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Path to Destiny

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Hi my name is Chelsea, and I am a student here at Destination Paradise.  We are more than half-way through our school, and as the end draws near, I have started looking past DTS.  Fellow students, along with myself, are wondering what we should be doing with our lives.  Before coming to DTS,  one question I struggled with most, and one I think many people find difficult, is what is God’s destiny or calling for my life?  I have never felt specifically passionate, or “called” to something, so my hope was that God would give me some magnificently clear vision while on my DTS for what He wanted me to do in the future.  We are now in week 11, and as much as I wish I could tell you that is exactly what happened, I can’t!  However, after hearing one of our speakers, I have a new perspective of God’s destiny for me that brought me so much freedom.

Whenever I thought about my future, and making choices, it always made me really nervous.  I would worry that I was going to choose wrong and miss out on what God had planned for me, but that isn’t how it works at all.  God’s call on everyone’s life, mine included, is to be in relationship with Him.  Therefore if we are already in a relationship with Him, we are already fulfilling God’s destiny for our lives.  As we walk through life with God, and choices arise, He will make His will known to us, or He will give us an option.  God created us to have free will, so sometimes we will have to make a choice, but since God loves us so much, He will bless us in whichever choice we make, as long as we are doing it with Him.

This concept was so freeing for me, and completely took the pressure off.  I don’t have to be stuck waiting for God to reveal the whole blueprint of my life to me.  In fact, I need to be moving.  That’s the responsibility I have to assume.  Sometimes in life I think it’s easier to sit back and say I am just waiting for guidance and direction from God.  Yes, I recognize there are those seasons of waiting in life.  But what I have learned recently is that there are other times you have to take action.  Making the choice to step out in faith and rely on God to direct your path.  It may take courage, and boldness at times, but it’s just like driving a car.  You can’t steer it down the road if it’s not already moving.  In the same way God cannot guide a person who is idling through life.

So as I near the end of lecture phase, and thoughts of what to do after DTS run through my mind, I can have peace.  Even though God hasn’t revealed His “master plan” for my life, I have freedom in knowing that it doesn’t matter.  Just by being in relationship with God, I am already fulfilling what He has called me to, and He will guide me as I live life with Him.  Sometimes He may point me down a specific road, but other times He may just put me at a crossroads, and I will just have to take a leap of faith and choose, having the assurance He will catch me whichever way I fall!

Chelsea Funk – January 2012 Leadership DTS

My Heart’s Cry

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Hi, my name is Micaiah and I am a student here in the January 2012 Discipleship Training School.  God put it in my heart to do a DTS at the beginning of last summer when I had finally had enough of the craziness of my life and decided to shake things up and spend most of a year strictly devoted to God.  Little did I know that God was not just going to rock my world, but He was going to crush any misconceptions I had about Him and the way I should live my life.  I have never been the kind of guy to share my feelings and emotions with people outside of my family.  I always thought that if I were to open up to anyone I would have to hand in my ‘gender badge’ because my rights as a man would be revoked.  Crying was not in my vocabulary and hugging another guy was out of the question.

During the first two months, of this three-month lecture phase, the Lord has been teaching me what it looks like to be a true Man of God.  He has been challenging me to open up to my leaders and the people He has put in my life while I am here.  Openness is something that is still a struggle.  The times when I have been able to share what I am going through or what is going on in my head have been the highlight of this DTS, because of the peace that results from it.  Vulnerability is something that still makes me cringe but it is becoming easier and easier as I trust God and do what He asks me to do.  I have learned that opening up and sharing emotions is not something that should cause me to be afraid or ashamed.  God gave me these emotions and He has put people in my life who care and will help me deal with them.

Before I got to Belize, the only ‘manly’ emotion I knew was anger and the only way to deal with it was to punch a wall or person.  God is teaching me to control my temper and to love those who don’t necessarily love me back.  I have learned that crying is not something that should cause me embarrassment.  After all, Jesus himself cried.  If you have ever heard of the Bible, then you probably know the verse, “Jesus wept.” It was kind of a ‘well…duh’ moment when I realized that if Jesus did it, then why would it be wrong if I did?  The days that I put all my pride, insecurity, lack of trust, and misunderstanding of strength aside and give my Creator the worship and praise He deserves are the times where I know how God wants me to live my life.  A real man is someone who is confident enough to not care what other people think and do whatever he needs to do to worship God.  Crying because of the pure humility, joy, and freedom God has given me is something that I think every man needs to experience.  As a Man of God I am learning to embrace the passion the Lord has created in me and to share it with all my brothers and sisters in Christ!

Micaiah Steegstra – January 2012 Leadership DTS

Experiencing Life Happen

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My name is Stephani and I am from Tacoma, WA.  I began my YWAM experience in Belize as a DTS student with YWAM DP in 2010.  My outreach was in Guatemala and I interned in Denver, CO at Alternatives Pregnancy Center for six months.   Last June, I graduated from the School of Ministry Development at YWAM Denver and in July I began YWAM’s Birth Attendant School in Australia.  This school was a three month course followed by time in India and now Tanzania.  I am currently practicing as a missionary midwife!  I love Jesus and I am so glad I get to spread His love around the world serving in this way.  I hope you will check out my latest newsletter on one exciting night with ten amazing births!

Stephani ~ YWAM DP Alumni, May 2010 DTS

Road to Blessings

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Hey everyone!  My name is Dallas.  I am from Southern Virginia and am a student here in the 2012 January DTS.  We just had an awesome opportunity to partake in what is called Ministry Week.  This is a week set aside to offer help and show God’s love in neighborhood homes and businesses in and around San Pedro Town, Belize.  We blessed a lot of people but I am going to tell you how I was blessed far more in return.

The first day of ministry, our school arrived at a dock near San Mateo, the poorest neighborhood on Ambergris Caye.  Its streets are lined with piles of trash and you have to walk on bridges built out of plywood planks.  I was feeling really excited to get out and show everyone God’s love.  We didn’t know where God would lead, so our small group decided it best to pray for guidance and direction.  Then we set off walking.  Initially, we met some people who didn’t want to talk with us but we persevered and continued to look for someone to interact with when we were kindly greeted by a man and his wife.  Robert and Lavern invited us into their home which had an amazing presence about it.  After talking for a little bit, we found out that Robert was actually a pastor and he and Lavern were running a small church right in the heart of San Mateo. They continued to pour into us love and truth.  Here I thought this day was for us to bless others but God truly blessed me through this great couple.  We did get the great benefit of praying over their home and the small chapel.  Their encouragement helped me and our team to give back to others throughout the week as they had shown us.

Love was definitely the theme each and every day.  First God poured His love into us through our time with Robert and Lavern and then we were able to pour that love into the people we met.  From helping a local business relocate to cleaning a family’s home and having fun with area children, I used each opportunity as a chance to bless someone as God so richly blessed me.  I learned that God can take even a small chance meeting and set the stage for bigger blessings!!  Psalm 20:4 says, “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”  I am so glad I am able to share with you how God took my joy and the desire to help others and used it for His good!  We serve an amazing God!!

Dallas Johnson ~ January 2012 Leadership DTS