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You Are My Vision!

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Without a vision, the people will perish.

image11 This week the whole team got to help out a lot with of different ministries within the town of Temuco and interact with many families from the church we are working with called San Mateo. We painted a lot of different houses and churches. We also visited a little church on a huge farm within the mountains. The family fed us a lot of food and we got to establish relationship with them, they showed us their farm, apple orchard, cows that we took many pictures with and we got to paint their church.  Me and another guy on the team were able to help cook lunch with the ladies on the farm for my other teammates who were painting the church. I learned how to make yummy food called sope-I-Pia, which is like a donut that is fried and you put salsa on it! I talked to the family who lived on the farm; they lived a very simple life together and were happy.

image2 (1)We also got to do a skit and sing songs for a boarding school in the mountains. We did a skit on David and Goliath and we explained it to the kids and Heather gave a testimony that went along with the story.  We got invited back Thursday to play the kids, so the whole team and myself are looking forward to that very much!

image2Sunday we went to church and got invited to many different peoples houses. I was with Jenna and we went to a lady’s house and helped cooked lunch, she did our hair because she has a hair salon in her house, we talked for a very long time about her life and we met her daughter who we also got to know a lot. They spoke no English so my brain hurt at the end of the day, but what a blessing is was to be blessed by people who don’t even know us. After that the whole team went to another lady’s house were she fed us dinner and we got to talk about our days and how we were so blessed by all the people who hosted us for lunch.

image3This week for me has been awesome but honestly I lost sight of why I’m here. We have been very busy and I haven’t got much alone time but as I was reading my bible today God reminded me of many things. He reminded me that he is my vision. That my own desires in my life, the time I’m selfish, were becoming my vision, my focus this week. They were my focus instead of Him.  I was brought to the verses Philippians 3:7-11, Colossians 3:1-3 and Hebrews 12:1-2 where it talks about considering everything a loss to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ. My visions comes from these verse and my vision is to know His power and share in His suffering, I want to set my mind on heavenly things, and throw off everything that hinders me from him and run this race with my eyes focused on Him not looking to right or the left, or steering from side to side. Even if you’re the greatest missionary in the world you still need to keep Him as your vision. Many times I lose sight of why I am where I am, and serving Him wholeheartedly for his glory and not my own. God reminded me that He is my vision! That no matter what I do it needs to be for Him, never my own glory!

image1I think of John the Baptist, the one who prepared the way for Jesus. All of Israel was coming to get baptized by him, almost everyone knew who he was. But once Jesus came to this earth he said my favorite verse in the whole world, John 3:30, which says: “He must become greater, I must become less”. He realized the importance of Jesus coming and he humbled himself before Him. We should all take the example of John the Baptist, humbling our selves, realizing that we are not to be the one who is glorified, God is our vision and to realize the importance of that is to humble our self to make Him our vision!

Kristine Pask – DTS Student, January, 2015

Chile Outreach: Week Two

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After 2 nights in Santiago we headed south to Temuco. Here we have been working with the YWAM base and a local church where have been able to make relationships, while assisting in service around the community.

Maurits Wesoe – DTS Student, January, 2015

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St Lucia Outreach: Week Two

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This week we were introduced to one of Gilaine’s sisters (Gilaine is the lady we’re staying with!). Her sister is sick with cancer, she’s had it for 4 years now. It was such a blessing to meet her and her family and spent time with them. They were so welcoming to us and they have a great family! I love them all so much! At the end of the night we prayed for healing over her. As we prayed I cried. This isn’t an easy thing she is going through and it reminded me so much of my aunt who passed a few years ago from cancer. That was kind of hard! Seriously though, this lady is the sweetest, so strong and most precious! (And she makes an excellent cow heel soup!!!)

 

image (1)(Merlyn is the one in the pink and black stripe shirt. Gilaine is in the green shirt.)

NadiaThis week we also went to a children’s home where they accommodate for orphaned,abandoned, neglected and abused children. Whilst there, we met 4 boys; Joshua, Amos, Orlando and baby Elijah! These kids were so precious! We made crafts, painted our names on the back of their crafts building, face painting, ate mangoes and hung out with them! These boys all had so much joy to them! Many of these children have been in this home since they were 6 months and some from as young as 7 days old. Most of these boys have lived here their whole lives. I just wanted to take them all home with me!

imageWe have been so blessed by this family that has welcomed us in. We celebrated Terence’s birthday on Friday. We had a bunch of the family come over and had a jam session! This family is so on fire for God and is very passionate about music that it is so fun to be a part of. The community here is so fun, loving and you always have such a good time with everyone around you! Through this time we’ve been here we have made lots of relationships with people! I love this family that we’ve been welcomed into and I’m so thankful that God has placed us here!

preachGod’s been working through our team in many ways over these last two weeks! Our theme for this trip is relationships and we have met many people and even in the home were staying at just having good relationships with them!

Nadia Loewen -DTS Student, January, 2015

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Central Asia Outreach: It’s Only the Beginning

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It’s Only the Beginning

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I don’t think it really hit us until we were thousands of feet above the ground, flying over California, and getting “comfortable” for our fourteen hour flight to Central Asia. Tears began to fill my eyes as the realization of what our team was doing and the gravity of how much we would need the strength and guidance of Dad on this trip started to sink in.

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Upon arrival to our location we were rushed into an elevator by a woman and were loaded into a van that would take us to our first destination, our hotel. We were all very jet lagged but also very excited as we passed huge skyscrapers and tried to communicate with our driver through technology and hand signals. We ended up staying at a local’s hotel and called this our home for the first week. Chopsticks, no contacts, unfamiliar land, and tiredness made us turn to Dad for strength and for Him to lead us on. We learned to cook rice and noodles in our hotel rooms, a little hesitant to eat what didn’t look recognizable on the streets, while short-circuiting the power in the hotel…. Oops. Exploring was breathtaking and the cultural differences were shocking as we tried to become accustomed to the culture and love on the people the best we could.

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At last we met Jason, a gift from Dad, that led us to soup filed dumplings, an amazing skyline, and the hope that we were here for a reason. We were invited to our first fellowship where it was refreshing to look upon the One we serve and become more dedicated to the mission and cause. We celebrated Easter weekend as a family, with Jason of course, feeling the call of Dad to stay in our first city yet another week. There’s no doubt in my mind this will be an experience of a lifetime and we will learn that giving is better than receiving.

 

Michaela Ragsdale – DTS Student, January, 2015