I am so excited to share with you all about an amazing opportunity that God has opened up for me! In a few short months I will be embarking on another epic adventure with God. One of my passions has always been creating. This unique opportunity will create space for me to combine my love for film, Jesus, missions, and whatever else God has in store!
Frontier Alliance International (FAI) is an organization that is based in Israel that is using media to share the Gospel. From podcasts, video's, to bible studies they use their creativity to reach so many. Check out this link to learn more about FAI: https://www.faimission.org
As of now, I'm planning on moving to Israel in October to do a 5 month internship with FAI. You can read more about my story below. I would love to invite you to partner with me on this journey. In order for me to be able to do this I'm trusting for God to provide. As a partner you're not just sending me on a trip, but you're making a kingdom investment and partnering with what God is doing through FAI! If you feel stirred to donate, your funds will help cover tuition, travel, living expenses and more. Aside from financial support, I also ask you to consider a committment to pray for me through all of this. I am confidently walking in obedience to what God is telling me to do, but I can't do it on my own.
Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions or to hear more about how God is moving.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read through this fundraiser! This is all about where I am in my life now and what's next! I really, REALLY appreciate all of you. No matter what religion you come from or if you believe in a relationship with Jesus or not. Love you tons and thank you for being a part of my journey.
I thought I'd write some of my story and help YOU understand who I am and why I’m taking this FAI (Frontier Alliance International) Emmaus Media and Arts training in Israel. Back in March there was a global fast (fasting is refraining from something for a period of time. Usually with a goal behind it) called the Global Jesus Fast run by Lou Engle. I felt strongly convicted to participate in this 40 day global fast. So I asked God what was blocking our relationship, or what I wasn’t letting go of. I wanted to give everything to Him! I immediately felt the Lord prompt me to fast this “thing” that was very dear to my heart. I knew fasting was going to be hard (and when I say it was hard… I mean it). I remember BAWLING my eyes out because I was fasting something I held so close to my heart. I realized I honestly put this thing before God a lot of the time. And would even say sometimes I loved it more. But would I do this for God my creator? Oh, you better believe no matter how hard it could possibly be, I would do it. I may have to bawl my eyes out first, but I'm doing it for my EPIC Father in Heaven all the way.
If you know me then you know I love all athletics, and all types of movements. I actually train kids in Parkour and Freerunning (which would be the stunts and chase scenes you would see in movies. It’s the sport behind it all). God called me to fast, all movement. Which is funny because working out and movement is not necessarily bad for you right? Well what I found out, is that I was working out instead of connecting to God, I was working out instead of dealing with my problems which... was bad. But God has so much grace for us. I didn’t really love movement more than God, but so often I would work out instead of dealing with my problems through God/Jesus. I told Him humbly and honestly just how hard this was going to be for me. I told God I would do it because I wanted to be more connected to Him. A week into the fast and God was ROCKING ME. It’s so funny how fasting can be a complete roller coaster. At some points I’m so fiery I could probably fly if I tried to, and other times I just wanna curl up into a ball and cry lol. I would let bad thoughts consume my mind, I was scared I would lose the strength I worked so hard to get. Normally when I think these thoughts I would workout or do something physical to deal with it for a bit, but I couldn’t. I promised God I would no longer root my identity in things that were unhealthy (unhealthy because it was getting in the way of God and I's relationship). I needed to root my identity in God my Father. I HAD to do this.
I remember sometime during the fast I was struggling more than the rest of the times. I told Him how weak I felt and how I needed His strength and that there was no way I could do this on my own. As I said this aloud I got a text. This text was from my friend who sent me a documentary. “Sheep Amongst Wolves” was the name of the documentary and it was about evangelism and sharing Jesus’ amazing love in the Middle East. There were all these crazy extreme stories of Jesus completely transforming these dastardly terrorists and people in moments with Jesus’ love through people. After watching this I needed to GO! Go and share God’s love for everyone everywhere! Watching this documentary awakened me to even more of God’s fire that’s always been burning within me. This documentary not only made me want to go physically evangelize but also create. Create movies, shows and music! All these dreams that have always been in my heart were coming alive in a new way! I did some research on FAI (Frontier Alliance International, the creators of Sheep Amongst Wolves) and discovered that they have an app with tons and tons of amazing free high quality content; ranging from beautifully eye opening documentaries to global Bible studies and music! I found out the next day FAI was planning to have a global Bible study and fast for two weeks (what perfect, timing from God!). They were gonna dive deep into eschatology (the study of end times) with intentions of finding Jesus in every letter of the Bible through prayer and fasting! This SOUNDED AMAZING, because I LOVE Revelation and the later chapters of Daniel in the Bible. Not only that, but I was already fasting. And the Jesus Fast was bringing me so much healing. My mind felt so made new! I could see clearly again! I felt amazing! And tuning into this in-depth Bible study fired me up even more! Right before the Bible study ended, I remember telling my Mom how cool it would be to learn under the FAI team and get mentored by their founder and president, Dalton Thomas. Dalton and this team were so passionate about intimacy and relationship with Jesus, and I loved that about them. During the Bible study I learned so much, and also got to see the hearts of the leaders of FAI and even more of who they were. The Bible study ended and I decided I would check out some of the training programs that they have.
I stumbled upon a training program called Emmaus. So out of curiosity (and the fact that I had no clue what Emmaus even meant) I researched it in the only way I knew how... google. I googled “Emmaus meaning” (because I’m fancy like that) and found that it was a town in Israel mentioned in the New Testament gospel of “Luke”. “Luke” reported that Jesus appeared after His death and resurrection before two of His disciples while they were walking on the road to Emmaus. WHAT? My name was said twice in that meaning!? I felt like this was a sign from God but I still didn't feel totally convinced. I brought up the topic of me going to Israel to my friends and my family. Both my friends and family know I love to create in any way possible, whether that be my movement, a camera, or music. I love all things Cinematography, Photography, Parkour/Freerunning/Stunt Work, and Movie production related. Also on the top of my list of “passions” I want (and still want) to be a superhero. I used to watch a lot of Man V.S. Wild with Bear Grylls as a kid. And always told myself I was going to do even more extreme stuff with God one day and save peoples lives. One of my friends (who actually used to live in Israel) sent me $300 because he wanted to sow into my life and journey. And that right there shoved me over the tip of the iceberg. I was in it now. So I asked God what the plan was and God gave me the idea to put out this fundraiser.
The reason I feel so strongly that this is my next step and that God is moving me in this direction. Is because God shared His burning heart for the people of Israel with me. It’s Crazy to think the God of everything, literally the creator of everything shared some of His heart for Israel with me. And He wants to share His heart for many things with all of us! The God of the universe wants to be closer with us than our very cells. Now there is a roaring fire in me to go to the uttermost ends of the earth with God... God encouraged me to put this fundraiser together, so I’m giving it my best shot. Thanks for reading and being a part of my journey. I love you guys! I couldn't be more thankful.
Emmaus Institute of Art & Media is a 4 month Training in the Golan Heights of Israel. Where I will be trained in these various ways…
A theology of beauty: How and why scriptures dignify art and creativity.
Pioneering, Leadership, and Creative Access: Fostering innovative leadership literacies for the twenty-first century.
Maranatha: What the history of His cross and hope, His coming mean for your lifestyle and messaging model.