bonne année tout le monde

…and cue 2018!

Hi friends and family! Happy new year! I am back in my home in Biarritz, but I have had a grand time away visiting my family in Singapore. It was so great to see them and spend time together after being away for a year. It was a Christmas I will never forget! As some of you probably know my dad found himself in the hospital from around the 20th-26th due to a staph infection but he is doing a lot better now and we definitely made the most of it despite the unfortunate event it was. Days were spent exploring the city (a really cool place), playing volleyball, trying all sorts of new foods, swimming in our pool; needless to say it was a sweet time and I feel refreshed and ready to start 2018.

I also had a dreamy week in Vietnam visiting a friend who did her DTS last year that lives there with her family. Another friend from Germany was visiting her at the same time and I got to hang out with both of them and stay with her family. It was so nice to be back in Southeast Asia and I know for sure I’ll be back again!

Thinking back on this year I am overwhelmed by all the experiences I have had and how God has moved in my life. I’m so thankful for this community of YWAMers that have become some of my closest friends. I’m so thankful that I got to staff the Backpack Europe DTS 2017 and all the opportunities it gave me to grow and to lead, to serve and to make even more friends all over the world. I’m so thankful for my supporters at home in Canada and how I wouldn’t be able to do any of this if I didn’t have their financial support. I’m so thankful for God’s faithfulness and how I’ve learned and experienced it more than ever before this past year. I’m so thankful for fresh vision and dreaming about the future with a God that is for me.

As we speak, there are students arriving for the Football DTS this quarter. And one of our buildings is being emptied out and re-done to host a cafe/surf shop. I am serving this quarter on the Sports Ministry Team! (Which at the moment is just 3 people-one of them to return in March). And I am continuing my online course in Nutrition/Natural Health due to be finished in March which I am greatly enjoying and learning a lot. I mentioned this before, but all staff here are going to attend french classes this and next month to work towards fluency. I haven’t raised the full amount (still needing 330 euros) for 2 months of classes, so if this is something you want to give towards, let me know!

I am so excited for this quarter, especially as we brainstorm and dream with God what Sports Ministry is going to look like, and how to further incorporate health, fitness, and nutrition into our base and into missions and developing nations.

Thanks for reading and wishing you a sweet year ahead full of good gifts from the Father and leaning on Him in all situations.

SB

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