Update from Analies


"You're imperfect, and you're wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging."
- Brené Brown - 

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Intimately Known

The discipleship training school I'm leading started on July 2nd, and has five students from America, Canada, Singapore, and Australia. As my staff team and I were preparing for their arrival, we took some time to pray and ask God what the theme for this season should be. In the end we landed on the idea of intimately known. Upfront, that can sound kinda weird, especially for a group of people who haven't met each other before. As we pulled apart the theme a bit more, these were the meanings we attached to the words: intimacy is the blending of our hearts with another's, so that we can "see into" who they really are, and they can "see into" us & knownis to have a depth in understanding and knowledge. It has taken me a bit of time to start to wrap my head around the different aspects of this idea. To scratch the surface of what a DTS is, is to learn more about who God says we are, and more about who God says He is, but as I thought about the theme more, I could see how God wanted to take us so much further than just the basics of DTS.

My heart and desire for this season is that we would learn how to really see into & know each other.
That we would see into & know God.
That we would also learn how God really sees into & knows us.

It may sound simple, but there's a profound beauty in it. In the world of today filled with fake news, shallow relationships, lack of connection, and a distance from our own humanity, there's beauty in friendship, trust, loving and being loved.
No matter what your season of life looks like right now, my hope and prayer for you is that you would be able to see into the people around you, and know that you are seen as well.

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Here's the crew! 
BACK ROW: Esther (student - Singarpore), Nicole (staff - USA), It's Me!, Rachel (student - USA), GiDeanLeigh (student - USA), Emmalee (student - Canada).
FRONT ROW: Matt (staff - Australia), Josiah (student - Australia), Rhesmika (co-leader - UK), Emely (staff - New Zealand).

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With the transition into leading the DTS, I wrapped up my time serving in base operations. My time being the kitchen coordinator was full of ups, downs, twists, turns, and a full remodel, but can also be summarised with these stats:
- 274 meals prepped
- 60 food deliveries received

- 24 students fed
- 6 monthly menus planned
- 26 rosters created
- countless amount of really good food

Although I'm excited to be in a new season, I love to look back on my times of serving in the 'backbone'  ministries of our campus. Often overlooked, keeping the campus running with good food, clean sheets, building maintained, and bills paid are the life behind everything else, without them we would fall apart at the seams, literally. A huge shoutout to anyone who has worked in those fields, thanks for creating the platform for everything else to build off of!

Where in the world is YWAM Wollongong?
Right now we have an All Generations DTS on outreach in Cambodia! It's so cool to see the continued relationship with the places we go: in the last year we've sent three teams to the same city! It's especially cool to see the YWAM value of 'championing families' in action with kids serving alongside their parents on this outreach.

Coming Up Next...
In the next few weeks the DTS will be finding where it will be heading for outreach! Stay posted for more information about where we'll go and what we'll be doing!

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Analies Steensma
PO Box 132
Port Kembla, NSW
2505
Australia