Sierrah is a joyful soul. She encourages and speaks wisdom well beyond her years. Get to know her!
Where are you from?
Dallas, Texas, USA
How long have you been a Christian for?
I was brought up in a Christian home and dedicated my life to the Lord in second grade. I rededicated my life and started having a personal relationship with God about 2 years ago.
What is your favourite verse?
Romans 12:9- Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
One of the things I feel like I’m called to do in my ministry in love others so that they feel loved and they can love others too. So I think that one of the most important things is letting your love be genuine. When you show your heart for other people, their true heart is revealed and you get to see them and who they really are. I love raw, personal and real.
Why did you sign up for YWAM?
I knew that I was going to get involved in global missions and ministry but I never knew what that necessarily would be. I literally just asked the Lord “God, whatever you want me to do next, bring it to the surface and I’ll hold onto it and if you open all the doors I’ll go.” YWAM came up to the surface and I was like “ok, cool.” So I prayed about it and got a yes and started the whole process. God really opened all the doors including for a specific location.
Why did feel called to Townsville over one in America?
I was looking up different locations and I actually wanted to go to Perth, so I waited for them to call or email back but they never did. Then one day someone in Australia called and I said “ok, it must be Perth” so I answered it and they said it was YWAM. We started having a conversation and I was asking them a lot of questions. At the very end I said “So I know y’all go to Asia on your outreach, I’m so excited!” then the lady was like “uhm…we actually focus on Papua New Guinea.” I replied with “Oh, so did y’all change it?” and they said no. I said something about Perth and they questioned it and said they were YWAM Townsville. I asked “what is a Townsville?!” She asked if I wanted to be transferred to someone in Perth to which I declined and felt a peace about going to Townsville.
Why would you recommend doing the trekking elective?
For me, I DID NOT want to do trekking! But I really felt like the Lord was wanting me to do it to challenge myself and I actually didn’t come to see why until a few weeks in. We were hiking up a mountain with our packs on and it was really hard. I wanted to complain but I told myself no, I’m just going to keep putting one foot in front of the other, just journey up and trust that I’m going to make it up this freaking mountain. The Lord said “Sierrah, I’m giving you a physical and visual representation of this season in your life. This is a season of intense preparation and climbing up a mountain right now. All I need you to do is put one foot in front of the other, lean on me and trust that I’m going to get you up this mountain.” I was like “WOAAAAAAAH! That’s deep, that’s good!” So I mean, I guess if you want to climb mountains in life, do trekking.
What is your favourite thing about being here?
Probably the people. I was at a christian university before I came and the people were good, but it wasn’t necessarily like family. It was still very judgey so coming here I feel like everyone is a family ad we genuinely get along with everyone.
What has been the most difficult part of being here?
Honestly, trying to process stuff around so many people. I am an extrovert but I’m also a really deep thinker and it takes me forever to process things. Back home, I would just lock myself in my room and process. process. process. but here you CAN NOT do that!
What is something you enjoy doing?
I really love coffee. Back home I was a barista so I loved working in a coffee shop and I get to do that here too [in the campus cafe]. I like it obviously for the coffee but you also get to interact with other people when making their coffee.
What is a guilty pleasure?
What is something embarrassing that has happened here?
I can’t tell you the amount of times I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and I haven’t been wearing the most appropriate things, thinking no one else would be up! But surely enough I’ll look to the side and there’ll be a group of guys like “Oh, hey!” and I just have to sprint to the bathroom. It happens at least once a week… such a blessing.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I am really thankful to be at this DTS. I’ve learned so much and I feel like I’m growing a lot; it’s hard growth, but it’s good growth. It’s very character building and just diving in completely with the Lord which is amazing but really hard. I feel like this time is so unique to spend 6 months just me and the Lord and really focusing on healing our relationship.