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Transforming Nations

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bsn blog 2 Bible School for the Nations is wrapping up and heading into outreach.  I have survived being the only girl in a classroom of 8 guys. God has given me a wonderful one on one with the wife of one of our school staff. We also had some great girl staff members come through for a couple weeks periodically throughout the school. They all helped me stay grounded amidst all the testosterone.  All in all, these guys were great, and they did allow me to be a girl every once and a while. It was interesting to be the only girl but I think I held my own. I know for me God has re-shaped and transformed my heart and mind.

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Because of the BSN, I am more firmly planted in the Word. I am also excited to continue the study of the Word of God and continue be a learner of the Word. I am so excited that my entire view of the Bible and God has been reformed. I am blown away by all God has showed me and revealed to me in this time! God has given life changing revelations to each and every one of us. We have now walked through basically the whole Bible and gained experience and understanding so that we are now ready to go out and teach. God has met each one of us in very different and unique ways. God has changed our minds and solidified the Word of God into our brains… BUT not only did it get ingrained in our brains it has trickled down and has saturated our hearts and promoted real change in our lives. With the freedom and the changes that have been received, we will never be the same.  We are now ready, willing, and able to go out into the nations and teach the Good News of God and the change that has taken place in our lives due to us learning the truth.

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We will be doing two different types of outreaches;one is a local outreach here in San Pedro, Belize. We will be running a small week long Bible seminar for the community of San Mateo. This will be a condensed version of what we will be doing on our second type of outreach that will be international.   One group will heading to Nepal and the other group will be going to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During our internal outreaches, we will be running a two and a half week seminar for church and community leaders about seeing the Bible in a new way along with some other seminars on how they how they can transform their nation. God is going to be doing some wild and crazy things. We are all anticipating and excited for all that God is going to do in and through us during our time on outreach.

Chara Lyndon- April 2013 BSN student

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Bless the Base

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YWAM Destination Paradise is incredibly blessed to have such an amazing property here in Belize, right on the beach with beautiful ocean views and buildings that are almost perfect for our needs, the only downside, however, it is certainly in need of some TLC. In the 70’s our base was a vacation resort named ‘Journeys End.’ It was one of the top resorts on the Island of Ambergris Caye, but hasn’t seen much love since it closed.


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photo (12)We send students all over the world to bless people in many different ways. This week we had our first experience of “blessing the base”. As a community we took 3 hours out of our day to join together in an effort to clean up and better our home. This was not unlike an outreach opportunity, just slightly more personal.

 

Throughout the afternoon as I worked on sweeping and scrubbing the floors of our outdoor dining area I was reminded of my first day on base a year ago and my very first impressions. Its beauty, the location, and the invitation to make friends just added to the reasons why I fell in love with our ‘Journeys End’ property.

When you are a guest somewhere it is usually very unlikely that you would take the time to clean let alone getting on your hands and knees to scrub. This is exactly why I loved taking part in our base workday. I took ownership. This is my home. This is where my family eats and drinks and spends time together, growing in relationship both with each other and with the Lord.

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I was working hard, building up a sweat, getting a couple blisters, all in an effort to bless the base and bless the community, the people who live on the base I call home. I want them to have the same first experience that I did, and to maintain that sense of awe and thankfulness to God, so that when they wake up and walk along the beach to breakfast, sit in their chair with a cup of coffee in hand, gazing across the ocean watching the dolphins swim by, that this is home, however long they’re here.

Zoe Hewlett-July 2013 Leadership DTS Staff

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Reflections

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hobie3As we were concluding one life chapter, we decided to take a trip to Belize for some time of reflection, play, and rest. Having heard that there was good scuba diving in Ambergris Caye, a quick search resulted in us contacting YWAM Destination Paradise for a place to stay. We looked forward to being a part of a Christian community while relaxing and enjoying God’s creation.

It was such a blessing to stay with YWAM. We were immediately welcomed into their community when we arrived. Actually, before we even got to the base, we were already welcomed by those in town who knew YWAM. People eagerly directed us to the base as they heard where we were heading. Clearly, YWAM has had an impact through their presence in Ambergris Caye.

hobieWe heard students’ life stories and celebrated their new revelations of who God is. We worshiped with the community and enjoyed meals under the palapa (thatched roof). We participated in adventures of jumping off the dock and being pirates on the Hobie cats (small sail boats). We enjoyed the quiet evenings of conversation and star gazing.

When we arrived midweek, the students in DTS were finishing up a section on hearing God’s voice. The following week they began discussing how they can become more of who God has called them to be. As we were contemplating what our next steps in life should be, their lessons led to conversations we needed to have as a couple. We were fortunate to sit in on a teaching about the barriers to our walk with Jesus which we continue to contemplate and wrestle with now.

hobie4Though we were on base for less than a week, as we waited for the water taxi to start our journey home, we knew we would miss our new friends at YWAM. It’s exciting to know that there are young people being prepared to make a difference for the Kingdom of God. We’re thankful we had time to be still and know He is God while enjoying the beautiful breeze on the Caribbean waters at YWAM DP.

Gloria and Sam- April 2013 Guests

 

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A Place to Be

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What comes to mind when you think of hammocks? A silly chair that hangs between something that has a history of making people fall out of it is what I used to think it was. Here at DP we take our hammocks up a notch.

 

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Hammocks are a place where students or guests can go relax by the ocean. It’s a place where good quality time with God can be spent. A place where one can adventure off into a book while the wind blows over him or her. Lots of hammocks have come and gone around here, each one bringing a new sense of excitement.

 

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Time feels like it stands still when sitting in our hammocks. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” The best thing about our hammocks here is that they provide a place for us to be still and and know that He is God and He has everything under control.

 

 

Whether it is for worship, quiet times, relaxation, or hanging out, someone is always soaking up some hammock time around here!

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Life is a Choice

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IMG_1509 Life is a choice.

God, You are all that we need.  You rescue us from ourselves, from death to life.

When we choose to allow the light that we have been freely given to shine through us darkness must flee. The power and authority that we carry as a child of the King is unmatchable. Though the “battle” may feel hard and long at times, we choose to praise Him because ultimately through our God we have the victory.

Partnered with Him we are victorious.

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During outreach we have been learning more and more that every day we wake up and have another day to live, we are so undeserving of all that God gives us. When we are disobedient to what God is asking of us in that day, or in a tiny moment, we still ask God to bless us, to be a part of our day when we wish Him to be.

The craziest part is, He does it.

We mean that much to Him. He loves us that much.

In so many ways He allows us to call the shots in our own lives, but when it boils down to it, the only choice we really have is life or death. All that is in between is the journey.

He patiently waits for us to turn to Him, wholeheartedly. He rejoices in the moments when we look to Him, not only when things are bad but also when things are good, especially when things are good.

His greatest desire is to be worshiped and glorified in all that we do, but there is no force. We are in no way coerced into it, but loved so unconditionally and blessed so undeservedly that for us as a team in this time it sparks the question “how can we do anything less than give Him our lives?”

I guess that is why we do what we do. We live the reality of some crazy stories, spend months in weird places doing even weirder things ultimately to give God the glory.

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The calling on our lives, for this time, is to take His word to the nations. YWAM is the doorway that allows us to walk unbeaten paths (sometimes literally) and take the word of God to people who have never heard of Him, but more commonly to those who have heard but don’t full know and have no passion, here in the Solomon Islands.

When these people realize we left all that we have back home and have chosen to come to their country and live in less than desirable conditions simply to share with them our passion and love for God, that is all that it takes to ignite curiosity within them to truly know this God.

Some days the things expected of us as leaders are the hardest things I think we have ever had to do, but within the stretching moments, we are reminded why we are here.

To glorify God in all that we do, to give nothing less than our lives in pursuit of Him.

-January 2013 Leadership DTSSolomon Islands outreach

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