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3 Rules that Transformed How I Read my Bible

Posted on Mar 15, 2019, in the categories: Bible School for the Nations, Bible Study

“In BSN there are three rules you need to follow: 1) Context, 2) Context, and 3) Context.” I laughed when my leader spoke those words on day one of my Bible School for the Nations, but they could not have been more true. Understanding context transformed my thinking and approach to God’s word, and ultimately…

How I Discovered My Vision on my YWAM Journey

Posted on Mar 7, 2019, in the categories: Discipleship Training Schools, Leaders Internship, Post-DTS, Transformational Development School

I am currently in my Leaders Internship course with nine others, supported by an awesome team—all in the beautiful nation of Aotearoa (the Maori word for New Zealand)! The goal of these three months is to develop and understand our strengths for leadership, to learn what it means to be rooted in our identity in…

Where the Song “Dream of Your Heart” All Started – Furnace Worship

Posted on Feb 8, 2019, in the categories: Furnace Worship, Prayer Room, School of Worship

Last year, my friend Josh Yeoh, originally with Penang House of Prayer and now in Singapore, came to New Zealand to speak on prayer and worship. During our Community Night, he shared about Isaiah 24:16 and 42:10-12, which both proclaim that from the ends of the earth—New Zealand, the South Pacific—songs would arise, singing “Glory…

Why God’s Guidance is Always Best When it’s Fresh

Posted on Jan 24, 2019, in the categories: Discipleship Training Schools

I’d seen it all. Those missionary teams, coming back sharing stories about their latest trip. Those Discipleship Training Schools (DTS), telling testimonies on stage. I was so used to long-winded explanations of why you should join “why-wham” and what God could “do in your life”, that I started tuning them out. I’d been recruited for…

When I Learned How God Transforms Communities // Photo Blog

Posted on Dec 5, 2018, in the categories: Outreaches, Post-DTS, Transformational Development School

My Transformational Development School (or Community Development School) was one of the most practical, hands-on courses I’ve heard of and experienced.     During our three months of lecture phase, we spent lots of time in the classroom learning from some incredible speakers, and the time flew by because every week was another brand new…

When You’re Far From Home on Thanksgiving Day

Posted on Nov 22, 2018, in the categories: Community Living, Discipleship Training Schools, Outreaches

The kitchen had been buzzing all day. Two mismatching tables were placed together and twelve mismatched chairs squeezed into a dining room of a beach house in New Zealand. Our table was filled to the brim with carb-loaded favorite foods like stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls, pierogies (it was an international celebration!), green bean casserole (with homemade…