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Family Casitas Now Open

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Remodel8New and exciting things are happening here at YWAM DP. This year we are running four Disciple Training Schools and two secondary level schools, Bible School for the Nations and Foundations in Counseling Ministry. God has been opening up some exciting new doors for us to grow our ministry here on the island of Ambergris Caye. On base, we live in casitas, which are a small houses. It is essentially a one bedroom one bath home. Student casitas house four people with two sets of bunk beds, and staff casitas house three people with three twin beds. We also have guest rooms that either have two double beds, a full bed, or a king size bed.

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Up until recently, these accommodations have been great. However, as we have been following God’s guidance in expanding and growing the ministry, our focus has been expanded too. We have always enjoyed having families visit and stay with us, but it was hard for them to stay in one casita comfortably. In addition, our secondary schools have brought in two amazing staff members who have families that will be joining them here on base. All of these new additions posed the question, how can we accommodate more families? After a lot of prayer and consideration, we decided to add a room onto the back of two of our beachfront casitas. We are very excited about our new family casitas. They have two bedrooms and one bathroom. The back bedroom has four bunk beds, storage, and a closable door to the main room that has a king size bed and a closet area.

Living on the island is sometimes challenging.  Lumber and supplies for this job had to be brought in from the mainland, which was very expensive. We are so blessed to have these two new casitas and we are trusting God because He always provides when we obey Him.

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We would like to invite you to bring your family and come check out what God is doing here in San Pedro!

 

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Team Work

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Our January 2013 Costa Rica outreach team has been sharing God’s love in amazing ways. Here are just a few tidbits written from different members of the team.

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SAMSUNG CSCHere on base there is a lot of different work to do, we try to help out wherever we can. There are daily work duties which we can do for the base, like caring for the animals (horses, goats, dogs and chickens) cleaning the living areas, bathrooms, and the kitchen after meals. Then there are work projects like fixing the driveway with concrete, weeding their massive garden, making the soccer field larger by whacking away bushes with machetes, and building a new staircase. We have been helping out with whatever we can… even butchering chickens. Outreach is not all about big evangelistic things; it is also a lot about being faithful in the little things. God has called us to love him and love people and if that looks like pulling weeds out of a garden for hours well we will put a 110% into that!

Being Blessed to Bless Others

I have always had a hard time putting myself out there and stepping out of my comfort zone. Our Leaders gave us a challenge; we were to split up into four pairs and find someone to bless with 5000 colones or $10.00 American. My partner and I prayed about whom to give it to. At first, we did not get a clear answer, so we began to walk. We saw this woman sweeping and stopped to talk to her. Since my partner did not speak any Spanish, I ended up translating for him. We prayed for her and then continued walking. The next person we ran into was a woman named Lydia. She hung out and talked with us for an hour and a half. God then told both my partner and I to give her the $10.00 it was not much but we knew she could use it. She felt so blessed that she invited us to come back to visit her! We then prayed for her and hugged. After having lunch at the park, we had an extra sandwich left over and did not feel the need to eat it. My partner and I walked over to some men sitting on benches and made conversation with them until it began to rain and we sought refuge under the awning of a huge Catholic church along with five homeless men. They were drunk and cheerful and joked and hung out for a while. Then I remembered I had an extra sandwich so I gave it to four of the men. They joyfully split it with smiles on their face. I did not think that the day would just be an adventure with food. The cool thing about it was there was no agenda at all. God can use whatever you are willing to give. By giving to them, we were blessed.

                                                                                     Tearing Down Walls

SAMSUNG CSCWhile we have been in Costa Rica, we have been attending a small local church who have been very hospitable to us. In return, we have helped them with some work in the church. One thing we did was help them tear down a large cement wall inside their building. At DP we spent three months breaking down walls in our lives that were keeping us from intimacy with God, while on outreach we broke down literal walls and in turn it brought us closer to the people of the church. Since then, we have had them over to the place we have been staying for fellowship and a fire as well as playing soccer with them on Sundays. This week we were all invited to go over for dinner at a family’s house from the church. It may seem like you have big walls in your life, but we have learned nothing is too big for Jesus. He will equip you with the right tools and strength to push through.

Brave Men

Every Monday we have had the extreme privilege of being able to go to a drug rehab center and spend time with the residents. Getting to know these courageous men and hearing just a little bit about their stories has been such an awesome and humbling opportunity. Seeing how God is moving in their lives and working to replace their chains of addiction with freedom has touched us all and helped to strengthen our own faith. God is so good and it has been such an inspiration so far to have just a little part in these brave men’s lives. We all look forward to getting to know them further and seeing them all completely restored and made new through Christ.

-January 2013 Leadership DTS Costa Rica Outreach Team

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Inspiring Stories

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Are Costa Rica team for the January 2013 DTS is hard at work. Here is a glimpse into their exciting adventures.

God’s Kids

SAMSUNG CSCOne of the main projects we have worked on as a group is to do maintenance work at a school. This has included cleaning up trash from the grounds, scrubbing walls and windows, and making it safer for the kids in general.We get a little time to play with the kids during their class breaks, which makes this opportunity unique because we get to see another glimpse of  God’s children. This week the kids will be coming to our base to play games and build relationships. We will have the opportunity to reenact Bible stories and share testimonies. It is so great to know that we can do the kinds of work that will continue to impact these kids as they grow up.

 

A Bible in Every Home

For over 30 years, Loren Cunningham (founder of YWAM) has been encouraging and challenging YWAMers to put a Bible in every home in their communities…and even in entire nations!  The YWAM bases in Costa Rica have accepted the challenge. About a year and a half ago, YWAM Heredia, the base where we are staying, started handing out Bibles around their community. Each of the three bases have certain provinces that they are in charge of distributing to.

While we are here, we have the privilege of helping with this Bible distribution project. What this looks like is first, praying for those we are going to meet and that they will receive the Bibles well. Then we split into groups, go to the streets, and go house to house. We talk with an adult owner of the house and explain who we are and what we are doing; we also explain that the Bible is a gift. Not every house answers the door, so in those situations we put a pamphlet explaining our mission in the Bible, put the Bible in a plastic bag, and then leave it by the door.

One day while giving out Bibles we had cool experiences. At one house, we were invited in and fed sandwiches, juice, apples, and oranges from their own yard! We had a long chance to chat with the whole family and got to pray with them! We shared some testimonies and they shared a testimony from their family as well. At another house, the other group was invited in and got to pray for an expecting mother who was due very soon.

King’s Kids

DSC_0120King’s Kids is a ministry here at the YWAM Heredia base that has touched my heart; they are taking kids from the ages 8-15 and teaching them to be faithful and devoted to Christ at a young age. It is only held once a month, but I believe the impact that is happening in these children’s lives will then pour out and impact others in the world. The kids get a chance to do a Bible study and worship before they go out and do ministries in the area. What happened during this month’s outing was feeding the homeless. We were blessed to be able to take part in the adventure as well. We made a rice dish that would be handed out in down town San Jose along with juice. The thing that really stood out to me was even though these kids were petrified and nervous they were faithful. It was so encouraging to see young believers doing the work of God. It inspired us to push through the hard times and remain focused on why we are here.

Rolling for Jesus

We had been trying to get into a local nursing home and it just was not working out. We heard about a bake sale that they were having which was open to the public and we decided to seize the opportunity. We showed up and it was not anything that we expected. There was no baked goods; instead, there was different performers and musical acts. We started out by going throughout the buildings and finding people who wanted to come to the fiesta. One lady stood out; her name was Lillian. I was walking her to the party when all of a sudden she started making car noises and took off running with her walker! She had the biggest smile on her face. Even with the language barrier we still attempted communication, and without understanding much I knew she had so much joy in her heart. Probably the spunkiest elderly lady I have ever met with a reverence for life! At the fiesta the residents got an opportunity to be free, let loose, and dance. We went out on the dance floor with them and learned some awesome moves! After a few songs we all got tuckered out, but the seniors just kept going! They inspired us to look at the positives in life, and to keep the joy even in hard times.

-January 2013 Leadership DTS Costa Rica Outreach Team

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Diving In and Digging Deeper

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Seeking an adventure that never ends, hearing a constant calling from God these are what brought me to one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. The Bible School for the Nations is equipping me with a tool to teach others. It also brings new revelations about the wonders that God has done for us and the truth found in His word. With the school being in English and my first language being Spanish, it has been an adventure of faith and a challenge for me personally. However, in obedience to God, I have accepted His call to know even more about His character, His purpose, and His divine nature. Each week God surprises me even more revealing Himself as supreme God, with His loving character but also a God of justice.  He is a powerful and personal God. It has only been four weeks, in which time He has revealed so many things to us that our minds explode with excitement to keep digging in deeper. There are no words to fully express how wonderful my time here in San Pedro has been. We still have three more months of diving into the Word and preparing to go forth and make disciples of all nations. I know there is even more truth to be found in His Word, and I am so thrilled to be a part of this class.

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Yoe Gutierrez- April 2013 BSN Student

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New Frontiers

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si4Last Monday we safely arrived in the Western Provence of the Solomon Islands and moved into our new home for the week, Rewaki Village. It was here that we learned more than we expected about the Solomon Island culture and formed unsuspected friendships. The people of Rewaki Village held a welcome service for us, the first ever white people to stay in the village, we were incredibly blessed by their hospitality and blown away by how much they honoured us as their guests.

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While living in the village, bathing meant a whole new experience of swimming in fresh mountain water springs and little to no electricity aside from that provided by the solar powered generator. We are learning how to love being constantly followed by some of the most beautiful children we have ever seen. The flies are also a constant companion, but the love for them comes slightly slower along with being awoken by roosters at all hours of the night. By the end of the day all these things are easy to deal with when we look back on all that has happened and the people whose lives have been impacted by God through our efforts.

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Without fail, the islanders are surprised and honoured by our willingness to sit and talk, teach them songs, read the Bible and teach them what we know about God’s Word. Most of all, speak of our own experiences and the love from our faithful Father which we encountered during lecture phase and have actively seen played out in front of our eyes here in the Solomon Islands.

After a long farewell feast with our new friends in Rewaki, we headed across the water to Nusa Roviana another village. We were greeted by “warriors” in traditional dress and body paint doing the customary village dance of welcome, pictures and video still to come!

si5We were able to lead the people of Nusa Roviana in devotions and a church service where a number of our students taught on how they were finding God’s peace among the challenge of outreach along with learning how faithful God is, and how he is our strength and our fortress. This spoke deeply to the heart of the elders of the village, who were continually apologizing that what they were able to provide for us, which was things like donuts for breakfast … (yes please), was not what we would be accustomed to at home. As I said earlier, we have been blown away by how hospitable they are, and their generosity is never ending.

Many of the students are surprised at how their ability to speak publicly, share their testimony, and teach people what they are learning from God has changed from the beginning of lecture phase.  It is no longer scary but something that brings God’s glory into a space so tangibly. We are blessed to be leading such an amazing group of students.

The Lord has been so good to us. After a lot of prayer before leaving Honiara, an anonymous donor provided us with 18 tickets to the west.  Having the knowledge that we are meant to be here in the west, we have the privilege of staying for another two weeks before heading back to the city where we will be much more easily in internet contact.

Parents, thank you so much for your prayers and your support.  The students are all doing really well, and we hope to have the opportunity to bring them into contact with you once we are back in the city, unless there is opportunity before then.

Zoe and Dallas- January 2013 DTS Solomon Islands outreach leaders

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