We flew to the University of the Nations to help run the first BONFIRE, an annual Tribe gathering that brings together lifestyle missionaries from around the globe. Bonfire is a Tribe family gathering for practitioners, leaders, pioneers and partners from around the world.
Lifestyle missionaries are people who intentionally integrate the call of Jesus into whatever work they do. We had a variety of people attend, from Korean pop music producer to Chinese megachurch pastor to Snowboarder’s for Christ president and missional community leaders from Norway.
Life was FULL ON at the University of the Nations / YWAM Kona. While it took time to adjust to this many people and ahem… noise, it was really rad to be surrounded by so many amazing people & experience doing life together! We had heard about YWAM Kona for so many years and we couldn’t believe we’d actually be living there for a season.
What’s life there like? It’s hot and sunny everyday. And every building is open-air style. On base, you’re living outside most of the day. It’s hard not to be happy, with all that vitamin D. There is always someone to talk to or someone to pray for you. It’s common to see people praying together at any point in the day, at any random place around campus. Meals are in a huge group. Corporate worship gatherings happen on average 3 times a week as a base. There is a prayer room you can pop into at any time. You’re surrounded by amazing people with vision and heart. From new students from around the world, to the seasoned pioneers who helped start the base. To inspiring lecturers and well-known names. All over base are new moms, seasoned moms. There are kids everywhere, attending the base schools or kids-based DTS’s while their parents are staffing or students themselves. Sparrow made to many new little friends! It’s really like living in a thriving, busy village. Here are snapshots from our time on base!
Wedding—We came stateside in October to attend & be a part of my sister’s wedding. Thanks to Beth & Logan for tying the knot so we could come over & see everyone! Ha! It was a gorgeous and memorable day that I will always treasure in my heart. I was the maid of honor & Sparrow was the flower girl. She did an amazing job! Almost all our extended family attended so it was very special to have everyone together. And it was so special being there since we introduced Beth to Logan in New Zealand.