First off, these last 2 weeks have been such a special time here in Kona. I have been involved in a D.N.A retreat with all the staff members here. What does that mean? Well, basically it has been two weeks of learning all about the "heart" of this ministry/mission in the why's, how's, what's, when's etc. Basically answering the question of YWAM "why we do what we do", and how to continue in the pattern and instructions God has given us.
I will say this. if I didn't know before, I am absolutely convinced of this ministry, and that this is where I want to be. I have been involved in many ministries and circles over the last few years, but I have never been involved in one that so deeply displays the heart of God and character at the same time. I am NOT putting YWAM on a pedestal. YWAM is not perfect because people are not perfect. But what I love is the humility, fruit of the Spirit, biblical-based everything, and dependence on God they walk out daily (not just teach). I could literally go on and on and on. I have learned so much this week.
One of the highlights of this whole time for me was the way we began the first couple of days of D.N.A last week. The retreat started on the 8th which was right in the middle of increased rioting, and the push for change for our African-American brothers and sisters to be heard. We basically spent those first 3 days not following the schedule at all but had a time of deep repentance. We then had some of our fellow African-American brothers and sisters that are here take charge of the sessions and really SPEAK to us. These people that spoke were not only African-American, but believers filled with the Holy Spirit. And everything they said was so clear and un-skewd. They spoke the truth and did not hide from the "talk" people want to avoid, BUT they also had the Lord at the center of it bringing everything back to the word. IT WAS POWERFUL.
I can honestly say I learned... I learned so much. I have changed thinking. And I feel so grateful to have been apart of those first few days in particular.
The rest of the 2 weeks was just as powerful, life-changing, and made me realize this ministry is home (like I mentioned earlier). Again, I could go on and on, but I will stop here. So so grateful to be apart of this incredible mission.
IN OTHER NEWS. I have switched departments entirely!!!!!! More to come on that, but here are the basics. Last year, I served under the discipleship training school called Fire&Fragrance. Under F&F I helped train the students and then lead a team to Brazil.
I have just now switched to a new dept. called "Compassion Ablaze". This particular group under YWAM really focuses on "mercy" ministries (the homeless, sex trafficking, healthcare, foster families, unplanned pregnancy center, etc). They work on the things listed above locally and globally. They have teams devoted to the "action" part, but they also train the students as well for when they are sent. This dept. is HUGE and there are so many facets to it!
It is a crazy God story how it all happened (which I will save for another time), but its new dept. and new responsibilities. Still figuring out all the details with that as well, but there will be more info. to come once I know. Some of you have seen me post about Keiki Closet (which is under the C-Ablaze umbrella). That is just one of the many many services/ministries they are involved in. Its truly incredible and am so grateful for this opportunity from the Lord.
There is more I want to say, but I will stop here. Thank you for being patient to those who have waited for an update. And thank you all for your prayers and support for those that have given it. I appreciate you all more than you know. More changes are coming over the next month or two, and I can't wait to let you all know :).
I will be posting another longer update of a crazy testimony that has happened in the last couple of days that I think will bless you! Stay Tuned!!
God Bless :)