A Twist in my Story

Hi faithful blog readers,

It has come to my attention that my last blog was written over a year ago at approximately the same time that two major events in my life happened:

  1. I finished everything I had planned to do with YWAM
  2. I started dating this really awesome guy

Suddenly, my creativity dried up. Instead of writing about traveling the world, seeing people meet Christ, and all the daring dos I once embarked on- would I write about my skype dates with my long-distance boyfriend? Or would I write about the time I was spending with my nephews, watching Peppa Pig and playing legos? God grew me so much in that season- but it was all so personal. I dealt with my own insecurity of who I was without a school to lead and people to disciple, and encountered my selfishness, unmasked by the commitment to love somebody else before myself. So, no blogs were written. Though, I can imagine that you probably would have read them and prayed for me just the same. So, I regret that a little bit.

Most of you already have the spoiler, but I married that awesome guy in the beginning of July. He challenges me to follow God and not to compromise on the truth, and he has dreams to see God move in the nations. I’m so excited to do ministry and have a family with my wonderful husband, Joakim!

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Angie’s Photography ©2016 www.angiemoe.com

Meeting him and marrying him was not in my plans, but I am so grateful that it was in God’s plan because now I have a partner for life! We are currently living in Norway (where he is from) and he is working, while I am growing in the Lord full-time. (That’s a fancy way to say that I’m unemployed, newly married, and living in a new culture so God is teaching me things like patience, trust, and love. And patience.)

We’re not here for much longer, as we are enrolled to be students once more at the YWAM base in Vancouver, Canada. That’s right! Back to YWAM! Surprise! No? You’re not surprised? Well, me neither. 🙂

We will be students on the School of Biblical studies. It starts in just a little over a month. This school is so exciting and scary for us. It’s nine months of inductive Bible study, which is reading word by word to discover the meaning in the text. We will read the entire Bible and be writing papers and drawing charts all the way through. After the nine months, there is an outreach to teach others how to study the Bible for themselves. It is exciting because we will know the Bible really well when we have completed the course! But, it is scary because it is a lot of work, mentally and spiritually. We really feel this school will prepare us, at least somewhat, for being on the mission field.

In the future, this site and blog will likely be replaced by one that is for our family, but until then, I will try to keep you updated on our school and what God is teaching us. Please keep us in your prayers, we have so much to learn and so much we want to do.

Tussen Takk (That’s “thanks” in Norwegian)!

-Danica

 

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The School of Supernatural Missions

I am back from the cabin in the woods! 

I just completed the School of Supernatural Missions with YWAM in California. The school was amazing! It was a in depth look at many of the things that God has been speaking to me about and leading me in over the last year or so. 

We covered a lot of practical topics on the school such as Prophesy, Healing, Deliverance, Worship, and Spiritual Warfare. We also talked about how it looks to do all of this stuff in a variety of cultures and contexts.

Over this school, I learned to be more confident in the gifts God has put inside me, and in what He wants to do through me. I grew in my knowledge of the Holy Spirit and what He is doing around the world, and consequently, grew in my love for Him.

One of my favourite parts was a big outreach we did in San Fransisco. It was at a New Age expo. There were booths there for palm readers and astrologers, as well as people selling organic foods and clothing. And then there was us. We set up a booth in the corner where we played music and did art and prayed for people. It was so fun! We went in as spies, praying for people who would never go to a church or probably even talk to us if they knew. But, we called it “spiritual healings” and “original design” and when they saw and felt God moving powerfully in their lives, then we could explain more to them of Jesus’ love and power. It was an incredible weekend and we saw many people healed and even a few give their lives to God.

Even though I am currently in Indiana with my family, the school is not over yet! In August and September, I will be joining a team from the California base at a YWAM base in Norway. We will be running a four week seminar on the things we learned in the school. I will be doing some teaching, be on prayer teams, and take others out to do evangelism. I am so excited to be on outreach again in a few weeks! Please continue to pray for me as I get ready to go. 

  
Our school and the staff being crazy lunatics 🙂

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California Dreamin’

Two weeks into my new school! I am finding it different (but not in a bad way!) to be a student again. This week we had awesome speakers from Freedom River Outreach in Tacoma, WA. They were teaching us about their prayer ministry that they do in the streets of Tacoma amoung homeless, drug addicts and others who wander through their doors.

Their ministry is to pray for people’s “original design” aka their identity and the way God created them. They pray to break off lies people believe about themselves from circumstances they have been in, or things people have said about them, or their own sin. They have seen a lot of people experience God through this prayer ministry and receive salvation and healing from drug addictions or various sickness. It was great to learn from them! They taught us how to do this ministry for others, but they also prayed for us.

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It was awesome, because I realized from my time with them how God has broken so much h insecurity and self-hatred off my life in the last eight years. I used to torture myself for every mistake I made, feeling that it proved my theory that I was not good at anything. This exactly where the enemy wanted me. But through growing in my relationship with God and seeing myself as His child, I no longer feel that way. That was such a cool revelation for me and I am so grateful to God for all the work He has done in my life! I am trusting Him to do the same in the other areas of my life where I want to be free! This week He was showing me how I need to be free from fear and I am so ready to be rid of that in my life. I am excited! 

This weekend we also took a road trip to Los Angeles to participate in Azusanow! It was almost 100,000 people packed into a stadium praising God, repenting of sin, and praying for revival in America! It was amazing to be a part of that event and I am expectant for what is going to happen in our country now!

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Toe to Toe with a Kangaroo

Last week I was interviewed about my time on staff at YWAM Newcastle. Watch this awesome video of my reflections on the last four years and my thoughts on battling kangaroos.
 

Meet Danica, she is one of our incredible staff and leaders here. In this latest interview she shares a bit of her journey in missions with us.

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Big Changes Ahead!

Big Changes Ahead! Writing a blog title like that- it gets people interested. What are the changes? You want to know. I thought about writing a title like so many popular links that show up on Facebook: Woman Circumvents the Globe and you won’t BELIEVE what happens next… Click the link for the story! But since you’re already here, reading this, I guess that wasn’t necessary. 

The point I am trying to make, though, is that things are changing. God has stirred up my heart to move in a new direction. Many of you know, but for those that don’t, I am currently transitioning out of staffing at YWAM Newcastle. This has been an emotionally difficult decision, like most life-changing choices. It has been, and continues to be, one of those seasons where one day I am excited and thrilled for what is next, and the next day I wish I was staying with my friends here in a job I know how to do. 

But, even through those ups and downs I have heard God speaking very gently to my heart. Not to be afraid, to trust, to let go of control and of security. And so I know that what lies ahead, though it may be more difficult, will also be full of rewards. 
So what lies on the road ahead? 

First, I will be attending a YWAM school in Mendocino Coast, California, called the School of Supernatural Missions. This school is going to be focused on evangelism, and I hope that through attending it, I will have an even deeper understanding of what God is moving me into next. I will be at the YWAM base in California most of March- May, and then will join my fellow students and our staff for an outreach in Norway, during August and September.

Second, I will be spending time with my family and friends in the States this year, getting to know my nephews more and visiting with, hopefully, many of you who have supported and encouraged me through this season.

Third, I will be making plans for an eventual move to Nicaragua, hopefully in early 2017. For those of you that have followed my journey in missions through this blog, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you that my desire to partner with God in the nations has only increased during my time in YWAM. This has led me to Central America time and time again, and this last year to Nicaragua. This is where I feel led now, to continue in missions in a “full-time outreach” capacity. Part of my time at home will be nailing down exactly what this looks like, so stay tuned for updates!

It probably isn’t hard to BELIEVE what is happening next in my life, but I would love your continued partnership with me during this time. I need a lot of prayer, and honestly, a lot of encouragement too. Thank you so much!

– Danica

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Fruit Simply Happens

It was in her book ‘Birthing the Miraculous’ that missionary Heidi Baker said, 

“Fruitfulness is birthed from love. Bearing fruit is a delight, but it is not the final goal. Intimacy with God must be our purpose. If we pursue Him above all else, fruit simply happens.”

Over this last six months, God has been teaching me this very lesson. 

Though I have known it all in my head for a long time, intimacy with God is not something that can be worked out or obtained through striving. No amount of Bible studies, Christian lectures, or even missions trips can teach us to love God fully. It has to be a heart decision. 

For me, in this recent season, I had put myself in a position where I desperately needed God. Things kept going awry as I tried to make them work on my own. 

Through this, I have found myself loving Him more, focusing on Him, and seeing fruit happen out of that. Instead of working and fighting a somewhat wearying struggle to obtain fruit that can be presented before God, I have begun a delightful journey of reaching for God and watching everything I wanted to see happen become a reality. This has made me love Him even more and also enjoy life and missions even more!   

  

This is the biggest lesson I have learned over this school, and I hope that I will continue to learn it as I keep doing life with God! He always has more to teach me.

I want to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a season that is filled with the joy of knowing God is with you. I will be spending a warm and sunny Christmas in Newcastle with friends before transitioning into some new things. I can’t wait to tell you about what God is calling me into next, so stayed tuned for my next update!

Happy Christmas!

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The Market

Have you ever been to a market that sells human beings? In the Mercado Oriental, the largest market in Central America, there is a section just for prostitutes. This was our beeline when we got off the bus at the Mercado. They were sitting in rows waiting for customers. They were not expecting what happened next. 

We started to pray for them and share the gospel with them. I had prayed for a few women when I saw one lady sitting at the back. God spoke to me “She thinks I forgot her”.

 I went to her and said, “Can I pray for you?” And she looked very surprised. “Me?” I nodded my head and said that God had not forgotten her. I began to pray for her, and as soon as I touched her shoulders, she began to cry. 

When I finished praying, she was weeping. God told me many things to say to her, things about her past so she would know He had been with her all along. He said she had once followed Him but she had turned her back on Him because of a bad circumstance that happened. She was amazed that I could know this. And God gave me a song to sing over her, which started a fresh wave of tears. 

She kept asking me, “Who are you? Why do I feel something warm and tingling in my body when you touch me? How do you know these things about me?” I could only share with her that it was God and that He had sent me all the way to Mercado Oriental in Nicaragua because she needed to know that she was not forgotten by Him.

She returned to Jesus that afternoon.

  
   

 I don’t want anyone to think they could ever be forgotten by God. 

And yet, in Nicaragua, I encountered again and again, people who felt that God looked on them either with disdain or indifference. 

Our team spent countless hours living and doing ministry with a group of young men called the Nicavangelists. These guys are from families and circumstances that you and I could never dream of. They are brought together by an amazing missionary family to break dancing and trick (a cross between martial arts and gymnastics) to spread the gospel. 

Though they have heard about Jesus for most of their lives, they can not see themselves as worthy to be loved and forgiven by Him. I think most of us feel that way, at least at some point in our lives. Probably because we are not worthy! Only Jesus is worthy. 

I shared with several of my friends that I made there that Jesus died for our sin, and He also died for our shame, and He also died for all the work of Satan in our lives. And then He rose again so we could have new life- living in His righteousness, His worthiness. 

Later that week, I got to be a part of baptising three of them, I got to speak out this truth over their lives as they physically represented the death and rebirth they were experiencing in the spiritual. 

  
We are all a little bit like that woman in the market. Feeling forgotten, feeling unworthy. Let’s remember what Jesus did for us so that we can walk in the life He gave us.

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The Peach Bearer 🍑

“God is testing us, and life is that test. If you get the answers right you go to heaven, and if you get any of the answers wrong you go to hell.”

My friend and I were sitting on a brick wall in the shade of a 100 year old tree when he said this to me.

I’d only met him yesterday, I was sipping cha outside one of the faculty buildings at the university when he interrupted everyone to introduce himself and promptly dominated the conversation from there. 15 minutes later, he was sharing with me the peace he felt in his heart after talking with me.

” I know.” I said, confidently. ” That’s because every day I recieve peace from Jesus and then I give it out to everyone who needs it.” He liked this idea, and as he tagged along with me over the next couple of days, he would exert all of his charismatic skill in begining conversations with groups of students saying,

“This is Danica, and she has come to our country to bring peace to everyone from Jesus.”

It was always quite the introduction, especially since, in his accent, ‘peace’ would come out as ‘peach’ and I would imagine myself with a basket of delicious ripe peaches, a tasty gift from Jesus to the people of Bangladesh.

In all of our chats over these two days, he never tried to disguise his growing curiosity at my life, my love for Jesus, and of course that ever-present peace. He asked me flat-out, “would you teach me about Jesus?” That floored me. Because my new friend is a Muslim.

Which leads me back to being under that tree, sitting on that brick wall as he told me some of his thoughts on God. He told me how God doesn’t care whether we live or die, God is testing us, God can only be known through reading the holy books… These are the things he has been taught about God. The thing is, I have heard all these before. The enemy always uses the same lines and he has told me some of these. That God doesn’t care about me, that I will never live up to God’s standards, that God is distant and unknowable.

So we sat under this tree and I told him about the one thing that changes everything. The incarnation of God. The person of Jesus.

In the person of Jesus, God made Himself knowable. In the person of Jesus, God revealed His unfathomable love for us. In the person of Jesus, Gods only standard became surrender. We have to know Jesus, accept his love for us, and trust Him completely. All of us, Christian or Muslim or anything else.

It’s hard for my friend to understand. He has spent the last 28 years believing that Jesus was an inconsequential prophet and that God had it out for him. But, something is happening. He is softening. He is curious and hopeful. His spirit is crying out to know the truth about God.

He is hungry.

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Five Thoughts on Waiting

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1. It never gets any easier.

Just when I think I have mastered the art of waiting, I find myself faced with a new challenge. Waiting longer than I have ever waited before raises questions like “Does God see how long I am waiting?” And those questions raise doubts and subsequently make waiting more difficult. Why can’t I just implicitly trust God with everything? Now that would be the best way to wait. Either that, or hibernation, which I have seriously considered once or twice.

2. The Holy Spirit loves to be waited for.

I don’t totally understand God (maybe you do, and you could enlighten me) but He is really into having us wait. I don’t want to say it builds character because that seems cliche, and like a quote from “Holes”, but actually in Romans 5:4 it says that perseverance builds character. So yeah. If you have the character to persevere, then you get more character. You get character that hopes. And hope does not put us to shame. Because it’s hope in the Holy Spirit, the one we are waiting for. It’s like a cool, but somewhat painful, circle of growth.

3. Everybody does it.

When I am waiting, I feel like the only person in the world who understands what it feels like to wait. I get confused and slightly disoriented. Am I doing the right thing? Am I supposed to be waiting this long? Where am I? Who am I? It helps a little bit to remember that everybody has seasons of waiting. God promises something, we wait for it to happen. A quick Bible survey gives us a list with the likes of Abraham and David and Jesus on it, and that’s not to mention, um, everybody else who has ever followed God in the history of the world. 

4. God is faithful.

In Hebrews 10:23, it says that the One who promised is faithful. In waiting seasons, we are not just waiting for some thing or event, we are waiting for someone. Someone who has proven Himself to be faithful (as in, He keeps His promises). So I have to keep reminding myself of that. My brain is small and squishy and doesn’t remember this all the time. So,  I sing songs about it, and read verses about it, and write blogs about it. Because probably whoever is next to me has a small squishy brain that also forgot what God did yesterday. And the day before that. 

5. God cares a lot less than we do about what we are doing.

Not that God doesn’t care about our actions, but we tend to be very frantic people. I tend to be a frantic person. And when something ends, I MUST DO MORE OF THE THINGS. I don’t think God is so interested in filling our schedule as we are. I think He wants us to know Him, and to know different facets of His character, and to implement those things into our character, and all of this has to do with our hearts, not our calendars. 

  

  

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Around the World in 60 Days

This year has been very different for than my past years in missions. I’ve been extended in my leadership, and given opportunities that I would never have imagined in years previous (like being the schools speaker! (See previous blog.))

Outreach is no exception! This year, for the first time ever, I will not be leading an outreach team. I am passing the baton, training and equipping my staff to be the leaders so that all the passion and insight I have gained in that position can now be theirs! It’s pretty exciting.

So, what will I be doing for outreach?

This sneaky job called a pastoral visit.

Basically, I will be visiting my teams on the ground to help the leaders and to continue discipling them in their leadership, to provide fresh insight into any problems or disunity, to encourage the team in ministry and give a fresh fire to the work, to observe and to encourage.  It’s a unique opportunity that I am excited to pursue! I believe it will enrich both teams and also give me continued insight into development of everyone I am discipling!

First, I will traveling with a team of ten to…

I will be with this team for 3 weeks, after which they will move on, without me, to India  (and after that, Nepal) and I will be flying to…

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While here, I will not be with one of my teams but will be reconnecting with friends and exploring ministry opportunities while making my way over to…

  
I will land in Nicaragua a couple days before the team arrives by bus (having been in El Salvador and Honduras prior to my arrival), and I will join them in their ministry for a total of 3 weeks there as well as in Costa Rica. Then, we will fly back to Australia to finish the school!

So, yes, I will be circumventing the globe in a little under 60 days! Perhaps I will write a book afterwards! 🙂

The cost of this trip is approximately $5,500 USD. Thankfully, I have been able to save up much of this from my monthly support and I am currently in need of only $2,000.

I know that some of you have already expressed interest in giving towards my next outreach, so you will hear from me shortly! If you are interested in giving and haven’t already let me know, you can do so in a tax-deductable way by sending a check made out to YWAM to:

YWAM

P.O. Box 3000

Garden Valley, TX 75771-3000

Please include my name “Danica Sauder” on a separate sheet of paper. DO NOT write my name anywhere on the check.
Or on paypal (the not tax deductable way) by following this link:

Please pray for me and my team leaders as we prepare to take this group of students out to influence the world and be influenced by the call of God!

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