Last Saturday night I completed my Youth with a Mission (YWAM) rite of passage as I graduated from Discipleship Training School- 3 months of classroom lecture phase (at University of the Nations in Kona, HI) and 10 weeks of outreach service. Our focus was on prayer and reaching out- Fire and Fragrance. This DTS course is a prequisite for any who wants to serve with YWAM in any context. Ralph did his course 10 years ago in South Africa but I still think he deserves some kind of degree for the discipleship that occurred as he undertook the job of being full-time daddy to two very energetic kids.
Highlight of this season: LOVE!
During lecture phase I felt swept off my feet by the love of God! I’ll never forget times in the prayer room when I was overcome by this love in spite of my great weakness. I also came away with a deeper appreciation, dependence upon and hunger for the written Word of God, the Bible.
During outreach I felt overwhelmed by the love I received from the people I came to serve. I came to love on them but received so much back. I’ll never forget 86-year-old Auntie Gladys, who became my adopted grandma in the village. As we parted she said, “I don’t have many friends or like many people but I like you and will never forget you.” We held each other and cried.
Love- it comes from God but in many different packages. Thank you for being one of the vessels of this love to me. Thank you to all who made this experience possible! I couldn’t have done it without your giving, prayers and care across the miles!