I constantly questioned whether or not I made the right decision, doubting in my mind that God had called me to stay and hold off. The month leading up to when I would have departed from America, was rough. I was clouded in a foggy mess of confusion, regret, and a feeling of selfishness.
My family took a trip to Michigan in June, where I met Daniel and Tom -Staff Leaders for YWAM Detroit. My sister, Katie, knew them from when she was staffing YWAM in Australia, and they came up yo visit Katie, along with meet my family. All weekend they spoke about YWAM, and what an amazing experience it had been for them, and others. I felt my longing for a DTS grow and grow, after spending a mere weekend with them. Once I returned home, I found myself praying to God for some guidance on the situation. I spent about a week home, when I decided not to go on the DTS, and wait for something else to come along. The moment I made that decision, my mindset was completely flipped. I was excited about staying home, working, going back to school; however, the second I told myself there was no way I was going, I was no longer excited. I felt myself begin falling back into a depressed state, no longer enjoying the situation I was once excited about.
I felt a nudge from the Lord, telling me to reach out to Daniel again. I had been dodging his texts and calls for about a week at this point, and finally he asked if we could talk on the phone.
I agreed, and y'all, let me tell you, that phone call had the Lord written all over it. Every word that flowed from Daniels mouth was exactly what I needed to hear, and I truly felt the Lord's presence during that phone call. After a couple more days of praying, with the Lord's help, I've decided to go.
Beginning on September 6th, I will be living in Detroit with a group of men and women for 3-months, then we will go on the Outreach phase for the next 3-months, in different two countries! We don't find out where the Outreach Destinations are until we are already In Detroit.
This trip will surely be the trip of my lifetime, and I am so very grateful for this opportunity to go, and live amongst the Lord, and a great group of individuals where we all have one purpose. To Know the Lord and to make Him Known.
If financial support is Not something you are able to offer, then I Encourage you to become a part of my journey in prayer. Your prayers for myself and all the others on this journey, will mean the world to me!
- Dominique De Paz
- Nancy and Doug Paterson
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