Although we were definitely ready for air conditioning and a real shower, our last few days at Creationfest were a blast and it was hard to say goodbye. We spent most of our afternoons with friends at the local park playing spikeball, ultimate Frisbee, and cooling off in the river. It was a great time of fellowship where we were able to build authentic relationship and pour into the lives of the people God brought to us during our time in Washington.
One way that our team really saw God moving this past week was through prayer. Through our neighbor Cindy, we were given the opportunity to pray for a band called “Disciple”. Their drummer had to put a brace on his wrist because he was experiencing so much pain shortly before they were supposed to go on stage. We prayed over his wrist and over the band’s ministry and later received a message that during their set his pain vanished and he was able to play pain-free. It was amazing to see God use us as a team to bless a band that in return was able to impact their fans with their story and further the ministry of Creationfest as a whole.
On Sunday we packed up our camping site, and set off for Salem, Oregon where we are residing now. We been having such a great time with our host family, the Knospes’. One thing that God has definitely blessed our team with along this trip so far is amazing host families. Although making pancakes and soup over a camping stove is fun for a while, it’s also nice being able to have a home cooked meal and enjoy the company and conversations that go along with it.
So far in Salem we’ve had the opportunity to speak at a youth group at Sonrise Church in Forrest Grove. Amanda and Martin shared their testimonies, and God definitely
moved through them to impact the kids and even youth leaders.
We were all able to share with them what YWAM DP is all about a lot of them showed interest in doing a DTS. It was a smaller youth group with about 11 kids, so we were able to have awesome conversations with a lot of them after, create an environment for them to share their stories, and encourage them in their walks with Christ. It was encouraging and got us even more excited for opportunities to share in the future!
Amidst all the fun, God has been challenging us and teaching us as He always does. During DTS God really taught us the value of each individual person but on this tour we’ve been learning more about what it looks like to live that out. Every single person we meet is fighting a battle, and every person weren’t deserves to experience God’s love through us. The size of a youth group doesn’t matter and the age of the person doesn’t matter: wherever there is a person there is opportunity. God is all about the little things and being a part of those little things is such a big thing!
We are also learning that
productive outreach always begins with your own personal relationship to God. If we’re not keeping each other accountable and growing together than our outreach is hindered. Our times of team devos and worship have become the most important part of our day. Whether it be sitting outside in the park enjoying worship together, or studying the Bible cozied up on the couch, we are excited for God to reveal more of himself to us as we seek him here in Salem and as we head into California next week.