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A Tale or Two

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The outreach that I am currently taking place in, headed down to Costa Rica from Belize about a week ago. It was crazy, fantastic, and stretched my patience to a new level. I have nine other teammates including my amazing leaders Heather and Jeremy. It’s so cool to me that God called all of us here to serve Him wholeheartedly for two months in a culture that is not our own and that he has a unique plan for us. In the Bible it states, “We all belong to the body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:27) and it is extremely evident with my team. Although we all have different attributes that we have to offer, we still use them together like a well working machine.

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It took us a week to travel through Central America, but we made it! We said our painful good byes to the staff at YWAM DP and the other students that went across the seas to the Solomon Islands. We took water taxis, mini power boats in the middle of the sea, sketchy “city buses” that were technically school buses  and a taxi van that had dents and a smashed wind-shield. We got the pleasure and opportunity to experience sleeping in hostels and hotel rooms that could hold six people. The coolest thing of all is that we were able to see a lot of God’s creations, nature and people. The fun thing about traveling is it gives you so much down time to contemplate and allow God to open your eyes to new things. Something He placed heavily on my heart is all the people we come across and every organization we get to help God already knows about them. God already has a crazy, fantastic plan for their life, and we get the privilege to meet them. I like to think of it as a loop, no one is a head of the other but our actions affect them. The people that drove the buses they got us here, the places that we stayed at cared and sheltered us. Everything is pre-thought by God. He knows everything, and we serve such a powerful and almighty God! So, if we only get to see people for a couple of hours or a couple of weeks, we need to pour all of God’s love onto them. We need to serve them in anyways possible. They are all God’s children and creations, and that alone is a blessing and a miracle in itself.IMG_2869

After traveling through Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, we made it to the YWAM base in Heredia, Costa Rica. We are now rooming with 10 cowboys and girls from Wyoming. On the base they collect water by means of rain and wells. They grow veggies and fruits in their huge gardens and have horses, goats, and chickens that we get to feed and maintain! It is a unique way of living, and I considerate it an honor to be taught everything. Thank you so much for taking time to hear about our adventures so far. Please keep our team and the organizations we will be working with in your prayers as we continue to do God’s work here in Costa Rica.

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Shelby Moore- Leadership DTS January 2013

Safe and Sound in the Solomons

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One of the outreach teams from the January 2013 YWAM DP DTS is now serving in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific.  The team made their way from YWAM DP near San Pedro Belize to Cancun, Los Angeles, Fiji and finally to Honiara on the island of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.  They are currently at the YWAM base in a very remote and rather primitive area to the west of the capital city of Honiara.  Just today, some of the team members had the opportunity to get an Internet connection for the first time.  Phone and Internet communication is difficult at best.  Everyone is doing well and getting adjusted to the different climate, culture and context.

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The team has been blessed with a very exciting ministry opportunity in an even more remote part of the Solomon Islands in the Western Province.  They will be departing from Guadalcanal by boat for several smaller islands to the west inhabited by the Gilbertese people, many of whom have never heard the Gospel of Jesus.  At present, the team expects to be away from Honiara for about three weeks.  Dallas, the the team leader, promised to get communication to me as often as possible but we are well aware of the fact that the area is even more remote than where they are at present near Honiara.  I’ll post as often as I receive news.

My family and I spent a few months in the Solomon Islands a number of years ago.  We fell in love with the beautiful people and stunning islands, jungles, and waterfalls.  The team is in good hands, and is certainly blessed to be a blessing.  Thanks for your prayers for the team!  Will write more soon.

Chris Toney- YWAM DP Base Leader

Speak.

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I have learned while I have been here how to really hear God’s voice. This is something I never want to lose… Ever.

419321_10151295852935848_163188210_nGod doesn’t have to tell you something radical every time He speaks. Sometimes, He just wants to chat. Last week He told me He likes the gap in my teeth and the crinkle in my nose. What?!

God is so good, you guys.

We sat down and we had to either talk to Him about why we felt we couldn’t accept his love, why we couldn’t trust Him, or why we thought He was mean. So naturally I wandered over to the love section, and just started writing.

Here’s what I wrote:“God, I hate myself so fervently that it is BLOCKING Your sweet love from me. I don’t think I deserve it, God. I think I am too stupid, too fat, too ugly, too loud, too unworthy, too ridiculous, too much for You. I hate who I’ve been and I hate who I am.”

And then, my hand just kept writing. He was pouring through me.

Here’s what He said:
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YOU ARE BELOVED, AND I ADORE YOU, AMY ELIZABETH.

YOU ARE MINE.

I HAVE LOVED YOU SINCE BEFORE THE WORLD WAS IN MOTION

AND I WILL LOVE YOU FAR AFTER IT STOPS SPINNING. I LONG FOR YOU, BELOVED. I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU. YOU ARE MINE AND I AM YOURS.

I HAVE OPEN ARMS, BELOVED. RUN TO ME. LET ME FILL YOU UP. LEAN ON ME WHEN YOU ARE TIRED AND LONELY.

LET ME BE THE HORIZON YOU FIX YOUR EYES ON. LET ME ROMANCE YOU, BELOVED. ACCEPT THE LOVE I AM POURING OUT. IT WILL NEVER RUN DRY. I WILL NEVER FORGET TO LOVE YOU, JUST AS I WILL NEVER FORGET THE SUNRISE.

I AM WAITING, BELOVED.

RUN FOR ME AND DO NOT STOP.

You guys, God is so good. YWAM is great. I am loved so deeply. It is ridiculous. I have made some life-long friendships for sure.

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But best of all? I am healing and God is still working.

HE IS GOOD.

 

Amy Vroon – Leadership DTS January 2013

A New Day

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“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

The only sound is that of the waves gently touching the shore. The faint scent of the sea surrounds me, so much like the aroma of home that is so dear to my heart.

IMG_0797The sun is just starting to turn the dark blue clouds a soft orange. I look out at the silver ocean, serene as it begins a new day. Over my shoulder I look at the place I’ve called home for the past three months. I take in the palm trees as they dance gently in the morning breeze.

The white sands are just beginning to take on the glow of the new day. My big brother Jess quietly rakes the seagrass off the shore. Once again I turn my head as I look out over the sea, like an old friend, the sun is once again taking its place in the sky.

The horizon takes on its familiar light, and a new day is begun.

Sitting here on the dock, I can’t help but let my mind wander back just a few weeks, to the very first time I set foot on the Belizean sands. Just a few weeks ago, I arrived here broken, insecure, and hurting. There was barely even a faint glimmer of light in my life.

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I think back to how trying those first few days and weeks were.

Why couldn’t God just fix all my issues and take me immediately to a better place? Why couldn’t I feel Him working in me? But even as I was so confused and frustrated, the heavy clouds in my heart began to take on a new, brilliant hue as light began to touch them.

As time went on, I realized that healing and growth isn’t a quick and painless process. I realized that I had to revisit the hard places in my life, but in those moments of deepest hurt, God put light in my life. The holes in my spirit were filled with a blinding glow that still mesmerizes me.

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Now the sun has taken its place in the sky. Its rays pierce surrounding clouds. I can’t help but softly smile as I look back on these life changing months.

I don’t smile because I’ve successfully repaired everything in my life and now I’m good to go.

In this moment joy takes hold of me because I’ve allowed the marvellous light that is the love of Christ to touch the most broken and bruised corners of my heart. I will never finish growing, as the sun rises and sets, so I will have both joyful and dark times throughout my life.

IMG_0841 2 But I know that in my soul, this marvellous light is here to stay. It will abide in my heart through my most joyous and painful moments.

 

It’s going to be a beautiful day.

 

 

Claire Stewart – Leadership DTS January 2013

Getting It

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The wonderful Lynn “tin tin” Toney, as I like to call her, was teaching on the topic “GETTING IT”

The IT was Freedom.

Lynn is wonderful facilitating the Holy Spirit. She was on her A game this week, the freedom she wanted us to get was that from our past hurts and events that really weighed us down and disconnected us from God.

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Through the course of the week we did different activities that involved us genuinely sharing life together. For many, myself included, this was understandably terrifying and difficult, but so worth it.

I never would have been honest in years past about this stuff to other people but when God showed up and began a work in my heart, I almost cried.

Feelings have not ever been a strong point in my life. The freedom that came after the weeks teaching and actively doing what God was asking of me, I was truly peaceful.

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It is amazing when I truly let God to begin to heal me in the major areas of my life that have affected me.

It opened up the door for me to start realising all the other things that I needed to be getting free from.

This is an on going process that I continue to work at and learn more about it every day but the freedom that comes everyday is less and less of me and more and more of Him. Walking in new understanding and making the choice to follow God with my whole heart.

 

I am so thankful for Lynn, and her teaching, she is truly a woman after the Fathers heart.

MaskWritting2 My prayer has become that of a plea to the Lord. God, Let us learn, grow and worship you Jesus, for the blessing that freedom is to our hearts. Keep us in your loving and caring arms. Hold our families in the safety of your Love. Thank you Lord for Lynn and the way she loves and lives for you! Amen.

 

 

Jess Roberson – Leadership DTS January 2013