Outreach

Continuously Learning

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From the amazon jungle to the concrete jungle, we are all super excited about being back in civilization. Puerto Maldonado is a unique city and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to get some yummy snacks, ride motor bikes and tuktuks, exploring all the new things, places and the culture.

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We’re staying at a local church and finally have walls all around us again. Of course we have our beloved mosquito nets with us and now we even get to sleep on mattresses, what a luxury! We’ve been doing ministry together with the local church: inviting people on the streets to “cell” groups and leading them, giving some messages and sharing testimonies with adults and youth, doing skits, spending time with kids, praying etc. We never know what exactly to expect, how many people or what age group, but we’ve learned to be flexible and trust God to work something out pretty spontaneously. We are having a lot of fun and it’s exciting to finally work with people and share our heart messages with them.
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Another thing we have learned and are still learning is to be led by the Holy Spirit. It was encouraging to see what an impact that can have in the lives of others. I can definitely say that everyone on this team stepped up this week.

We’ve been realizing just how hard it is sometimes to communicate with the language barrier, but we are slowly getting better: we are now able to have little conversations or at least make known what we want. However we have found ways to communicate the gospel and our stories through our translators and with just the few words we do know.

We’ve had a great time so far and soon our journey points us upwards to the big mountains of the Andes where we’ll be for the next couple weeks. So excited to see what God has for us there!

Andrea Walchli- September 2013 Peru Outreach

From Malaysia to Indonesia

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We have had the amazing opportunity to travel to three different countries while on our outreach to Singapore, and our last two weeks have been filled to the brim with blessings! God has been teaching us humility in being loved so well, receiving so many gifts and blessings from others. We were always greeted with food at every doorstep and were always surrounded by so many kind-hearted people who desperately love the Lord, that we always felt like we were being blessed in one way or another.

singUpon arrival to Malaysia, we met up with a pioneer base in Kuching and developed a great relationship with the leader Michael, who became our “man of peace”. Coming along side of Michael has been a huge blessing in itself, and we also got to be in relationship with his friends who are the youth of the local church. While in Malaysia, we had a few opportunities to be in intercession for the city through prayer walking. During our prayer walks we discovered some strongholds that are present there and were able to pray against them, which was a really powerful opportunity and provided a lot of growth for many of us. We experienced everything from Muslim and Buddhist temples, to dark idols hanging in doorways. This was both a time of revelation and awareness for us to pray on behalf of the city and really have our eyes opened to the severity of the lost and broken in spirit.

Our trip to Indonesia was completely filled with blessings, eye opening experiences, and great relationships built with some really beautiful people. On our 3rd country we decided to pack even lighter, further letting go of what we have in order to be humbled. We had the opportunity to be involved in everything from helping work in rice fields, to being in relationship with an orphanage, to helping teach English & proclaim what God has been teaching us in a school, to speaking in a local church. Though we were involved with many different activities, we evidently saw God actively working in each aspect of ministry we were involved in.

sing1While in Indonesia, we had the unique opportunity of living at YWAM Borneo, which has several high school students living there as well. We were able to be in relationship with them during our time there and really enjoyed just doing life with them and getting to know their hearts and be inspired by their stories. Being able to touch the lives of the children and volunteers from the orphanage was also such a blessing for us. We were in great relationship with a volunteer for the orphanage named Shita, and because she was willing to be so vulnerable with us, we were able to really get to know their hearts and were better able to pray over their lives and see God’s heart for each one of them. We are very excited about the growth in each of their lives, both seen and even more that we will never get to see.

UntitledWe are encouraged in learning that we will never really know the full impact of our work in outreach. We have seen and learned so much thus far on outreach, and have been so blessed to be able to experience the great journey that we have had so far. We are so excited for all that’s to come and all the lessons He has in store for us along the way!

Jennifer Litsey-September 2013 Singpore Outreach

 

Patience, Vulnerability, and Growth

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892277_10151944557697982_2063936203_oBuenas, from Guatemala! To start out, I would love to talk about how much God has used this outreach to teach us how to grow a lot more in our patience and our vulnerability as a team. While we were coming to Guatemala we expected to be entering into a “hot” culture climate where everything is “go with the flow” and never on time. God has really tested us in adjusting to how things work around here and how nothing is ever on time and how we need a lot of patience. Patience is so far the biggest theme of this outreach. Also, while learning patience God has taught us how to be patient with each other as a team as we adjust to a new culture. As we learn to adjust to the loose scheduling we still have had some wonderful ministry opportunities here in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala!

1526273_10151944510577982_789696119_nFor ministry, we have had the opportunity to do a lot of different things. We have also been able to grow a lot of relationships with people because we re-visit a lot of the places where we do ministry. Some of the ministries we’ve had the chance to be a part of are, going to the city dump, the orphanage, nursing home, churches and street ministry. We also have had the opportunity to do a lot of community building, such as, helping repaint a special needs school for the start of the new year. Also, we visit the local park and grow relationships with the locals.

615029_10151944487022982_1382451818_oThe city dump has to be one of my favorite ministry projects we have done. Every Thursday we go and do ministry at the city dump and bring sandwiches for the kids and families that live in the dump. For some of the families it is their only meal for the whole week. Our group sings songs to the children (in Spanish) and we just play and love on the kids. Our goal is to build relationship with people at the dump and pray for them. This coming week we have the opportunity to spend a whole day at the dump and really see how it is to live there. We are being “adopted” by families there and we will help them with their everyday life.

God has stretched us and has taught us so much on this outreach here in Guatemala. It has been really beautiful to see God move in this community, but also just in our group. We have grown closer to each other and closer to God as a group. Recently, Luke Chamberlain made the choice to be baptized. He got baptized in the beautiful mountains of Guatemala in the waterfalls. It was such a beautiful experience. Something unexpected that has happened to us is that we have been living with and teaming up with 50 other missionaries from the World Race and YWAM Mazatlan Mexico. It has been such a blessing and we have made so many new friendships!

-Michaela Lindley-September 2013 Guatemala outreach

900 Banana Trees

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An update from our September 2013 outreach team to Peru!

1505340_10201323905514627_1141787133_n Hola! Last week held a lot for us as a team! Last Friday another YWAM DTS team came from the base in Cusco, Peru. It was great to have some new faces living with us in the jungle. It is so encouraging to meet the Cusco team, knowing that people all over the world in different walks of life are all chasing after a relationship with God. Three of the students were American, two of then were Peruvian and the two staff members with them were Peruvian. It was so much fun to work alongside them and experience more of their language and culture. They were very patient with our Spanglish. 🙂
Unfortunately, four members of our team, were sick this week with a harsh stomach bug, which put them out of commission for a few days. The “inner mother” in many of us… but really just the girls came out this week in caring for each of the little sick ones. Having some of the team sick in bed challenged our unity, but I believe we are stronger because of it and now almost everyone is back to full health. Hooray!
1510470_10202986379681707_328022575_n we continued weeding trees in the orchard this week we came across quite a few nasty bees. However Francis definitely endured the worst of it, sustaining a bee sting to the eyebrow causing severe swelling. But he was a champ about it and kept working!
During our time in the fields we finished weeding all of the citrus trees and got into the banana trees. Mmmhhh, bananas! Thinking we had weeded over 500 trees in our three weeks at Bud’s, we felt so blessed for this opportunity to help. However when talking with Bud he told us we had actually weeded close to 900 TREES! God enabled us to be little weeding machines.
IMG_0258 we said goodbye to the Cusco team on Thursday we got ready for our own departure on Friday. We are now in the city of Puerto Maldonado staying at a church. This week we have been preparing for this transition and particularly preparing a “Heart Message.” Each of us has been working on a message about something that we have been taught or has been on our heart to share this upcoming week. This week in PM we will be sharing at many different cell groups, which are similar to small groups. Please pray that we will be bold and engaged in our sharing. Please pray especially for Heidi, one of our team members, that she will have lots of energy, as she will be doing a lot of translating for us.
-Evangeline Kesteven 2013 September DTS Peru Outreach

Amazon to the Andes

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From The Beaches of Belize to the Amazon Jungle
IMG_0180And so our adventure in Peru begins! Arrived safely thanks to God’s faithfulness after our adventures at the airport; all went smoothly to start with. We all had to get up at around 4am and say our goodbyes to team Guatemala, which for some rather upsetting. We got a boat to Belize City with team Singapore and again had to say some very hard goodbyes.
Our adventure began when we arrived at Miami airport; we had an hour and a half to get 13 people through. All got through immigration quickly. However, when we arrived to check in we were told we had missed our flight. After some sweet-talking and God’s faithfulness they agreed to check us in, but this still didn’t mean we would make the flight. We had to “throw some elbows” and talk our way through security so we could sprint to our gate and plane.Thanks to God we somehow all made it.

We had a long layover in Lima airport. We all crashed on the floor with 26 bags and 13 people, all sleeping inIMG_1494rather unusual positions. But most people got some form of sleep. Despite all of this there was still a sense of positivity & happiness, it didn’t feel like there was any tension between anyone even though we were all pretty tired.
When we arrived Bud collected us from the airport & brought us to his home, down a rather bumpy trail, and he showed us where we were staying.
The girls are staying on the second floor with no windows or walls, just a wooden floor and door down stairs. Our bathroom/toilet is a large bucket with a toilet seat on top and sawdust to cover it. To start with, I was a little concerned about the fact we had no walls & windows, however at the same time it is exciting & a totally different experience.

Surprisingly it hasn’t been too bad without the walls and windows as you can fall asleep watching the stars and gazing in to God’s creation, hearing the bugs & animals, staring into the treetops.
IMG_0183The following day just involved resting, enjoying company, and a small service with Bud and his 5 children David, Daniel, Felix, Joseph and Caleb, who all seem really nice & friendly. The service consisted of a few worship songs & then it was based on Ephesians 6 about the Armor of God. Then we all shared our thoughts on what Bud had spoken about.

Monday was our first work day, this involved weeding around lemon trees for the morning. We’re pretty excited to be here and see what God has in store. From what I have seen so far it’s going to be a pretty WILD outreach!

-September 2013 DTS Peru outreach