Greetings from an alive
and jubilant servant of God,
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 MountainLifeChurch
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
to as part of a
leadership-training program PortlandBibleCollege 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 .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
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