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Kayla Norris

Kayla Norris

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Recent Posts

What's the Weather Like in Tauranga, New Zealand?

Posted on Aug 2, 2019, in the categories: Discipleship Training Schools
What's the Weather Like in Tauranga, New Zealand?

So, what’s the weather like in Tauranga?   It's not too shabby, but that's an understatement. The Bay of Plenty region is known across New Zealand for its gorgeous weather and breathtaking coastal scenes. Even the winter can have tropical-feeling days that are perfect for a stroll down Papamoa Beach or a hike up Mount Maunganui. But because I know you want to pack more than just a swimsuit, here's some specific temperature ranges in Tauranga.…

Why a Kiwifruit is Not a Kiwi | Tips on New Zealand Culture

Posted on Jul 18, 2019, in the categories: Community Living, New Zealand Culture
Why a Kiwifruit is Not a Kiwi | Tips on New Zealand Culture

“You wouldn’t call a passion fruit just a 'passion', would you?” I've always known that green, fuzzy snack was a “kiwifruit”, not a kiwi—my brothers made sure of it. We all grew up in the USA, but our parents are originally from New Zealand. So when I moved to New Zealand as an eighteen-year-old to go to university, there were many cultural mishaps I avoided, just because I grew up between these two worlds.…

Why God's Guidance is Always Best When it's Fresh

Posted on Jan 24, 2019, in the categories: Discipleship Training Schools
Why God's Guidance is Always Best When it's Fresh

I’d seen it all. Those missionary teams, coming back sharing stories about their latest trip. Those Discipleship Training Schools (DTS), telling testimonies on stage. I was so used to long-winded explanations of why you should join “why-wham” and what God could “do in your life”, that I started tuning them out. I’d been recruited…

4 Things We Think We Need on Missions Trips (but Really Don't)

Posted on Jan 15, 2019, in the categories: Discipleship Training Schools, Outreaches
4 Things We Think We Need on Missions Trips (but Really Don't)

I've packed a few suitcases in my lifetime. I started with family vacations, moved on to weekend soccer trips, then came the high school missions trips, and now in recent years, leading missions teams myself. As a kid, my mom would look at my packing and exclaim, "Are you really bringing that? And that?" to now, when I can get by traveling internationally with a carry-on size bag (or less!). But the ability to pack light isn't for bragging rights (though it's definitely fist-bump-worthy), it's actually just plain helpful. Here's a few things we often think we need on missions trips—and why we can do withou t them.…

5 Essential Things to Pack for Your Missions Trip

Posted on Nov 30, 2018, in the categories: Discipleship Training Schools, Outreaches
5 Essential Things to Pack for Your Missions Trip

You got your packing list. You studied it in detail, or maybe you skimmed it. Or maybe you didn't check your email at all and you have no idea what you're supposed to bring. Whichever way, you're wondering what is actually important to take on your missions trip. Please, get your packing list out if you have one! This list has mainly hot climates and rural areas in mind, but they apply for other outreaches as well. So, here are five things to pack—that I discovered to be essential—on mission trips across the world.…

How I Found My Purpose on a High School Missions Trip

Posted on Nov 16, 2018, in the categories: Mission Adventures, Outreaches
How I Found My Purpose on a High School Missions Trip

"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?".…

For Those Who Feel Out of Place

Posted on Oct 18, 2018, in the categories: Community Living, Testimony
For Those Who Feel Out of Place

“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…

5 Reasons to do DTS if You Graduated from College

Posted on Aug 17, 2018, in the categories: Campus Life, Discipleship Training Schools
5 Reasons to do DTS if You Graduated from College

I was twenty-one when I graduated from university. I had a great job opportunity at a dream spot. Not to mention, I needed to start paying back my student loan, too. Inconveniently, God started reminding me of another dream, the plan I'd dismissed somewhere in the middle of my teaching degree. I wanted to do a Discipleship Training School.…

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