Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I love the Amsterdam team. We have so much together. It is obvious God has called each individual to minister in Amsterdam. The different gifts and talents are so needed in this city.


As a team we will be spending two hours a day praying at, The Tabernacle, which is a prayer room in the Red Light District. To find out more info on the Tabernacle you can visit: http://www.ywamamsterdam.org/tabernacle.htm We will be having our 2 hour set from 9am to 11 am Tuesday thru Saturday. We will also be going to the streets afterward to share the gospel. Please pray for His heart to flow through us.
Matthew 9:37-38 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers re few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." I believe the harvest is plentiful and I ask for prayer that we would proclaim boldly His word and see the harvest come in.












This is the prayer room at the YWAM base where we will be living for 3 months. We have a 360 view of the city from the prayer tower aka glory tower.
But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.
Romans 5:20
Amsterdam is full of history and architectural beauty but God is after the hearts of those who live here and the people who come to indulge in earthly pleasures. The smell of marijuana fills the streets as we walk and pray around the city. Please pray for divine appointments and boldness as we share His love with the amazing people we meet.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

I have fallen in love with the city. I believe God loves the people here. We have been here now for 11 days. Christmas in Amsterdam was wonderful. It snows on Christmas day every 20-30 years and this Christmas it snowed! It was a great present. On Christmas Eve my team and I went caroling in the red light district. As we sang I could feel the Lord moving on people's hearts. One man came over and did push ups in front of us. I wondered if he had been spending time in a "coffee shop" (where they sell marijuana) minutes earlier. Some people video taped us and others joined us in singing. There were a few people who walked by that I especially felt the Lord was touching. A man was singing O' Holy Night as he passed and I know God was reminding him of His love. A year before I became a christian I was in a Christmas service and I could not even sing Silent Night because conviction had gripped my heart. I had this sense for some as they walked by us.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Going Deep with Jesus.  During my time in Hawaii God is taking me deeper into His love.  This journey as most of you can relate, requires us to shed some of our old man.  C.S. Lewis wrote it so well in the story of Eustace from the, Voyage of the Dawn Treader part of his Narnia series.  Eustace was a boy who was selfish and prideful and as a result of his greed became a dragon (you should read the book! It is my favorite in the series).  Aslan the lion (symbolic of Jesus) met this dragon (boy) at a well of water on the top of a mountain.  
Here is an excerpt that so vividly describes my journey, "The water was as clear as anything and I thought if I could get in there and bathe, it would ease the pain in my leg.  But the lion told me I must undress first.  So I started scratching myself and my scales began coming off all over the place.  And then I scratched a little deeper and instead of just scales coming off here and there, my whole skin started peeling off beautifully, like is does after an illness or as if I was a banana.  In a minute or two I just stepped out of it.  I could see it lying there beside me looking rather nasty.  It was a most lovely feeling.  So I started to go down into the well for my bathe.  But just as I was going to put my feet into the water I looked down and saw that they were all hard and rough and wrinkled and scaly just as they had been before.  Oh, that's all right, said I, it only means I had another smaller suit on underneath the first one...Well, exactly the same thing happened again.  And I thought to myself, oh dear, how ever many skins have I got to take off?  For I was longing to bathe my leg.  So I scratched away for the third time and got off a third skin, just like the two others, and stepped out of it.  But as soon as I looked at myself in the water I knew it had been no good.  Then the lion said, 'you will have to let me undress you,' I was afraid of his claws, I can tell you, but I was pretty nearly desperate now.  So I just lay flat down on my back to let him do it.  The very first tear he made was so deep that I thought it had gone right into my heart.  And when he began pulling the skin off, it hurt worse than anything I've ever felt.  The only thing that made me able to bear it was just the pleasure of feeling the stuff peel off...Well he peeled the beastly stuff right off-just as I thought I'd done it myself the other three times, only they hadn't hurt-and there it was, lying on the grass, only ever much thicker, and darker, and more knobby-looking than the others had been... Then he caught hold of me-I didn't like that much for I was very tender underneath now that I'd no skin on and threw me into the water.  It smarted like anything but only for a moment.  After that it became perfectly delicious and as soon as I started swimming and splashing I found that all the pain had gone from my arm. I'd become a boy again."
Lewis writes it so well.  God is jealous for our full affection.  He gives us life and restores us bringing fullness.  I feel as though His "claws" have gone in deep and I will come out of this well, this season transformed.  Have your way Jesus!
I love waterfalls.  This tropical island is so Full of Gods Beauty!
This is our Amsterdam team.  I am so excited!
This is where I live.  The Ohana (means family) court is on the left which is where we have our large corporate meetings.  You can't really see but the ocean is behind me and it is a five minute walk away.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Tuesday Night skate night.  Every Tuesday we invite kids from the community to come skate, eat food and hangout.  It is so fun.  The kids that come are so hungry for love and I love to love them it's such a great fit.

Skate Night


Every Tuesday we have a skate night where kids from all over the community come and skate, breakdance, eat food and hangout.  I love spending time with the girls that come!  They are so hungry for love and boy do I love them.  It's a perfect fit=)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Here is another video of me that is on youtube.  Here is the link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrD-eVkS-Fw

Fund Raising

video 

Here is a video to let you all know of my current need.  If you feel led to support me you can mail your checks to my Mother at:  Patricia McInerney 1422 Audubon PRKY, Louisville, KY 40213.  For tax credit you can make checks out to Hope Boulder otherwise just Amy Vasquez.   I couldn't do it without you!  Thank you for praying and listening!  I love you.  My funds need to be in or on there way in, in 2 weeks.
Check out this video of my DTS (Discipleship Training School)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-gILERwmsc

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Dear Family and Friends,

The refining process is hard. I am learning to rejoice in hardship. You may think how can Hawaii be hard? One of my favorite teachers said, "when you get off the plane all your baggage is following closely behind on the tar mack." I feel I've been plunged into the fire...then into water...fire...water...fire...you get it. I have thought "haven't I learned this lesson before?" Well I am learning it more deeply now. I am so grateful for the encouragement that comes from friends and family back home.

My peace is in the fact that the Lion and the Lamb has called me to this place. Here in Hawaii is where He has grace for me to be and learn to suffer and die quietly. He really gives ashes for beauty the exchange is beyond good. Why is it so hard to give up ashes? I have been crying out for a deeper revelation of His goodness. I need more God! I need to know the depth of His love so that I can give that love away. His heart is for the oppressed and He is releasing the chains and the oppressed parts of me, so that I can walk in the true authority of His power in me. He is leading me to do my outreach in Amsterdam. Wow! And in this 3 months freeing me so that I can see His precious people freed as I go out. Thank you for the power of your prayers for they are the current pushing me forward, toward His jealous love. I pray for each one of you to know the depths of His love and commitment to you His favorite one.

"Is not this the fast that I choose; to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break EVERY yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh." Isaiah 58: 6-7

His beloved,
Amy*

Love you all!!!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

YWAM DTS in Kona

Hello Everyone!

What a wild ride so far. You may be wondering why there are only pictures of my nephew's and neice on my page, well it's because my camera broke the day before I left for Kona. I will try to update my blog with picture soon. I just wanted to let you all know what is going on so far. I am being radically loved by God, my heart is being made new. It seems I arrived in Kona weeks ago when in fact it's only been 8 days! My DTS (discipleship traing school) class is amazing, there are 65 or so of us and we are all so HUNGRY for Him. We have had amazing times of worship and already seen God heal and set people free. His love is so BIG!

The weather and the landscape are just as beautiful as the postcards capture but the working of God in our hearts is so much more beautiful. I am so grateful to be in a place like this for such a time as this. ADVENTURE, I love that word! Similar to when I moved to Boulder, CO from Gainesville, FL I was ready for an adventure. It's always a little different than you were expecting. He is taking me DEEPER into intimacy with Himself. I believe I won't even recognize myself as the same person when this is over. It have spent may hours crying, some with tears of joy other in intercession. Dieing....that I may actually live....that is what is happening.

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." John 12:24.

I came here thinking, "I know who I am." Well surprise Amy! And I jumped off cliff dying the whole way down but at the bottom I fell into His heart and Oh How He Loves Me! Actually within the first few days I did jump off a cliff (about 40 feet) into the ocean. It was perfect!
I could write a lot about this but the main point is He created us all for ONE purpose to be loved by Him, and to love Him back, to worship Him. All our earthly titles and goals fade away in light of our greatest purpose, to Know the living God! To worship Him that is my true identity.

Miss and love you all! Thank you for your letters, phone calls, text messages, PRAYERS and support. You all blow me away! I really feel so much love and support from my family (that is the body of Christ)

Also I need about $2,000 more for my outreach. We are all praying about where we are to go but we have to know soon. I will post again as soon as I know. My money is due in 3 weeks. I am halfway there. Thank you so much for making this happen in my life. Your financial support truly humbles me and has kept me pressing in because I want so much for each one of you.

His Beloved,
Amy

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009