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Anna Coward

Anna Coward

YWAM Furnace NZ Team

Recent Posts

5 Simple Tips for Reading Your Bible

Posted on Nov 5, 2020, in the categories: Bible Study
5 Simple Tips for Reading Your Bible

Reading the Bible is one of the greatest joys and privileges in life, but that doesn’t mean that it’s always easy. I am by no means an expert, but I do think I have some helpful tips on where to start if you’re new to reading the Bible, or if you’ve been stuck in a reading rut. I hope these tips and tricks will help you connect with God more through His Word.…

Top 10 Things to Expect From Your YWAM Furnace DTS

Posted on Oct 22, 2020, in the categories: DTS
Top 10 Things to Expect From Your YWAM Furnace DTS

Starting your Dicipleship Training School (DTS) can be a strange time. Feelings of excitement and anticipation under a veil of nerves and uncertainty. So whether you're about to start your DTS with us, or you're just considering it – here are the top 10 things to expect from your YWAM Furnace DTS.…

Why Prayer isn't Boring Anymore | YFNZ Story

Posted on Oct 8, 2020, in the categories: Prayer, Prayer Room
Why Prayer isn't Boring Anymore | YFNZ Story

“Prayer is like a telephone for us to talk to Jesus” - A line from a Sunday school classic I used to sing as a kid. I always knew about prayer. My parents prayed with me every night growing up - “Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for a lovely day today...”. I knew that I could talk to God whenever I wanted and that He would hear me. But I felt like I never heard anything back. I thought prayer was supposed to be like a telephone, so why am I the only one talking? To me, prayer was like talking to a brick wall. Pointless and boring.…

How God Brought My Heart to Life on DTS | YFNZ Story

Posted on Aug 28, 2020, in the categories: DTS, YFNZ Story
How God Brought My Heart to Life on DTS | YFNZ Story

I arrived in New Zealand for my Discipleship Training School (DTS) with YWAM Furnace in January 2019. I still remember the unexpected heat as I left the airport, dressed for the cold UK winter that I had just left behind. The first few days of my DTS went by in a bit of a blur. A flurry of meeting new people, hearing new accents, learning a new schedule and of course, smiles, jokes and laughter. But what all my new friends didn’t know is that behind my huge smile and loud laugh, my heart was dead.…

Stop Putting God in a Box | YFNZ Devotional

Posted on Aug 13, 2020, in the categories: YFNZ Devotional
Stop Putting God in a Box | YFNZ Devotional

“Star Breathing God, You came down” – Lyrics from a song I wrote a few months ago. But when I wrote the song, I don’t think I fully understood the true magnitude of what those words actually mean. As a missionary, I don’t get paid for what I do – I rely on God for my finances and needs. He always provides – for the 18 months that I’ve been in YWAM, I’ve never been lacking. But over the past few months I’ve been asking God for more. …

How To Be a Missionary When You're in Quarantine

Posted on Apr 2, 2020
How To Be a Missionary When You're in Quarantine

If you’re currently living anywhere on planet earth, then chances are your country has gone into some form of ‘lockdown’.  This means you are probably spending much more time in your home than you are used to. Me too. As a missionary I have been wrestling with the idea of not being able to see any strangers for a whole month—how can I be a missionary if I can’t leave my house?…

When God Interrupted My Gap Year in New Zealand | YFNZ Story

Posted on Mar 5, 2020, in the categories: Discipleship Training Schools, Leaders Internship, Post-DTS, DTS
When God Interrupted My Gap Year in New Zealand | YFNZ Story

In the middle of my gap year, I travelled to New Zealand to do a Discipleship Training School (DTS) for five months. I wanted to take the time to grow deeper in my relationship with God, before I started university back home in England.  I had always loved school, and I was so excited to start my degree in geography. I had big plans. I was going to become a research professor, teach, and earn lots and lots of money. But on Week 5 of my Discipleship Training School, everything changed.…

5 Lies You’ve Been Told About Money in Missions

Posted on Oct 31, 2019
5 Lies You’ve Been Told About Money in Missions

Don’t get me wrong⁠—having “normal” job is great, but what if that’s not the life that God has called you to? Personally, I had my whole life planned out when God called me to the missionary life. University degree, master’s, PhD, then to be a professor and earn lots of money. Now I’m living in New Zealand, an expensive place to live, relying on the generosity of others to pay the bills. And do you know what, I wouldn’t have it any other way.…

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