What is YWAM?
Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), they unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known.
When they began in 1960, the main focus was to get youth involved in missions. Today, they still focus on youth, and they also involve people aged 8 to 80. They currently work in more than 1,100 locations in over 180 countries, with a staff of over 18,000.
One of the joys of participating in YWAM is to work with people from many nations. YWAM’s staff (known as “YWAMers”) come from over 130 countries, including places like Indonesia, Nepal, Mozambique, and Colombia. For more information you can visit their webpage at www.ywam.org
Riversgate has had a number of high school students graduate and serve as part of a DTS. The students below are actively engaged in YWAM ministries and would love your prayer and support as they navigate God's call on their lives!
Join us in praying for Analies Steensma as she returns to her base in Australia to serve on staff, facilitating DTS experiences for other students looking to explore their identity in Christ and their call to serve in missions around the world!
A more personal update, apart from the team one: Last week was tough. Being a brand new leader is hard enough, then add on your co-leader and friend having an asthma attack and flying home, leaving you with a team of 6 girls, and you've got quite a challenge. AJ (the other girl leader) and I went into a go-mode sort of deal, so anything emotional or physical got turned off and we were all logistics. After settling in a bit and making some schedules and rosters for the students meant all the things we had pushed aside, like the fact that our friend had to be flown home, our cluelessness to what to do, and the culture shock, all came up. Honestly, even amidst all of it, there has been so much grace. Day by day, things are going good, and we are getting stronger. Matt, our other leader, arrived a few days ago from Australia after finishing up some prior commitments, and he has been a great help.
I think the biggest challenge for me has been just trying to figure out what my role is as a leader. I have such a big passion for outreach and serving, but what I'm discovering is, that everyone responds to opportunities in different ways. My only job, and the only thing I can do, is bring the students to the opportunities, and then it's up to them to take the initiative - their outreach will only be as good as THEY make it, not me.
I love being in this culture again, using and learning new Bangla has been a blast. I can't wait for Christmas and for India, and I know that God is going to keep blowing our minds with the joy that He has for this place and these people.
Love love love,