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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.…

When You’re Far From Home on Thanksgiving Day

Posted on Nov 22, 2018, in the categories: Community Living, Discipleship Training Schools, Outreaches
When You’re Far From Home on Thanksgiving Day

The kitchen had been buzzing all day. Two mismatching tables were placed together and twelve mismatched chairs squeezed into a dining room of a beach house in New Zealand. Our table was filled to the brim with carb-loaded favorite foods like stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls, pierogies (it was an international celebration!), green bean casserole (with homemade crunchy onions), pumpkin pie and a Kiwi classic, pavlova.…

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?".…

How Extravagant Worship Started with a Step

Posted on Nov 1, 2018, in the categories: School of Worship
How Extravagant Worship Started with a Step

How do we naturally pursue a supernatural God? One we can't physically touch or see?    For me, that's a question that's come to mind a lot recently. How do we have a personal relationship with someone we can't see face to face, or hear audibly? (Or at least for most of us that's…

When Your Life Feels Like a Construction Zone

Posted on Oct 25, 2018, in the categories: Community Living, Devotional
When Your Life Feels Like a Construction Zone

There’s construction happening right outside our front door. The lot that we live on was subdivided, and now a house is being built on what was our front patio. I’ve had some ups and downs with that reality, as most people would. Almost every day I’ve been sitting at the kitchen table, drinking my morning…

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…

When My Last Choice Became My One Thing

Posted on Oct 12, 2018, in the categories: Campus Life, Outreaches, Prayer Room
When My Last Choice Became My One Thing

“And your outreach location will be.... New Zealand! You will be helping lead worship in the Prayer Room!” I was angry. The former Prayer Room staff had up and moved to the Middle East so they were in need of musicians, singers, and sound technicians. Did I care? No. I signed up for my specific…

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