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Are you really forgiven? International Christian speaker, Francis Chan was in Kona this summer and gave an incredible message on Forgiveness.
Yep, choosing a YWAM Discipleship Training School can be confusing ... check out why our students say you should choose Engage DTS in Kona, Hawaii.
Summer in Kona was anything but quiet and calm ... 100's joined to go wildly after God.
Yep, we've been a little quiet on the updates, stories and testimonies recently.
BUT we are fired up and ready to be sharing with you regularly. God is doing amazing things - here on our YWAM Kona campus; through our current DTS outreach teams in Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Greece and another secret south Asian country; and he's at work in our lives and we want to share that with you.
Check back in for regular updates, especially if you are thinking about doing DTS with us.
PS It's not to late to apply to join us in January for our next Engage DTS, or come in July. Find out more.
A tiny team in a remote village see 1000's say 'yes' to Jesus.
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See what the July gang has been up to having fun ...
Wow, we are already in week two of our first July Engage DTS, and it's been a great 10 days so far. It seems like we've all known each other for years. The twelve students God brought us are all so amazing.
When we were worshiping on the first day, we had such a sense that God was saying they had tender hearts and fertile soil. It's TRUE!
They each have their own hunger to dive into this DTS experience, not missing out on anything God wants to do.
Even on that first day, people were encountering a God that they'd never met before, getting freedom and letting Him into their lives in a new way.
Prior to the students arrival the staff had been working so hard - physically to create a beautiful classroom space and spiritually in prayer, fasting and worship to submit the school and these students who we were still to meet, to the Lord.
The first day of the new quarter kicked on with a traditional Hawaiian welcome, then some campus orientation. We gathered as a school for the first time in the afternoon, heard from our leaders Jessica and Joanna, then dove into worship - positioning ourselves where we want to stay - in God's presence. We had a family fun day the first weekend, then jumped right into our first full teaching week.
Derek Schoenhoff who is a long-time friend of Engage, YWAMer and former local pastor, was with us laying a foundation on the Nature and Character of God. It was a special time to get some solid and TRUE foundation of who God REALLY is, a perfect loving father, who pursues us, is good, just, creator, trustworthy and interested in US!!!
A highlight of the week was our student testimony night - we always ask simple questions to get to know each other, but people took a risk and got 'raw & real' super quickly and shared their good, bad and ugly stuff.
We love them even more.
The level of vulnerability and trust just testifies to how much they want to encounter God and be who he called them to.
After a full week of lots of revelation, celebration and fun, the students threw themselves into their kitchen weekend work duty.
As a leader who has been involved in many DTS's, I am always excited about each group, because they are all unique, each student who joins us is made special by God with things that set them apart from each other. This group has bonded really quickly and is ready to go into the fulness of what God has for them. We are honored to do this journey with them and excited for the next 6 months.
A quick special shout-out to the fab staff who are so full of enthusiasm and commitment. A leader can set up and try to run a great DTS, but it is the staff who really 'lead' the school - by the way they love and follow Jesus and pursue the students, creating an atmosphere of expectation and learning. This gang is ALL IN! Could not ask for more.
Check back in for more updates!!!
People sometimes get a little confused by the 'engage' name and think it's a DTS for engaged couples! The 'engage' name is about engaging with God, identity, community and nations - engaging with who God is and what is he wanting to do through us in the nations.
But it does not mean we don't love engagements and weddings!!!! 2016 is the year of Engage weddings, as three of our staff couples got engaged and will all be married by the end of year.
Each of these amazing women was pursued by wild men who honored them, loved them, sought counsel, and showed our community how to do it ... I truly believe God is going to be so honored in these relationships, because each one of these six loves Jesus and has given their all.
Each couple will be moving to an unreached nation for the long-term in the next couple of years, which is even more thrilling. It's been such an honor to have them all part of the Engage family over the past few years, see them all grow, mature and be more of who God created them to be. We are excited to launch them out and continue to do life with them.
Wedding season kicked off with Savannah & Jackson Bloomer saying 'I do' on a beautiful, slightly rainy afternoon up in the hills of the north of our Big Island. It was a magical Monday, full of love and laughter. They took a couple days honeymoon, then jumped right into staff prep for the July DTS they are both involved in.
September brings the Kilps and Custance weddings!! It's going to be a great couple of weeks of celebrating stories that only God can write!! We're just curious to see who's next!!
Meet the July Engage DTS gang!
The current Engage DTS has a team aboard the Pacific Link, a YWAM Ships Kona vessel in Papua New Guinea. They have been having an incredible time. Here are some of the student's testimonies. Be encouraged!! God is on the move.
WHY YOU ARE HERE (James)
We recently joined the crew of the PACIFIC LINK — the YWAM Ships Kona vessel — as it sailed to Karkar Island in Papua New Guinea to provide health care for the isolated people there. Last month, I went with the medical/dental team into a village to film the day’s events.
Late in the afternoon I saw a group of guys my age waving me over from afar. As I was getting closer to the building they were gathered under, I began to pray that the Holy Spirit would work through me. When I reached them, they were excited to meet me and wanted to take pictures.
They all explained that they know Jesus and love Him. Within minutes I saw that they were rolling up weed and felt the Lord really press into my heart.
At this very moment I heard God’s voice say to me “This is one of the reasons I brought you to PNG James.” I immediately turned a joking conversation into a full testimony and a time to minister to these men.
I felt the Holy Spirit speak through me in love that I was not there to condemn them but to save them from addictions. They were all around 24-26 years old and I was able to explain to them the leadership roles that they had in the village. I explained that all the younger boys and girls are looking up to them and that it is up to them to set a good example.
It was so encouraging to me to see how God could use a simple moment of obedience and turn it into a teaching on freedom. They knew Jesus but they did not know that He comes to bring full freedom from the chains of addictions. I left feeling really encouraged that God had done something in these men, and through them the village will find freedom!
THE DEAF HEAR (Madison)
This week we’ve been traveling to different villages on the Karkar Island in Papua New Guinea. I’ve had the privilege to be on the community engagement team — whose role is discipleship — for four days. It was rewarding, but sometimes challenging.
We usually start the day driving more than an hour seated in the bed of a truck. Getting stuck in the mud, having a flat tire, or running out of gas was the daily normal. As hard as it was to get there some days, it just made it more evident that the Devil was trying to stop us from doing God’s work.
On my fourth day in the village, the locals requested prayer more than I’ve seen so far in other places. I took the opportunity to pray for whoever asked with a willing heart and full faith. The Holy Spirit was definitely in this village,
I saw a total of 15 healings and five salvations just with the people I prayed for!
It was incredible to be God’s hands and feet, and satisfying to see that the work I was doing was making a difference in people’s lives.
One testimony that stood out for me was when I prayed for a man named Jack.
He was probably in his 60s or 70s, and pointed to his knees and back implying that he wanted me to pray for the pain to vanish. I began praying, and in Jesus’ name ...
HE WAS HEALED!
It was after the pain went away that he had a translator ask me to pray for his hearing. I then realized that he was pointing earlier to where he wanted me to pray not because of our language barrier, but because he was deaf. I put my hands over his ears and prayed that God would give him ears to hear his voice.
After my prayer, his eyes lit up and he was saying that he could hear!
A woman next to me began to translate and say that he has been deaf for most of his life and could only hear the blowing of wind.
Now he was saying that he can hear the sounds of everyone talking around him!
It was an amazing miracle, and was empowering to know that God can use me to change someone’s life.
It’s also encouraging to think that all God is looking for is our simple “YES” and with that he’ll take over and do what in our strength would be the impossible.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT (Amanda)
This has been a powerful week on Karkar Island (about a four-hour sail from mainland Papua New Guinea). We've seen many miracles and had the opportunity to partner with the Lord to see God’s Kingdom advance on this island.
Today we got to disciple and encourage students at a Bible college. We arrived at the church in the rain only to find out no one was expecting us. So we just started worshipping Jesus and praying a blessing over the ground, while the students were gathering.
The leader on our team felt we should wash these students’ feet. As we were worshipping, I also saw a beautiful image of us bowing on our knees and washing the feet of these people and the Lord said “Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that I am God.” So with that word we invited the Holy Spirit to operate through our teaching and testimonies.
Toward the end of our ministry time, the team prayed for these people. I and a teammate got to wash their feet. It was an incredible moment as we got to prophesy into their lives and 90% of the time, our prophecies lined up perfectly.
We saw grown men and women crying before us and felt the joy and peace of the Lord in that church. It was amazing to see how faithful God is.
When I look back to who I was a year ago, I would never see myself here and being used by God in so many different ways.
The thing is, the Lord is just looking for someone with a “Yes” in their heart!
You don't have to be perfect because when you give your life to Jesus he calls you perfect despite all your sins, as you are forgiven.
It’s so important to remember that God wants to touch everyone’s life in different ways but he wants vessels with a sincere “Yes” and a heart ready to serve.
It is amazing to be able to be a salt and light to the people of Papua New Guinea. Wow!
What a life-changing experience this journey has been so far!
A raw + real moment from one of our team leaders in Central Asia ...
Once again I felt comparison and jealousy creep up inside of me as I read testimonies and reports about massive amounts of healings and salvations.
The past weeks I have often battled with the right perspective in what we do and how little we see with our natural eyes. But I fight the feeling off knowing its wrong and unhealthy.
Last week I was sitting in our courtyard talking to God after some frustrating and confusing thoughts when I heard thunder and lightning in the sky not too far from our house. But the earth was dry and there was no sign of rain in sight. This has been happening quite a lot - lots of noise and light but then no rain.
And in that moment I felt God speaking into the spiritual situation over Kstan. God is moving, hovering over Central Asia announcing himself, asking people to get ready and urgently uttering warnings not to miss it.
He is declaring his power yet the soil is dry, hard and unprepared. Even when wanting to sow seed, we first need to pray for rain to follow the thunder and for heart soil to be made soft and receivable.
Tonight, after shaking off thoughts of doubt and comparison, I feel God speak so clearly to remember and align myself with his truth. And he reminds me that I was chosen to be here for these 5 girls that I am leading, to champion the revival they carry in their bones. And as I feel utterly convicted to align myself with this truth, I suddenly hear massive thunder right outside my window, the sky above our house lightens up and heavy rain follows - finally.
And the promise in it is too loud for me not to hear it: He is right there, doing something
Being alive for this nation and its people.
And there is no comparison in him.
And as scarily loud and close the clouds are breaking over us in the dark and the wind hurls around us - it is the most comforting sound to fall asleep to.
We are so proud of our team of wild and mighty women for their commitment and work in this remote, unheard-of nation. We believe their daily 'yes' is shaking the heavens and planting a harvest that they will see come to fruition, whether it's from the vantage point of earth in their lifetime, or from the vantage point of heaven in generations to come.
We are blessed to call Hawaii our home. This little town on the west of the Big Island in the middle of the Pacific, that's actually an active volcano!
Our YWAM campus is one of the biggest in the world and there is so much that God is doing ... training programs, innovative ministries, family and all of it's about knowing God and making him known.
Check out this little video to see where we are and what life here is like - hint: it's a lot about COMMUNITY!
Does God really heal today? YES! And he wants to use you in the process ...
Every so often a worship song comes along and it captures the heart and spirit of what God is doing in our community. It become the anthem of our hearts and a wild cry.
Recently the wonderful and anointed Jonathan & Melissa Helser were here in Kona. They are passionate worship leaders and led us for a week in worship. Then last week when we baptized 26 people in the Pacific ocean, this became the refrain - the 'famous last words' declaration of so many before the water - "I'm no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God". Truth right there.
This video is the first of what will be many, many moments of worship and praise that we'll be sharing ... the YWAM Kona campus is excited to launch YWAM Kona Worship Moments. Join us in raw & real worship to the One who is worth it all.
Also in super exciting upcoming music news, our good friend Lindy Conant - a Kona YWAMer, is about to launch a new album, recorded live in California. Lindy is an amazing young woman and often here leading worship, especially in the DTS community.
She shared her first single ... listen now ... it's incredible and is a call to the nations, to GO!
Plus you can download for FREE the first single from Daniel Lehmann, one of our worship leaders - with more weekly to come.
Click on the image below for your download.
Follow on social media IG: YWAMKonaMusic for announcements or check out www.ywamkonamusic.com
One of our outreach teams from the current Engage DTS will be heading to the remote island nation of Papua New Guinea, and working as part of the YWAM Ships ministry. We are honored and excited to be partnering with this amazing ministry and jump into what they are doing to transform lives.
YWAM Ship Equipped ministries around the world are growing each year. Vessels range from small cruise ships, to ocean going yachts and river boats. Each ship equipped ministry is a separate legal entity responsible for no more than their own local operations, however they are all committed to a common set of values known as the 18 Foundational Values of Youth With A Mission. YWAM Ships Kona operates two vessels, one in Micronesia and the other in Panama.
We just received this report from what has already been happening this year, we look forward to our students bringing back reports of lives changed in a few months.
But for now be inspired by what God has done so far in 2016 ...
Outputs For Cycle-One
We are so pleased to report results from our first two-week cycle in Madang Papua New Guinea ... Over 3,000 heard the story of Jesus including
Patients seen at screening - 652
Patients seen in clinic - 273
Extractions - 317
Restorations - 71
Clinic referrals - 22
PRIMARY HEALTH CARE:
Immunizations - 229
Nutrition - 71
Outpatient - 49
Malaria tests and treatments - 9
Wounds cleaned - 212
Total Bible in Tok language downloads - 678
Total Jesus Film video streams - 223
Of course much more than this actually happened as it is so hard to reduce it to statistics. Especially rewarding are stories from our community engagement outreach teams. Many wonderful stories we will continue to share with you in the future. One thing is for sure, when YWAM outreach teams join us they have an AMAZING experience being a part of the whole package.