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A Heart to Worship

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One of my favorite aspects of my time here in Belize during DTS so far is that there is a huge emphasis on worship. There are so many musicians, painters, dancers, and others who have such a heart to worship God and are able to express their praise to God through a number of different artistic mediums. I have noticed that everyone here has such a passion to search after God, and it makes my heart happy.

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One of our earlier speakers, Jim Ramos, spent his first day teaching us about worship, he was saying in a literal translation of the original imagery of what it meant to truly worship, Jim described that in essence, how a dog wants to lick crumbs off its master’s hand is the same attitude in which we should be in when entering into worship, desperate for anything that God can give us.

It’s not about what we can give God, because there’s nothing we can give Him to make Him more complete, but I am learning that more and more that worship should be our pursuit of His presence and His touch in our lives. The great thing is that, since we have such a loving God, He honors our pursuit and pours His love out on us. God is quite awesome!

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As a group, we spend time every weekday worshiping God through music, prayer, or other methods. Being here in this atmosphere has been a wonderful experience for me of freedom in worship. For example, though I would not usually consider myself a visual artist, well never really if I am being honest, but earlier this week I found myself sitting down with paints and brushes settling myself in Gods presence and putting an image down on paper that He had placed on my mind. Others here have found new ways to express themselves to God as well, and it’s very beautiful to see everybody connected in our pursuit for God.

 

Nick Classen – Leadership DTS January 2013

At A Glance

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Brittney is a student from the September 2012 Leadership DTS, while she was with us as a student her life was radically transformed. When I asked her if she ever thought she would be where she is now the first day she got off the boat, her response was “absolutely not!”

Brittney along with the other members of her team spend their outreach in a number of different locations within Venezuela. However, while here in Belize, during lecture phase, Brittney felt that God was calling her back to join with us as a staff member, after much prayer and seeking God for provision, we are excited to say she’ll be joining us here in March to continue along her journey with God and see Him move in some even more awesome ways.

A great way that Brittney was able to show her supporters, at a glance, a small amount of what DTS looked like for her is shown below.

“A video is worth a million words.

I have been eagerly waiting to show you all this video that I made as soon as I got home. The timing had to be perfect though, and I’m excited to say that I feel now the timing is right and I hope you all enjoy.

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A lot of the photo credits go to my fellow DP family members. They are better photographers than me! Thanks you guys, Love Brittney”

Embracing Leadership

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The staff here encounter a number of students that come to DTS here with Destination Paradise that don’t know that it is a Leadership focused DTS, despite the frequent mentioning of the word ‘Leadership’ throughout the website.

I was one of those people.

I’m not the shiest person in the world, but I definitely do not have a need or great desire to be in the spotlight, hence why leading isn’t something I have a strong attraction to. Thats why I am learning my “overlooking” of the Leadership aspect was probably a God thing.

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Leadership isn’t about telling people what to do. It’s about courageously getting out of your comfort zone because you are so eager to help everyone reach their common goal.That’s how I ended up co-leading the first student led prayer and worship night for the January 2013 DTS.

When Ally, our school leader, asked for two students to volunteer to lead an intercessory prayer, I felt “that eagerness”.

Everyone, including myself, was so worried about outreach and I wanted to help fix that. Thanks to my “BFF” Jesus, the night was super awesome!

All the students, including myself, were eager to have more nights like these. Uninterrupted time to encounter our creator, to pour ourselves out in worship and prayer.

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With the success of that first night in mind, and I still can’t believe I did this, but with the new found understanding that Leadership is stepping out of our comfort zones, I requested a time slot for another worship night the following week. I asked another student to help me with setting up a solely student led worship team. We were all really excited to have the opportunity to spend time pouring out our hearts to our Father again and it ended being another amazing God filled night.

All the glory goes to Him 100%.

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However, it’s still a little hard to believe that God used me, just a regular person, another YWAM DP DTS student, to bring honour and joy to his kingdom through a small act of leading, which in fact had a huge impact on us as students. But I can say that I am learning to step into Leadership roles more and more throughout my time here on DTS.

Sally Maeng – Leadership DTS January 2013

PINKY Promises

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I’m going to tell you about an experience that changed my life. About 3 weeks ago we ventured into this concrete house in the neighborhood community known as La Jungla. This neighborhood is well known for its heavy drug and alcohol influence. This house oozed darkness. The walls were covered in soot, any form of light was hidden by black tarps. The woman in the house had no smile and no joy.

I instantly felt a deep connection to her and longed for her to dance in the freedom I had found during lecture phase. After about 1.5 hours of prayer the first day at the house, we left full of the Holy Spirit. Throughout the next week the woman still laid heavy on my heart. I longed to return to hear her story.

The following week Alyssa approached me and asked if I was willing to return to the woman’s house along with 2 other girls and herself. To be honest, at first I was a little unsure about how I felt about going back but God radically changed my heart and I was excited to go back and see the chains of oppression broken off.

As we entered the house the next time we noticed something had changed about her demeanor, a smile lay across lips that were earlier suppressed! How rad is that? We engaged in conversation to find out that her name was Jessica. We asked her if she would be willing to do a bible study with us and she quickly agreed! God laid on our hearts that we should talk about PINKY promises.

P – “Precious are your thoughts for me oh God, if I could count them they would outnumber the grains of sand.”

I – “Immesurably more than anything I could ask or imagine is your power at work within me.”

N – “Never will I leave you, Never will I forsake you.”

K – “The kingdom of heaven is not of this world.”

Y – “You are the light of the world.”

Little did we know that throughout the next few weeks of bible study, we would be taking the ride of our lives. It was a constant cycle of progression and regression. We soon discovered that Jessica regressed when her husband was in the room. His death stares were not welcoming at all, in fact we believe he was the source of a lot of her oppression.

Through this, God taught us to come to him in prayer, to trust his timing, and to learn to speak through the Holy Spirit. It was amazing seeing the transformation in both their lives.

 

Jessica now laughs openly and welcomes us into her home with waiting chairs. And Carlos (her husband) now intently listens to our bible studies, cracks jokes, and he has more respect for his beautiful wife.

How rad is our God? Through God we broke chains, fought some spiritual warfare, changed relationships, united our team through prayer and placed smiles on peoples faces!

 

I love Jesus! He’s so good! Tonight we will be joining Jessica and Carlos for one last time before we leave on Tuesday.

Erika Wolf – YWAM DP September 2012 Leadership DTS – Nicaragua/Panama Outreach

God’s power in our weakness

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Greetings  from the Venezuela Outreach Team!  This newsletter is to give you an update on our stay in the beautiful city of Merida.  As we traveled from an incredible week in Barinas, we were overwhelmed with the beauty of the many mountains we drove past.
Despite the beauty, we as a team really struggled during our stay in Merida due to the many illnesses that broke out at the very beginning of our time there. Each morning we would wake up and discover that yet another team member was nauseous or feverous. By day two, half of our team was left behind at the church as the healthy students went out to the streets to evangelize.

 

By the middle of the week, we were weary, irritated, and apathy hung like a cloud over us. But, the words of 2 Corinthians 9:11 truly manifested in our group as we saw how God’s power was made perfect in our weaknesses. As we held team meetings and aired out our troubles, our complaints turned to prayers and we realized how we can do nothing out of own strength. After an hour or so of prayer, we left the church much different than we entered it. We were filled with the passion of the Holy Spirit and energized by His power.

 

That same night, we did evangelism in the plaza, and as we performed our skits, the Holy Spirit went out from us. We watched close to 20 teenagers give their lives to Christ. We were amazed as we looked around and saw how God used each of our individual talents such as dancing or music to connect with the Venezuelans.  As we piled back on the bus, we shouted praises at the top of our lungs. God is so good!

That was our favorite night, but in addition to that, we saw 4 healings take place as we went door to door to evangelize to people. It seemed as though every day there was a new report of another healing.

A 93 year old man received hearing, a woman with a hurt arm regained strength, a lady who couldn’t stand walked, and perhaps God healed others later that day.

The team as a whole learned some important lessons about not only knowing the Bible, but living out what it says.  The Lord is faithful when we humble ourselves and ask for His direction!  Thank you all for your prayers; we certainly need them in places like Merida that are characterized by having many people who practice witchcraft.  It was amazing to be a part of God’s work to draw his people to Himself, and we are very excited to share all of this with you.

 

YWAM DP September 2012 Leadership DTS – Venezuela Outreach