Friday, February 4, 2011
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
As far as ministry goes, we have had a chance to do some evangelism and praying in the city. Dublin is an incredibly rich city, in antiquity and culture. The people here are fantastic; quite warm and friendly. They are willing to talk to you on the Luas (Pronounced “Lewis”, and is the local light rail system) or in the pubs and cafes and shops around the city. On Saturday, we walked downtown and right through a Gay Pride Parade. Our team was overwhelmed with a huge prayer burden for the homosexual population of Dublin. This is something we will take away from this week. As you pray in the next days, please keep in mind the homosexual community here in Dublin, and ask God to have mercy on these people. Ask for the door to be closed, that was opened during this parade and for the evil to be purged from the streets.
We have also had a chance to meet and pray with Dublin Christian Mission. We will be partnering with them for some of their summer outreach activities. Part of our team will plan and run a “Summer Project” that keeps kids (ages 3-12) off the streets and occupied with positive influence, rather than getting into trouble. This is a great opportunity for a few members of our team to use their giftings and abilities. Later on in July, our entire team will work with Dublin Christian Mission (DCM), helping out with summer camps. As we met to pray with the staff at DCM I felt God was asking me to ask if they needed a worship leader for one of their camp weeks at the end of July. As I asked, Liesel (our main contact with DCM) was quite surprised and excited about the opportunity for me to lead worship for the week. Please be in prayer for this week (Starting July 25). It should be a great week for the teen age kids in the camp and an incredible week for our team to partner with DCM, leading worship, and assisting with cooking and other duties at the camp.
Tomorrow we return to Northern Ireland for nearly 2 weeks. During this time we will be working with YWAM Belfast to help with a summer music festival (Summer Madness) and do ministry in Belfast City. Following our week with Summer Madness, we will assist YWAM Belfast (Now YWAM Ireland) with preparation for an Irish Folk Music Festival. Please be in prayer for this time, as this will be the time that our team of 11 splits for 2 weeks. We feel God is opening doors for ministry in Dublin and Northern Ireland at the same time. Half of our team will return to Dublin to run the Summer Project with DCM and the remainder (Kaylyn and I included) will stay in Northern Ireland and assist with the folk Music Festival. Please pray for the unity of our team to remain intact and for the Lord to open up doors for both of the teams!
I apologize for the long entry. With so much going on, it takes a bit to explain it all. We will make an effort to post every few days, to keep the entries shorter. We thank you so much for your prayer support and financial support. We are confident that your prayers and assistance are going to help the Lord change lives here in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Please feel free to write to us, or ask more questions! We’d love to hear from you!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Happy Memorial day to all of you, Stateside. From the sounds of things, the weather’s been lousy and if it keeps up, you may be able to swim to work soon. We hope you all are doing ok and we do pray for you often. Can you believe it is already June? Time is flying by!
These last 10 days or so have been quite busy. Our team has done ministry in a prison, a shelter for young kids who’s parents aren’t fit to care for them, parks, and a church. Our team is really starting to fall into place as far as the different rolls we have for ministry. As a leader, its great to see this happenings, as ultimately it makes less work for me :) Also as a leader, its truly a joy to see the students take charge and really own and be responsible for the ministries we are participating in.
This past weekend we were with a church in San Salvo, a town about an hour south of Pescara. We had a time of worship in a park, then passed out invitations to a “Gospel Concert” we would be putting on in the evening. We spent a few hours in the park, painting faces of children, talking with people and supporting the coffee bar that was there. Sunday was a very warm day and there were many people in the park. We ate lunch with the church and had a bit of “free” time in the afternoon. I was to lead worship for the “Gospel Concert” that evening and spent much of the afternoon preparing for that. We had, as a team, a great time of prayer prior to the service. The music worked well, as Rebeca (the girl in the picture above) assisted me in leading the songs in Italian. Our team did the “Everything” Drama that they’ve been working on, (Look for it soon on our videos page). Kaylyn shared here testimony and spoke wonderfully. Several people were moved to tears as she declared, through a translator, that she would choose to follow Jesus and give her “yes” to Jesus each day. Our time in San Salvo served to encourage the church and excite them about the opportunities there are in ministry within their own town, and missions, within Italy and across Italy’s Borders.
This week we have been learning on relationships from Jo Rocha. Jo is Brazilian, but lives in Belgium with his wife and 3 children. Jo and Kristien watched a son lose his battle with leukemia about 5 years ago. In light of our family’s recent battle, we have felt a strong kinship with Jo. He’s a sweet man who really is living out his teaching.
In the coming weeks, we are quite busy. This weekend we leave for Bari, for 8 days. We will be staying with church there to offer our teacher for the week to their church and community. This will be an important time in outreach preparation for us as well. When we return from Bari, we will have just over a week in Pescara before we leave for Belfast. Please be in prayer for the last two weeks of the lecture phase of this school. God has done some incredibly amazing things, but we are confident he’s not done yet. You can look forward to a new gallery soon, as we’ll have pictures from the last few weeks and the weeks to come!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Discipleship Training School (DTS) is YWAM's foundation. This unique course sets young people (and older people as well) on a course for radical living for the rest of their lives. Really, the great commission is implanted and interweaved within the hearts and minds of DTS students during the 5-6 month course. The format of the DTS is 12 weeks of lecture followed up by 8-12 weeks of outreach. During the lecture phase of the course, students study topics such as; who God is, hearing God's voice, Evangelism, Worship, Prayer, Culture, how to integrate into society as a Christian, etc. The average DTS size is 30-40 students, though there have been much larger (305, as in the case of Brady's) and much smaller (10-20, as in the case of the DTS in Pescara that we will work with).
The Outreach phase of DTS is where it gets exciting! This is the opportunity for the students to go into the world and put what they've learned to use. In many cases, the outreach location is not determined until several weeks into the lecture phase. This allows the students to pray and seek God's heart for this decision. Its pretty incredible to see God show up in huge ways, leading the students to truly divine appointments! Outreach can include street ministry, building projects, church projects, assistance with sporting events, worship events, prayer walks, crusades, bible studies. The list could go on for many more pages! For some, it is also huge step outside of established comfort zones. (this part is also exciting)
The DTS, being the foundation of Youth With a Mission, really seeks to prepare and equip young people to be disciples and to disciple others.
We ask you to pray for the students who will be attending the DTS in Pescara, Italy in April this year. We are looking forward to meeting them and developing friendships that could last for many years. Please begin to pray for open hearts of these students. There is a firehose of information flowing at them during the DTS. Pray that they would be as sponges, soaking up the information and letting it impermeate deep into their hearts! Pray for God to begin to direct them and show them pictures of what Outreach will look like. Pray for strength and for courage, as many of the students will be in a new country, immersed in a new culture and hearing a new language. Also, in the next two months, before this school, please be praying for financial provision for the students and staff (us included)!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Currently there are over 1,000 YWAM locations in over 150 countries. There is a volunteer staff of nearly 16,000 people from all walks of life.
YWAM functions under 3 main Pillars of Ministry:
Training: Teaching and training young people to fulfill the great commission. The foundation of YWAM is the Discipleship Training School (DTS, look for the next blog to highlight this). DTS equips students to...
Evangelism: "Go and make disciples of all nations..."(Mt 28:19)
YWAM believes that the bible calls us to go into the world and tell people about him.
Mercy Ministries: The "hands and feet of Jesus". To show the world the love of Jesus we are called to meet the needs of the needy.
YWAM is a very diverse, multifaceted ministry that believes in the power of the Holy Spirit to direct God's people in His will. The unique organizational structure allows and encourages new vision and exploration of ways to fulfill the great commission.