Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Meet My Team!

Hey All!

We are only ONE days away from take off!!! I can't believe how fast lecture phase has gone!!

Prayer requests!

  • Still waiting for Stefain's and Joanne's visas to arrive!  Please be praying that the visas arrive soon!!
  • Health for the team.
  • Traveling mercies.
  • That we would love one another.
  • That we would grow in servanthood and humility.
  • In general, for our team :)

Well, I wanted to introduce you to my team of radical Jesus loving people!

Back Row: Marshall, Max, Josh
Front: Stefani, Jenn, Joanne, Me, Hannah, Jean
My Leaders!

Max is an amazing leader, who has a heart to see the lost around the world saved. He is one who isn't afraid of sharing the gospel and has much authority.  The Lord has already used him in many ways and will continue to do so.  

Hannah grew up in a big family on the East Coast. She loves to cook!  Which is a big blessings for outreach.   She is seriously one of the most amazing people I know and I am so excited to be on her team!  I love her humility and love for everyone and her desire to not just know you, but to really get to know you.

Fellow Students

Joanne is from Australia and is an amazing woman of God! She is the quite one of the group, but when she opens her mouth, power and authority come out! I love Joanne and her boldness!

Stefani is Canadian! and that says a lot about her :) Just joking- Stef is an amazing woman of God who I can't wait to see where the Lord leads her!   She is one of those people that when you meet, you know you were meant to know!  I love her lots!

Jean doesn't waste words, she says what needs to be said and thats one of the many things I love about her!  I've had the privilege of rooming with her for the past three months and can't wait for the next three!

Josh is the comedian of the group, you can always find him saying or doing something to make the team laugh, which is good!  He is also amazing when it comes to working with children or preaching the simple gospel of Kingdom of Heaven- I'm so excited to see how the Lord uses him on this team!

Marshall + Jenn are a cute couple, who recently got married and came to do Comm Trans DTS together (well, actually Jenn did Comm Trans last year, so is technically staffing this year...)  They remind me so much of my cousins in Kansas City, so I love hanging out with them.  They add a lot of wisdom to the team (Marshal is a Bible scholar!)

God has blessed me with a totally amazing, Jesus loving, revival seeking, adventurous group of radical servants!  I am so so so excited to see how the Lord uses my team in the next few months!  Please keep us all in your prayers and when I have the chance (or internet) I will post updates :)

Blessings and thank you for all your prayers and support!
Anna Joy

Saturday, December 8, 2012

My God is a God who PROVIDES!!

These past few months God has been teaching me about completely trust in Him and His timing.   I have seen Him provide $9,595 in the past three months!  I came to my DTS with only $1,000 (which I had just made working on a film in Seattle) and having to rely on God to provide over $8,000!!!

So, I just want to say that when God says to trust Him, you got to!  I had 5 hours till $1467 was due, or I wouldn't be able to go on outreach and someone placed it in my account!  So I know who I can always trust.  Have faith in God and Him alone!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

DTS update :)

Discipleship Training School is so amazing! I don't even know where to start...

We just finished week 7 of 12, we leaned about The Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 13) and how simple the Gospel is to share with others!  When asked, Jesus said,

"And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. 9
 (Matthew 10:8-9)

We are told to "go" preach the Kingdom of Heaven, heal the sick, cleans the lepers and raise the dead.   But in todays culture, we try to over spiritualize the Kingdom of God, which is so simple and it is this- doing the will of God.   In Matthew 6:10 Jesus teaches us how to pray, saying, 
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven..."   

Our hearts cry is that God's Kingdom would come and His will would be done, here on earth, as it is in Heaven.  And in heaven, there is no sickness, no death, no tears- that is why we must pray for healing!  So what are we waiting for?

In exactly one month, I will be on a plane, headed to India!  I really can't believe how fast time flies when you are doing the will of God for your life!   I am so excited to go and help out at the Mother Theresa home and serve the people in Calcutta, India!

Here is our tentative schedule for India:
Dec 18- Leave Kona
Dec 21 - Arrive in New Delhi (3 days of travel!)
Jan 2- Travel to Calcutta (we will be there for 6 weeks)
Then we have a few other possible stops
Beg. March- Travel back to Kona

I so love the team that I am going with, we all get along really good and I know God hand picked our team!

Please be praying for us!
  • Health!  Most of the team has been struggling with health- one of the girls has a bad bug and others of us have had allergies/cold/eye problems.  We want complete health for this journey!
  • Increase Unity.
  • More team bonding.
  • Decrement for our amazing leaders, that they would know exactly where we should go/what to do while in India. 
  • Protection from the enemy- that the devil would not interfere with any of our plans or continue to attack our health.
  • Finances!  There are a few of us that still need the rest of our outreach fees. (Me included) I need $1840
  • That God would begin to open the hearts of the people that we will be ministering to in India.
  • That we would be able to share about the Kingdom of Heaven!

During one of our fun DTS hang out time!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Community Transformations DTS Journal Entry

Can’t believe that we are in week five of twelve for DTS!  This week Brian Brennt has been sharing about freedom in my Community Transformations DTS.

I’ve grown up in an amazing Christian home and awesome parents, who have always been great examples of how to daily walk out our walk with the Lord.   I didn’t think that there was anything that I needed freedom from, but little did I know what the Lord wanted to speak to me!   We are going through Brian Brennt’s Freedom Manual book and the past week, we’ve been breaking off fear and passivity in our own lives- both of which I didn’t think I had problems with.  We went through a checklist of some things we fear…. Fear of man, fear of failure, fear of the future, fear of not doing the right thing, fear of _______ (the list could go on!)  And I begun to see that I had definite things that I was fearful of, strongholds that the enemy has used to hold me back from what God has called me to do!  After recognizing our fear, Brian took us through the four “R’s”-

Repeat for how you have partnered with Satan in the area fear.
Receive the Lord's forgiveness in that area!
Rebuke the enemy and tell him he no longer has a foothold of fear in your life.
Replace what the enemy has lied about with what God says.

So freeing!  We don’t have to have any fear in our life, but the fear of God!   We shouldn’t have fear of man, of speaking to people that the Lord tells us to go talk to! I use to think that I was just more of a quite person, not made to be the evangelist, or go do lots of street preaching/ ministry, because I was terrified of speaking to strangers!  But the Lord set me free from that fear! (I’m not saying that I’m called to always be on the street corner preaching, but I won’t be afraid to talk when the Lord asks me to!)

After breaking off fear, we broke off passivity.  Another area I didn’t realize the enemy had me! We broke up into small groups and again prayed and went through the four “R’s” and again I was amazed at how many things I was passive about in my life- passive about relationships, church, ministry, etc.   After we broke off passivity, we preached it to each other, it was such an amazing time of prayer and breakthrough for many people!

I’m so excited about what the Lord is doing in my life and what He will continue to do!  I feel so blessed to be here at YWAM Kona for this season.

*I definitely recommend Brian Brennt’s Freedom Manuel (you can order it here! http://store.citycentral.org/product_p/freedom1-1-07.htm )  It would be great for any individual, small group or church to go through!  Built on biblical foundations, it is incredible 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I NEED your support!!!

I have always wondered how many people actually read my blog.... I guess I will never know...

First off, THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has already given to me!

We found out where in India we are going!  We will be working at the Mother Teresa Home for the Poor and Destitute (http://www.motherteresa.org/layout.html) I am so excited (and a little nervous!) to be able to serve in that place!  Since I was really little, I've admired Mother Teresa and the work she did in India and around the world- I even wrote a couple school papers about her life and work :)  I love how selflessly she laid down her life for the sake of serving the "lowest" people in Calcutta.   But in order for me to get to that place, I need to raise money... and lots of it!  I have complete faith that the Lord will provide (I was given $300 today!!!) but I also need to pay my school fees (about $2500 left) and then roughly $5000 for outreach, so a total of about $7500.  I want to be able to do what the Lord has called me to do and not have to worry about finances. Will you partner with me and not only me, but also you will help me help the poorest of the poor in India.   IF you want more information, I would love to talk to you more about what is on my heart!

You can give to me online or send me a check:

Step 1: Enter My Info
Last name: Lienau
First Name: Anna
E-mail: joygirl.anna@gmail.com
Birth Date: April 5, 1994
School/Seminar Name: DTS-Community Transformation
Starting Month and Year: September 2012

Step 2: Click Student: Tuition 
Then you can put in the payment amount!

or you can send a check to me: (Make checks payable to University of the Nations)

Anna Lienau
University of the Nations
75-5851 Kuakini Highway #394
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Mahalo again for supporting me and what the Lord has called me to do!

Anna :)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

To India!


The other day we found out where we will do a three month outreach after completing our three months of lecture in Kona, Hawaii with Youth with a Mission.  I am so excited that I get to go to India!

Let me tell you a little story....

I love India, I've never been there, but I still love it!  Years ago, the Lord placed India on my heart and told me that someday I would go there.  People use to (well, they still do...) ask me what I wanted to do when I "grew up" I would always say, "Be a missionary!"   I don't think too many people took me seriously... I got a lot of responses like, "Oh that's awesome, but what do you really want to do?" I would answer again, "Do missions for the Lord" and they would usually say something along the lines of, "Well, you do know that you need a 'real' job- like maybe a doctor or teacher?"   I would think about it and there have been different times I my life that I have thought more seriously about doing university, but never felt peace... So I decided that I was just going to follow the Lord and go where He would lead me and if that includes some form of higher education later on, then awesome!

Anyways, back to India... :) So, for a long time India has been on my heart - I had a picture of their flag and a map on my bullitin board, along with a sheet of paper that I had written down ideas for a orphanage/compound for children (on that compound I wanted a medical clinic, school and people to give the children skills to succed in life.)   So coming into Discipleship Training School (DTS) I wanted to go to India if that was an option for outreach.

On Wednesday afternoon the locations were revealed and there were about 15 location!  I wish I could just go to them all!   We had about 20 minutes to pray and ask the Lord where He wanted us to go and write down our top two choices and submit them to our leaders.  I go to sit down and pray and I hear the word "New York City" which is one of the locations.  I was like, "Lord, is that you?"  I kept praying and only thing I could hear was, "New York City."  I wrestel with the Lord, trying to tell Him where I wanted to go (which, by the way isn't smart, because He always wins :)  I finally put down my locations: 1) New York City  2) India.   It was probably one of the hardest things I've done, because I had no desire, what so ever, to go to NYC.   So, over the next 48 hours, I kept praying that the Lord would send me where He wanted me to go and not only where I wanted to go.  Friday night finally came around and we were sent on a treasure hunt to find out teams and then from there, locations were revealed and team leaders.   When I heard that I was going to India, I was esthetic!  I couldn't believe that the Lord granted me the desire of my heart (which He had given me!), because I thought for sure that I was headed towards NYC!  I felt like after I heard where I was going, the Lord said, "Anna, I was testing you to see if you would listen to me and do what I ask you to do, even know you had a desire to go to India, you trusted me and put down NYC" It felt like a Abraham and Isaac story.

 So... Sometime around December 19th I will travel with my amazing team of 9 (including staff) to India!  We don't know for sure where we are going within India, but we will be praying about it the next few months.

I stil need about $8000 to complete lecture and then outreach, please pray about supporting me, with prayer and financially :)

Love you guys and thank you for praying and supporting me in all that God has done and is doing in my life!