Katoomba & Sydney

We decided to fly to Australia a few days early as the September airfares were cheaper and also we wanted to do a bit of traveling before DTS! After 24 straight hours of travel (including one domestic flight, two international flights, and one very long train ride) we arrived in a small city in the Blue Mountains called Katoomba. Once there we made our way to our awesome Air BNB in this cute little 1920’s bungalow.   

Then we immediately walked to the local Yellow Deli (aka the same group that owns the The Mate Factor in the Springs) for some mate and food. After eating we walked to the Three Sisters which is a really cool rock formation on the cliffside shown below.

After all of that travelling and walking, I fell right to sleep as soon as we got back to our room and didn’t wake up for 12 hours. Jet lag is serious business. Because of the time change, we woke up before the sun so we grabbed some excellent coffee at a nearby shop and headed to Scenic World. This place looks just like the amusement park in Jurassic World. It has a bunch of mechanical rides that let you see the mountain valley. While there we rode a mountain tram down to the bottom of the valley (steepest funicular railway in the world!), stood in an aerial tram with a glass floor as it went across the valley, and rode in a glass gondola to the top of the valley! It was a really cool way to see the mountians in the area with a little thrill added in. We also walked through miles of rainforest there and learned a lot about the trees, wildlife, and mining history of the area. Below are just a few of the pictures we took!




After we rode all of the rides and hiked along the trails, we again headed back to the room where I promptly fell asleep again and Connor went to get us meat pies (what has become one of my favorite foods eva!). I woke up, groggily ate my meat pie, and fell asleep (again, for 12 hours). And again, we woke up before sunrise, packed our bags, grabbed some weird but delicious coffee drinks that I’m certain were not the iced lattes that we ordered, and took another bus and another train to Sydney. After walking several dozen city blocks with our giant backpacking backpacks and duffles, we found our Air BNB in a cool neighborhood called Pott’s Point. Then we immediately went in search for some healthy food. After eating we walked to the Botannical Gardens and the Sydney Harbor. The gardens had the biggest trees I have ever seen and I thought they were way more impressive than the Opera House or the Sydney Bridge. Those were great too though! Also we’ve seen approximately one billion cockatoos so far. They’re like crows here and are just everywhere! So cool. We’ve also seen several wild parrots and kookaburras! One Sydney kookaburra in particular must have known I was an American tourist because he was giving me some serious stink eye and I thought for sure he was going to attack me. Anyway, after several miles of walking we got some gelato before going back to our room. Again, I slept for 12 hours. Yep, I’m officially 100. I’d chalk it up to jet lag but who am I kidding – this is just me. Below are some pictures we took of our first day in Sydney!     

 Our second day in Sydney was the one I had really been looking forward to because we were spending it at the beach! We took a bus to Bondi Beach and did the Bondi to Coogee Beach walk. It’s several miles of walking along the coast and seeing some of Sydney’s prettiest beaches. Bondi was too crowded for our taste so we decided to go to the last beach, Coogee. While still crowded, it did have beautiful crystal blue water that was a nice temperature to swim in! We laid out and swam for several hours before heading back to our room via bus and train. We were pretty hungry at that point so we went out for some Indian food and then relaxed with a couple of books in the room. Connor decided to go for a short run and bring back meat pies and they were so good!!!! Why aren’t we making meat pies in the U.S.?? I’d be 10 pounds heavier if these were a thing back home. So good.  


I hope you enjoyed reading about our mini vacation before we head to Newcastle to start our DTS tomorrow! It was such a blessing to be able to take a few days together to rest and get our bearings before we get into the school routine. Tomorrow morning we will take the train to Newcastle for orientation! I’ll try my best to write a post at the end of this week letting you know how it’s going! For now, I am going to sleep for what will probably be 12 hours. :)

Ten Days ‘Til Oz

Sorry it has been so long since our last post! Things have been crazy over here but we do want to do our best to be intentional about this blog and post regularly in the future! So we will start by catching everyone up with what we’ve been up to these last few weeks!

We’ve been overwhelmed with gratitude as we’ve had countless family, friends and even strangers donate to our DTS fund. It has been so exciting to see God work through the people closest to us to make this dream a reality. As of right now all of our course fees are paid for and we only have a little over $3,000 to raise in the next few months before we leave for outreach phase! Thank you so much to each person that has donated and/or prayed for us! This time has really taught us to trust God with finances. If He has called you to something, He will provide everything you need to get there! We are already learning so much and DTS hasn’t even started yet!

Connor’s mom and step-dad threw us an awesome going away party last week and it was a really special time to connect with family and friends that we hadn’t seen for a while. A huge thank you to Robin and Jim for organizing and hosting it and also to everyone that came! Both of Connor’s grandpas even drove all the way from Arkansas to say goodbye! Below are a few pictures from the party as well as one we took with Connor’s grandpas before we went out to celebrate his 24th birthday with family.

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Right now we’re in the process of selling, donating, and packing our belongings and storing them in our parents’ houses (thank you parents!). We both absolutely hate clutter and are pretty minimalist so this process has been really fun and freeing. Connor’s car was also recently totaled while it was parked in front of our house. We are praising God because it turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the check we received from insurance was more than what we could have sold the car for!

We leave Colorado on September 29th and will be spending a few days in Sydney before heading to Newcastle on October 6th for orientation. Our school leaders recently sent an email out to all of the October quarter students to share some of their heart for this year’s school. They said that the words they are getting as they pray for the school are along the themes of faith, trust, and intimacy with God. Another theme that staff received was going out as bold warriors to impact the nations from a place of intimacy. This was really exciting to hear as we have both been craving a more intimate and fiery relationship with God. The staff also shared a verse that they sense is a key theme for our school:

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

We are so excited to see the work God is going to do through each of our hearts these next few months and we will keep updating this blog with what we’re learning during DTS! Thanks for following along on our journey!

DTS Down Under

Connor and I have been trying to think of creative and fun ways to fundraise for our DTS in Australia, and we came up with the idea to sell t-shirts in order to help cover our YWAM course fees. We found an awesome website dedicated to helping people fund their mission trips by designing personalized, custom shirts. So, we emailed them about what we’ll be doing in our Trailblazers DTS and they came up with this awesome design for pocket t-shirts and tank tops shown below!

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If you’re interested in buying a shirt, both the pocket t-shirt and tank top are $30 each, and are available in adult size small-XXXL ($2 extra for XXL and XXXL). The sizes are unisex and fit loosely, and are high-quality, soft Comfort Color brand shirts.

If you decide to buy a shirt, you can pay for them through our You Caring page here – making sure to include your name, size, and whether you want the pocket t-shirt or the tank top. If you do not live locally (in the Colorado Springs, CO area), we can ship your shirt to you, but please be aware of the extra shipping costs (about $5 extra) when you go to pay for the shirt. If we are shipping you the shirt, also include your mailing address in your donation comment or email it to cbruson@gmail.com after payment is made.

We cannot order the shirts until we receive the payment. We will be placing our first order on August 31, so be sure to get your order in before then. We will then be shipping out the shirts the first week of September.

All proceeds from these shirts will go directly toward our YWAM course fees. Thank you for considering partnering with us in this next adventure. We are so thankful for all of the support we’ve already received!

Trailblazers DTS


Our Story

From the start, one of our main goals for our marriage has been to live bold, adventurous lives, and to engage in our dreams rather than just talk about them. We knew that we wanted to move our lives in an unconventional direction filled with risks and intentionality. However, after we graduated college and got married two years ago, those crazy, imaginative desires seemed to fizzle out as we became complacent in the safety, security, and predictability of our routine. We spent the better part of two years feeling convicted that God was inviting us into a life that moved away from typical, but we felt lost as to what that might be. We considered moving, then changing jobs, and then an extended vacation. None of those options stuck, and we still sensed that God wanted more of us and for us. In one of our favorite books, Love Does, Bob Goff writes:

Being engaged is a way of doing life, a way of living and loving. It’s about going to extremes and expressing the bright hope that life offers us, a hope that makes us brave and expels darkness with light. That’s what I want my life to be all about – full of abandon, whimsy, and in love.

This perfectly expresses both of our hearts’ desires, and we have spent a lot of time thinking about how we can apply it to our lives.

We were first introduced to the organization Youth With a Mission (YWAM) when our best friends did a Discipleship Training School (DTS) in New Zealand last year. Watching them take that huge leap of faith gave us courage, and seeing them grow both personally and in their faith throughout the DTS solidified our decision to do one ourselves.

We began looking at DTS’s all over the world and strongly felt called to do one in Australia. We spent a lot of time in prayer and research and chose the Trailblazers DTS in Newcastle, Australia. As many of you know, we love the outdoors. Hiking, trail running, mountain biking, and camping are some of our favorite activities. We were drawn to the Trailblazers DTS because it focuses on trekking as a way to reach and minister to people in the most remote places of the world. We felt so strongly called by God to Australia that once we overcame our initial fears and what-ifs, it was a pretty easy decision. We submitted applications and were accepted shortly after.


Trailblazers DTS

The first phase of the Trailblazers DTS consists of three months of classes and lectures beginning in October 2015 at the YWAM base in Newcastle. During this time, speakers from all over the world will give lectures on topics such as “Hearing God’s Voice,” “Character and Nature of God,” and “Building and Maintaining Godly Relationships.” Each week a new speaker will cover a new topic. This time is meant to teach us more about God’s character and challenge and grow us in our personal relationships with Him. Also as part of the lecture phase, we will be volunteering with Youth Street – a weekly youth program that YWAM Newcastle organizes. Our role in this program will include spending time with the city’s youth and building relationships with them as a way to positively influence their lives.

The second portion of the Trailblazers DTS is the outreach phase which is also about three months long. We will choose the location of our outreach a few weeks into the lecture phase after the staff has prayed and researched possible locations. Once we select our outreach location, our DTS team will travel to isolated communities, building relationships and serving alongside the people there. We will know more specific details about the type of ministry we will be doing once we know the location.

Financial Needs

We feel that God has been leading us to do a DTS for a while, and we are finally ready to step out in faith and say “yes” to His plans for our lives. In order to be able to do this, we need to raise $11,000, in addition to our personal savings, between now and October 2015 to cover course and outreach fees. We ask that you would consider partnering with us by donating to our missions fund and/or by keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. If donating financially is what you feel led to do, we ask for donations in the amounts of $50, $100, $200, or any other amount you feel called to give. There are three ways that you can partner with us financially:

  1. Donate through our Youcaring.com fundraiser at https://www.youcaring.com/connor-and-alix-bruson-391046
  2. Donate with a credit card directly with YWAM Newcastle via phone at +61 2 4960 0777, via Skype at ywam.newcastle, or online at YWAM Newcastle’s website (2% transaction fee) https://secure.ywamnewcastle.com/product/student-paymentdonation/

Also, if you know of any individuals or ministries that might be willing to partner with us, please feel free to share this support letter with them or provide us their contact information so that we can send one.

Prayer Needs

If making a financial donation is not on your heart or not a possibility at this time, we are also heavily relying on the power of prayer to successfully send us on our journey. We would be very grateful for prayers in the following situations:

  1. For patience and wisdom as we navigate the processes of applying for Visas, travelers’ insurance, booking flights, etc.
  2. That we would learn to trust God in decision making instead of relying solely on our own abilities
  3. For financial provision, and to trust that God will provide for this ministry
  4. For a heart for the people in our outreach location(s)

Thank You!

We want to thank you for your support whether financial or spiritual. We truly cannot do this without you! If you have any questions about this ministry, please feel free to contact us. We’d love to talk to you more about the Trailblazers DTS and why we decided to do it. We are so excited about this next chapter in our lives where we will set apart six months to focus solely on God and share His love with the nations!

Thanks and blessings,

Connor & Alix Bruson

Stay Connected

We will try our best to frequently post on this blog and social media before and during DTS. If you’d like to stay updated with what we’re doing, feel free to follow us!

For complete details about YWAM Newcastle, visit

We’re Going to Australia!!

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Connor and I are beyond excited to announce that we will be doing a Discipleship Training School (DTS) with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in October in beautiful Newcastle, AUSTRALIA! We will set apart 6 months to study God’s Word, get to know Him more intimately, and serve others across the globe. Check back soon for more info on what’s to come!!


Two weekends ago Connor and I spent the day hiking in Mueller State Park to see the Aspens changing. Fall is here! In this season I’m most looking forward to seeing this movie, mountain biking in Fruita, redoing my great grandpa’s old Schwinn bike that my dad gifted us and cruising around town on it, and making this Buttermilk Pie with Cranberry Orange Sauce for Thanksgiving. It’s going to be a happy next few months!