My DTS Experience
Hey! Here is a blog by @coffeewithrach ! She is sharing her experience with YWAM and how that changed her! Enjoy! ~Makyna
I just got back from doing a DTS (discipleship training school) with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and it was absolutely life changing. Grab a cup of coffee and read about what the Lord took me through!
Before...The Lord called me to YWAM in such a kind, gentle, but loud way. He knows each of us very well and because of that He had to give me a million and 4 signs and confirmation that I am supposed to be at YWAM. At the time, I was pursuing some type of career in fitness and this fitness DTS popped out right in front of me. The Lord had me apply immediately and pray about it for the next two months. During those two months, I heard from God more than I ever have in my entire life!
I was in this small group at the time that was just starting to go through a book study. The book we felt like we needed to read was Chase The Lion by Mark Batterson. During the first few pages there was life changing quotes that gave me so much revelation of who Jesus is & affirmation of my prayers. One of which being, "A God sized dream will be beyond your ability, beyond your resources. Unless God does it, it can't be done. And that is precisely how God gets the glory. He does things we can't do so we can't take credit for them."
So that means, we have to step out in obedience and trust the Lord with what He's calling us to because there is no way we could make it happen ourselves. DANG! Well, long story short- I said yes and throughout the next few months the Lord had revealed more and more reasons why I should be going while also preparing me.
During: So I was in Kona, Hawaii for three months and then in the Himalayas for three months. I thought I was going there to know how to use fitness for my ministry but I was so wrong. I got there and the Lord told me that my career path won't have anything to do with fitness or health. So I asked why I was there then. He told me that He had me there because all the lies that I had believed about myself have stemmed from my old soccer days. He wanted to put me into a situation where I was in a group of people that had a focus on fitness so I could be healed of so much. He brought up all the old lies that I believed about myself through the group I was in. The first three months, God revealed all the lies that I had believed about myself and replaced the lies with truth and really spoke into identity/who I was. He pulled out all the old roots of my past and planted all new seeds of truth & His love.
Then we left for outreach. We got there and I was hit with so much spiritual warfare, entitlements, fear, and sickness. The Lord graciously brought me through all of that with so much kindness and patience. I got to do a lot of coffee shop ministry when we were in the city and went to one coffee shop in specific. Throughout my time there, I had become friends with all the baristas, shared the gospel multiple times with them and showed them the love of Jesus. Along with ministry, the Lord also taught me how to have friendships with guys. For my whole life I had struggled with how to connect in a healthy way with guys and that resulted in a lot of hurt and mistakes. But the Lord redeemed so much of that and gave me a few amazing guy friends.
Then we went in the Himalayas to trek bibles to remote villages who have never heard then name of Jesus before. These two weeks of trekking were the hardest days of my life. I had absolutely no comfort, not even in the people I was around. I had the same dirty clothes, a lot of physical pain, no hot water, and no showers. My only source of comfort were the snickers bars that I had. I had learned how to love my brothers and sisters in Christ even when they didn't show their love in the way I am used to. I also learned that God gives us the community we need, not what we want. Ultimately, God's plan for everything in our life is what ends up being the best and exactly what we need.
After: I have walked away from DTS realizing how faithful God is and how He fulfills ALL of His promises to His children. Everything He spoke before going to Kona- it was fulfilled. Everything He spoke before leaving to the Himalayas- fulfilled and more! Also, one of the biggest revelations I had throughout all of this was this: When we have simple/ radical obedience to where the Lord calls us- He will exceed your wildest dreams. He wants us all to have a fun, meaningful life that is glorifying Him but that can't happen to the fullest potential if we don't say yes! If we are constantly making excuses for why we can't say yes- then we'll live a life anchored by fear.
I would love to answer any of your questions about DTS! Here is a link to what DTS I did! Go check it out. http://www.uofnkona.edu/dts_courses/fire-fragrance/
If you have further questions: shoot me a Direct Message on Instagram. My user name is: Coffeewithrach
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