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Adventure in the Andes-Cusco

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What an adventure Peru has been and there was no better way to end our ministry time than in Cusco.

46133_10201396114079796_871910348_nThe trip to Cusco was a long ten hour bus ride, however it was filled with beautiful landscapes and mountains that made the ten hours fly by. During the trip we climbed to a height of around 15,500 feet and had the opportunity to step off the bus to view the snow covered Andes Mountains. After our bus ride we stepped out into the oxygen deprived cool night air of Cusco to be met by David Strong. David and his wife opened up their home for us during the two weeks we have spent in Cusco. In fact they did more than opened it up, they gave us the keys and left the country! It has been such a blessing to have a home (with hot water, and washing machine) during these two weeks. So a huge thank you to them and praise how our Father orchestrated our opportunity to be here.

1653834_817192518298069_820901568_nAfter a week in Puerto Maldonado we shifted back into our manual labor groove, spending much of the week helping prepare a home for many of the Quechua believers to come and stay at while studying the Word. The Quechua people make up a large number of the population of Peru and live mostly in small villages around the mountains. Many of these villages have never heard the gospel and even the name of Jesus. As they discover truth and this amazing love our Father has they have an excitement that grows and would put many of us to shame. We heard stories of young Quechua men walking two days just to learn how to properly lead a simple Sunday school class taught in an afternoon, only to quickly return to their village and share with others what they have learned. These people are very poor though and do not have the money to travel to Cusco much less afford to stay there even for a few days, our efforts helped give these young believers a place to lay their tired heads after a long day in the world, and a room to study in while looking at the beautiful mountains the God they are learning about created. On our last day at the home the Pastor we were working with us gave us quite the gift for helping him, a plate full of Guinea Pig, the rare treat here in Cusco

After all trying the salty meat we were able to sit down with the pastor and his family. The short Peruvian man, who for the past hours had been slaving away with us pouring concrete, came walking out in his best shirt and pants holding his worn Bible close. Even through a translator we could feel his heart and gratitude as he thanked us for the work we had done, but even more than that he challenged us. As a true brother in Christ he challenged us to continue on this journey, to continue to say yes daily, and to love and serve in a way this world is not use to. It was a better gift for our hard labor than even the Guinea Pig.

1620359_10152209059688656_2117050292_nSince this conversation it has been on our team’s heart to understand what this Christian community is, or what we like to call a community of grace. To create a place where emotions are welcome, hurting hearts can be voiced, wisdom can be shared, and we can walk along side each other wherever we are in this crazy journey. Despite falling short a few times, getting a little aggravated with each other, and having a few bad attitudes we continue to choose to be this community. To do the difficult thing being vulnerable and keeping short accounts. Ministry is so important but even more than this “doing” it’s important that we don’t forget to just “be”, To BE true Christ Followers. As a result of being we have had the opportunity and the privilege to do many things to help others, only because we first chose to say yes! A decision that while sometimes hard, we will never regret!

With His love,

Will Richardson- September 2013 Leadership DTS Peru Outreach

We’re Back!

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UntitledWe’re back… in Singapore that is, our last stop on this faith journey before we disperse into the next stage of each of our lives. As we were sitting on the plane from Malaysia to Singapore we each felt such excitement and anticipation in our hearts about returning. While it is true that we had an amazing, once in a lifetime couple of weeks in other parts of Asia, something was whispering to our spirits that Singapore was where we were called for the last month of our outreach. We landed and it felt like we were returning home. The minute we stepped out of the airport God started blessing us again and taking care of us in ways we never imagined, especially through our new Singaporean friends Mercy and Daniel. We were able to spend a couple of days with them and also had the chance to speak at their church and build a few more relationships.

Untitled1It has been a week since we started seeking God’s hear and will for the nation of Singapore. God has highlighted the 7 spheres of society here in Singapore as points of intercession. These include: family, religion, government/science, media communication, education, and celebration. As students, we are stepping out in our leadership abilities and hosting a day specifically on each sphere. So far it has been awesome to see how God works differently through each individual and to see each step out in the different strengths and talents they possess. One of our days was spent visiting learning about Buddhism, the lies behind it, visiting those temples and interceding on behalf of those temples. One thing we have learned, especially from our temple visits is that God only wants us to pray what He specifically asks of us. He did not call any of us, at least in this season to personally challenge the darkness there in our own strength. He did call us to bring His presence into each temple and pray His name, and worship Him. It all goes back to what God has been speaking from day one; it is not about the doing it is about the being!

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Yesterday was an amazing day for our team, one of my favorites! This week we were able to get connected with YWAM Singapore and yesterday we spent the day interceding for them. We spent time individually with the Lord and asked Him to lay a verse on each of our hearts that we could proclaim over YWAM Singapore. Once we received a verse we embarked on a 4-hour jungle hike. This included prayer walking, proclaiming scripture and walking in the presence of God. We had times of calmness, times of joy and times of heavier prayer. It was amazing! God continually speaks to us when we are in the glory of His beautiful creation. I am posting the verses we received below. If you are reading this and desire to come along side our prayers and decrees we would love if you would speak out these scriptures and intercede on behalf of this nation and the YWAM base. Prayer works!

  • Matthew 11:28-30
  • Philippians 4:11
  • Hebrews 11:39
  • Nahum 1:7
  • Isaiah 52:
  • Psalm 20:5
  • Hebrews 11:1

Colleen House-September 2013 Leadership DTS Singapore Outreach Student

Continuously Learning

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From the amazon jungle to the concrete jungle, we are all super excited about being back in civilization. Puerto Maldonado is a unique city and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to get some yummy snacks, ride motor bikes and tuktuks, exploring all the new things, places and the culture.

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We’re staying at a local church and finally have walls all around us again. Of course we have our beloved mosquito nets with us and now we even get to sleep on mattresses, what a luxury! We’ve been doing ministry together with the local church: inviting people on the streets to “cell” groups and leading them, giving some messages and sharing testimonies with adults and youth, doing skits, spending time with kids, praying etc. We never know what exactly to expect, how many people or what age group, but we’ve learned to be flexible and trust God to work something out pretty spontaneously. We are having a lot of fun and it’s exciting to finally work with people and share our heart messages with them.
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Another thing we have learned and are still learning is to be led by the Holy Spirit. It was encouraging to see what an impact that can have in the lives of others. I can definitely say that everyone on this team stepped up this week.

We’ve been realizing just how hard it is sometimes to communicate with the language barrier, but we are slowly getting better: we are now able to have little conversations or at least make known what we want. However we have found ways to communicate the gospel and our stories through our translators and with just the few words we do know.

We’ve had a great time so far and soon our journey points us upwards to the big mountains of the Andes where we’ll be for the next couple weeks. So excited to see what God has for us there!

Andrea Walchli- September 2013 Peru Outreach

From Malaysia to Indonesia

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We have had the amazing opportunity to travel to three different countries while on our outreach to Singapore, and our last two weeks have been filled to the brim with blessings! God has been teaching us humility in being loved so well, receiving so many gifts and blessings from others. We were always greeted with food at every doorstep and were always surrounded by so many kind-hearted people who desperately love the Lord, that we always felt like we were being blessed in one way or another.

singUpon arrival to Malaysia, we met up with a pioneer base in Kuching and developed a great relationship with the leader Michael, who became our “man of peace”. Coming along side of Michael has been a huge blessing in itself, and we also got to be in relationship with his friends who are the youth of the local church. While in Malaysia, we had a few opportunities to be in intercession for the city through prayer walking. During our prayer walks we discovered some strongholds that are present there and were able to pray against them, which was a really powerful opportunity and provided a lot of growth for many of us. We experienced everything from Muslim and Buddhist temples, to dark idols hanging in doorways. This was both a time of revelation and awareness for us to pray on behalf of the city and really have our eyes opened to the severity of the lost and broken in spirit.

Our trip to Indonesia was completely filled with blessings, eye opening experiences, and great relationships built with some really beautiful people. On our 3rd country we decided to pack even lighter, further letting go of what we have in order to be humbled. We had the opportunity to be involved in everything from helping work in rice fields, to being in relationship with an orphanage, to helping teach English & proclaim what God has been teaching us in a school, to speaking in a local church. Though we were involved with many different activities, we evidently saw God actively working in each aspect of ministry we were involved in.

sing1While in Indonesia, we had the unique opportunity of living at YWAM Borneo, which has several high school students living there as well. We were able to be in relationship with them during our time there and really enjoyed just doing life with them and getting to know their hearts and be inspired by their stories. Being able to touch the lives of the children and volunteers from the orphanage was also such a blessing for us. We were in great relationship with a volunteer for the orphanage named Shita, and because she was willing to be so vulnerable with us, we were able to really get to know their hearts and were better able to pray over their lives and see God’s heart for each one of them. We are very excited about the growth in each of their lives, both seen and even more that we will never get to see.

UntitledWe are encouraged in learning that we will never really know the full impact of our work in outreach. We have seen and learned so much thus far on outreach, and have been so blessed to be able to experience the great journey that we have had so far. We are so excited for all that’s to come and all the lessons He has in store for us along the way!

Jennifer Litsey-September 2013 Singpore Outreach

 

Leading From the Inside Out

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1653589_10153701951815134_1149106990_nLeadership. It’s one of those topics that everyone talks about and has opinions on and think that it only pertains to the elite few, the business man, the politician, and the pastor, but in actuality everyone is a leader in some way. Wether you’re the president, or a CEO, or a pastor or just a regular guy or gal, we will all be a leader at some point. The question is what kind of leader will you be? It really depends on what kind of person you are because you lead from the inside out. That’s what Jim Ramos, our speaker last week, taught us.

1509286_400184530127526_1309756348_nLeading from the inside out requires us to know: how God has uniquely gifted us (both spiritually and naturally), what our passions are, our personality, and our life experiences. Once we have a solid foundation of who God has made us to be, we can find our values, once we have our values when can begin to systematically move towards our lives being in alignment with our values. Now, we are in a position to begin to develop habits or daily rhythms, we then naturally, over time, start completing our goals. That’s the super basic overview of what he taught. Now I get to share what I learned during his lectures.

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For me, the biggest thing I got out of that week is my own personal mission statement. During our last lecture Jim asked us to write out our own life mission statement. This is mine, “While on this earth I want always be loving and enjoying God fully, walking with Him humbly, preaching His Gospel boldly, serving my family (spiritual or otherwise) faithfully, leading graciously, leaving a Godly and steadfast legacy, and dying gladly.” Simple, personal, and very profound for my life. It’s just really cool seeing what my life’s goals are at this point in this season. Maybe later in life they’ll change. If they do so be it, but as of right now, that’s what I want my life to look like. I would encourage everyone to come up with their own “Life Mission Statement”. It’s incredibly empowering.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Kyle Mitchell- January 2014 Leadership DTS