Tips For Outreach You Should Know

As you’re preparing to go on outreach, whether it’s your very first or the latest in your repertoire, there’s a couple different things you should keep in mind. We can talk for ages about packing tips, what to bring and what not to. Or discuss the pros and cons of flying with different airlines. However, as important as these things …

Planting Seeds of Discipleship – Vanuatu Update

Halo! These past few weeks living in the nation of Vanuatu has revealed to our team just how quickly the Holy Spirit is already moving in the Ni-van people’s lives. Our outreach has been so varied. Because of the many different talents God has gifted our team with, we have had the opportunity to be involved in health clinics, hospitals, …

Let The Little Children Come To Me – Cameroon Update

Five year old Christina’s big black eyes looked up at me. There was a little fear there. She had not seen many people as white as me. Her short, tight braids were sticking straight out from her head, each one decorated with a colorful bead. She was wearing a dirty green uniform with dirty torn sneakers on her dirty feet. …

Bibles, Kids, and Ships, Oh My! – Mexico Update

Our January 2017 Justice DTS Mexico outreach team has been in Mexico for almost five weeks now! They have been staying busy partnering with YWAM Mazatlan and the ministries they run. On Saturdays the team does Bible distribution. YWAM Mexico has a vision of every home in Mexico having a Bible, so every base in the nation is in charge …

I Was Searching For Joy

Colby Bouma comes from a small Dutch town in Lynden, Washington. Growing up as a Christian was pretty easy for him. However, when he saw how his fellow Christians negatively treated him and others, he decided to walk away from his faith.    He signed up to be a volunteer with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) Ships in Kona, Hawaii and needed a pastoral …

Be Fully Known In This Season

Spring has always been one of my most favorite seasons. It’s a time filled with refreshing weather, new flowers blooming, and it has meant a transition in my routine for as long as I could remember. Spring always signaled something new was coming, either a break from school, graduation, a change in jobs, or just a renewed perspective on where …

Every moment living is worth it

Every Moment Is Worth It

The idea that a hard life can be a blessing is not something that occurs naturally to many people. Our automatic default can be to think hard times equal hard lives devoid of blessings. But that’s simply not true. Often I’ve found that the hardest times of trial in my life have paved the way to greater revelation of the …

Are You Willing?

“I first started dreaming of Introduction to Primary Health Care during my School Of Ministry Development. I was figuring out my giftings, what I was good at and what God was calling me to do.” Grace Bloom has been a full time staff volunteer at YWAM Orlando since 2014. Having graduated from her DTS in 2012, Grace has traveled to …

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What Stands Between You And A DTS?

Considering to pursue a Discipleship Training School (DTS) can cause you to fall into a pit of “what ifs” and fears about this new adventure. There’s insecurities and worries that will rear their head and make you have pause about following what you feel in your heart you’re called to. Obstacles can leap in your way and seem like giant …

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True Stories From Outreach

When students prepare to go on outreach after the lecture phase of their DTS, there can be many questions and, possibly, doubts as to to what the students will face and how situations will go. Each outreach is different in so many ways, from cultures and team dynamics to geographical locations. The greatest thing about outreach is the experience each …

What Am I Supposed To Do With My Life

Junior college was something I did right after high school. Not because I wanted to, but because I didn’t know what else to do. I enjoyed the atmosphere of being in college but I wasn’t motivated to succeed. I didn’t know what to study so I enrolled in general education and would sometimes fail half the classes I signed up …

We Pay To Volunteer

The concept of God’s provision is somewhat foreign in the world today. The standard most live by is to go to school, get a degree, work hard, pay bills, go on vacation, etc. All of which are good and necessary realities of life. The world continues to go around on its axis and day after day people go on with …

There's Freedom Here

There’s Freedom Here

When I sat down to write this post, I looked back at my journal to try and figure out how to summarize the past few weeks – what to talk about and what to leave out – but the longer I stared at the paper, the more overwhelmed I became. “How do I choose what to share? How do I …

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Being Successful Would Have Been So Boring

“Being a missionary’s kid was really fun. Before the age of 13, I traveled a lot, had very diverse schooling and enjoyed good, clean fun such as bike riding and skate boarding.” David Norris grew up in a YWAM community. At the time there wasn’t a place for him. “I was a missionary’s kid, not a missionary. There wasn’t a …

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I Wasn’t “Spiritual” Enough Or “Christian” Enough

When we say “Yes!” to following God and giving our hearts over completely to Him, we aren’t guaranteed an easy, simple, or perfectly happy life for the rest of our days. If anything, as James 1:2 tells us, we need to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds…” Whenever. Not if. As followers …

Who am I

I Took A Chance and Spoke. I Was So Afraid.

Who are you? What do you believe? Why you believe the way you do? Life is busy. It might not be easy to take the time to reflect on your own reasons for living life the way you do. There’s family, school, friendships, church, activities and the like. People are coming and going. It’s easy to get lost in the …

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Students Speak Out

12 weeks at Port YWAM Kona. 12 weeks of listening and learning. Students from many nations came to learn about God. People started hearing truth and they started stepping into who God created them to be. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar or even have read the Bible to do a Discipleship Training School (DTS). It’s for anyone …

The Mission Field Is Right In Your Own Backyard – Come Get Equipped To Fight The Fight Back Home

Ever felt that your life feels like it’s going nowhere? That it’s getting boring? That Sunday mornings alone are not cutting it for you? What if I told you change is out there and closer than you think. What if you could spend a small part of your life in a new environment away from the safety of your home …

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Acceptance. Panic. This Is Suppose To Be Fun?!?!

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted for DTS. Ok so, Now What??? We know the challenges of packing, preparing and everything else involved can be overwhelming. So take a deep breath. Relax. Here are few tips to help you prepare: Oh and remember, this is suppose to be fun. Step 1: Relax. It can seem like a daunting task to pause your …

American Teenagers Find Welcome In African Mosque

SOROTI, Uganda — The most rewarding thing I’ve done in my nearly 33 years is serve on staff of a Discipleship Training School. The schools include 12 weeks of classroom lectures intended to help participants strengthen their relationship with God. These three months are followed by an international outreach in which those who have completed lecture phase can share the …

Nothing Could Have Prepared Me For My Time In Sydney, Except God

“Jesus Loves You!” I yelled at the passerby on the street as our car drove past. The year was 2000, the Sydney Olympics were about to begin and I was elated by what I had just done. The rush that came from stepping out of my comfort zone was the first in many attempts at sharing the love of God …

I Transformed Into A Little Girl In Awe Of A Massive, Gracious Father

This Christmas season marks three years of making a decision that changed my life. If someone would have told me then where I would be now, a disbelieving laugh would have quickly followed. A calculated plan was in place, a University acceptance letter in my drawer and a graduation ceremony right around the corner. After many months of planning my …

What Do You Mean What Do You Do? You Go.

“I want to learn what God has for me. I really like it here. I’m a part of something bigger than myself.” For Alizabeth Bell, who volunteers in the cafe and as the medical registrar for the m/v Pacific Link, it’s not just about making coffee and working in an office. She has a heart to serve and be in …

You’ll Have A Huge Impact With Limited Medical Knowledge

“Jesus is the one who saves. I help prolong. Who ultimately determines the outcome – the Hand of God.” Tracey White, who has a background in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), has been teaching in the Introduction to Primary Health Care course here at Port YWAM in Kona, Hawaii. Born in Seattle, Washington, married to Pauly for past 47 years, father …

I Was A Fraud When It Came To Being A Leader

I’ve fought being a leader for as long as I can remember. I’ve been in and out of different leadership roles over the past 7 years of my life and I always felt out of place. I didn’t believe I was qualified, equipped or able to handle what “leadership” looked like. I have spent years being trained and taught how …