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

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

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!

Overrunning with Blessings!

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Hi, my name is Joanie and I have the blessing to be a part of the DP family!  Since I got here, God has been continually bringing me out of my comfort zone and He really is transforming me more and more every day, as I’m taking steps of faith.

Last week, we did some ministry in San Pedro and it was amazing!  From teaching the kids in a school to cleaning houses and praying for people, I learned a lot about putting into action the love that God has poured in my heart!  “Loving on people” means so much more to me now, as I have experienced something completely new!  I thought that I was going out to bless, but I have been so surprised by how the people I met, all throughout the week, have blessed me and impacted me in a very special and unique way!  I got so much more than I thought I would actually receive from giving!

I got to connect with a woman who is living in one of the poorest area of Belize, called San Mateo, with her kids and family.  My team and I spent a couple of hours at her house, just cleaning the outside of the property and talking with her.  I was honored just to be able to sit and spend time to get to know this woman of hope,  joy and faith.  Even though she didn’t have enough food to feed her family and a clean place to lay her head, she has the most important thing: a joy simply coming out of her and radiating!

The more time I spend in the Belizean culture, the more I think that I LOVE IT!!  The Belizeans are so welcoming and rich in love!  It’s hard to believe that we are almost finished with our time in Belize but we are more than excited to be leaving on Outreach in just a few weeks!  Our team is going to go to South Africa and Guatemala.  For those who want to support us in prayer, it would be really appreciated since we want this time to be completely about God and memorable!  Both teams are going to post updates from their respective location, so that you can be a part of this adventure!  We look forward to sharing more of what God is giving us the chance to be part of!

Setting Sail

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One of the amazing privileges we have here at Destination Paradise is exploring on our little sailboats (Hobie Cats).  Flying across the water with the wind in my hair and the soft spray of saltwater hitting against me has become one of my favorite things to do.  The beauty and simplicity of sailing seems to birth untainted freedom as I utilize the power of the wind to propel me forward.

Sandwiched between blue skies and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, it’s hard to ignore the beauty God has created.  The perspective change from what you see on land compared to the experience when you are surrounded by water is breath-taking.  But to fully know this you must first push away from the stifling stability that land has to offer and allow the wind and waves to influence your journey.

What God intends for my sailing endeavors, He desires in my life.  He calls me to push away from everything that is certain and be guided by His power on a course that is currently unknown to me.  My faith grows through every little adventure I go on with Him while setting aside my fears and doubts to fully embrace whatever He has planned.  I can’t wait to see where He leads me in this next season.  My future is in His hands.

By~ Charis Gleason