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Losing My Life

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micah4Well the BSN (Bible School for the Nations) has come to a conclusion and I am once again back home in Sterling, CO. The last six months have been an incredible time of growth in many aspects of my life, but the last month and a half is where I grew the most. In the final month and a half of the BSN we ran two BELT (Biblical Education and Leadership Training) seminars. One was in a community called San Mateo in Belize and the other was in a small village named Poko in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After finishing our seminar in San Mateo our BSN team split into two smaller teams. Myself and four others set off for the Congo while the other four set their sights on Nepal. Unlike DTS (Discipleship Training School) we were personally responsible for booking our own travel to get to Entebbe, Uganda.  Seven days later, during which we took three MAF flights and a twelve hour truck ride through the jungle, we arrived in Poko. To be honest it looked very similar to what you see in National Geographic.

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We were in a small village made of mud huts with grass roofs and there was no power or running water. (The people did wear clothes though) The church in which we were teaching was a larger brick building with a tin roof and we stayed in a smaller brick house. The church had selected volunteers who took care of our every need including cooking meals for us. Since I have returned home, almost everyone that I have talked to has asked me how the food was there. Before I left I tried to enjoy all the food I could thinking that the food would be horrible in Africa and I would not be eating much, but much to my surprise the food was amazing. We did eat many “weird” things while we were there such as grubs, monkey brains, and goat intestines, but there were very few things that myself or the people on my team did not like. With the volunteers from the church taking care of all our needs we were given plenty of time to prepare our teachings for the seminar and sermons for churches on Sunday.

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Unlike the seminar in Belize where our maximum attendance was 14, we had close to 200 people fill the church in which we were teaching, and almost all of them were pastors or leaders in the church. Luckily, public speaking does not scare me because I was assigned to teach the first day of the seminar. The first lesson in the BELT curriculum is about pursuing truth and how truth applied in one’s life will bring freedom and joy as well as more success (success defined in biblical terms) in ministry. The next day the attendance had gone up so I must have not done too horrible of a job teaching (either that or my translator did a great job making me sound good). I had the opportunity to teach three lessons during the belt seminar, give two sermons in two different churches, and teach twice for a bible college. My teammates would make fun of me because it seemed as though every time I taught the people in the audience would cry. I loved teaching and I feel that the Holy Spirit has gifted me in that area. Coming back from Africa made me realize how much I loved the people there. They were the nicest people I have ever met. I have heard so many people say what I am about to say and it saddens me to see how blinded western cultures are by materialism because these people who have next to nothing and probably make less in a year than a minimum wage employee makes in a month are so full of joy and are the most hospitable people I have ever been around. I did not think I would, but I miss hearing the children run out of the huts screaming mandeli (white person), I miss walking around the village and seeing a smile on every single person’s face, and I miss the simplicity of life in Poko. I would love to go back to the DRC in the future. God blesses you.

Micah Hampton- April 2013 BSN Student

Embrace Emotions

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mel blog As someone who loves engaging in deep, meaningful conversations and who has a heart for counseling, I usually consider myself one who is comfortable with emotions and the raw reality of a hurting world. But in week seven of the FCM, as we talked about anger, fear and depression, I came to realize that I often don’t call out my own feelings for what they are. I know there is a level of awareness to my hurt and struggles but to use words such as “painful, hurt, terrified, angry” often makes me uncomfortable. As I discovered this, I realized I wasn’t alone.

mel blog1It seems to be that within the Christian circle, we are often afraid of our negative emotions. Anger is viewed as a sin and fear is viewed as having  weakness. Being hurt means you’re not unified as the body of Christ and being disappointed means you are lacking hope.  It is true that God calls us to love others and reacting out of anger can quite often be unloving; and  it’s also true that we should walk out in unity, hope and trust. However, the reality is that anger and fear, and any other negative emotion, will be present in our life at some point. We will all be hurt by someone else’s words, fight against fear (ex. fear of spiders, failure, death), be disappointed in a relationship, experience a difficult transition …the list goes on. So what then do we do?

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I believe that it’s as simple and as challenging as being real before God. Psalm 139 is a beautiful visual of God knowing us intricately. From our thoughts to our habits, He knows us. Yet, David asks God, the omniscient one, to search his heart. I believe that God needs to help us understand ourselves. Because of our natural tendency to self-protect, we are often blind to what is really going on within. I’ll admit that it’s often uncomfortable and painful to see the darkness inside my heart and mind, but until I do I will never know the power of His holiness nor the reality of His bountiful mercy and grace.

-Melissa Mireless- July 2013 FCM Student

Live Unbound

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 055“When you’re focused beyond all reason, deep into something you care about. When your doubt is swallowed by passion and time disappears. When you feel unimpeded, unstoppable and truly alive. You are unbound.” -Live Unbound
The first 3 months of the April 2013 DTS lecture phase was filled with unmeasurable amounts of healing, view changing, bondage breaking, and falling in love with the character and nature of God. With that, came a lot of growth of who we are in Christ and what we stand for in this world. Which caused each of us to carry a passion to go out and share that with others; to help share the truth in the lives of those who haven’t yet received it or accepted it.
The next two months of outreach that followed, consisted of our team of 12, the people of Nicaragua, and God. Each and every one of us was hand picked by the Creator to be there and do whatever He lead
us to do. By doing so, impact was created not only in the lives of our team, but in every life we came into contact with. Whether it was through devotionals, intercession, building houses, kids ministry, skits, dances, or sharing testimonies, movement was created.

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We were blessed to live in the house of Pastor Pedro, and work along side his church (Iglesia Comunidad Cristiana) in ministry while we were there in León, Nicaragua. For two months we created some of the most memorable relationships with the people there, inside and outside of the church. It’s so awesome to be a part of what God wants to do in His Kingdom. Just like one of our speakers said, “Without God, man cannot…but without man, God will not.” To personally come to that position in life when all my heart wants to do is chase after the heart of the Father, and follow His will, is the most peaceful and perfect place I could be.
Jaci Bryant-April 2013 Leadership DTS

 

 

Hello from Nepal

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Hello from Nepal where right now God is doing some pretty spectacular things! Just one of those spectacular things is currently happening every day in a little brick building situated in the middle of a peaceful rice field here in southern Nepal.
We are half of the students of the April 2013 BSN who were called to Nepal for outreach to spread the truth of God’s word and disciple young leaders. Every day we get to use what we learned in BSN to teach and create an atmosphere for God to shape and sometimes reshape world views. It has been a blessing to teach  and interact with the students. It has definitely brought a new depth of understand of the things we learned in BSN. For a person who is usually pretty uncomfortable with public speaking, a person like me, the thought of going to a foreign country and teaching a class of 48 students seemed pretty daunting at first. It has been incredible to see how God is bringing me out of that fear and has brought me to the place where teaching has become fun!
It has been fascinating to live in Nepal for
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this short time and learn about Nepali culture. Something I
always enjoy in every country that I get to visit is to learn how the people worship God. It has been a blessing to watch the Nepali people worship because it is some of the most selfless worship I have ever seen. Everybody worships God with all their might and you can feel the Holy Spirit moving as a result. It’s so encouraging to see the passion for God that these young leaders have for God. This is the passion that is going to bring the nation of Nepal, a nation that has a very small population of Christians, to becoming a nation that is passionate for the one true God!

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-Joshua Duft
Student in the April 2013 YWAM DP BSN

Take Me Beyond

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tori blog Since arriving here at YWAM DP a few weeks ago, I’ve found myself struggling to find the connection with God that I was accustomed to. I decided that in order to fix this “problem” I would just work harder at it! I would spend more time with Him, I would dig deeper into my Bible… After a good attempt at this, I realized that my plan for success must be flawed. It wasn’t working! God in His grace used this struggle of mine to teach me a valuable lesson. When I really took it to God and spent time praying about it, I realized that He wanted me to come to Him humbly, and ask Him to take me to where He wanted me to be. I had things to learn, and I realized I couldn’t deal with these things unless I allowed Him to take me beyond where I already was in my relationship with Him. I realized that He had a few things to show me about myself that were undesirable to Him. Ugh..discipline! Hebrews 12:11 says, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Like surgery…discipline can be painful and even have a painful recovery time. In the end though, the problem is dealt with, and usually you experience a lot of joy because you no longer have to deal with your pain anymore. I had to learn that it was surrendering and allowing Him to change my heart from the inside that was going to change our relationship. This is what takes us to another level with God and that is my constant desire! Honestly, I don’t always enjoy the path He leads me on because it often reveals sins within my heart that I either didn’t know were there or that I had been ignoring. It’s a scary prayer to ask God to change you because change can mean discipline, but I have experienced many times in the last few years of knowing Him that it is so worth the pain in order to get to the freedom! It takes a lot of faith to let God lead you to places that you don’t think you want to go, or you don’t even know exist within you, but He is a faithful shepherd and will never lead us astray.

MY PRAYER IS THAT YOU WOULD ALLOW GOD TO TAKE YOU BEYOND…. Beyond pride…into a life of humility and servant hood

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Beyond judgments…into seeing people through His eyes

Beyond religion…into a life-transforming relationship with Christ

Beyond the walls of the church…to the poor and needy

Beyond condemnation…into His forgiveness and grace

Beyond fears and insecurities…into the person He says you are

Beyond the past…into the future

Beyond worry…into a confident hope

Beyond timidity…into empowerment by His Spirit

Beyond addictions…into freedom and healing

Beyond defeat…into victory

Beyond a need for control…into a childlike trust in Him

Beyond knowledge…into revelation

Beyond words…into action

Beyond what you can see…into a life of faith

Beyond the possible…into the impossible In Jesus’ Name!

Tori Apedaile- July 2013 FCM student