A Note from Tim:
One of the values of the Mosaic is to champion and call out all the voices in our collage of communities far and wide. We want to hear from the next generation. We invite them to speak into our lives. and help shape what the Mosaic will become. Katelyn is the daughter of a life long faithful forgiving friend of mine named John Wall. Though we are separated by many miles geographically, we treasure our friendship and whenever we get together its like we live a few houses down from each other. I know Katelyn personally and commend her to you
“Hello, my name is Katelyn, and as a twenty-year-old nursing student from Melbourne, Australia.
I know what it means to remain connected to community. I have just completed a six-month discipleship training school with youth organization ‘Youth With A Mission’. It included spending three months in Papua New Guinea, sharing the light and love of Jesus and strengthening the nation to live accordingly.
Upon my return, I quickly discovered the daunting task of transitioning from base-camp to battlefield. In the process of avoiding isolation, it is a challenge to fit the ‘new you’ into the template that the old you, that you left behind. It takes time, patience and determination as you transition across, and my hope is that I am able to encourage readers as I process with these words. I got involved with the Mosaic through the life long friendship of my father and the Schultz family and I hope you will accept me generously into this community you call family. Please enjoy and be encouraged!
Base-camp. Defined simply as a place of preparation, and a place which equips one for the task ahead. My time with YWAM became just that. As I became ready for the life that waited and the task that was ahead of me, I went back to the foundations of why I believe what I believe.
It was a place that took me back to the basics of faith, and as I shortly discovered, going back requires time, attention and an environment, in which certain variables that often lead to distraction are removed. They are laid rest for a certain season of time to intensify without hindrance the growth and development in preparation for a life out on the ‘battle-field’.
Yet, no matter how much you prepare for it mentally, physically, or spiritually, the shock of the battlefield still hits you severely as you leave the boundaries of safety within the camp. You go out, entering the cold air, knowing and accepting that you may not return to the place you have called home. As your fellow brothers are sent on to different missions, you walk out not knowing if you will see the people you have called family again. It is a time that you can only do your best to prepare for. They tell you about the shock that hits you, and though you see it coming, it still hits you by surprise. Then you reach the battlefield. Still, alone, it tests everything that you have prepared for in the previous season. Frozen and motionless, you are unaware of the danger you are in by standing still.