I figured coming to YWAM DP to do my secondary level school, FCM (Foundations of Counseling Ministry), that I knew how to live in community, and I knew how to go after God. But what I didn’t expect from this base was that they live and encourage each other to live in vulnerability. I have never lived completely in vulnerability. Especially in a community.
Here at YWAM, things are anything but ordinary. While words like “routine” and “personal space” are not in our vocabulary, phrases such as “the power’s out, no showering today”, and (in the case that we DO have power) “the shower needs to be fixed…again” are readily heard around the base. As a perfectionist, it can be easy to perceive these situations to be total disasters to my beautifully organized and planned out day. What’s funny is that when I look back, some of my favourite moments have been the most imperfect, spontaneous situations, the ones where God is writing the story instead of me. He’s much less predictable. I’ve come to realize that God can script a life more adventurous than my dreams when I simply let him. When I let go. Here’s one of those moments…
Faith, life, adventure. A clever tag line right? A great way to get the attention of the curious onlooker. I largely ignored such idealistic catchphrases when applying for my DTS here in Belize. Naturally (as it always happens) God loves making me cringe at the arrogance of my own “understanding.” When I arrived at the YWAM DP base, I was greeted by faith, life, and adventure… along with community, love, family, and growth. However, for today I will stick to the 3 that I had scoffed at months ago during my application.
Faith has to be a personal and intimate thing. If faith is not personal thing, it is nothing else than guidelines to live by. Here at DP we welcome so many people who are looking to personalize their relationship with Christ. Running a Discipleship Training School is all about creating a space where people can seek a personal relationship in an uninterrupted environment. Faith is personal. Relationship requires time and work as trust is an additional choice. I am honored to be a part of a team that creates the space for people to find these things for themselves as we continue to grow along side the students.
This week in the FCM we have been spending time learning about relationships, we spent a lot of time doing personality research as we learn how to have self-relationship and how to love who we are. I am fascinated by the idea that God created each and everyone of us uniquely and in a very specifically individual way, yet we still seem to fall into certain similar categories in order to help us live out our lives in relationship with each other.