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I have set before you life + death, blessing + curse. Therefore, choose life, that you and your offsprng may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying His voice and holding fast to Him, for He is your life and length of days. 
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Aloha, from the beautiful island of Maui! It's crazy to think that i've only been here for only 3 weeks- so much has happened in this short period of time! I could probably sit here and type all day about everything that I have done and experienced but that would carry on for days. So I'll try to give you a quick glimpse into our everyday happenings and the things that the Lord has been teaching me. 

I continue to fall more and more in love with this island and the people here at YWAM each and every day. I have come to realize what an amazing group of people, both staff + students, that the Lord has brought together for my DTS. We have so quickly become a family, or Ohana as they call it here in Maui. This island is such a testament to the beauty + intricacy of God's incredible creation- I feel soo blessed to get to learn more about Jesus + His heart for the nations in this place! Our base is in the little town of Haiku which is located on the north side of Maui. The property is super sweet- with a huge front yard and a pool. Oh and I'm living in a room with eighteen other girls. Yes, eighteen. haha. It sounds crazy but somehow we make it work! It has definitely been a lesson in how to live in community but I love it! A five minute walk will bring you to the Cannery which has a collection of small shops, including a video store and a coffee shop that serves some killer iced coffee. Then we often hitch a ride, (yes, hitch hiking is totally normal & safe here haha), into the quaint surfing town of Paia where the beach is and all the hippies + surfers congregate. The beaches here are seriously out of this world- the salty ocean water feels so nice in contrast to the hot + humid weather. The only thing I have not enjoyed at all are the bugs- I don't think centipedes, cockroaches and cane spiders are something I'll get used to anytime soon! 

After a week of camping, bonding and exploring the island, we settled into our regular schedule which consists of lectures, worship, intercession, quiet time with the Lord, work blessings, community outreach, growth groups + an abundance of other things. Whether it's chill time in fellowship with one another or pressing into the Word, the Lord's presence is so heavily saturated in this place- I love it so much! The first week of lecture was on the basics + fundamentals of Christianity and this past week was on the Father heart of God. Both were very different emotionally but both weeks were so good.  God has been revealing so much about His heart + His character. It's been crazy to realize that, because of the Holy Spirit, we can have such an intimate relationship with the Lord. He is not silent, He speaks. The Lord has huge plans for the coming months. I am so pumped to spend this time dwelling in His presence and soaking up His promises for His children. 


But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness. If the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His spirit who dwells in you. 
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much love,
rach

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