Hope from Holland

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My wife and I came to YWAM DP for our DTS in January 2010.  We spent our outreach time in India and saw first hand the poor and the broken hearted.  The experience opened our hearts and our minds.  During our month home, after outreach, we realized we missed the uplifting Christian community we had found at YWAM DP.  We knew that living for God through missions was our next step so we checked flights. 

Three days later we boarded a plane back to Belize!

This past Christmas, I told my parents we were moving to a new base property.  My Dad and two friends, Jaap and Philip, came and joined us as we prepared to move to our new location.  I was nervous about having both my worlds come together, Belize and Holland, but God had good things in store.  If my Dad would do this for me, that he would love me so much as to travel half-way around the world to work and bless us with his time, then how much more does our Heavenly Father love us!  Wow!!  As soon as the group arrived, I felt an overwhelming peace and a sense of relief.  Throughout the following two weeks, they worked so hard.  Day after day they spent time cleaning, fixing and preparing the space for our housing and kitchen. Without them here we could not have moved everything and everyone on time!

Another really special thing about their visit was the time they took to get to know the students; eating with them and just sharing after dinner about what God was doing during their time here at YWAM DP.  All three men were surprised to have God speak to their hearts too.  I was able to spend time studying the Bible and having a “mini DTS” with them before they returned to Holland.  We are looking forward to seeing them again in the future, and hopefully here in Belize!

René de Waard ~ YWAM DP Alumni, January 2010 DTS

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Created for Beauty

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Hey friends! I’m Camille, writing for the January 2012 Destination Paradise team. I’d like to welcome you to the journey that God is taking me on in this season.  Being here in Belize has opened my eyes to God’s beauty and He is using nature around me to awaken my passion for life!  I have always liked to spend time in nature, hiking, rock climbing, biking, and being here I have even more creative ways to explore His beauty in the tropics.  I come alive when I find myself immersed in a sunrise as I run along the beach or diving in the deep, fish filled seas of the Caribbean.  The things I see inspire me to create and try to capture the colors in paintings.  From the radiant fish to the funky tropical birds, I have a new passion for all kinds of art.

Something that God has revealed is how much He truly, deeply sees me.  I had fallen into an endless cycle of self-hatred, putting myself down with the lies from Satan.  I know now, the only way of tearing down that wall of insecurity is to find value in myself and believe it whole-heartedly.  He views me as genuine, radiant, and colorful.  In Revelations 3:12, it says, “He who overcomes, I will write a new name.”  My new name is my true identity, in Christ.  He has given me the name, “Beloved.”  I’m His artwork, unique and beautiful.  God has access to my heart again.  Just like the new growth on a palm tree, I feel as though I’ve sprouted a fresh beginning to my relationship with Christ.  I’m free from the lies of the past and can push forward, knowing that God has healed me.

This new-found freedom makes me want to dive deeper.  God’s pushing me out of my comfort zone, so I can trust and experience the full abundance He wants for me.  Challenges will come, but I know through each trial, He brings victory.  I also know that with each struggle, I discover more of who Christ is and who I am in Him.  I hope my passion for art and love for His creation grows in this time.  I want to soak in all that He has for me because everything that happens in this time is only preparing me for what’s to come in the eight weeks of outreach ahead.

Camille — January 2012 Leadership DTS Class

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Building Character

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I am on week 9 of my internship and it has been an adventure to say the least.  For the past 3 weeks, I have been very busy and faced some challenges as well.

The construction of the orphanage for Kids Alive Zambia is coming along nicely and we will start to put up the roof soon.  I have been learning a ton and am fortunate to be with a great crew.  Recently, the pastor from the church that I have been attending asked me to give two Sunday sermons.  I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to speak on the topic of faith at the first service and the second on Jesus Christ.  They both went well and overall it was a great experience for me. I got to dig into Christ and attack my fear of public speaking.

God has been good and He has been teaching me a lot.  Two other experiences I would like to share are the following:

   My faith was tested; to see whether I built my Biblical foundation on rock or sand.  The waves came and a majority of my house fell to ruins but God, forever faithful, has used this for His good.  He revealed weaknesses in me and is guiding my steps as I begin to rebuild.

   God has gifted me with a servant hearted roommate. Right before I was heading out the door my roommate stopped me, grabbed a cloth, bent down and wiped the dust of my shoes.  My shoes were on my feet!  It was very moving and showed me that actions speak louder than words.  God has blessed me tremendously and I feel very lucky to be here in Zambia, Africa.  Thank you all, again, for your love and support.

Blessings,                                                                                                                                      Chris Hagel                                                                                                                                    May 2011 Leadership DTS Class

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Fantastic 4 Meets Guatemala

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 Hey everybody,

So, the Fantastic Four finally made it to Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. Our bus ride from Belize City to Punta Gorda was quite an adventure. The first hour we were sitting on a tire and luggage, squeezed against the back door of a bus.It was pretty funny. We stayed the night at the Machacca Center, friends of ours (YWAM DP). It was great because we got to see their nice property, eat their great food and spend some time with them. Then we left for Puerto Barrios by boat, and we were picked up by Paul, a missionary from the USA who moved here, and is the leader in the ministry that we are working with. We have been staying at Casa Verde with another group of 20 people, between 18-22. We have worked in a children’s hospital, an orphanage, spoken in churches and have been building relationships with people here.
Being only four on our team has its advantages. After a church service this week we went out for a smoothie with our translator Fernando, Kevin (who works with Casa Verde, and will be coming to Honduras with us) and Hilda (Pauls wife). It was so much fun to get to know them and just learn about their culture. I am looking forward to the rest of this trip an what god has in store for the FANTASTIC FOUR!Becky

Hello Everyone
A week here in Puerto Barrios,Guatemala has already passed. We are still getting accustomed to everything. the change from living in San Pedro on the small island with golf carts for transportation and small stores to the busyness of a bigger city with lots of traffic and a mall is just kind of crazy! We are staying at a missions organizations house which is called “Casa Verde”. Another team of 22 people have been staying here for the past 3 months, which has made the transition from our DTS with  students to the outreach with 2 students much easier.
In most of our ministry this week we have been piggy-backing with the other team. We have visited an orphanage and a children’s hospital, played with the kids, praying for them and holding the babies. With our team we have visited two churches. Becca gave her testimony at the on and at the second church – Prince of Peace-  Becca and I shared a translated message to the congregation on Forgiveness. We would appreciate your prayers for health of the team as well as a Joyful and willing spirit while we are serving the Lord in Guatemala!
Well, it has been a great start to our outreach here. It has been amazing to see already why God had made our team so small. With a larger team we would not have been able to do what we have done. Our smaller team has allowed us to not be just a group of people, but to be friends, and to be welcomed into homes and lives as friends. For both Marshall and I, we would say that one of the biggest struggles here has been the language barrier. For the reason that we want to share so many things that are on our hearts that we find difficult to communicate with our limited spanish.Another thing that has been really cool to see is how our team has been a blessing to the USA team that is here. They are nearing the end of their outreach (3 months long) and are at a point of being extremely tired, and loosing hope. With us coming in, we have brought joy, hope, and fresh perspectives and faces, something it seems that this other team really needed.

We are very excited to see what God has in store for us over the next 2 months and look forward to sharing with you our experiences! Thank you for supporting all of us on our team financially and through your prayers.

Mallory and Marshall

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Joy and Sorrow

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Sawubona from South Africa! Outreach has been rolling for about two weeks now. After traveling over three continents, through four countries, in three days, our team finally landed in Durban, South Africa, in a suburb called Pinetown. We connected to our home church, Highway church, and moved into the flat that they rented for YWAM students. We spent the first few days catching up on sleep and recuperating from our travels.

We went to a local workshop in Durban last Saturday and spent our time wandering through different booths, checking out traditional and local wares. We attended church at Highway on Sunday, and were privileged to experience church in a way that some of us had never seen before. Testimonies and spoken words were interjected throughout the worship time, and the congregation was very active in the service. Monday we joined with the YWAM Durban staff at Highway in a time of worship, and spent our afternoon working at a soup kitchen with local men who have lost their jobs. Our live-in YWAM staff member, Xoli, has been helping arrange and set up our outreach locations and contacts. She is incredibly helpful to us, as well as a hilarious and fun housemate. Tuesday our team had the pleasure of  visiting a local rehabilitation center, Careline. We partnered with the staff at Highway and had an incredible experience mingling with the residents of Careline. At one point during the evening, our team experienced an amazing surge of pure joy straight from God. Many of us ended up on the ground laughing, filled with the Holy Spirit and His joy. We had no idea that the joy we were experiencing was meant to carry us through so much more than that single night.

Today was our free day, and most of us took it easy, wandering the mall, updating family and friends on current events, and chilling at home. This week has been an incredibly challenging first week of ministry, but it has been such a blessing in many ways as well.

We have listed a few prayer points below, and we ask that you please continue to cover us with prayer as we head out this next week into more ministry.

  • Sickness : our team has been dealing with colds and coughs this last week passing it to each other off and on. No fun!
  • Josh Martin & Family : That God would bring peace and healing to the Martin’s as they go through this tragedy. That they would lean on Him and not question His love.
  • Team unity : Our team has bonded through our trials this past week, but pray that we would continue to have grace with one another, that we would keep short accounts and our communication would be open.
  • Durban : There is a heavy spirit of abortion here, not only with unborn children, but also with people abandoning their jobs, dreams, endeavors, etc. There is also a spirit of miscommunication. Please pray that people would be open to communicate and work things out with each other.
  • Noah and Tracy : Please pray that our leaders would continue to have strength in leading us, that their wisdom in every situation would increase, and that they would have insight and intuition on what to do in the future.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to updating you again soon!

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