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Why Should You Do Your DTS at YWAM Redding?

Why Should You Do Your DTS at YWAM Redding?

Doing a discipleship training school (DTS) with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) is a beautiful, life-changing, transformative experience. When you are willing to set aside five months of your life to focus wholeheartedly on passionate pursuit of Jesus and outreach to the nations, God will do more in and through you than you could even imagine. You will live in an amazing community, encounter Jesus in powerful ways, and receive direction for what the Lord is calling you into. This blog will share all of the reasons why you should do your DTS here at YWAM Redding!

Reason #1 to Do Your DTS at YWAM Redding: Culture of Revival

YWAM Redding has a culture of revival that is absolutely beautiful. If you do your DTS here, you will be surrounded by radical lovers of Jesus who are willing to lay down their lives to go to the hardest and darkest places. Every single person here passionately loves Jesus, and lives that out in ways that the world may see as extreme, but that the Bible calls normal Christianity. One of the core values of YWAM Redding is the importance of prayer and worship in missions. We recently started a house of prayer where DTS students and staff come throughout the day to worship Jesus and pray for the nations. Not only does YWAM Redding chase after the nations, but there is such hunger for pure intimacy with Jesus. 

As part of this culture of revival, YWAM Redding cultivates an atmosphere of passionate worship. The worship here has led so many students and staff into beautiful encounters with God. Holy Spirit’s presence is so tangible at this base because there is such openness and expectation here for encounter. When you do your DTS at YWAM Redding, expect to encounter the Lord in a way that will leave you forever changed!

Reason #2 To Do Your DTS at YWAM Redding: Vibrant, Joy-Filled Community

One of YWAM’s core values is living in community, and the community at YWAM Redding is vibrant and joy-filled. There have been so many times that I have been simply going throughout my day and have received multiple words of encouragement. Also, there is such a culture of honor here. Each DTS student and staff member is empowered to walk in the fullness of who God created them to be. Throughout my time here doing DTS, I have consistently felt such love and encouragement from everyone at this base. Finally, be prepared for people to ask you what your love languages are because they want to love you well! YWAM Redding is such a beautiful and life-changing place to be, and one of the main reasons why is the community.

Reason #3 To Do Your DTS at YWAM Redding: Life Transformation Through Encounter

As mentioned earlier, the atmosphere here is ripe for beautiful encounters with the Lord. The life transformation that you experience during DTS will happen because of hearing God’s voice and going deeper in intimacy with Him. If you choose to come to YWAM Redding for DTS, be prepared to encounter the Lord in beautiful, powerful, and supernatural ways. God will transform you in this community of radical lovers of Jesus with a burning passion to go to the darkest places. You will continually experience His relentless pursuit of your heart through both staff and DTS students. Finally, after three months of powerful teaching, your eyes will be opened to see Jesus and the Gospel more clearly than ever before. 

If you are seeking deeper intimacy with the Lord, guidance for your life, beautiful community, and powerful encounters with God’s love, come do a DTS at YWAM Redding! Whether you feel called to missions or just want more of Jesus, there is a place for you here. There is so much that the Lord is doing in and through our base, and we would love to have you come and be a part of it!

To find out more about DTS and how to apply, go HERE

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Why Does YWAM Redding Focus on the Unreached?

Why Does YWAM Redding Focus on the Unreached?

Imagine that you were born into a nation in an area of the world that is unreached by the Gospel. From a young age, you are taught that unless you do enough good deeds in your life to appease the god you serve, you will face his wrath for all eternity. Because of this, you are absolutely terrified of him, and desperately strive to be good enough to earn your salvation from a horrible fate. You have no way of knowing whether you are doing enough to please him, so all you can do is pray that he will look favorably upon you on the day of judgment.

Under constant fear of his anger, you are exhausted from seemingly endless religious deeds in an attempt to save your own soul. You continue on this path of fear and shame until the moment that you unexpectedly enter eternity. You then find out that everything you had been taught and believed your entire life was a lie, and that you will spend eternity separated from the one true God in hell. This is not because you did not do enough deeds to save your own soul, but because you never heard the Name of Jesus, the only One Who could save you.

For People in Unreached Nations, This is Their Reality

Because there are not enough missionaries willing to go to these places to share the Gospel, billions of people are in danger of entering a hopeless eternity without Jesus. Here at YWAM Redding, there are a few reasons why we are compelled with such passion and urgency to focus on ministry to the unreached.

How Many People are Still

UnreachedAccording to the Joshua Project, there are still 3.19 billion people, or 41% of the world’s population, who are considered unreached. This means that there is such a small number of believing Christians in a people group, or none at all, that most of this population has no access to the Gospel and no opportunity to hear about Jesus.Most of these people groups are located in what is known as the 10/40 Window, which stretches from 10 degrees south to 40 degrees north of the equator and covers 69 nations across Central Asia, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. This is the area of the world that YWAM Redding focuses on reaching. God’s heart is broken for these people who are lost in spiritual darkness and have never encountered His love. They are in bondage to religions based in fear, shame, and performance, and have never heard that Jesus died for them to set them free and give them eternal life. As lovers of God, the Holy Spirit wants to fill us with the passion from God’s own heart to reach the lost until we are compelled to go to these places. Billions of people are in danger of eternal separation from God unless someone is willing to go to them with the Gospel.

Jesus Commanded Us to Go to the Unreached

In Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus commands us to go and make disciples of all nations. To go implies that this is not passive, but rather an active commitment of obedience and love. To go also implies that we must be willing to make sacrifices in order to reach others with the Gospel. This willingness will not come from a sense of duty, but must be the overflow of a genuine passion for the lost and deep love for Jesus that comes with the desire to follow His leading no matter the cost. 

Jesus also told us that He would not return until the Gospel has been preached throughout all nations. By going to the places that have not yet been reached, we are preparing the way for His return!

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. – Matthew 24:14

Going to the Hardest and Darkest Places to Reach the Unreached

YWAM Redding was founded on the mission of training revivalists in a culture of prayer and worship to go to the ends of the earth. For us, going to the hardest and darkest places is not merely a tagline, but a core value of our base that we passionately live out.

The vast majority of people in need of the Gospel are located in an area of the world that is immersed in spiritual darkness. To be a Christian in many of these nations is to risk persecution, imprisonment, and even death. In order to reach the lost in these nations, there must be lovers of Jesus who are willing to give God their yes.

The vast majority of missionaries are not going to these nations. Instead, they are going to places where most people have already heard of Jesus. The people in unreached nations will spend eternity without hope unless people are willing to go to the hard places.

Will you give God your yes?

You don’t need to have a certain set of qualifications to go to the unreached. You just need to be willing to say yes. At YWAM Redding, we have two options to help equip you to go to the nations:

  • Our Encounter Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a five-month program that is the prerequisite to further involvement with YWAM. After three months of investing in your intimacy with the Lord, you will go on a two month outreach. This outreach will give you the opportunity to share the Gospel in the 10/40 Window. HERE is more information about doing a DTS!
  • After doing a DTS, you can join our School of Supernatural Frontier Missions (SFM). This is a 12-week school that focuses on training revivalists to go to these unreached nations. To find out more about SFM, go HERE.

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Trading Your Expectations For Being Expectant

Trading Your Expectations For Being Expectant

The difference between having “expectations” vs being “expectant”.

Sometimes it’s easy to allow our personal expectations of God to be in the forefront of my mind, instead of simply being expectant of God to show up. Being expectant doesn’t necessarily mean you know what will happen, but you understand that God is who he says he is and will reach your heart exactly how you need. Your personal expectations base God’s presence only off of what you’ve experienced before, but being expectant lets God bring new revelation.

Being expectant of God

With that being said, you might think, “how in the world do I let go of my expectations and instead start being expectant?!”. The truth is, this process looks different for everyone because we all have personal and unique relationships with God. Everyone takes a different route in learning God’s nature and consequently develop different expectations of him. But, being expectant of God is something we can all do because it welcomes him to bring new revelation of his love to us. For example, some expectations might look like thinking God only speaks to us when we do certain things, pray certain prayers, or even sit in a certain place. But, eventually you might stop hearing God clearly when doing these things. This is likely because your expectations have gotten in the way. We must fully be expectant of God, so that we can actually receive more truth from him. 

God brings new revelation

God knows what we need because he’s a lover of our hearts, but sometimes our expectations of him aren’t aligned with his character. He simply desires a relationship with us, not a programmed schedule. Imagine if we let our detailed expectations go, and trusted that God can do the impossible? Being expectant of God means we recognize that he’s within our waiting, our questions, and the minor details, but our expectations can keep us from receiving new revelation. Being expectant opens the door for progress within the process. We can exhaust ourselves if we only rely on our expectations. God speaks differently to us as we grow older with him, because our relationship is intended to mature. Spiritual growth requires us to be expectant, even if it looks different than last time.

The letting go of our expectations

The point is, we can always be expectant of God to meet us where we are, but we shouldn’t decide how he’s going to do it. We should be expectant by anticipating God bringing new revelation of himself, instead of giving him a list on how to do it. Often times our expectations are actually innocent, but can easily derail our growing process with God. There are times when he’s trying to show us something new, so that we can go deeper with him. Being expectant can further your relationship with God, rather than sticking to how it’s always been. Remember: God is with us in all things, even if you don’t know what to expect. 

What would it look like if you traded up your expectations for being expectant? What doors is God asking you to open so that he can bring new revelation to your situation? Are you letting God reveal more of himself to you, or holding fast to old expectations?

 

To learn more about this topic please refer to: https://www.biblegateway.com

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How Do I Know if I’m Called to Missions?

How Do I Know if I’m Called to Missions?

Are you in a season of trying to discover God’s will for your life? Do you long to live a life filled with passion and purpose that has an eternal impact? Is your heart broken for the billions of unreached who are lost in darkness without any chance to hear the Gospel, in danger of a hopeless eternity without Jesus? Have you ever asked yourself the question, Am I called to missions? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, this blog is for you.

Misconceptions About Being Called to Missions

For many people, when they hear the word missions, they think of someone living in a hut in Africa. God does call some people to this type of missionary life, but there is so much more! Some examples of mission work that YWAM Redding is involved with include:

  • Mercy ministries
  • Music ministry
  • Working with children
  • Refugee camps
  • Creative and prophetic evangelism
  • Bible distribution

There are a variety of ways to be called to missions. God gave you specific talents and passions to be used for His glory, and all of them can be part of sharing the Gospel!

Many people also have the misconception that you are required to be poor and struggling financially if you are called to missions. God doesn’t stop being faithful to His promises to provide and care for you once you become a missionary. YWAM is filled with testimonies of the Lord pouring out supernatural provision. Don’t allow fear of finances to hold you back. If you simply say yes to pursuing the Lord and His heart for the nations, He will be faithful to provide all that you need to be called to missions as you step out in faith.

The last misconception that many people have is that you need to have a specific personality type, gifting, level of spiritual maturity, etc. to be called to missions. While it is always important to grow spiritually, God wants to work through you where you are at! Let any burdensome expectations of perfection fall away from your idea of what it looks like to be a missionary.

How will God show me that I’m called to missions?

If you are waiting for a dream or vision to confirm that you are called to missions, that may happen, but more often, His guidance comes more subtly through intimacy, out of the overflow of relationship with Him. The closer you draw near to Jesus, the easier it is to hear His voice and sense where He is leading you. Even before He desires to “use” you to be called to missions, His heart is to have an intimate relationship with you. He desires to speak to you and guide you, but let your first priority always be chasing after the “one thing” of deeper intimacy with the Lord.

You can know for sure that God’s call for your life will always involve the completion of the Great Commission. In Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus commands us to go and make disciples of all nations. We are all called to be missionaries, and as you seek Him with an open heart, willing to say yes to wherever He calls you, He will reveal the role that He wants you to play in telling others about Jesus.

What should I do next to pursue being called to missions?

One of the best ways to both grow deeper in intimacy with Jesus and receive guidance and direction for your life is to do a Discipleship Training School (DTS)! You can read more about doing a DTS here.

At YWAM Redding, our focus is ongoing to the hardest and darkest places to share the Gospel with the unreached, specifically the Muslim world. There is only one missionary for every 555,000 Muslims. Over 70,000 people die every day in the unreached world without Jesus. This is why we go because our motivation for being called to missions is that God has broken our hearts for the lost and filled us with a burning passion to go to them with the Gospel. Don’t waste your life chasing after earthly pursuits with no eternal significance. Ask the Lord to give you His heart for the lost, and He will also fill you with His passion for the nations. This is one of the most dangerous prayers that you could pray because once you are touched by the Father’s furious compassion and love for the billions who are perishing, you will be forever changed. There will be a cost to your yes. But the eternal rewards are worth it. Above all, Jesus is worthy to receive the reward of His suffering.

 

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Overcoming the Lies: You Are Stupid

Overcoming the Lies: You Are Stupid

You Are Stupid

A phrase satan tries to whisper in my ears all day every day, oftentimes successfully. 

There have been a lot of lies I used to believe that I’ve been freed from, but this one seems to be the toughest to overcome. Why?? I think because out of all of the lies Satan has thrown at me, this one feels true.

Here’s a little bit of my story for you…

My Story

As a kid I was really sick, so growing up people had to do a lot of things for me. Although this was usually out of love, the enemy used it to tear me down when I got older. Because of this, I didn’t even think to learn how to do stuff on my own. It took me a while to learn how to practice problem solving and the enemy has used this as a way to make me feel that because I don’t know how to do something, or figure it out, it means I’m stupid.

When I was in high school I wanted to go to college to become a nurse, but I didn’t feel I was smart enough so I pushed that dream aside for a few years. Eventually, I realized it was something I was passionate about and decided I was going to go for it. During my first year of college, my mom told me about a profession called a Respiratory Therapist. The simplest way to explain it is that it’s like a nurse that’s very specialized in all things pulmonary. Not long after, I found out I didn’t get into the nursing program.

Before the respiratory program started, Satan would be whispering in my ear that I took the easy way out by choosing something besides nursing. Well, I like to throw back at him that respiratory school was REALLY HARD and I DID IT!! The “you are stupid” voice began to quiet.

Never Enough Without Jesus

You would think that would be enough to feel like smarty pants, but it wasn’t. Having confidence is something I struggle a lot with, and even though I had a degree and a great job, I was still so insecure. My job as a way I tried to prove myself and show others that I could do things. Sometimes I would even throw it around in my younger sister’s face, and talk about the things I did to try and sound intelligent. Soon I found my worth and value in my job. I don’t know why, but I had this strong desire to prove to my family that I was smart and capable.

When the Lord called me to YWAM, I had been working at my job for 2 years and I loved what I did a lot. But, I knew the Lord had so much more for me. It was really hard to accept the fact that I would be quitting my job to do missions. I had placed so much of my personal value and affirmation in my job and thought by leaving it I would be seen as stupid. After all, this was how I felt I was proving myself to those around me. This was how I showed people that I was smart.

Overcoming the Lies

I know that this is a really long story, but it’s a part of my life. Looking back, I recognize that I was trying to get my worth and affirmation from things that weren’t God. For example, my education, people, my skills, my job. No matter how much I did or how much encouragement I got, it still never made me feel that I was enough. This is the reality when we try to get our value from the world, instead of God.

I’ve been on staff here with YWAM Redding for almost 2 years, and am now overseeing a department where the skills I use are not my strong points at all. My brain has never been strong in this particular area, but I had to learn how to do what I do now. It has been extremely stretching for me, but I’m grateful for the growth that’s happened. Multiple times a day though, I get asked a question I don’t know the answer to, and here comes satan telling me I’m dumb and that I don’t know how to do anything. Something the Lord has been teaching me the past couple of months is that I can’t do everything in my own strength, I NEED HIM. So, when those moments of weakness come around, I remind myself that I need God, and I call on Him for help.

What I’ve Learned

Through this journey with the Lord I’ve learned a few things:

    • What the world sees as success and what God sees as success are completely different. The world may think you’re stupid for giving up everything to follow God, but whose voice is the most important?
    •  Your value and worth are not defined by what you do. They come from the one who created you.
    •  Lean on God because you actually can’t do everything.
    •  You need community and people to come alongside you who will speak the truth, because you can’t know everything.
    •  God created every part of you, and when you don’t like a part of yourself, that breaks God’s heart.
    •  Believing the lies is a CHOICE. It’s a choice to give in to what Satan is telling you. Instead, choose to say, “NO” and believe what God says about you.
    •  Don’t let a lifetime of lies, or experiences from the past,  be louder than who God says you are. 

If there’s a voice telling you that you’re something that God’s word doesn’t say that you are, please don’t believe it. The enemy knows what will hurt us the most, and loves to use our past and previous experiences to ‘confirm’ these lies because he’s very unoriginal. 

Though I still struggle with believing lies on the daily, I’ve learned it’s a choice we have to make in every moment. I pray that my story encourages you and that you know who God says you are, and that you choose to believe it. No matter if something or someone else is telling you differently. The area where Satan attacks you the most is your area of greatest strength and the place that God wants to use you the most. Choose to speak life over yourself and over how God created you. 

I’ll start at… I’m not stupid, 

I   AM  BRILLIANT.

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What To Pack for a Six-Month DTS

What To Pack for a Six-Month DTS

Packing for DTS can be tricky. Being in different locations and climates makes it hard to pack for five to six months. Here’s a basic guide of what to pack for DTS regardless of climate or where you end up going for your DTS.

 

The Basics of DTS Packing

A hiking backpack- These can be expensive however are so helpful for outreach. Whether you pack in it for DTS instead of a suitcase or just bring it along for outreach, you are going to want one of these. DTS outreaches are often in more rural areas and sometimes with lots of moving. Hiking backpacks make it easy for any form of travel and help you pack light.

Here is a high end one if you want to invest- Click Here

Here is a lower-priced one if you’re just looking to get through one or two trips- Click Here

A laptop- if you have a laptop you are going to want to bring it! Our base and most bases have on-base Wi-Fi. As well, you may need it for your DTS lecture phase work duty, writing updates to your supporters, and taking notes in class. 

Bedding- For the lecture phase, we recommend bringing sheets, a light blanket, and towels. A sleeping bag for outreach will be best most of the time as you never really know where you will be sleeping. You could also just bring a sleeping bag for the lecture phase or purchase bedding when you arrive for the lecture phase.

Here are some sleeping bags we recommend- Click Here

Clothing- Doing laundry is normally very accessible on the base. Although clothes you don’t love or care about getting dirty on outreach are great, you are also going to want some normal clothes for your lecture phase. And at least one nice outfit for churches during both phases. 

Each base has different dress codes so make sure to look that over before packing your clothes.  Also, keep in mind the weather and the season where you are going. Outreach can be more unpredictable as you most likely will not know where you are going when packing. Thrift stores are always a great option for outreach clothes. Most likely you will need a pair of flip flops, tennis shoes or work shoes, and a pair of nicer shoes for churches. 

Passport- Make sure you have a passport before you leave for your DTS. You, of course, want to travel and you can’t do that without a passport!

Journal and Bible- These are a no brainer but make sure you have them. You will be having quiet times every day and you will probably want to write down your prayers but also your experiences and testimonies of what God is doing! 

Backpack- A backpack or daypack is both great for outreach and lecture phase. In lecture phase of DTS, backpacks are great to carry your journal, bible, water bottle and whatever else you have for your day from class to home and around the base. For outreach, a backpack is a great personal item to carry on that fits perfectly under the seat in front of you. And can turn into a day bag for the day to day life in a foreign country.

Here is a high end one if you want to invest- Click Here

Here is one that is good but less of an investment- Click Here

Check out this video of what to bring on outreach. Most of these things you will probably buy during lecture phase, however, if you already have them at home might as well stick them in your suitcase for the lecture phase!

 

Our best tip is don’t bring too much stuff! You will never really know what you’re going to actually use. But lighter is always better for both phases. If you rarely use your curling iron or makeup, don’t bother bringing it. But if you love those things, go ahead. You have to decide what is essential for you! 

Our base and most base will have a place for you to store the things you don’t bring on outreach so don’t worry too much about where your suitcase and nicer items will go! 

Last but not least, bring yourself with an open heart. It might be cheesy, but it’s the most important thing about DTS. DTS is a time to be encountered by God in ways that only come from setting aside six months for Him. 

Happy traveling! 

Haven’t done a DTS but this blog made you interested? We would love to have you at YWAM Redding! Click below to  learn more information!

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