Life, Growth, Cultivation

Buenas Días!! I have 3 weeks left in mi casa en A Coruña!! WHAT?? I am currently feeling a lot of different emotions!! This blog has taken so long to write because there are so many things I want to share with you guys but honestly I have found it difficult to put it in words. So many memories, so many friendships, so many Spanish classes, so many learning experiences, so many cafe con leches, and so many more things that I have discovered here in A Coruña. I stand in awe of my Heavenly Father seeing the growth He has done in my own life and those around me from when I first arrived in October to now!! March and April has been filled with many incredible things that have shined God’s faithfulness and also has been a time full of God revealing things to me and really cultivating my personal relationship with Him!! To CULTIVATE something is to make a special effort to improve and develop it because you think it is important. YOU GUYS IT’S A DAILY DECISION!! I have realized the difference in my heart and attitude on how I view the day and my purpose here when I do not have an extended amount of time reading God’s Word and just simply sitting and spending time with Him. I have learned that simply sitting in the presence of my Heavenly Father produces an unexplainable peace that transcends over my entire life!! It is a daily choice to spend time resting in God’s Word and not simply just reading but asking the Lord what He wants me to learn from His scripture and moving deeper past the surface level!! The word “cultivate” has become a word that God has specifically placed on my heart these past 2 months and it is a daily growing process that comes with examining my own life and surrendering my will to God’s which comes with chipping away that can be painful at times. Through this process I have had many nights on my knees beside my bed praying to my Heavenly Father and am learning daily to give the things on my heart to the Lord and not keep them built up inside me!! Honest talk: Coming to Spain for 8 months was something I felt God leading me towards and when I said yes I was so excited but more than that fear of the unknown creeped in my heart. Reflecting back to saying yes to taking a gap year was probably the boldest, scariest, most awesome moment in my walk with the Lord at the time and I have seen over and over His faithfulness and grace throughout this journey!! When God leads you somewhere, He will provide and I have seen His provision every day here in A Coruña. It has been a journey that has changed me in ways I can’t even put into words at this moment and has taught me to looks at missions overall with a totally different perspective.

(Side note: I found this acronym a couple months ago that has really stuck with me and I have been praying for growth in abiding in the Lord. This little acronym has been a daily reminder for me and I wanted to share it 🙂 )

Adore His majesty in prayer

Bless Him through service

Incline your heart toward His Word

Dwell deep in His love

Exalt Him with joy

[Now for some updates on some things that have happened the past couple months]

-ReThink: incredible event with our GBU college Bible study that included open sessions on the college campus about controversial topics and the Biblical response to them, sessions at a cafe talking about topics through the lenses of God’s Word, and question booths set up throughout the campus getting people to really think about what they believe. It was definitely one of my favorite things I have done during my time here and it inspired me seeing these college students being bold in their faith among their fellow students who need the light of Jesus in their lives!!

-English club growth

-Our OM team has visited a couple cities outside of A Coruña and spent time there praying over future church plants if it is in God’s will

-growth in relationships with the youth on a deeper level

-choreographed a dance for the youth that we performed on Easter

-growth in friendships formed through English club and Spanish classes

-went to a Galician church conference full of believers of different churches united praising the Lord [such an impactful and inspirational day!!]

(These last few weeks of my time here holds many things I have been praying over and I would ask you to help join me in prayer specifically for—->>)

1. Youth camp: please be praying for the youth to have open hearts to what the Lord is going to do

2. Boldness

3. My friend, Kiki, from Austria; please be praying for intentional conversations

4. OM convention: please be praying for safe travels to Madrid

5. Deep conversations

6. Peace about leaving very soon

Author: kaylamcdonaldblog

Hey y’all! I just graduated (go class of 2018!) and am taking a gap year to share God’s light to the people of Spain for 8 months! I can’t wait to see how God uses my team and I to be vessels to shine a light for His kingdom! Also some other fun facts are I’m obsessed with iced coffee, love to dance, and am a huge Christian rap fan! If y’all want to keep up with my adventures in Spain, I will be writing blogs throughout my time there! Remember YOU ARE LOVED and YOU HAVE A PURPOSE!

One thought on “Life, Growth, Cultivation”

  1. What an experience! I am so proud of you and all that you have allowed the Lord to do through you! Can’t wait to see you in America!

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