Saturday, October 31, 2009

Proverbs 16:9

A picture of the sun as we drove out of the community we spent time loving on!

"The mind of a man plans his ways,
But the Lord directs his steps."
Proverbs 16:9

One morning as I was standing in my favorite spot over looking the ocean I had the following revelation of Proverbs 16:9 "The mind of a man plans his ways, but the Lord directs his steps."
The thoughts and plans in my mind are good and are right. God tells me how to walk them out. My plans and His direction do line up!!

Serving a community and Building a Home!!

The beach!!!

Class time!! Learning about biblical world view! Challenged to love God with all our mind!!

A few pictures of our time in time in a very poor community called Antorcha located near Tijunan, Mx. We spent an afternoon playing different games with the children of that community
and spent the weekend building a house for one of the families in that community.

or football


The home they were living in.

The walls go up!

The roof is put on!

The family entering their new home!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Kathryn's Journey

I had been telling God that I wanted a place to land and all I needed was a bed and a bookshelf. Well, I got it. The bookshelf is actually on the other wall and I only have the bottom shelf of the bookshelf, cause I share my room with an eighteen year old. Her name is Meredith and her side of the room has lots of pictures of James Dean. I guess I should have been a little more specific in my prayers. ha ha. My half of the room is bigger than some of the homes of people I have visited with in India and Africa. God has reminded me of those times and I know I am truly blessed.

YWAM Los Angeles will be my home for the next year or two. During that time I will be working with the training department. I will be staffing the upcoming fall Transformation Dicipleship Training School (TDTS). Please check it out on line: They have posted my picture and written a little something about me.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I Am A Disciple

"I am a Disciple"

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.

I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have Holy Spirit power.
The die has been cast. I've stepped over the line.

The love of God controls me. The decision has been made. I'm a disciple
of His. I won't look back, let up, slow down, or back away.

My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure.

I'm finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning,
smooth and ease, colorless dreams, mundane talking, cheap giving, and
dwarfed roles.

I no longer need prosperity, position, promotion, preeminence, or

I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or

I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk in patience, live by
prayer, and labor with power.

My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is the Kingdom of God. My road
is narrow. My way is rough. My companions few. My guide reliable. My
mission clear.

I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back,
deluded or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of
adversaries, negotiate at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of

I won't give up, shut up, let up until I've stayed up, stored up, prayed
up, paid up, spoken up, for the cause of Christ.

I must go until He comes, give until I drop, teach until all know, run
until He stops me.

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ

(by Ed Cole)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Kathryn's update!

Dear Family and Friends,

I want to share with you what I have been up to this past year. Most of you have seen pictures and heard stories, so this is simply a recap of the last six months. At the beginning of the year I went to Tijuana, Mexico to volunteer with YWAM San Diego Baja. I helped them move their entire base to a new location, and my organizational skills were put to good use! I also was a part of facilitating teams to build homes for poor families. Each new home takes two days to complete, and a family gets a home. My favorite thing to do was to go to the Zona Norte in downtown Tijuana. This area is the red light district where all the bars are located and prostitution takes place. There are many homeless people in that area. Our team would prayer walk and sometimes hand out flowers to the prostitutes. We also gave out hot chocolate, soup, and cookies to the homeless or anyone who passed by., (Homes of Hope)

I left Tijuana in March to attend a YWAM school of ministry development near Los Angeles, CA. I was able to lead some times of intercession and communion. In the school, I was challenged to look at my core values and beliefs to see if they were biblical. I learned about leadership, biblical worldview, discipleship of the Holy Spirit, Spiritual gifts, personal strengths and many more interesting and challenging topics. Once a week we worked with YWAM’s urban department and had the opportunity to prayer walk in downtown LA and the surrounding area. We also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.

During the school God defined some of the things I am passionate about, and in doing so defined my call to discipleship and prayer in the midst of a broken and hurting world. My passion is Christ and to live a life devoted to Him. My mission is to disciple a generation to reach the nations. God has given me His heart for the city of LA and our nation. I have been contemplating the idea that if we can not live as missionaries in our own communities, how can we live as missionaries in other nations.

All that being said, I will begin volunteering with YWAM Los Angeles (, in the beginning of August. I am staffing the upcoming fall DTS (Discipleship Training School) and working with the urban department. I will be contacting local community service agencies and setting up volunteer opportunities for our staff and students. The vision is to move into the city of LA with some fellow YWAM’ers in the next year in a half. We would like to do urban training in an urban setting, and be well connected with some community agencies to better serve them and the community. I will be sharing more details of all that I am going to be apart of in the weeks to come.

Please join me in prayer in the following areas:

To transition well into my role with YWAM LA and to find favor with staff and students.
To be lead by the Holy Spirit as I disciple students, lead times of prayer, and lead outreaches into the community.
To connect with local agencies, so we can better serve our community.
To continue to grow in my relationship with Christ and my devotion to Him.
To continue to trust God for all that He has called me to do.

God is so good and is so faithful to provide!! Thanks for your love, prayers, and support. Please know you are a part of what God is doing in my life and how He has used me in all lives of the people I have met around the world. (Romans 10:14-15)

In His Love,
Kathryn Richard

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Three iron nails:
through the feet and traditionally
the hands, but in fact the wrists:
scourged, the back bleeds,
and thorned the head: thirst
torments the parched throat:
darkness fall; he dies.

In whose name many
bishops coldly have sent
other good men
to execution: and the sun hides,
ashamed, seeing it; year
after year he dies
on the same rood, recrucified.

Blow out the candles:
we have made an end
to truth, a darkness over
the whole earth: death
sits here, gloating;
and hope lies down,
sealed in a hewn rock.

-John Reeves

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Stepping Stones of Life

Stepping Stones

A stone to raise the feet above the surface of water or mud in walking.
A means of progress or advancement.

"There is a reason for this step
It's building a bigger whole
Keep on in the process
There is purpose for it all"
-Loren Thornburg

I feel as though I am crossing a river. Papa is having me cross this river one step at a time, one stone at a time. You see, I was on the bank in New Haven and He wanted me to leave and cross the river. A river that is bringing healing and wholeness to my heart. A river that is testing me. A river that is taking me deep in Him. A river that is preparing me for His purpose.
So, He had me step out on to the Transit Training stone. A stone that brought me to the end of myself in the corn fields of Madison, WI. From that stone I leaped on to a solid safe stone, HOME! The home stone was a big one and a safe one. Home was place where Papa brought more healing and wholeness to my heart. I kinda wanted to camp there but, when I got to comfortable He placed another stone in my path. A stone that would lead me to the ocean near Tijuana, Mexico. I did not stay on that stone long cause it was a bit unstable. The Tijuana stone brought a bit of testing. I must admit I failed the test a few times, but Papa told me that He had more grace for me then I did for myself. The stone I am on now is a leadership training stone in LA. On this stone I feel as though I am in the deepest part of the river. A place where Papa has wanted me. So, I will camp here a bit and go deep with my first Love and enjoy the deepest part of the river.

When Papa leads me to the next stone I will write more.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The safe place

"I have come to see that we Christians are not called to safety, but we are promised that God will be with us when we are in danger and there is no better place to be than in the hands of God. Perhaps the most dangerous place for a Christian to be is in safety and comfort."
--Shane Claiborne

A friend sent me this quote after I emailed about my time here in Tijuana. One of our staff was walking home at 9:30 at night and got mugged. She should not have been walking alone.

I woke up one morning thinking about the safe places in life and the quote. I was thinking about how I asked for prayers for our safety, when I should have asked for prayers for the violence to end here and this place to become a safe place for all who live and work here.

I am in the hands of God no matter where I am in the world, the red light district of Pune, feeding orphans in South Africa, Starbucks at home, on one of my walks, or in downtown Tijuana prayer walking, etc... When I am in the not so safe places I find myself leaning into the hands of God and depending on the leading of the Holy Spirit.

So, I do ask that you pray for Tijuana, Mexico. The violence here is affecting the poor. It is affecting Homes of Hope. Many teams are not going to come a build houses because of the news reports of the violence. It is sad to me that the enemy is using fear to keep families from receiving homes.

My challenge to myself and others is to remember we are in the hands of God and instead of always praying for our safety, lets pray for the not so safe places God send us to. Let's pray for the violence to end. And may we not give in to the fear of the enemy!!