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Amazon to the Andes

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From The Beaches of Belize to the Amazon Jungle
IMG_0180And so our adventure in Peru begins! Arrived safely thanks to God’s faithfulness after our adventures at the airport; all went smoothly to start with. We all had to get up at around 4am and say our goodbyes to team Guatemala, which for some rather upsetting. We got a boat to Belize City with team Singapore and again had to say some very hard goodbyes.
Our adventure began when we arrived at Miami airport; we had an hour and a half to get 13 people through. All got through immigration quickly. However, when we arrived to check in we were told we had missed our flight. After some sweet-talking and God’s faithfulness they agreed to check us in, but this still didn’t mean we would make the flight. We had to “throw some elbows” and talk our way through security so we could sprint to our gate and plane.Thanks to God we somehow all made it.

We had a long layover in Lima airport. We all crashed on the floor with 26 bags and 13 people, all sleeping inIMG_1494rather unusual positions. But most people got some form of sleep. Despite all of this there was still a sense of positivity & happiness, it didn’t feel like there was any tension between anyone even though we were all pretty tired.
When we arrived Bud collected us from the airport & brought us to his home, down a rather bumpy trail, and he showed us where we were staying.
The girls are staying on the second floor with no windows or walls, just a wooden floor and door down stairs. Our bathroom/toilet is a large bucket with a toilet seat on top and sawdust to cover it. To start with, I was a little concerned about the fact we had no walls & windows, however at the same time it is exciting & a totally different experience.

Surprisingly it hasn’t been too bad without the walls and windows as you can fall asleep watching the stars and gazing in to God’s creation, hearing the bugs & animals, staring into the treetops.
IMG_0183The following day just involved resting, enjoying company, and a small service with Bud and his 5 children David, Daniel, Felix, Joseph and Caleb, who all seem really nice & friendly. The service consisted of a few worship songs & then it was based on Ephesians 6 about the Armor of God. Then we all shared our thoughts on what Bud had spoken about.

Monday was our first work day, this involved weeding around lemon trees for the morning. We’re pretty excited to be here and see what God has in store. From what I have seen so far it’s going to be a pretty WILD outreach!

-September 2013 DTS Peru outreach

Faith In Motion

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God has sent our team on an amazing faith journey into the unknown realm of His presence. From day one, we knew that God was calling us into something different, something deeper and something that would test and grow each of our faith in a different way. It has only been a few weeks since outreach started, but we have already seen huge shifts in the way we view ourselves and view the will of God. As our journey started on a boat in Belize we all already felt a huge sense of anticipation as to what God was going to do. Not long into our travels we had our first test of faith as one of our team members was not allowed to board the plane to Singapore due to some troubles with her passport. As we left two members of our team behind in Los Angeles, we knew that even during times of trial and times where the enemy would try to separate us as a team that God’s will would ultimately prevail. So, two people short, we boarded the plane to Singapore knowing that God’s timing for things is often different than our own.

Our first week in Singapore was amazing; God blessed our socks off! We were able to get in contact with some amazing people and spend a lot of time interceding on behalf of Singapore; whether it was prayer walking, asking God for divine appointments, worshipping, or spending time in Chinese and Buddhist temples, we were bringing light into the darkness with the presence of the Holy Spirit in us. One of the main lessons we learned, as a team, was the power of living in the present moment and in doing so being in tune to what the Holy Spirit has for us, ready to obey in an instant. We have witnessed the power of being. Just our presence in a place can change things in the spiritual realm. One example of this was when one of our contacts told us that us just being with them (while being with Christ) blessed them more than we would ever know.

76827_10200422168791737_2016312133_n In contrast, the first week of outreach for the two who stayed in LA was also a time of faith building and blessing. In the words of Bethany, “Our time in LA was a time for us to build our trust in God and it was also preparation for Singapore. We were experiencing some of the same strongholds in LA as the rest of the team was in Singapore so God was bringing things to our attention even though we were halfway around the world. The first week of outreach was a week where I had to learn how to be still which was preparation for the rest of my time in South East Asia. When I made the decision to trust God and follow His plan even when it didn’t make sense to me God took care of me and even blessed me far beyond what I imagined.”

seaa We felt such peace and joy once our team was united again 5 days later. We know that there is such power in unity, which is why the enemy had tried to break our unity in the first place. We have taken such comfort and had peace knowing that God has control in every situation. As I sit here writing this I am in Kuching Malaysia. Yes, God has sent us on an outreach within an outreach. We will be here for 2 weeks, minus the five days we will be spending in Indonesia, serving at a YWAM base there. We feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be present in 3 different communities, in 3 different cultures. Each day is another day of faith for us, another day of allowing God to lead, another day of learning how to just be. After all, it is not about the doing, it is about living each minute in the presence of God, finding Him where he is to be found. Looking around at the different members of the team I can already see the ways that God has changed them, brought them closer into knowing their true identity. This life we are called to live is a beautiful life of community, healing and faith. As we continue here in Malaysia and head into Indonesia this week pray for those we will come into contact with, pray for unity, a deeper freedom in us and those around us and pray for our obedience to change nations. Down below is an acronym that sums up our outreach so far, our beautiful faith journey. Blessings!

Freedom in Presence
Adventure
Intercession
Trust
Healing

-September 2013 DTS Singapore Outreach team

Typhoon Relief

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Chris, a DP alumni, is currently serving with a team of 4 people in the Philippines doing relief work after the destruction and devastation caused by the recent Typhoon that ripped through the city of Tacloban. We have the privilege to join with him and his team as the YWAM DP family to pray and support them in the work they’re doing, and for the restoration effort as a whole.
Please continue reading the update below from Chris;

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Our team of four made it safely to the Philippines. On January 1st we arrived at Cebu’s International Airport and on the 2nd we traveled to the city of Tacloban (typhoon location) located on the island of Leyte. Majority of Tacloban is damaged with the outskirts being hit the hardest. The city is without power with only some places powered by a generator.

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Since being here we have been able to take part in different kinds of ministries. On the 4th we joined up with a YWAM team from Kona, Hawaii (six people), and three other missionaries and helped remove debris form an orphanage. In a short amount of time, with the man power we had, we were able to clear out a fair sized area. There was a ton of rock, wood, metal, plastic and garbage that needed to be cleared. When we finished the kids unexpectedly made us lunch which was delicious! Later that afternoon we played games, sang songs, drew pictures and provided the kids with a healthy dinner. One of the activities that impacted me was having the kids draw pictures of their experience during the time of the typhoon. One girl lost 15 family members. This activity was a way of allowing them to express their emotions with intent of bringing healing.

Later this week we are looking at possibly purchasing clothing for the kids with families without homes as well as purchasing school supplies for a high school. We will also be renting a truck to distribute relief supplies like hammers, nails, saws to the outer parts of the city on Thursday or Friday.

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Once again I would like to thank you all for your support and I look forward to updating you again with the different types of ministry work we are involved in.

His Love Endures Forever

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“Every time you sin you make it hard on the Lord, because He is a righteous God, but He loves you abundantly.”

UntitledStruggle is a gift. If you ask someone in the midst of a battle whether it’s a gift or not, they would probably tell you NO. But the truth is that in a fight, God’s love is evident. We endure struggle to grow our character. These battles are opportunities to come out so much stronger than before.
There is an example of a man who struggles to give up an addiction. He decides to lay it at the foot of the cross, and he resists 2 out of 3 times. But when he does fall, God doesn’t focus on the error, but He rejoices over the progress that His child has made. In the world today we have this view that whenever we do something bad, God is adfilled with fury and wants to smite us down. But the reality is that God is a holy and pure God, so He can’t be in the presence of sin, but, He is also filled with such love for us. Our Father is merciful, and when we fall, He is always reaching out to us saying “Get up, let’s keep walking together. You can’t do this alone, but I’m here with you.” We will fall. It’s a part of the curse. If we were sinless beings, then what would be the point of salvation, and where would the need for Jesus be? But when we do sin, God desires to pick us up, dust us off, and keep going.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 118:1
Our Father is loving, so much more so than we realize. He celebrates with us in the good times, He cheers when we overcome evil, He mourns with us in the hard times, and He is present through the struggles. Thank you God for the battle that rages around us, because when we are in the middle of spiritual warfare, we know that we are a threat to the enemy, so that means we are doing something right! Praise God in the hard times.

qwe“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
This was our last week of Lecture Phase, and we couldn’t have asked for a better speaker to sum it up. Or a better Winter Wonderland party Friday night held in our honor. We have been filled with so much knowledge about the Bible, the Truth, and God’s love for us in this time. Now we are supercharged for outreach, and ready for whatever God has ready to throw at us next!

Bethany Wineteer & Jennifer Litsey- September 2013 DTS Students

Flexibilty, Diversity, and Commitment

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“To know God and make Him known” is the YWAM Motto and I did not fully get an understanding of what this would look like in my life until lectures came to a close this week. We are called as believers to take what we know about God, Christ and the Holy Spirit into the world around us. I have learned specifically this week that EVERYONE has a different understanding (big or small) of God and from God. We have all learned different things from the 1474451_776805575670097_753426203_nway we grew up, from our churches and God has spoken to all of us in different ways and about different things. THAT is why the church is a community, together in this community we can create a bigger, more accurate picture of God- Who He is and what He is up to in culture. This week in Belize we transitioned from lectures solely based on “heart issues” and moved into Theology and the topic of “Christ and culture.” I will be honest; this was a really hard transition for me at first. I am ALL about the deep heart stuff. Initially my thoughts were, “ehhh…. This stuff does not really matter, I am NEVER going to actually remember what is being said, let alone use it in life.” Not far into the week I was proven wrong, which is why the personal theme of my week was FLEXIBILITY; Flexibility in schedules, flexibility in what I am learning and focusing on and also having flexibility as believers being open to different cultures, open to different worldviews and opinions (not so I can change my beliefs, but so I can better help others with different beliefs understand the truth). There are so many different worldviews in the world today, but even more important than that for my life is that there are so many different streams of Christianity itself! We spent time discussing a few of those streams: the evangelical stream, the charismatic stream, the social justice stream, the contemplative stream, and the holiness stream. All forms of Christianity, all focusing on and implementing different focal points and practices, all with different strengths and weakness, yet all leading back to one thing…Christ.

diversityAs we all raised our hands at different times in response to the questions, “which stream were you mainly raised in” I realized that each member of the body of Christ is different, unique in the beliefs and idea they have, yet we all can still come together UNITED in Christ following the call we have on our lives to make God known to ALL the world. Unity in the midst of diversity is such a beautiful thing. I love seeing each member of our school becoming more united in their differences as the weeks pass by. We have all grown do much and we have all gained a different revelation that we can bring together to form a bigger picture of our God. How cool is that?

One last idea I have gained this week is: “Jesus is proactive, always FOR something. Instead of defining ourselves against something, we need to define ourselves for something.” Living in our culture today we as believers are always defining ourselves against something, “I am never going to be “this” (which in itself is not a bad thing). But going back to this week and learning all we learned I realize that we really need to take it a step further and say, “I am not going to be “this”, BUT I am going this be “this”. I leave this week of lectures on Christ and culture with the question, “what am I going to define myself for? What hill am I going to be willing to die on? In order to give an answer to this question I realize that I am going to need to be open to learning new things about Theology, worldviews and culture. As I move into this next and last week of lectures I am more open, open to the concept of theology and I pray that God speaks to all of us in a way that brings us deeper into His love for us and deeper into our knowledge of who He is so as we transition into outreach we can more fully minister to those God places in front of us. As you are reading this I want to challenge you to think alongside YWAM DP, think about the hill that YOU are willing to die on and then climb that hill and stay there.cross-hill2-1

“ONE man or woman with PASSION is equal to 99 with simply interest.”

Colleen House- September 2013 DTS Student