I began attending YWAM Destination Paradise in January 2011 and it rocked my world! Being involved in YWAM and participating in a DTS was one of the best things I’ve ever decided to do. I learned “life” things there that just aren’t taught at any other school. After an Outreach Phase in Turkey, instead of doing the Internship Phase, I decided to go home and work for the summer and figure out what I was doing for school. My original plan was to attend a University in Wisconsin where I live, but God had other plans.
This past year I’ve been attending Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri. How I ended up here, I’m not really sure, so it had to be a God thing. I’m currently on a worship band, called Frontline, through my school, and get to travel around the states and lead worship at churches, youth retreats, and gatherings of all sorts and kinds.
Along with leading worship, which is one of my greatest passions, I’m getting to study missions! The heart of God in missions is beautiful. And like we are learning in class right now, God was the first missionary. When man turned away from God, He reached out and sought us. The world is big, and the number of people that still do not know Jesus is big. But God is BIG! And He is bigger and biggest and big enough!
God has commanded us (not suggested) that we GO! Matthew 28:19-20 “Go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” And He is with us! If we keep reading He says this, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” God is with us and He is big enough. He is big enough for my life, my plans, and this world! If only we surrender ourselves to His will and allow Him to move through us. He has blessed so that we may bless others. Like my professor, Chris DeWelt says, “God has given us a present and we unwrap it to find another present wrapped inside to give to someone else.” He doesn’t bless us with the intention of us hoarding the blessing. No, He blesses us so that we may bless others! And tell of His glorious name unto the ends of the earth! We have found the greatest treasure on earth, and that my dear friend is Jesus Christ, and it is our privilege and honor to share this treasure with the world.
And that’s truly what I want my life to be about. Right now, it is through my ministry on Frontline and through my school work! May it be for His glory and one day serve an even greater purpose in making His name known.
Tessa Thompson – YWAM DP Alumni, January 2011 DTSRead More