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When My Mess Became My Song | YFNZ Story

Posted on Jun 11, 2020, in the categories: Post-DTS, School of Worship, DTS, Worship Track, YFNZ Story
When My Mess Became My Song | YFNZ Story

It was my second week of School of Worship. First-thing Tuesday morning, Wendy asked one question. "What do you really think of God?" I squirmed. Growing up in the church, we didn't talk about this stuff. But here was a Christian teacher, pushing me to be honest. I mean, I knew the Psalms were littered with raw, messy lyrics. So I couldn't keep sugar-coating my theology. After class, I walked straight to the Prayer Room. Armed with my journal, I settled in to two hours of live worship and prayer. Time to be honest. Messy, even. Hesitant, I started to write: You are disinterested. You don't really care about me.…

How Jesus Restored Dignity in Papua New Guinea | YFNZ Story

Posted on Mar 19, 2020, in the categories: Discipleship Training Schools, Outreaches, Testimony, DTS
How Jesus Restored Dignity in Papua New Guinea | YFNZ Story

It was a normal Thursday in Papua New Guinea. We woke up sweating and didn’t stop until the sun was below the horizon. There were island-wide power cuts from 6am to 6pm, which meant no refrigeration, no fresh foods, and no fans (a.k.a. no relief from the heat).   Regardless, our Discipleship Training School (DTS) team was in high spirits as we prepared to go on the streets to share the love of Jesus.…

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.…

150 Salvations in a Prison in Papua New Guinea | YFNZ Story

Posted on Feb 20, 2020, in the categories: Discipleship Training Schools, Outreaches, Testimony, DTS
150 Salvations in a Prison in Papua New Guinea | YFNZ Story

This story starts before we even arrived in Papua New Guinea.   During preparation for our Discipleship Training School (DTS) outreach, our team prayed together in New Zealand. Different people received words about prison ministry, working with criminals, and speaking in front of prisoners in Papua New Guinea. My husband Thomas envisioned a big river flowing through a prison, not fully knowing what it meant.…

9 Ways to Keep Your Sanity When You Travel Often

Posted on Jan 23, 2020, in the categories: DTS, Travel Tips
9 Ways to Keep Your Sanity When You Travel Often

Travel. We love your Instagram shots when you arrive, but it's easy to brush over what you went through to get to that perfect picture. Sometimes travelling is so crazy, tiring, or just plain boring—so by the time you've got to your destination, you've just about lost your sanity. From places like Hawaii to the Himalayas, I've experienced some insane travel as well. So with help from my team and a few of my own mishaps across 15 countries, here's eight tips on how to keep your sanity when you travel often. …

How God Brought Salvation in a Snowy Village

Posted on Oct 26, 2019, in the categories: Outreaches, Testimony, DTS
How God Brought Salvation in a Snowy Village

We reached our destination around noon. The snow started to fall and was covering the whole Himalayan village.   We dropped our trekking bags, ate a steaming meal and had some hot tea. We huddled up to pray and ask God what He had in store for that afternoon of ministry.…

5 Tips for Living with Cross-Cultural Roommates

Posted on Oct 3, 2019, in the categories: Community Living, DTS
5 Tips for Living with Cross-Cultural Roommates

One thing you might not always remember about yourself—is that you have a culture. The way you dress, what you like to eat, how you talk, even how you sleep is part of your culture! It’s part of the way you grew up. It formed when you hung out with your friends, or when you did science projects in class, even the songs you sing (or what language you sing them in) make up your culture. …

13 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be a Missionary

Posted on Sep 12, 2019, in the categories: DTS
13 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be a Missionary

You shouldn’t be a missionary.   Everyone's giving you the reasons why, right? Whether you’re still in school, or your family doesn’t agree with you, or you don’t have the money to travel—it makes sense why you shouldn't do it. Or should you?…

How Jesus Met a Girl on a 90 Minute Flight | YFNZ Story

Posted on Sep 5, 2019, in the categories: Leaders Internship, Testimony, DTS
How Jesus Met a Girl on a 90 Minute Flight | YFNZ Story

As I was sitting in the plane ready to take off, I looked out the window over Queenstown, New Zealand. The sun was just starting to peak over the mountains and the snow began to turn from pink to white. I sat there and reminisced about the last three months. God had met me through His word on a three-month Bible course, and I had come to understand the greater story we are all a part of. …

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