Outreach

Tour Update: Seattle!

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12026552_10207863533651468_2033535234_nDespite almost losing a tire in downtown Seattle, we had an awesome week staying with Lynn’s brother and his family. We got to spend some amazing time with Lynn’s daughter Jessie who so generously took us on a tour of Seattle. Unfortunately, after faithfully serving us for over 3,000 miles, our truck finally had to be towed and brought to a shop stranding us in the city. But, God is so good and he protected us all from harm, provided us with rides, and got us our vehicle back the next day! We were able to get back from the city in time to attend a young adult group at a church the Chris and Lynn Toney help plant! It was and amazing time of fellowship where we were able to share with the group what we do at YWAM and speak into people’s lives. A group of guys we met that night came over the next day and spent the afternoon playing volleyball with us. We all connected really well and quickly became vulnerable. We shared or stories, our present struggles, and encouraged each other. The next day they invited us to the beach where we enjoyed some competitive spikeball followed by sushi and lot a of great conversation.

12029124_10207863533731470_566477011_nThe night before we left for Vancouver we went bowling with the same group and stayed out until 1am, not wanting to say goodbye. Because of the short amount of time we were able I spend with those boys, one of them who had never heard of ywam before we met decided to do a DTS this year. He beamed as he told us that he can’t remember the last time he was this excited about anything. He is ready to abandon everything for Christ and we are so excited for him! As we drove away from the states and onto our last stop in Vancouver, I couldn’t help but thank God for those moments – the moment when someone gets it and says “yes” to Jesus. We have been blessed to facilitate and witness so many of those moments on this tour.

12023149_10207863533251458_751882034_nBefore we ventured into Canada we were able to meet up with Leanna from Megan and Donavon’s DTS and with a group of friends we had met almost two months at Creation Fest! It was so fun to reconnect and see friends we didn’t think we’d ever see again. It meant a lot to us and them that we were able to see each other again.

As out time in the states has come to a close, and we are now starting our last week of ministry in Vancouver, we’ve been able to reflect and see how much God has truly blessed us. He united us as a team, strengthened us, protected us, gave us boldness, and brought us into so many divine appointments. Week are looking forward to more of this to come in our last week! Thank you all for your prayers, we have certainly felt them!

11997008_10207759620613707_1568460027_nAmanda Harris – Staff

Tour Update: Reno, Chico, Joshua Fest

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11998433_10207799648854388_1616913749_nI never would’ve thought I’d be wearing two pairs of socks, two pairs of pants, a hoodie, a vest, and a beanie (or toque if you’re Canadian) in California! We’ve certainly discovered over the past week that not all of California is made up of sunny coast!

12000079_10207799649534405_1499367107_nDespite the freezing temperatures of the night we had an amazing last week in California. We actually started the week in Reno, Nevada where we were able to share our stories with a young adult group. An unexpected stop on our tour turned out to be an incredible blessing from God as we connected really well with some of the people there. We were able to pray with a girl who has been thinking about doing a DTS for years now. A few days later, she came to visit us at Joshua Fest and told us the awesome news that after talking and praying with us she knew she was going to do a DTS in Belize!! We’re so stoked and know that God brought us to Rachel to speak into her life.

12000041_10207799649854413_1532398361_nThe rest of our four day stay at Joshua Fest was filled with great music, prayer, and fellowship with other YWAMers. We were able to be a part of a prayer tent that was being run by The YWAM base in Chico, CA. They truly blessed us. At the prayer tent we were able to fellowship with them as well as prayer for people at the festival. I even got a shoutout from a band I got to pray for!

11999904_10207799647374351_1279634647_nNow we have officially left the Golden state and after a quick pit stop in Oregon we are back in the great area of Seattle! We are wanting to finish strong and press even more into God so that we can stay united as a team. We are praying that we’ll meet as many people as we can in these next couple weeks so come hangout with us if you’re in the Seattle area!

11997008_10207759620613707_1568460027_nAmanda Harris – Staff

Tour Update: Yosemite!

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11948118_10207759620493704_984593374_nThis past week God has given us some time to rest and recharge as we prepare for a busy last couple of weeks on the road! We spent a few days in Yosemite soaking up God’s glorious creation and enjoying the company of old (and new) friends.

 

 

11950836_10207759669054918_88176156_nWe reconnected with the most beautiful Shea, who is currently staffing at YWAM Yosemite. The Yosemite base is new and is preparing for their second ever DTS starting this week! We enjoyed helping them prepare for the new students. Donavon and Martin helped out with a woodworking project and Megan and I assisted with the more artsy projects.

We departed from Yosemite and made a last minute pit stop in Reno, Nevada where we were warmly welcomed by previous staff members Trevor and Whitney! We are enjoying their company now, and looking forward to meeting and speaking to the youth from their church tonight!

11944958_10207759620653708_1085166010_nSince we’ve been on the road for more than five weeks now, we’re starting to wear out more easily. As a team God’s really been teaching us about intentionality at what it looks like to keep our team centered around Him. If we continue to keep our focus on Jesus we know we can finish strong!

We’re off to spend our last few days in California volunteering at Joshua Fest. It’s sad to say goodbye to California but we know God has more amazing stuff in store for us up north!

Amanda Harris – Staff

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California and Heading North

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imageAs we sat around our campfire on the beach, roasting veggies, cooking hotdogs, and sharing many laughs I was given a new perspective on community. Nine strangers, all of us different ages, nationalities, and backgrounds, bonded over the love of Christ and formed a small family on a quaint beach in Santa Cruz, California this past Saturday. We shared our hearts, our stories, and our dreams. We attempted to surf and laughed a lot when we failed. It was the perfect ending to our time in San Francisco.

Last week God brought so many people into our path and really made our presence known in the San Francisco area!

While Megan and I were helping out with a ministry that rescues girls from sex trafficking, we really connected with a fellow volunteer named Lorraine who was just baptized and as we shared our story with her she became more and more ecstatic over the idea of doing a DTS. Through a local church known as PCC we were able to attend a young adults group where we met so many cool people our age. They welcomed us with more enthusiasm than we ever could’ve imagined and were anxious to learn more about our experiences with YWAM DP. We spent the next day at the beach with some people from the PCC crew and Megan and I shared a meaningful time over lunch with some of the girls the next day before we headed out.

A few days before we headed to LA we were also able to volunteer with Francis Chan’s ministry, Project Bayview. We delivered food to people living in a less fortunate area of San Francisco and were able to share about YWAM DP with a lot of the people plugged into ministry there.

After a breathe taking trip down the Pacific Coast Highway we arrived in LA and have had a great time visiting with Tj, a graduate of the April school who just returned from Vanuatu. We have loved hearing about his outreach and supporting him in his transition back to life in the states.

image (2)As a team we were refreshed by our time in San Francisco and poured into by many awesome individuals. God has blessed us in more ways than we ever could’ve imagined and now we are trusting him to provide just as faithfully for our last month. After a fall through in plans we were able to get a campsite at Yosemite last minute and are headed there Sunday. We would be so grateful if you would join us in praying that God brings people into our path while we’re camping that we can connect with and minister to! As a team have been reminded this week that we can never forget to bring it back to the basics – to worship, pray, and study the Bible together daily so that we are all being the best vessels of Jesus’ love and representations of YWAM DP as we possibly can be! We are more than excited to see how God will move as we turn around and start our ascent backup north!

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Vanuatu Report Back

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FullSizeRender (1)Last week the April DTS students returned from their outreach for their report back week. It was midway through our July DTS lecture phase, and we were having our restore and reflection week at the same time. That meant we had a lot of extra free time to get to know Jacie, Josh (the outreach leaders) and the students as they returned from their outreach in Vanuatu.

FullSizeRenderThe last school was a blast to have on base at the same time as us! Every person on the team had a very unique, strong personality that really shined through very quickly. As they were a smaller group, their experiences in lecture phase and their outreach were very different than ours. It was fascinating listening to their stories and hearing what they had to say as they were just finishing their DTS.

Throughout the week, we had different activities put together to really connect our two schools. On Tuesday night, the Vanuatu team shared their outreach experience with our school. They showed us the souvenirs they got, the pictures they took, the local music, and we even got a taste of some of the food they ate! It was amazing getting to hear about the different culture they were immersed in! It definitely got everyone from our school excited for our outreach coming up.

FullSizeRender (2)On Wednesday, everyone on base was invited to a volleyball hangout. We had a big tournament, plus a bunch of people had their hammocks out, and someone set up a slackline for anyone to try! It was a great afternoon together.

On Thursday evening, the April DTS had their graduation ceremony. They were presented certificates and got to celebrate the accomplishment of finishing this awesome school.

It was a great week having our two school united before they went home. We still have a while left in our school, but the week of looking back at what we’ve learned and looking forward to what’s to come has truly reignited the fire in our group. We’re all eager to get back to learning about our God, fuelled by what we got from the previous outreach team.

IMG_6470-Kimberly Gorgichuck – DTS Student, July, 2015