Hiking Himalayas (Literally & Figuratively)

My legs hurt. But I have to keep going. It’s three hours into our hike in the Himalayas, at around 10AM. So much uphill, riddled with stairs made of unstable stones, demanding from me a level of endurance I don’t seem to have. But still, I push on. My lungs burn from inhaling so much…

A Wheelchair Bound Woman Walks- A Birthday Blog

For the first time in my life, I’m 20. But, as per usual, I don’t really feel any different, or any more mature, because nothing really changes between 11:59PM on the 13th of September and 12:00AM on the 14th. But I definitely got my heart filled to the brim with love and encouragement from friends…

How $5,000 Disappeared In One Day

The engines of the plane start to roar. And all of a sudden I realise we’re about to take off.  I don’t hate flying as a whole… but I definitely hate taking off. And landing, Oh, and also turbulence. Suddenly my heart rate increases, and I realise I’m actually quite scared. This isn’t my first…

How I Got $4,500 In One Day

I wake up anxious. Anxious to know if more donations came in over night, and ultimately, to find out if I’d be able to go on outreach. I think about the past two months on lecture phase, and all of the fundraising I’d undertook. Some had been successful, and some had failed. I think about…

Deep Breaths and Leaping in Faith

“Caleb, can I speak to you for second?” I hear the words come from my team leader, Fleur. I have no idea what she’s going to talk to me about, but I have a feeling I’m going to be challenged in something. She sits me down on the picnic bench outside of the social area…

Mr. Blue Sky*

(* For the best experience reading this blog, click here and listen while reading.) Today marks 34 days at YWAM. So far I’ve experienced a lot. The first week was orientation, I met my team, which consists of mostly Americans, a couple Canadians, a Kiwi, and myself and Zoe, the token Australians. Although seemingly I’m…

The Road So Far

It’s been nothing short of an interesting journey so far. Through the challenges, God, like usual, has been present. On Sunday at 4PM, (exactly 1 day, 17 days, 32 minutes, and 32 seconds from the time I’m writing this) I will arrive up at the Sunshine Coast, where I will start my Around The World…

Jesus Vs. Low Self-Esteem

  A near life-time struggle of mine has been self-consciousness, low self- esteem, and low self-concept. A lot of this is a result of both my depression and anxiety issues, as well as being bullied in primary school and high school. I get so bogged down in trying to figure out how others perceive me…

Being A Tumbleweed

6 days short of a month ago, I moved out of home. I packed up a great deal of my belongings, said farewell to my parents, and moved out to Ormistion. There, for three weeks I lived with the couple who runs my small group, and was incredibly blessed by their hospitality. For the first…

Reflecting On The Past Few Months

These past few months have had a lot of ups and downs. But, through all of that, I have been continuously blessed with a God who stays the same. He is my only constant. I am thankful to have a God who does good for me, and who increases my thankfulness every day. But even…

Does God Need Me?

For the past month now I’ve been reading the book of Exodus. I’d never previously read this book before, in fact, the closest I’ve come is seeing the parodies of it in The Simpsons. I’ll be honest, It took me quite a while to actually start getting into the first couple of books of the…

God, Depression, & Me

Just over two years ago on the 25th of January, I got baptised. I walked up in front of my church, my family, my friends, and I shared my testimony. I was nervous as anything, but I felt a new confidence in my veins, a confidence I hadn’t felt before. I shared about how lot’s…