Outreach

A Tale or Two

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The outreach that I am currently taking place in, headed down to Costa Rica from Belize about a week ago. It was crazy, fantastic, and stretched my patience to a new level. I have nine other teammates including my amazing leaders Heather and Jeremy. It’s so cool to me that God called all of us here to serve Him wholeheartedly for two months in a culture that is not our own and that he has a unique plan for us. In the Bible it states, “We all belong to the body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:27) and it is extremely evident with my team. Although we all have different attributes that we have to offer, we still use them together like a well working machine.

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It took us a week to travel through Central America, but we made it! We said our painful good byes to the staff at YWAM DP and the other students that went across the seas to the Solomon Islands. We took water taxis, mini power boats in the middle of the sea, sketchy “city buses” that were technically school buses  and a taxi van that had dents and a smashed wind-shield. We got the pleasure and opportunity to experience sleeping in hostels and hotel rooms that could hold six people. The coolest thing of all is that we were able to see a lot of God’s creations, nature and people. The fun thing about traveling is it gives you so much down time to contemplate and allow God to open your eyes to new things. Something He placed heavily on my heart is all the people we come across and every organization we get to help God already knows about them. God already has a crazy, fantastic plan for their life, and we get the privilege to meet them. I like to think of it as a loop, no one is a head of the other but our actions affect them. The people that drove the buses they got us here, the places that we stayed at cared and sheltered us. Everything is pre-thought by God. He knows everything, and we serve such a powerful and almighty God! So, if we only get to see people for a couple of hours or a couple of weeks, we need to pour all of God’s love onto them. We need to serve them in anyways possible. They are all God’s children and creations, and that alone is a blessing and a miracle in itself.IMG_2869

After traveling through Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, we made it to the YWAM base in Heredia, Costa Rica. We are now rooming with 10 cowboys and girls from Wyoming. On the base they collect water by means of rain and wells. They grow veggies and fruits in their huge gardens and have horses, goats, and chickens that we get to feed and maintain! It is a unique way of living, and I considerate it an honor to be taught everything. Thank you so much for taking time to hear about our adventures so far. Please keep our team and the organizations we will be working with in your prayers as we continue to do God’s work here in Costa Rica.

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Shelby Moore- Leadership DTS January 2013

Safe and Sound in the Solomons

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One of the outreach teams from the January 2013 YWAM DP DTS is now serving in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific.  The team made their way from YWAM DP near San Pedro Belize to Cancun, Los Angeles, Fiji and finally to Honiara on the island of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.  They are currently at the YWAM base in a very remote and rather primitive area to the west of the capital city of Honiara.  Just today, some of the team members had the opportunity to get an Internet connection for the first time.  Phone and Internet communication is difficult at best.  Everyone is doing well and getting adjusted to the different climate, culture and context.

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The team has been blessed with a very exciting ministry opportunity in an even more remote part of the Solomon Islands in the Western Province.  They will be departing from Guadalcanal by boat for several smaller islands to the west inhabited by the Gilbertese people, many of whom have never heard the Gospel of Jesus.  At present, the team expects to be away from Honiara for about three weeks.  Dallas, the the team leader, promised to get communication to me as often as possible but we are well aware of the fact that the area is even more remote than where they are at present near Honiara.  I’ll post as often as I receive news.

My family and I spent a few months in the Solomon Islands a number of years ago.  We fell in love with the beautiful people and stunning islands, jungles, and waterfalls.  The team is in good hands, and is certainly blessed to be a blessing.  Thanks for your prayers for the team!  Will write more soon.

Chris Toney- YWAM DP Base Leader

At A Glance

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Brittney is a student from the September 2012 Leadership DTS, while she was with us as a student her life was radically transformed. When I asked her if she ever thought she would be where she is now the first day she got off the boat, her response was “absolutely not!”

Brittney along with the other members of her team spend their outreach in a number of different locations within Venezuela. However, while here in Belize, during lecture phase, Brittney felt that God was calling her back to join with us as a staff member, after much prayer and seeking God for provision, we are excited to say she’ll be joining us here in March to continue along her journey with God and see Him move in some even more awesome ways.

A great way that Brittney was able to show her supporters, at a glance, a small amount of what DTS looked like for her is shown below.

“A video is worth a million words.

I have been eagerly waiting to show you all this video that I made as soon as I got home. The timing had to be perfect though, and I’m excited to say that I feel now the timing is right and I hope you all enjoy.

[tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=065mBJhfUhg[/tube]

A lot of the photo credits go to my fellow DP family members. They are better photographers than me! Thanks you guys, Love Brittney”

PINKY Promises

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I’m going to tell you about an experience that changed my life. About 3 weeks ago we ventured into this concrete house in the neighborhood community known as La Jungla. This neighborhood is well known for its heavy drug and alcohol influence. This house oozed darkness. The walls were covered in soot, any form of light was hidden by black tarps. The woman in the house had no smile and no joy.

I instantly felt a deep connection to her and longed for her to dance in the freedom I had found during lecture phase. After about 1.5 hours of prayer the first day at the house, we left full of the Holy Spirit. Throughout the next week the woman still laid heavy on my heart. I longed to return to hear her story.

The following week Alyssa approached me and asked if I was willing to return to the woman’s house along with 2 other girls and herself. To be honest, at first I was a little unsure about how I felt about going back but God radically changed my heart and I was excited to go back and see the chains of oppression broken off.

As we entered the house the next time we noticed something had changed about her demeanor, a smile lay across lips that were earlier suppressed! How rad is that? We engaged in conversation to find out that her name was Jessica. We asked her if she would be willing to do a bible study with us and she quickly agreed! God laid on our hearts that we should talk about PINKY promises.

P – “Precious are your thoughts for me oh God, if I could count them they would outnumber the grains of sand.”

I – “Immesurably more than anything I could ask or imagine is your power at work within me.”

N – “Never will I leave you, Never will I forsake you.”

K – “The kingdom of heaven is not of this world.”

Y – “You are the light of the world.”

Little did we know that throughout the next few weeks of bible study, we would be taking the ride of our lives. It was a constant cycle of progression and regression. We soon discovered that Jessica regressed when her husband was in the room. His death stares were not welcoming at all, in fact we believe he was the source of a lot of her oppression.

Through this, God taught us to come to him in prayer, to trust his timing, and to learn to speak through the Holy Spirit. It was amazing seeing the transformation in both their lives.

 

Jessica now laughs openly and welcomes us into her home with waiting chairs. And Carlos (her husband) now intently listens to our bible studies, cracks jokes, and he has more respect for his beautiful wife.

How rad is our God? Through God we broke chains, fought some spiritual warfare, changed relationships, united our team through prayer and placed smiles on peoples faces!

 

I love Jesus! He’s so good! Tonight we will be joining Jessica and Carlos for one last time before we leave on Tuesday.

Erika Wolf – YWAM DP September 2012 Leadership DTS – Nicaragua/Panama Outreach

God’s power in our weakness

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Greetings  from the Venezuela Outreach Team!  This newsletter is to give you an update on our stay in the beautiful city of Merida.  As we traveled from an incredible week in Barinas, we were overwhelmed with the beauty of the many mountains we drove past.
Despite the beauty, we as a team really struggled during our stay in Merida due to the many illnesses that broke out at the very beginning of our time there. Each morning we would wake up and discover that yet another team member was nauseous or feverous. By day two, half of our team was left behind at the church as the healthy students went out to the streets to evangelize.

 

By the middle of the week, we were weary, irritated, and apathy hung like a cloud over us. But, the words of 2 Corinthians 9:11 truly manifested in our group as we saw how God’s power was made perfect in our weaknesses. As we held team meetings and aired out our troubles, our complaints turned to prayers and we realized how we can do nothing out of own strength. After an hour or so of prayer, we left the church much different than we entered it. We were filled with the passion of the Holy Spirit and energized by His power.

 

That same night, we did evangelism in the plaza, and as we performed our skits, the Holy Spirit went out from us. We watched close to 20 teenagers give their lives to Christ. We were amazed as we looked around and saw how God used each of our individual talents such as dancing or music to connect with the Venezuelans.  As we piled back on the bus, we shouted praises at the top of our lungs. God is so good!

That was our favorite night, but in addition to that, we saw 4 healings take place as we went door to door to evangelize to people. It seemed as though every day there was a new report of another healing.

A 93 year old man received hearing, a woman with a hurt arm regained strength, a lady who couldn’t stand walked, and perhaps God healed others later that day.

The team as a whole learned some important lessons about not only knowing the Bible, but living out what it says.  The Lord is faithful when we humble ourselves and ask for His direction!  Thank you all for your prayers; we certainly need them in places like Merida that are characterized by having many people who practice witchcraft.  It was amazing to be a part of God’s work to draw his people to Himself, and we are very excited to share all of this with you.

 

YWAM DP September 2012 Leadership DTS – Venezuela Outreach