You may have heard of an organization called Youth With A Mission (also known as YWAM – pronounced “why-wham”). YWAM was founded by a man named Loren Cunningham in 1960 and has been mobilizing young people to spread the love of God to almost every country of the world ever since. YWAM’s mission and passion is to know God and make Him known.
In September of 2014 I was able to take part in a DTS (Discipleship Training School) down in San Pedro, Belize. Going to the DTS I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect; I was nervous, I wanted to know if the whole God thing was real, and desired to have the relationship with God that I had heard so much about. While there I realized that my knowledge of God was so small and there was so much more to learn and grow than I had ever imagined. I learned what it looks like to have a real relationship with God, how to hear His voice, and how to love others with the same love that God has given to each and every one of us, even though we don’t deserve it. During my three months in Belize I experienced God in a way that I never knew was even possible, I gained freedom from past struggles, saw healing after healing, and I committed to the wild, crazy, adventure that living life with God brings.
The adventure was definitely a huge part of my experience in Belize, and on my outreach to Papua New Guinea. We always had kayaks, sailboats, snorkels, spears for spearfishing, volleyball, swimming, and so much more available the whole time in Belize. On my visit to Papua New Guinea the adventure included playing sports, jumping off bridges and trees into the river, swimming in the ocean, and going spearfishing at night with the locals. All of the adventure aspects were expected since I signed up for a DTS that was adventure focused, little did I know it also had a leadership focus as well. The funny thing is God knew, He knew that it was a leadership school and that was exactly where I belonged. So throughout the school we had a lot of opportunities to step up and lead, we learned what it looks like to be a real leader, and looked a lot at how Jesus led in the bible through servant leadership. I would say throughout the DTS I became much more confident in my leadership and it was awesome being able to serve in so many ways throughout the DTS as well, including serving the girls in our DTS and being able to bless them in many ways. In the end, I realized that this DTS was exactly where I was supposed to be, because learning all that leadership has led to what the next chapter of my life is going to look like!
Some of you may already know about my passion for missions, traveling, and a new passion I have discovered about myself, leading others and helping them to discover the overwhelming love that God has for them and the plans he has for each of our lives. I have been blessed with the opportunity to pursue all of these passions at the same time by returning to Belize to be on DTS staff with my YWAM family. I have committed to two years thus far and we will see where God will take me from there. While on staff I would be leading a small group of young men, leading outreaches to countries all around the world, and continuing to pursue my relationship with my Savior and King, Jesus Christ.
Thank you so much and many blessings to you!
Joshua T Mason – 2014 DTS Alumni