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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…

How I Found My Purpose on a High School Missions Trip

Posted on Nov 16, 2018, in the categories: Mission Adventures, Outreaches

“What are you going to do after high school?”   At fifteen years old, I expected people would only ask me about my life’s purpose when I graduated. Nope. I had two whole years of high school to go, but teachers—and strangers—started asking me “What’s next?” as if it was the same as “How’s the weather?”.…

How Extravagant Worship Started with a Step

Posted on Nov 1, 2018, in the categories: School of Worship

How do we naturally pursue a supernatural God? One we can’t physically touch or see?    For me, that’s a question that’s come to mind a lot recently. How do we have a personal relationship with someone we can’t see face to face, or hear audibly? (Or at least for most of us that’s the…

When Your Life Feels Like a Construction Zone

Posted on Oct 25, 2018, in the categories: Community Living, Devotional

There’s construction happening right outside our front door. The lot that we live on was subdivided, and now a house is being built on what was our front patio. I’ve had some ups and downs with that reality, as most people would. Almost every day I’ve been sitting at the kitchen table, drinking my morning…

For Those Who Feel Out of Place

Posted on Oct 18, 2018, in the categories: Community Living, Testimony

“Just go over to the house sometime, they’d love to meet you!” Fresh to Tauranga, New Zealand, friends had raved about the YWAM Furnace community. My new university was right next door to where their current Discipleship Training School was running, and I wanted to meet them. I’d heard about DTS all my life and…

When My Last Choice Became My One Thing

Posted on Oct 12, 2018, in the categories: Campus Life, Outreaches, Prayer Room

“And your outreach location will be…. New Zealand! You will be helping lead worship in the Prayer Room!” I was angry. The former Prayer Room staff had up and moved to the Middle East so they were in need of musicians, singers, and sound technicians. Did I care? No. I signed up for my specific…