Jaimeshi from Taplejung, Nepal! As our seminar in Taplejung drew to the end, the students became increasingly affected as the evidence of the Holy Spirit’s movement became more visible. Vange taught on the destructiveness of sin, explaining that when we make sinful choices, it is like climbing down the hole of our own personal outhouses to live in the filth, grieving God’s heart. The next day Trevor brought the good news that while we were living for ourselves, God’s heart was filled with overwhelming loveand compassion, sending his son to live in our filth, die, and bring us back to new life. For many of them this was the first time they witnessed the consequence of sin to our Savior and they were broken hearted over what He went through. We proceeded with a funeral service where we burned pieces of papers on which we wrote sins that we wanted to die to, never to return, in light of the great sacrifice of our Lord Jesus. The day finished with a time of great rejoicing as we celebrated the victory that Jesus’ death and resurrection brought to us. Our next couple of days the topics shifted into how we can take transformation and transfer to our families, churches, businesses, schools, government, and all of society. During these couple of days, the participants made posters and practiced their new storying skills that they learned during the seminar. This was all in preparation for a two day outreach where they went all over the surrounding villages preaching and teaching what they had learned during the seminar. The participants graduated further equipped to live their own Christian lives and to transform the nation of Nepal. The gospel message is exploding all over Nepal as thousands bend their knee before Jesus. These participants are better equipped to disciple this nation to freedom. Noah Applegate – Current YWAM DP Staff
They also had the great opportunity to meet up with Dinesh, one of Noah’s roommates from when he was doing his DTS internship in Nepal. Now 4 years later they are both married with children and still in full time ministry. It was a treat for Tracy to be able to see where Noah was and to meet the people he lived alongside during his internship.
Often you hear the analogy of a curve ball symbolizing an unexpected change of plans. Well if you get to live the life of a YWAMer, you soon realize that curveballs are just to be expected. I like to think that God throws some of them them our way in order to grow us and help us to experience more. Over the last 4 months of my life, God has been pitching like it’s the World Series and now I find myself in Washington DC on the American Independence Day watching the fireworks.
We’re a tight little team of 6. We’ve got two BSN students and three DTS students (curveball). We’re embarking on an adventure together to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to follow God’s lead in evangelizing and discipling the lovely people that we meet there.
This team is team is raring to go but one thing has held us back for weeks now. Obtaining visas for the DRC. It’s been a long process and for some reason the methods we were trying just weren’t working very well. So we decided to change tactics, fly to DC and apply in person. This was a blessing in disguise, or you could say, another curveball.
We rolled with the opportunity and left quickly. When we arrived, of course God provided a great place for us to stay near the capital and we quickly applied for our visas. And so the waiting began, and what better place to waste some time than in Washington DC? We got to tour the capital and I was realizing how much of a blessing it was to be stuck in DC. We were thoroughly enjoying ourselves walking past the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Monument, and war memorials when I got a phone call.
Our visas had been processed in only three hours, which should have taken three days! At that moment I realized that God was behind this, and this curveball that he threw turned out to be a way to bless us. We spent the remainder of our time in DC bonding as a team and enjoying our freedom in Christ as a nation enjoyed their freedom from tyranny.
The thing about curve balls, if you dig in and swing, it will most likely be out of the park.
Joshua Duft – Currently leading BSN/DTS Outreach in DR Congo
Studying the Old Testament taught me so much; I am just about ready to go back and study the whole thing again. Before attending the BSN I had never realized the heart and emotion of God in the OT. He designs humans for such a beautiful, whole life and when it gets messed up he still walks with his people, loves them and wants them to be free from their idolatry, so they can live the life he intended for them. God has always wanted to be Israel’s God and Israel to be his people. He wants to bless the world through Israel by the blessings he has given to them. My heart has been so transformed by looking at who God really is in his nature and character. God loves so fiercely!
Our class of ten always has a great time and we have so much fun together studying, acting and making Biblical jokes. Making a casual reference to Tiglath- pileser and having someone else know exactly what you are talking about is a great feeling.
Recently we acted out the story of Esther, which was full of pillowcase head coverings, bed sheet robes, bucket crowns, and ridiculous amounts of laughter. I am so thankful for the environment of grace in our class and on this base. We laugh so much, but there is always room for sharing, tears and prayer. It’s the best!
We have the privilege of doing our BSN along side the April DTS; it is so amazing to watch them growing, changing and gaining freedom. I did my DTS in September 2013 and on my outreach to Peru, I felt such a prompting to learn more about God’s word and have a really solid Biblical word view. So from there, I went right into BSN; greatest decision ever! During my DTS I gained so much personal freedom, understood how God actually feels about me and built amazing friendships. But I did not have a firm knowledge of the Bible as a whole story and the truth of who God is. Now that we have finished the Old Testament, I have gained an understanding that the Bible is one long story, and I am stoked to see a continued connection of the Old and New Testament.
Vange Kesteven – March 2014 BSN Student
Well the BSN (Bible School for the Nations) has come to a conclusion and I am once again back home in Sterling, CO. The last six months have been an incredible time of growth in many aspects of my life, but the last month and a half is where I grew the most. In the final month and a half of the BSN we ran two BELT (Biblical Education and Leadership Training) seminars. One was in a community called San Mateo in Belize and the other was in a small village named Poko in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After finishing our seminar in San Mateo our BSN team split into two smaller teams. Myself and four others set off for the Congo while the other four set their sights on Nepal. Unlike DTS (Discipleship Training School) we were personally responsible for booking our own travel to get to Entebbe, Uganda. Seven days later, during which we took three MAF flights and a twelve hour truck ride through the jungle, we arrived in Poko. To be honest it looked very similar to what you see in National Geographic.
We were in a small village made of mud huts with grass roofs and there was no power or running water. (The people did wear clothes though) The church in which we were teaching was a larger brick building with a tin roof and we stayed in a smaller brick house. The church had selected volunteers who took care of our every need including cooking meals for us. Since I have returned home, almost everyone that I have talked to has asked me how the food was there. Before I left I tried to enjoy all the food I could thinking that the food would be horrible in Africa and I would not be eating much, but much to my surprise the food was amazing. We did eat many “weird” things while we were there such as grubs, monkey brains, and goat intestines, but there were very few things that myself or the people on my team did not like. With the volunteers from the church taking care of all our needs we were given plenty of time to prepare our teachings for the seminar and sermons for churches on Sunday.
Unlike the seminar in Belize where our maximum attendance was 14, we had close to 200 people fill the church in which we were teaching, and almost all of them were pastors or leaders in the church. Luckily, public speaking does not scare me because I was assigned to teach the first day of the seminar. The first lesson in the BELT curriculum is about pursuing truth and how truth applied in one’s life will bring freedom and joy as well as more success (success defined in biblical terms) in ministry. The next day the attendance had gone up so I must have not done too horrible of a job teaching (either that or my translator did a great job making me sound good). I had the opportunity to teach three lessons during the belt seminar, give two sermons in two different churches, and teach twice for a bible college. My teammates would make fun of me because it seemed as though every time I taught the people in the audience would cry. I loved teaching and I feel that the Holy Spirit has gifted me in that area. Coming back from Africa made me realize how much I loved the people there. They were the nicest people I have ever met. I have heard so many people say what I am about to say and it saddens me to see how blinded western cultures are by materialism because these people who have next to nothing and probably make less in a year than a minimum wage employee makes in a month are so full of joy and are the most hospitable people I have ever been around. I did not think I would, but I miss hearing the children run out of the huts screaming mandeli (white person), I miss walking around the village and seeing a smile on every single person’s face, and I miss the simplicity of life in Poko. I would love to go back to the DRC in the future. God blesses you.
Micah Hampton- April 2013 BSN Student