island life and saying yes

Ten days ago, Ryan and I flew away from home-- away from grocery shopping and office work and a lot of people (and pups) we love. We landed on the Island of Hawai'i with big bags and no concept of what life here would be like. 

Views from a 747 aren't so bad.

Views from a 747 aren't so bad.

This is a native Hawaiian in traditional dress, at the 195th anniversary celebration of Christians arriving on the Island of Hawaii. 

This is a native Hawaiian in traditional dress, at the 195th anniversary celebration of Christians arriving on the Island of Hawaii. 

We are living on the YWAM base in Kailua Kona. 'Kona' literally means leeward, or calm, and 'Kailua' means two seas. That makes so much sense to me right now. We are nestled in the middle of the ocean, and protected from harsh weather by the volcano Hualalai. This season is one of being calm, digging deep,  and resting in the expanse of God's love, before being sent out to more turbulent places.

Our classes this week have been beyond. Our main lecture guest was a photographer who lives on base, Susi Childers. From any perspective, she is an incredible artist, story teller, and advocate for the human condition. She has documented and told the stories of unreached people groups, prostitutes on the streets of Mumbai, child soldiers in Nigeria, and victims of FGM and infanticide. 

She  is a world traveler, and her photos have literally changed lives. Despite all of this, she is insanely humble. All she has done she credits to Christ, saying that listening to His voice is the only reason she's been able to make an impact, and live such a full life. 

One of many local artists who line the streets of Kailua Kona.

One of many local artists who line the streets of Kailua Kona.

Abby. Yep, she really is that cool. 

Abby. Yep, she really is that cool. 

One point that really hit home for me: You won't be the first one God asks to do something, but make sure you're the last. Say yes. Living according to God's dreams for you will undoubtedly make for an adventurous, inexplicable life. But guys, we only get one shot at this! Why not?

My guy, doin' his thing.

My guy, doin' his thing.

Campus is only a short walk from the small local beach, one that we've made often. Classes, assignments, work duty (4:30 wakeup call for breakfast prep), and building new relationships has kept us very busy. We've squeezed in time at the water to do homework, reconnect, and just bask in this silly beautiful place we're in. 

I don't usually have so many words, but this week could fill a novel. It has left us tired, a little sunburnt, and just so filled up. We are where we're meant to be, no doubt about it. In the middle of the Pacific, enjoying the calm, and preparing before our next venture.

We just found out the three possible outreach locations. Wherever we end up being directed, we'll say yes! Full disclosure: we'll probably say yes to a few snow cones and beach trips, too( :

-Hailey