Son, not Servant

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12204653_1205421722817936_656618954_nI’ve been learning so much about what God thinks about me, about humility, and about sonship. In his book, “The Secret Romance,” John Eldredge tells us how God pursues us because he wants relationship with us and just wants us! God’s love for you is deeper and wider than the very limits of our universe.

I’ve learned the difference between being humble and having inferior pride. Humility is having an accurate assessment of yourself; inferior pride is thinking lowly of your self or not worthy.

I also have been learning about the difference between sonship and servanthood. Sonship is relationship based, it is ownership, and sons are family oriented. Servants are requirement based, they have no ownership and are issue oriented.

Being relationship based means doing things out love for the Father and love for others while requirement based means doing things out of obligation or because you are required to do it.

12212519_1205421699484605_852195753_nOwnership is acknowledging your actions, taking ownership in the kingdom of heaven and ownership as sons. Being family oriented means caring more about the person and their value as a son or daughter of the King, while being issue oriented means caring more about the behavior of the person instead of actually caring about the person.

Are you living in sonship or servanthood? Are you walking out humility or pride? I dare you to ask God how much he loves you, then silence yourself and Satan, and just listen to God.

Seth Kasper – DTS Student, October, 2015

Taste And See That The Lord Is Good

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 image (1)Since we have been in Montevideo, some things have been evident here. Love, and hospitality – especially in the church we are staying at. People have bought us chocolate, an amazing family made us alfajores, (sugar cookie sandwiches with dulce de leche in the middle) and a wonderful lady named Sandra made us pizza! Ham and pineapple, and a typical Uruguayan style pizza which is egg, bacon onion, cheese and chicken. Delicious! Plus we got treated to chivitos (sandwiches with a thin slice of grilled meat with mozzarella, tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise, olives, fried onions and peppers, bacon, fried eggs and ham), which we got to have on a fun night with the young adults and youth at the church. Food has been a major blessing to us on outreach. The Bible does say in Psalm 34:8 “taste and see that the LORD is good.” Jesus wants us to be well fed. It’s something I’d never have expected from Outreach though!
image (3)This week we’ve also started doing our candy ministry, which I am loving. It’s something so simple as handing out a little piece of candy to people on the street, but the smiles we are getting from it makes it so much more fun! Uruguayan culture is very self-focused, and depression is really common here. Yet the gratitude that people show towards receiving something is so special. On a side note to that – it’s generated a great example of my awesome Spanish skills. We made a sign that said “Un regalo para ti. ¡Que tenga un been día!” which translates to “A gift for you. Have a nice day!” The word que is pronounced “kay”, but I kept pronouncing it “key”. Even when corrected, I didn’t register that I was saying it wrong. I’m learning.
image (2)Psalm 34:8 continues, “Blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” God has blessed us with friendships that I did not anticipate from the church we are staying at. We have created loving bonds with the young people and their families. I am blown away by the love and excitement they have for God. We have been especially blessed by 3 amazing friends, Bruno, Cristian, and Santiago, who have hearts for worship and are super musically talented – and speak English! They have helped us out a lot by interpreting for us. Over all they have been so much fun to be with. We have had a lot of jam sessions and randomly breaking out in signing.
For us as a team, it has been so important for us to go to God. To let Him guide us as we put our trust in him. God has always been there for us and has provided for us more than we could have imagined. “You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” -Miriam Adeney.  So far I have left part of my heart in Rivera, and now part of it is here in Montevideo. It makes me so excited to find out what other places God has planned to put my heart.
Jamie Ukrainetz – DTS Student, July, 2015image

Here Comes the Son

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IMG_5881Have you ever stopped to think about why we love watching the sun rise so much? It’s something that happens every single day, but there’s something about it that makes people get off Snapchat and actually take the time to appreciate its beauty. Why is that? Well, I have a semblance of an idea. I am currently in one of the best places on earth for watching the sunrise, and I’ve been fortunate enough to see it almost daily. It never ceases to take my breath away. I think the reason we are so captivated by the sunrise though is because we can actually see the sun pushing away the darkness of the night. We are literally able to watch the transition of things hidden by darkness becoming clearer. The sunrise ushers in a safer, brighter, and more beautiful reality than the night.
 I’ve been on this little island of Ambergris Caye for almost a month now, and the Lord has been teaching me so much; whether in regards to community, leadership, or simply applying my faith, it seems each day brings a new revelation. However the most challenging concept for me to grasp so far, and something I will continue to chew on, is what it means to be vulnerable. I’ve realized especially in the past few days how much of my heart I’ve kept in the night, refusing to allow it to be touched by the light.
IMG_5882I need a spiritual sunrise. And that is only going to come through exposing my hidden corners to the light of my spiritual sun: Christ. Until I let him permeate every area of my life, I will never be brought into the fullness of that bright, clear reality of freedom that he wants for me. Instead I will continue to stub my toes on things in the dark. And just like when the night comes, it does not mean the sun has ceased to exist – likewise if I choose to keep things in the dark, Christ is not absent from my life, I am simply absent from his light.
The beautiful factor is that, while our earthly sun will rise and set despite any effort to stop it, Christ will never force his light on our lives. He gives us the free will to keep hiding under our heart-blankets, begging for a spiritual “five more minutes!” even though he knows his light will lead us into our brightest day – full of purpose, freedom, and relationship.
For me though, even though I realize vulnerability is more beneficial than remaining closed off, it is still a process I struggle with. John 1:5 says: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Christ is the light, and the darkness is anything in opposition to Him. I think that’s why vulnerability is so difficult – because our darkness cannot overcome the light of Christ. We lose, every time. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t like losing. But whatever petty things we may lose are nothing compared to what we will gain by exposing ourselves to Christ. That’s the whole beauty of it – the sunrise of Christ’s light in our lives will not burn or scald or damage us. Instead it beckons us into a reality of truth, grace, acceptance, and freedom.
IMG_5880Psalm 139 is familiar to mostly all of us I assume, but I love it because it is the story of David finally coming to a place of vulnerability with God. Verse 12 says: “…even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.” How cool is that? God already has claimed our darkness as light. We just have to say yes to Christ and allow his light to rise in our lives. And when we finally choose the light, we can sit and watch it rise, slowly flooding all our shadows with his marvelous truth and love.

I can’t say what else the Lord is going to teach me through my time at YWAMDP, but I’m excited to keep getting rid of my dark places. Christ’s light is far more desirable than any blackness I cling to.

John 8:12 “Again Jesus spoke to them saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'”
Emily Coll – DTS Student, October, 2015IMG_5878

Translator’s Note

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IMG_5873So the other day I walked into a glass door and messed up my nose. It didn’t bleed – Hallelujah – but there was a pretty solid ding in my thing for a few days after.

Jamie and Summer almost peed their pants in the street from laughing.

So anyway… Outreach is going really well. The food here in Uruguay is pretty amazing. Here I was, thinking my sweet tooth wouldn’t be satisfied, and instead we made homemade alfajore cookies – sugar cookies sandwiched together with dulce de leche caramel sauce! The weather has been chilly, but nothing us hardened Canadians can’t handle (I write, wrapped in a sweater, a t-shirt, two tank tops, and two pairs of leggings). We made awesome friends at the YWAM base in Rivera we were staying at, and we get to be reunited later on our trip in the town of Durazno! We’re staying at a church in Montevideo now. The family taking care of us have been so crazy nice, everyone has been, really. They’re so hospitable here. We’ve made friends with some young people from the church as well who speak very good English – they’ve been a huge blessing, especially since now we’re not totally stranded on an island of English.

IMG_5826There have been some harder parts. It rained for a week in Rivera and cancelled some of our plans, I missed my sister’s birthday for the first time, and communication has often been a challenge. I mean, we’re using me as a translator a lot of the time. I frequently mix up the words for “hour”, “month” and “year”. The other girls are learning fast – their favourite lesson has been on the difference between two easily mistaken phrases, “tengo hambre” (I’m hungry) and “tengo hombre” (I have man). Then there was the whole unfortunate, but absolutely typical, walking-into-a-door-breaking-my-face thing (and yes, it did leave a face print, and yes, everyone in the store stared as I staggered away clutching my face as Summer and Jamie sympathetically cackled).

IMG_5852But I say this all with a smile. Because every incident, every wrong turn, every time we think everything’s going off the deep end, God shows up and turns it into something great. The rain cancelling some plans opened us up to go to a hospital to pray for some patients, and do a really fun presentation at a school. My sister is going to get a rad birthday present from Uruguay when I get home. The language barrier makes everyone come out of their shells a bit more as we mime what we’re trying to communicate. Walking face-first into that door – well, that hasn’t got a bright side yet, except that it made Summer and Jamie’s week.

We have a choice whenever we talk about an event whether we’ll look onto it with happiness or bitterness. I’ve come to know this really well, since I wind up doing a lot of talking. I can focus on the sucky parts, or I can highlight the bright sides. I know I want to be known as a person who focuses on the silver linings. I want everything I say, no matter what language, to glorify God and brighten people’s days.

So thank you, everyone, for your prayers and support. We’ve been getting to do some really cool ministry here, and we’ve been seeing God move in some really rad ways. Please pray that the Montevideans will learn to speak slower, and pray that we’ll all learn to speak faster.

IMG_6470The Translator, Kimberly Gorgichuk – DTS Student, July, 2015

Greater Things

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image1 (4)This week I was given a choice: try and do outreach through my own strength or surrender to God. It’s interesting how often I choose not to surrender even though I know God should be in control. I like to be in control; I like to control how my day goes, I like to control my future plans in life, I like to control my finances, I like to control other people (or attempt to). I even like to control how and when I speak to God.

But God ripped all of those apart this week. In a soft and gentle whisper, I was encouraged to surrender EVERYTHING to my Heavenly Father. Again. And again. And again. See, it’s a daily thing I find myself having to do. Waking up and saying the hard but oh-so powerful words: “God I give you this day”. Cool thing is that Jesus makes us an incredible promise in the book of John. He says that when we surrender, we can do the works He did throughout scripture, and EVEN GREATER THINGS. John 14:12 says “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do”. Wow, what an incredible promise, right? He hands us incredible power and authority to do his work here on earth.

image2 (4)On Wednesday I had the opportunity to partner with a homeless ministry. I was a little nervous, especially since the homeless have a bad reputation of being rude drunks here in Ulaanbaatar. But God quickly broke my stereotype and showed me how these are my brothers and sisters and how I need to love them as such. It was freezing outside, and there was a fresh coat of snow on the ground. We started off the morning going to a dry river bed (where most of them hang out) and handing out hot soup and bread. Corrie, the women who started this ministry, told us that on average they have three to four meals a week– two of which come from this ministry. Most of them can’t afford any food at all, and go through the winter without any nutrition. They were so thankful for even a tiny bowl of soup. About half an hour after we started, a lady on crutches wobbled her way over to get soup from us. The moment I saw her, I felt a nudge from God to go pray for her broken leg. After about ten minutes of arguing with God, I chose to surrender and do what he called me to do. I asked the woman if I could pray for her leg through hand gestures. She agreed even though she couldn’t understand the words I was praying. I actually like praying with language barrier because I don’t worry about how I will sound or finding the right words to say, I just start talking with God.

image1 (6)I laid my hands on her ankle and started speaking with the Spirit. I wasn’t wearing any gloves so my hands were freezing, but as I continued to pray, my hands starting to heat up. As I glanced at the woman’s face during my prayer, I noticed tears flowing from her precious eyes. My heart began to pound as I came to the reality that physical healing was taking place. After about fifteen minutes of prayer, I hugged her and finished handing out soup. Because of the language barrier I couldn’t ask her if she felt any better, but she left with a smile, holding her crutches rather than using them. I don’t know how much healing came to her leg exactly, but I do know this: when God is in control, hearts are changed. I know God cares about this woman’s broken ankle. I know that our God heals. I know that a smile is understood in all languages. I know that something was stirring in both our hearts.

It was an unbelievable experience to see her carrying her crutches in victory. To see her limping away with a smile was enough of a healing for me. I believe that that woman was healed with all of my heart. If you choose to surrender each and every day to Him, you will never regret it and will never look back. Restoration, revival, and redemption is near for those who choose to surrender their life to God.

image3 (1)Grace Fey – DTS Student, July, 2015