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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…

Why We Changed our Name to YWAM Furnace NZ

Posted on Sep 14, 2018, in the categories: Campus Life, Announcements, Prayer Room
Why We Changed our Name to YWAM Furnace NZ

Name changes seemed to be everywhere. Abram became Abraham, Jacob became Israel, even Saul to Paul. We heard of churches renaming themselves, even other YWAM locations. But could it really happen to us? Could there be a name that captured our story, in all its twists and turns? And how did we even become…

For Those Waiting for Healing & Breakthrough

Posted on Sep 7, 2018, in the categories: Campus Life, Testimony
For Those Waiting for Healing & Breakthrough

My last year and a half has been full of digestive issues, different diets, trial and error, medications, doctors, confusion, financial struggle—not to mention vocal issues, and not being able to sing. At some points it felt like I was a slave to my health problems. But throughout it all, somehow I hung onto God’s…

When I Found Courage at the Edge of a Waterfall

Posted on Aug 31, 2018, in the categories: Discipleship Training Schools
When I Found Courage at the Edge of a Waterfall

About four months ago, before I moved back to Tauranga, I asked God what he was wanting to teach me about in this next season. A key thing He said was vulnerability. Honestly, I didn’t really know what vulnerability even was and seeing it as a good thing was weird to me. The dictionary definition…

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.…

When Jesus Ruined my Fear of Missing Out

Posted on Aug 10, 2018, in the categories: Community Living, Discipleship Training Schools
When Jesus Ruined my Fear of Missing Out

On Friday afternoon on my Discipleship Training School, we were headed to community outreach. As I jumped into the van, I hit the the rim of the door—and gave myself a concussion. I regained consciousness quickly, but my brain was still a bit fuzzy. So I had to take it easy for a few days. On Mondays we have Community Night, where everyone gathers for worship and often a guest speaker. I really didn't want to miss out, but I also knew deep down that I needed to stay in my room. I kept fighting that thought, even though I knew Holy Spirit was nudging me to stay.…

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