Hey friends.

I’ve finally got my act together, and i’m starting a new blog called ‘The Story of Freedom’. This is an exciting new project for me to keep you informed and updated. I’ll update you guys with stories: songwriting material and general life musings.

For y’all that don’t know where I am, I’ve moved myself all the way out to Redding, California. (Yeah I didn’t know where it was either LOL). I’m studying at Bethel School of Ministry for 9 months on a course designed to train ‘Revivalists: (n) A believer who is focused and passionate, willing to pay any price to live in community, purity, and power because they are loved by God, whose manifest presence transforms lives and cultures.

Sounds like a mouthful but it’s basically living my life dedicated to do what Jesus did. I arrived here on the 6th September 2016 with three suitcases and £600 to my name. It’s been a rollercoaster ride of two months now. I’ve adjusted nicely to the heat, small town culture, food and struggled with politics (Hmm yeah) It’s been interesting.


What is your week like, Lyanna ?

I go to school four times a week and attend church service every Sunday. Each week we get Fridays off to study as our workload is pretty full. We have school sessions each day with speakers, lecturers, worship, and advanced ministry track, revival group meetings, small group meetings and city service spaced throughout the week. So it’s a full on schedule. I’m starting to feel it now.

What have you been learning so far?

It has been so hard for me to articulate what’s been happening here and its impact on my life.

So I thought I would start small rather than nothing at all. I’ve dedicated this page to exploring my story of freedom, freedom of my heart, mind, body and soul via mediums, and I have no idea what it will look like. ARGHH!

“If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.” – Unknown

My housemate shared this quote with me and it stood out to me, that i’m here to work on the life I really want with Jesus at the forefront.  I’ve called this page ‘The Story of Freedom’ because I had a prophetic word when I arrived here that I was going to experience freedom and then release freedom over people.  I’ve been looking into the definition of the word Freedom. And it means the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.  I am watching this unfold in so many ways… seeing things change in me from the inside out –  breakthroughs I didn’t think were really possible for me. Coming to Bethel was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for so many good reasons.

How can we help you?

You can partner with me in prayer or in finances.  Please join my Bethel Adventure Facebook group. You can donate or become a sponsor towards my living costs.  As an international student I’m not allowed to earn any money in the USA. So international students rely on sponsors and donations to survive. At Bethel, a big part of the journey is faith and faith = Risk. So everyday is a lesson to trust God’s ability to take care of me.

Partner with me for living costs

You can transfer money using Paypal to lyannaaustin@gmail.com. Your contribution will help me pay my rent and utilities bills and American sim card, which is such a blessing. Email me for bank details lyannaaustin@gmail.com.

Partner with me to help fund my missions trip to Cambodia, March 2017

I’m going to CAMBODIA in March 2017. I’m so excited as I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for over 3 years. I’ll be going with a team from Bethel to Phon Phen and travelling all over working in an orphanage with over 100 kids, youth street ministry, sustainability projects and working with women that have been rescued from trafficking. I’m learning to lay my life down for others and release the love of God on the broken, oppressed and those that don’t have a voice. So I’m asking friends and family to help me with the funds for this trip. The overall trip cost is $2850. My first payment is due on the 5th of Dec of $900. If you would like to make a financial contribution to this trip you can donate here… https://trips.ibethel.org/transactions/new/16450

Remember, If you are not able to donate financially, please pray for me on this journey.

Much love.

– Lyanna