Our Community Transformations DTS ended on a strong note. We commissioned out 35 students and 15 staff as missionaries sending some to school, some to work, some into missions training, and others into YWAM schools.
This school was so much about not letting God be defined by our boxes. We collectively desired that Jesus would take the highest place in our lives, and that He would make us uncomfortable. And what an incredible couple of months we had! Students went deeper with Jesus, learned how to share their hope in Him with others, walk out their faith, and that simple obedience to Him brings real impact and joy.
We sent out 5 missions teams to our regular missions contacts - the Middle East, Asia, Fiji, Nepal, and NYC. 50 SD cards of the Bible in the native languages were given out, over 500 Bibles were distributed, almost 100 recorded salvations, and countless healings.
God is moving in our world!
This summer, I will unpack a story or testimony a week of our outreaches and God’s work through YWAM Kona.
Tune back in June!
We just can’t shake the tremendous love and value for life we experienced in our 2 months abroad, and frankly don’t want to lose the impression. Never had we anticipated that two drastically different cultures would be so similar at their very heart.
“THEY VALUE LIFE” sounds horribly hollow compared to the incredible reality of how people in the Middle East and Fiji interact with each other and foreigners. We experienced a beauty amongst these loving and kind people that is perhaps best described as a “mutual delight” in the “you” in front of them. They habitually stop for one another, opening themselves to a deep interaction beyond the casual greeting and would give you anything -- even if it’s their last. Old men, young men, women in Hijabs, and young children alike stopped us on the street and inside, because they wanted to bless Finn, honor me as a mother, joke with Drew as a father or brother. (Finn was acknowledged and greeted more than Drew and I combined!)
Ever found something you never knew you lacked until you experienced it? The cold, dusty city of Jordan and the overwhelmingly humid tropics of Fiji both foster an intrinsic value for human life. The love of God is not far, but WITH and IN these people -- and He wants them to know it is FOR love and FREEDOM from binding law and fear that He came. Many people heard the joy of Jesus and were met by His everlasting love, and we are left challenged to lay down convenience that we may habitually delight in people as these cultures do, and Christ would too.
THANK YOU for your support of our pastoral trip. Our five missions teams faithfully shared the salvation story, prayed for the sick, cared for the hurting, lived through the largest hurricane in the southern hemisphere...EVER, and were able to care for those who lost it all in the aftermath. Our long-termers and contacts have loved the partnership of our discipleship missions school, and are so blessed!