Summary of last 6 months

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Greetings from an alive and jubilant servant of God,

            Two months have already passed since I finished my six-month YWAM Wilderness DTS in Bishop, and it only feels like I was in Kyrgyzstan last week.  An incredible amount has happened since then and this email has been postponed much too long, and for that, I apologize.  I believe my last update was in February while I was still deathly ill serving in the mountainous regions of Kyrgyzstan.

Indian Cove, Idaho down on our farm
  As a side note, I am sending that update with this one if you did not receive it earlier. 

Well, I’m back in the states now, McCall, Idaho to be exact, and am doing amazingly fantastic serving our Lord energetically, passionately, and healthily.  The first month back was a bit difficult adjusting to the comfort of American culture.  It has been quite beneficial, however, to have sufficient free time to reflect upon the lessons learned during my time overseas and ultimately, my DTS as a whole.  I can guarantee you, I am not the Zach I once was, and I have a sundry of witnesses to testify to my God-purposed transformation.  I have been asked countless times how it is to be back in the states.  “Back” is an inappropriate word to describe my “new” life here.  I have indeed begun a new lifestyle of radical thinking, praying, and serving for my Jesus.  I am wrecked for the ordinary.

Not seeming to fit the description of an ordinary American, I asked God where I was to go next.

One of my climbs at City of the Rocks
  Back to Romania?  Kyrgyzstan?  Switzerland?  New Zealand?  Africa?  I was asking the wrong question.  During prayer for a youth pastor, God strongly spoke I am to stay in McCall, right where I am.  With my Christ-flame in a roaring blaze and ready to do anything, God then focused my attention on the growing youth ministry here in McCall.  The youth pastor seeing my contagious passion immediately called me to be a youth leader.  A bit of intimidation set in, but God took care of that by not giving me a chance to back out.  Youth winter camp was scheduled in just a few days, and I was easily able to build new relationships within the youth of McCall while snowboarding, hanging out in the rooms, and being a Christian role model on fire for the Lord. 

Instead of hiding in my selfish and prideful bubble of sin as I did before, I am now packing my week full of activities where I can grow spiritually and in knowledge.

North of Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  I am overly excited to not only attend Mountain Life Church on Sundays but to participate and glorify God through worship from my heart.  I’ll then orchestrate time to go snowshoeing, rock climbing, or just soaking in a jacuzzi all the while building wholesome relationships with someone from church for that afternoon.  Sunday evenings usually have some kind of teaching, so I’ll do that.  Tuesdays are Old and New Testament Bible studies from 8am to 5pm as part of a leadership-training program Portland Bible College has to offer.  Wednesday nights consist of an amazing time of worship and fellowship with an average of thirty students at youth group.  A men’s retreat was held one weekend, and I of course went to that to gain additional knowledge and wisdom from the men and pastors within the church.  Saturday is usually packed with outdoor activities with friends from high school on their weekends.  Saturday nights extend into the late hours of Sunday morning at a social gathering of fellowship and Bible study/discussion open to anyone.  It usually consists of several games of pool, lots of food, a time of encouragement, heart-depth conversation, and enough Dr.
Secluded hot springs somewhere I'm not going to tell you. :)
Pepper to keep us awake until 4am.  That kicks off the beginning of another adventurous, social, and active week living for my great God and Savior.

The last two weeks, however, my family embarked on a tri-purpose road trip.

Jumped in the water and caught it with my own two hands!
  One as vacation time for my working parents, two as time to connect with family, and three as a means of discovering possible future plans for the next season in my life coming this fall,  I’ve looked at multiple Bible colleges and ministry opportunities throughout Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.  I have done my part in compiling a list of options and gathering information on each; now I am relying on God’s direction where He wants me to go this fall.  How do you combine a passion for mountain bike racing, a necessity for adrenaline-rushed sports, a mind created for mechanical engineering, computer skills in architectural design, and a desire in humanitarian efforts while serving and glorifying the Lord?  That’s me.  I find myself frustrated at times not having a clue what’s next, but I return to peace when I know God knows.  He knows and has a perfect plan for every season of my life; I just have to trust in Him.

I currently have a plate full of job opportunities for this summer and am seeking the Lord for direction.

My awesome family
  Please pray I have open ears to hear Him, a continued willing heart to serve Him in every area, a strong-willed mind to stay focused, and an able body to live vigorously, passionately, and contagiously.  Now I want to thank you.  I want to thank you for your support in my decision to wholeheartedly follow Christ as His precious child and disciple.  Thank you for any financial support you’ve generously given; and most importantly, thank you for your prayers.  I know they have been heard and have kept the spiritual realm around me full of God’s holy angels.  Thank you.  Also, join me in prayer for the youth of McCall, Idaho as a fierce spiritual battle is at hand in the minds of this town.

In an ever-growing relationship with my King,

Zach Hooley (missionary to the world)

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Thats me
That's me
Indian Cove, Idaho down on our farm
Indian Cove, Idaho down on our farm
One of my climbs at City of the Ro…
One of my climbs at City of the R…
North of Jackson Hole, Wyoming
North of Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Secluded hot springs somewhere Im…
Secluded hot springs somewhere I'…
Jumped in the water and caught it …
Jumped in the water and caught it…
My awesome family
My awesome family
FREEDOM!
FREEDOM!
Lake in Montana on a stormy campin…
Lake in Montana on a stormy campi…
Our farm
Our farm
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