“Hello, my friend! How are you!” a young Sudanese man walked confidently up to our outreach leader, Chris, and offered him a handshake. A group of 7 of our team members had been left behind at the refugee camp, known as the Jungle, to do a prayer walk before our ride came to pick us up. We didn’t feel we should go into the camp, but instead, felt the Holy Spirit prompting us to stop at a street corner, just outside the camp’s entrance. I had noticed several refugee men coming and hanging out alongside the road outside the Jungle. Many of them would sit, head down, and I wondered what they were thinking. I felt God leading us to this spot to pray peace and God’s presence to anyone who came to sit on the cement block that was at the corner. (more…)
First things first, I am so blessed to be a part of this amazing outreach. It’s only been one week and every team member has exemplified vulnerability, love, and responsibility. Unity is absolutely necessary on outreach, and it is evident that everyone is making a strong effort to achieve it because it is already very present. We are prayer warriors for each other, we have each other’s back, and we are constantly building relationship with each other.
So our trip began like any other…oh wait, no it didn’t. Turns out our lovely Jessyca didn’t actually have a booked plane ticket to Paris with the rest of the team. After much prayer, talk with the airline workers, and an appreciated flight time delay, a ticket was booked and we could be on our way. Hurdle #1 complete. (more…)
I figured coming to YWAM DP to do my secondary level school, FCM (Foundations of Counseling Ministry), that I knew how to live in community, and I knew how to go after God. But what I didn’t expect from this base was that they live and encourage each other to live in vulnerability. I have never lived completely in vulnerability. Especially in a community.
Here at YWAM, things are anything but ordinary. While words like “routine” and “personal space” are not in our vocabulary, phrases such as “the power’s out, no showering today”, and (in the case that we DO have power) “the shower needs to be fixed…again” are readily heard around the base. As a perfectionist, it can be easy to perceive these situations to be total disasters to my beautifully organized and planned out day. What’s funny is that when I look back, some of my favourite moments have been the most imperfect, spontaneous situations, the ones where God is writing the story instead of me. He’s much less predictable. I’ve come to realize that God can script a life more adventurous than my dreams when I simply let him. When I let go. Here’s one of those moments…
Faith, life, adventure. A clever tag line right? A great way to get the attention of the curious onlooker. I largely ignored such idealistic catchphrases when applying for my DTS here in Belize. Naturally (as it always happens) God loves making me cringe at the arrogance of my own “understanding.” When I arrived at the YWAM DP base, I was greeted by faith, life, and adventure… along with community, love, family, and growth. However, for today I will stick to the 3 that I had scoffed at months ago during my application.