Arts DTS 2019

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dtS 2019 IN REVIEW:

introducing the school i was Blessed to staff this past year. with six staff + seventeen students we represented the united states, the netherlands, canada, venezuela, south korea, germany, france, brazil, ukraine, + switzerland. we spent January to march in the classroom diving deeper into who god is + what that means for us as believers. With topics such as god’s communication, biblical worldview, + world missions, our students realized more the beauty + the goodness of god. when we weren’t in lectures, Our schedule offered us times of creating, worshipping, interceding, + critical thinking. while i love the structure we are able to function from during dts, it is often in the IN-BETWEEN moments OF EATING DINNER OR WASHING DISHES TOGETHER that i see the most beautiful discipleship happening. i loved chasing jesus with these humans + together falling more in love with him!

ONCE APRIL ROLLED AROUND + WE HAD FINISHED OUR CLASSROOM TIME, IT WAS OFF TO THE NATIONS. AS A SCHOOL WE BEGAN OUR OUTREACH IN ISRAEL. FROM THERE, WE SPLIT INTO FIVE TEAMS. I CO-LEAD THE BEAUTIFUL TEAM YOU SEE ON THE RIGHT TO INDIA. (BACK ROW: JANINE FROM SWITZERLAND, MYSELF, NASTYA FROM UKRAINE, LEO FROM GERMANY, STEVEN - MY CO-LEADER - FROM TEXAS, ALLYSON FROM CANADA. FRONT ROW: JOSH FROM CALIFORNIA, AUTUMN FROM MICHIGAN.) WOW!!! INDIA IS A NATION OVERFLOWING WITH HOSPITALITY + DEVOTION. AS THE STUDENTS DOVE FULLY INTO THE MINISTRY IN INDIA, MY MINISTRY FOCUS AS AN OUTREACH LEADER WAS THE STUDENTS THEMSELVES. OF COURSE THIS OFTEN LOOKED LIKE MINISTERING ALONGSIDE OUR STUDENTS, BUT IT OFTEN LOOKED DIFFERENT AS WELL. ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARTS OF INDIA WAS THE ONE ON ONE CONVERSATIONS I WAS ABLE TO HAVE WITH STUDENTS. IT WAS SUCH A JOY TO CHALLENGE THEM FORWARD + TO SEE THEM NOT SIMPLY STEP UP TO THAT CHALLENGE, BUT CHASE IT WITH EVERYTHING INSIDE THEM. I SAW THESE SIX NATION SHAKERS PREACH THE GOSPEL IN REMOTE VILLAGES + CHURCHES ALIKE, LEAD WORSHIP IN MUSIC + WAY OF LIFE, PRAY FOR PEOPLE WHOSE LANGUAGE DID NOT KNOW THEIRS. I SAW THESE STUDENTS GROW IN THEIR HOPE + FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS + I SAW THEM SHARE THAT HOPE + THAT FAITH BOLDLY WITH THE WORLD. THE FACT TAHT THESE SIX GO BACK TO THE NATIONS - TO SWITZERLAND + UKRAINE + GERMANY + CANADA + AMERICA - MAKES MY HEART SO FULL. THIS IS WHY I DO WHAT I DO!!!! THAT YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD BE MOVED BY THE HEART OF GOD ENOUGH TO DESIRE TO SEE THE NEXT PERSON’S HEART MOVED. I BELIEVE THAT IN THEIR RETURN HOME, THESE SIX WILL CONTINUE TO PREACH THE GOSPEL AND WORSHIP KING JESUS IN THEIR HOMES, GROCERY STORES, CARS, STREETS, YOU NAME IT. AND I BELIEVE THAT THEIR LOVE FOR JESUS WILL ABSOLUTELY AWAKEN THE CHURCH IN NEW WAYS. WHAT WE NEED IN THIS GENERATION IS UNASHAMED, LAID DOWN LOVERS OF JESUS. AND WHAT YOU SEE TO THE RIGHT IS EXACTLY THAT. WHAT A PRIVILEGE TO JOURNEY WITH THEM AS THEY FELL IN LOVE WITH BEAUTIFUL JESUS! AND IN INDIA OF ALL PLACES. TRULY A JOY.

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SPEAKING OF JOY! TO THE LEFT IS A GREAT DEPICTION OF HOW WE AS A STAFF TEAM FELT BEING ABLE TO GRADUATE OUR STUDENTS AND KNOW WE WERE SENDING BACK TO THE NATIONS TEACHERS, PREACHERS, FRIENDS, WORSHIPPERS, PRAYER WARRIORS, ETC. THOSE ARE PRAISE HANDS UP IN THE AIR! DTS WAS A VERY INTENSE COUPLE OF MONTHS, AND I CAN’T FORGET FOR A SECOND HOW SPOILED I AM TO DO THIS WHOLE MISSIONS THING WITH MY FELLOW “CO-WORKERS” WHO HAVE BECOME MY CLOSEST FRIENDS. REALLY WE’RE JUST A BUNCH OF TWENTY-SOMETHINGS THAT LOVE JESUS A LOT AND ARE LIVING A PRETTY FOOLISH LIFE TO SAY SO. IF GOD’S FAITHFULNESS WERE NOT A THING THIS WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE, LET ME TELL YOU! ALL TO SAY, THIS IS THE COMMUNITY I AM SURROUNDED BY AND WORKING WITH, AND I AM VERY THANKFUL. AS THE DTS HAS FINISHED, WE WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE THE YWAM BASE AND THE CITY OF AMSTERDAM TOGETHER IN WHATEVER WAY WE CAN: COOKING FOR INCOMING TEAMS, CONNECTING WITH THE LOCAL CHURCH, OR CLEANING TOILETS. YOU NAME IT, WE’RE THERE. EVENTUALLY WE WILL JUMP INTO THE PRACTICALS OF THE 2020 DTS, AND I’M SURE THIS PICTURE IS ALSO A GREAT DEPICTION OF THAT MOMENT. BUT WE’LL SAVE DTS FOR JANUARY, AND IN THE MEANTIME WE WILL CHASE AFTER JESUS TOGETHER AND SHARE WITH WHOEVER CARES TO LISTEN. IT IS BY NO MEANS AN EASY LIFE WE LIVE - AWAY FROM FAMILY, LIVING OFF SUPPORT, IN A NATION NOT OUR OWN - BUT IT IS SIMPLE: ALL FOR JESUS AND THAT HE WOULD BE RIGHLY KNOWN. MAN, CAN’T COMPLAIN ABOUT THAT. NOT EVEN FOR A SECOND.



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