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So Much Work, So Little Time

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In America, there is a problem. So many of us follow a day-by-day routine. Wake up, go to work/school, go home, and sleep. How messed up is that? This was my day by day, just 4looking more and more like the world around me. Then something amazing, irreversible, climate happened in my life, God saved me. My heart of stone was replaced with a heart of flesh. I was raised from the dead, took my first breath of air and truly started living.
As a new believer, I didn’t realize how important it was for me to tell other people about what had happened to me. How Jesus came into my life and saved me from my unrighteousness. Now, though still a young believer, I realize how important it is for me to spread the love of God to everyone. Reflect the image of God, look like Jesus.
This is why I am in Guatemala right now. When I read the great commission in Matthew 28, I don’t see “go and make disciples if you feel like it”. Or “go and make disciples only if it’s not awkward.” No. “Go therefore and make photodisciples of all nations” is what Jesus says. It is not an opinion, it is a command. That’s why I am here, trying to be obedient as best I can to what the Word of God tells me to do.
After saying all of that, I guess it would be proper to discuss what kind of ministries my team and I are doing here. The past two weeks we have been in Guatemala City, which has been great! We were blessed to be apart of so many ministries that the YWAM base already had going. Ministries like feeding the homeless, visiting orphanages, participating in Bible studies and evangelism at the town square. Not to mention preaching in more than 10 churches. We saw God work in all of these ministries.
Although I loved all the ministries, there was one that spoke to me the most, feeding and evangelizing to the homeless. Recently I discovered how high the homeless population is 2in Atlanta (where I live) and I believe God wants me to do something about it. It was hard evangelizing to the homeless people In Guatemala City, but after I could not stop thinking about how easy it would be to do it back home.
God has taught me so many things while being here in Guatemala. Which brings me to why I titled this Blog “so much work, so little time”. The more I read my Bible, the more I come to the conclusion on how important it is for us to share the Good news with people. The Bible talks countless amount of times about how short our lives are, “for what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” 3(James 4:14) or “teach as how short our life is” (psalm 90:12) or even the whole chapter 11 of Ecclesiastes. Here, God has been teaching me that my time is limited and there is a lot of work to be done. Ultimately God has been telling me, “Don’t waste your life”.

Michael Becker- July 2013 DTS Student

All You Need Is Love

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Well, it’s no coincidence that Jesus IS love. Brenda Lewis, our first guest speaker, introduced a simple life motto to us this week—“Jesus+nothing=everything”. So, not 1381127_10151942233373656_1962046273_nJesus+popularity=everything? Or Jesus+the perfect family=everything? No. We solely need Him and everything else will fall into place.
We are all trying to find our place in this world. We want to discover our destiny or the will of God for our lives. Not that these things are bad, but sometimes we can get so lost in trying to figure them out that we forget where we are at now. Where has God placed you at the moment? BE THERE. He will provide opportunities and lead you to where you need to go next. Let me hit you with the simplest statement from this week that can completely transform your thinking. Ready? I’m about to answer all your questions about your destiny in this world. This is a huge deal.
Our destiny is Jesus Christ.
John 17:3 says, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” Jesus is all about intimate relationship with us. Relationship would be cut out if He were to tell us our future, because that would become 1374551_10151942232418656_1777257097_nall we could think about. He longs for us to trust and focus on Him, and He will take care of the rest. Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Another quote that resonated with many of the students was “make it easy on yourself and hard on God” because, really, He can handle it. He created the universe. Your life is a piece of cake for Him. Don’t you worry. All you have to do is say “yes” and let Him guide you where He wants to use you. He is just looking for obedience.
This week really hit home for me. I almost feel like I got everything I needed, and I can go home. That’s it—all I need is Jesus, but I am just not ready yet. I came into this school with a pretty significant weight of anxiety regarding my future. I don’t like not knowing what God wants me to do especially when the majority of my friends are off at college pursuing their dreams. I doubted if He would even find a place for me to serve in the future. Here is the good news though. I have had this dream to open up a coffee shop for almost five years that I could never seem to get out of my head. I dream over this idea so blogoften and am constantly thinking of new ideas to serve through it. I have various ideas that I won’t go into detail sharing on here, but I want to financially support a specific country or organization that hasn’t been identified yet. I want to meet their needs. I want to help others while still doing what I love. I know this thought is from God because it’s the only career idea that really makes me excited about my future. I learned this week that God tends to use our desires to do His work. He wants us to be just as excited about it as He is. As long as my relationship with Him is first priority, then it’s okay to do what I desire as long as I allow Him to use me through that. So until God has other plans for me—I am going for it. I trust that He will work everything out for the best. If I don’t have the chance to open this coffee shop that only means He has a better idea for me. The same goes for your life.
I am so hungry to learn more and it’s only the third week into our school. I can only imagine where I’ll be at the end of my DTS. God is good in all that He does.

Taylor Christianson- September 2013 DTS Student

Calling All Men

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Going back a few years now, some time around 2010 I found myself sitting in an empty room right after dismissing the students to go out and meditate on what was taught. As manblogstaff I was not required to spend this time seeking God. I thought to myself “well I’m staff and I don’t have to do this” but again I found that the room was quite empty. I closed my eyes and said to myself “okay God, what do you have for me?”

Almost immediately a picture flooded my mind. I saw a great stone hall, so large that it disappeared into its own darkness as the only area lit by torches was around the throne. Massive pillars held up the ceiling and were spread far enough apart to allow manbloglarge round wooden tables to fit in between. Each table had ten to twelve chairs assigned to it. All of this was focused around the great throne, elevated to view all and everything in the room and to establish authority.

My view of this great hall was right next to the throne looking down on the tables. I could see the throne out of the corner of my eye but did not look at it. I noticed men sitting at manblog6the tables but there were one maybe two at the most at each table. They were not dressed as such but I knew (as one does in a dream) that they were knights.

The end! No really that was all I saw of the picture. Over the next few days maybe even weeks I prayed into this picture and did research on knights and how they may represent something more. Now the comparison of men and knights has been done, maybe over done and truthfully can be a bit corny. For the sake of you the reader we will skip these connections, minus two. They were given great authority and were big targets in battle. manblog1Remember these…

At the end of the “vision” God asked me one question. “Why are there so many empty chairs” (it’s bold because that’s how I imagine God speaks!) anyways, this question stuck in my mind like a corn kernel between your teeth (you know what I mean) and it drove me to find an answer. An answer I received…

A quick look at the current condition of the world will show manlessness (made it up) as in fatherless families, even a lot of families with fathers still find a lack of a man in the house. Pornography should be considered a plague, integrity has lost importance… The manblog4list goes on far too long. The specific reasons for these atrocities are for another discussion, but the overall reason I believe goes back to the vision.

God created Man and Woman, each with roles and strengths. If spiritual warfare is a real thing (which it is) then the best way to win is to take out the knights right? Take out the family structure. Take out the ones carrying the banner of the King; demoralize the troops under them and its easy pickings. We have an entire week committed to father wounds here! Something is wrong! We know the end, Jesus wins, it’s determined and we look forward to that day. But for now the battle rages on and we men are being picked manblog3off…

It’s time to get off our knees and stop letting the enemy run spears through us (gross? It’s true!) Stand up! It’s not enough to just not do wrong it’s time to choose right even when no one is looking. Especially when no one is looking. So many exclamations! We here at DP are striving for this as a community and as individuals. We are exploring what it even means to be a man after Gods own heart, what it looks like practically and spiritually. I could go on for 6 more pages but for the sake of short attention spans we’ll wrap up.

manblog7What’s my point? … There are a lot of empty chairs; seats of authority given to us by God Himself that are collecting dust. It breaks Gods heart, it robs Him of glory and the consequences are… Well they are listed above. Rise up take your seat! If this Is something on your heart, consider joining us here at YWAM DP. If not, find a friend, a father, a church leader and discuss this! It’s worth discussing; it’s worth fighting for.

Jeremy McArthur- YWAM DP Staff

Deeper

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Diving in and going for more. Maturing in our direction and understand of God and the plan he has for us in life. Experiencing a shift in our lives and gaining a deeper awareness of who God is. Not only an awareness but an understanding (full comprehension), seeing things from all angles and what different perspectives contain. The schooldock really put a big emphasis on maturity and becoming mature in the TRUTH so that we as believers are not tossed around back and forth any longer by the lies of the enemy and the things of the world and sticking with the job we have been given until it is finished. She believes that this school is about Scraping off everything that is not of God.

For me personally God has really hit me hard this week, in a good but hard way. God has told me that I hold the rope in my hands and it is up to me how deep I am going to go. I think it is amazing that this is the words they have got from God about what this school is going to be about because this is EVERYTHING i have been needing in my life. God has dts studentsspoke to me a lot this week and really challenged me with the question:
“Colleen, are you willing to SURRENDER ALL no matter the cost and the circumstances?” At first my answer ( not just this week but in the past months) was of course I am! But then God said, “are you really?” That is when it hit me, I have been telling God and others that I am surrendering all but in reality there are some things that I have not let go of purposely! One of those being CONTROL. Control over a lot of areas of my life.
I know now that I am here in Belize to surrender EVERYTHING because until I do I can not go out into the world and bring His light to the nations. God has pretty much placed me in a spot where I get to choose to let go and live my calling or I can hold on and loose the blessings that He has for me. Today, girlsI chose to let go. It was one of the hardest things I will have to do and I am going to have to be proactive in this and let go over and over again. But I did it because I know that apart from Jesus, everything is MEANINGLESS. God has brought me here to this wonderful place to revive me, turns my desserts into streams of joy and fill me so I can be used for His glory.

I am ready and I surrender all.

Colleen House- September 2013 DTS Student

God’s Calling in Sri Lanka

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Travel

Planes, trains, automobiles and boats. That was our mode of transportation in our 3.5 days of travel. From Belize to Mexico, from Mexico to the States, from the States to Turkey and finally to Sri Lanka. What a trip, an adventure for sure. Amazingly it was one of the smoothest travel experiences I’ve been on. No real waits at security or customs (I think the longest was 15min) in fact in Sri Lanka we literally just walked through security because nobody was around including guards. Throughout our trip we had a ton of time to kill, most of it we spent sleeping in odd areas or playing random card games. Matt probably got the most sleep out of all of us, every time we looked at him he was passed out in some strange angle. We all arrived safely to the YWAM base in Sri Lanka, and it’s incredible here. Even though it’s not that far off from the road, it seems secluded and there is a sense of peace that we’ve all been able to enjoy in the mornings. Well.. except for the Catholic church next door which seems to think that ringing their bells at 5:30am every morning is a good idea. A few of us are plotting ways to cut the ropes. And so after a couple days rest, a bit of shopping and a train ride that everyone will remember (There is always more room for another person on the train) we moved onto..

Ministry

1393190_10152300829529126_186458281_nI could go on and on about how amazing this week has been so far for ministry. But I’m just going to quickly summarize some of the things we’ve done. We began by meeting with our first contact, who brought us to an area on the beach where there are a few homes (huts) and a circle of chairs waiting for us. The beach was incredible! It makes me miss home, seeing the crashing waves (though they are about 4 times larger than what I’m used to). Where we were sitting was actually a spot where they are planting a new church. They told us that it should be built in the next couple of months, and they wanted us to pray for the land. They also told us that, us just being there was an answer to a vision that they had, which to me is super cool. The next day we were brought to a few different homes, where we would go in, introduce ourselves and talk for a bit. At every house just about that, we visited. they would give us coffee and cookies, and to not be rude you take some, but you know it’s bad when you have to develop a way to decline cookies (I mean seriously, I don’t really want to gain weight on Outreach). After coffee, or the time of visiting, we would pray together (Korean style if that means something to you) for the family and what their needs were. Then we’d move onto the next house. We did this for a few homes, and at the final home we had a bit of fellowship time, some worship, I did a small sermon on Revelation 3:20, had dinner and prayed for the family there. That was the day, incredible for sure!
The next form of Ministry that we did was youth ministry on Saturday. This was held on the beach near the church plant. We were told to expect 25-30 kids, maybe a bit less, and somebody thought it would be a good idea to pray for more. And God answered. We had matt kids 1probably close to 90 kids that day, and they were all excited to be there. So we played Soccer, made Balloon Animals, Face Painting, Skits and just hung out with the kids for awhile. Eventually we moved on to the Youth event, where we had another Skit, some worship and Matt did his testimony, which was great it’s super impactful and hits me every time. After we were invited to the spot by the church again where we did some fellowship, some worship, a funny game where you act out what’s on a slip of paper (I got blind man ironically), and later prayed for a large group of people in the huts. That day was so perfect, it’s so hard to even try and explain it. You’d really just have to be there.
Finally Sunday, it was an early morning for all of us (ignoring the fact that the Catholic church rings its bells at 5:30am everyday) because we were off to church. So we were out of the house by 7am and on the bus a few minutes later. The typical 3 bus rides and we found ourselves outside of a church (though you’d probably never know it from passing by). We were asked to do a skit and Patrick also told his testimony. Afterwards, the Pastor (who is super cool and a good connection) had us go through the congregation praying for those who wanted it which was everyone. Now for me, that would be something I’m normally incredibly uncomfortable with. But amazingly it just felt right. At one point there was a man standing in front who I already prayed for, and someone asked me “hey did you pray for that guy?” “Yes” I replied. A couple minutes later Cassidy came up to me and asked “hey did you already pray for that guy?” “Oh yeah I did earlier” I replied.. then the man came up to me and asked if he could talk to me, pulling me to the side of the room . He confessed that he’s been struggling with his faith and he needed help, and so we stood there and I really prayed for him. Looking back at it, people say when something comes from God, often it’s repeated again and again. Even though I already prayed for him, two people asked me if I did, and then he himself asked me to pray for him. It’s just cool to see God work, even if I’m still working on hearing him myself.

Liam Ditty- July 2013 DTS Student