Friday, April 2, 2010

Set Free 2010

Thank you everyone for your commitment to prayer for the Set Free Youth Conference. It went so well. I have to apologize for my delay in getting this updated, but since the conference I have come back to the States and everything has gone rather quickly.

Set Free was so blessed. There were nearly 200 youth that attended the conference. The band, emmanuelworship, from Aussie were fabulous (you should really check them out!)! And the team and the speakers from all over the world were amazing :) Thank you to all of you that made Set Free possible. The ideal right now is that Set Free will be an annual event for the Hamilton Diocese in New Zealand. Please continue to pray for this mission. Set Free truly changed lives, mine included, and called on everyone that attended to live their lives set free in Christ Jesus.

One of the speakers made an amazing video of the weekend so I have attached the link below.

I do not know how to thank all of you enough for your prayer, love, and support. This weekend would not have been possible without you. Know that your reward will be great in Heaven :)

Also, thank you to everyone that prayed for me. This was the most challenging and rewarding six months of my life and I am a better person for it. Thank you for helping me take the leap of faith it took to go. I was so blessed. The Lord will never be outdone in generosity :) Please continue to pray for me as I discern the next step in my life. I know that it will be an amazing adventure wherever He leads me.

Love in Christ,

"For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand fast, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." Gal 5:1

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

"For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand Fast therefore and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1

Greetings Family and Friends :)

The Catholic Youth Conference: Set Free is taking place in 9 short days! Can you believe that

it is here so soon?!? I can't. So much work and preparation has already and will go into this conference with the hope that some young people get a chance to know Christ on a deeper level. Please pray for the team, that we don't lose our minds in the next week and a half! Please pray for the speakers travelling here from the Australia, but especially the States, that the Lord gives them warm weather and blue skies to fly in ( we don't like snow!). Please also pray for the teens, pray that the Lord gives them an open heart and a grace to accept Him into their lives!

All that is left to do is pray. The next blog will be to tell you how it went :)

For now I have included a photo of our high school youth group (Lighthouse) team from last term and what they are doing now, so that you have a photo of people to pray for :) We all need it!

Top row is Glen (Who is now doing NET in Aussie), Stella ( Who just entered the Catholic Discipleship College in Auckland), me ( Set Free Conference Team), James (Who is also doing NET in Aussie), Fr Michael, Daniel (The "Set Free"team), Justin (Lighthouse Helper) Bottom Row: Anthony and Amie Lee (Helpers who just got married!), and Danielle and Kerstin (Set Free Conference Team)!

God bless you all! Know of my love and be assured of my prayers!

In Christ,


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, Rejoice." Phil 4:4

Dear Loved Ones,

Gosh I miss all of you! I love New Zealand, but I miss the States :) I pray that all of your holidays were blessed with peace, family, and fun!

My holidays here were wonderful. Kerstin (one of the two original missionaries) had her family over for Christmas, so we got to have a mom, a dad, and a brother for the holiday season. It was wonderful :) Then after Christmas, while all the schools were closed and youth ministry was on a holiday break, we travelled to the South Island of New Zealand. The country is beautiful down south, and weather its the beaches and wildlife on the east coast or the mountains on the west coast, it made me appreciate God's creation even more. He truly is a GREAT God! I've included a photo of our group, which was the five of us (Kerstin, Danielle, Alexander, Daniel and myself). I have also included a photo of the youth group from around Christmas time.

Things here are hectic, but blessed. After our missionary holiday to the South Island over things got quickly back to business! We have been finalizing details with speakers, participants, schools, priests, chaperones, and buses! There are so many details! The website is finished and wonderful (thank you, Josh!) and you should all check it out at ! This week and next we are traveling to schools, and some churches around the diocese, again to speak about the conference. The lists of things to do never seem to shorten, but its all good work and the love of Jesus keeps us going!

We also took a group to a "full on" 10 day retreat for young adults...all of the practicing young adults from the country go, there were about 190 of them there. 17 were from St. Thomas More! It was a truly blessed time!

On top of that youth group starts back up in 4 days! It will be great to be working with the kids again. They are truly a great group of young people:) I just love them so much. Please keep us all in your prayers. Your prayers are truly the gas that keep our energy and sanity tanks full!

I miss you all so much. Only 2 more months - its crazy! Know of my prayers for all of you. It is going to be a sweet homecoming :)

Love in Christ,

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Psalm 57:1-3

"Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in the shadow of they wings I will take refuge,
till the storms of destruction pass by.
I cry to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
He will send from heaven and save me...
God will send forth his steadfast love and his

In the wake of the earthquake in Haiti I feel this psalm really rings true. I have a very dear friend doing missionary work in Haiti right now at an orphanage and after I heard the news it took a while to find out if she had lived through the quake and I was very blessed to learn that she had. Her name is Katie Herrmann, I am including a photo of her, and she is there with several other missionaries. Please pray for them and their mission - that the Lord keeps them safe. I realized that many many people waited in vain for good news and will never see their loved ones again. I will write more about NZ soon, but I thought I would just take this moment to remind everyone to say a prayer for them. A prayer for those who passed away and one more for the survivors who have to go on without them. Thank you all and God bless!

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
May perpetual light shine upon them and may they rest in peace.
Amen.m (him, her).
V. May the souls of the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
R. Amen.