! ūüôā