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The Heart and Character of Our Heavenly Father

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dpblog This past week we had our first guest speaker, Chris Failla. He spoke on The Character and Nature of God. Chris was able to explain old concepts of our views of how we see God in fresh new ways. Chris explained that the triune God did not create us out of loneliness or out of need. He created us out of love. God experiences so much joy while in communion with God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, and God the Son. God is overflowing with so much joy that He wants to share this joy with others. He created us so that we may feel this incredible joy and powerful love too.

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We have grown up having been taught different views of God, and as we have experienced life, our views of God have changed. God is known as God the Father. Growing up, I had always thought of God as a Father but it was more a required view of God that is learned in Sunday school. I could never truly see God as my Heavenly Dad, someone that physically takes care of me, protects me, and comforts me. I went through all of high school with this philosophy that God could not be these things personally for me. After a week of teaching on the Character and Nature of God, I began to understand who God really is. God is not a distant God who lets us fall and does not care about a personal relationship with us. He feels what we feel; He has gone through it before. He draws near to us in our pain when we ask Him to. Whether or not we ask Him to join us and help us through our sufferings, He is always right there for us.

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God is truly our Father. It can be hard to see God as a Father when our earthly father has failed us in some way, but our Heavenly Father will never fail us. We can always trust Him. He always knows the right thing to say, and He is never too busy to spend time with us. He wants to have a true relationship with us, and have real one-on-one time because He loves us so much.

My view of God has changed drastically from thinking that God could only be there spiritually to knowing that my Heavenly Dad can be spiritually and physically everything I need and everything I want.

Chatelier Faith Ebio- April 2013 Leadership DTS

New Adventures Ahead

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As I look out at the vast Pacific Ocean, it is hard to wrap my mind around the fact that we are really here – HERE, in the Solomon Islands.  We are here, on the other side of the world.  We are here thousands of miles from Belize where it is a day behind us.  It blows my mind!

solomon blogWhen I look back on the last two weeks, I am overwhelmed by how much there is to be thankful for.  The fact that God safely got 17 people across the world is an incredible blessing in itself!  He truly blessed us with safe travel and smooth transitions from each of our stopping points.  From long bus rides through Mexico to relaxing hot showers in Los Angeles, God was truly with our team every step of the way.

The Lord did not stop pouring out blessings on us once we arrived at our destination. The moment we set foot in the beautiful Solomon Islands God continued to reveal Himself to us in new and exciting ways.

solomon blog3We have been able to see His glory in the majestic green mountains and His joy in the beautiful smiles of the people here.  The Lord provided rest and shelter when a family here opened their lovely home up to us.  Looking more towards the future, we are heading out to the Western Province of the Solomon Islands.  God has opened up some incredible doors for us to radiate His joy that He has given to us to share with the people there.  I have full confidence that the Lord will continue to provide for us as we start our next adventure here.

solomon blog1From the very beginning of this new adventure, God has blessed us in numerous immeasurable ways.  He has blessed us not only as individuals but blessed the team as a whole.  God truly planned this out ahead of time, and it is incredible to see all His plans in motion here!  There are countless things to be thankful for!glory in the majestic green mountains and His joy in the beautiful smiles of the people here.  The Lord provided rest and shelter when a family here opened their lovely home up to us.  Looking more towards the future, we are heading out to the Western Province of the Solomon Islands.  God has opened up some incredible doors for us to radiate His joy that He has given to us to share with the people there.  I have full confidence that the Lord will continue to provide for us as we start our next adventure here.

solomon blog5As you keep us in your prayers, ask that God will continue to use us during our time here and that we will be ready when He calls!  Please pray for the people of the Western Province as we meet them on Sunday, and most of all, praise Him for being so faithful and so good.

 

 

 

 

Claire Stewart- Leadership DTS January 2013

 

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:
100_2534YOU ARE PRECIOUS.WHY? I MADE YOU.

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