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How Outreach Changed My Life

 

Outreach In a Nutshell:

My outreach was in Lebanon – in Beirut and in a smaller village called Damour. The first part of outreach, we were trained in how to share the gospel with people from a Muslim background. In Damour, we helped with children’s ministries, we prayed for people on the streets, visited the homes of the refugees and mainly worked in a school for Syrian refugee children. While working in the school, we learned about the background of the children and really grew to understand their hearts. We were teaching them in English and Math, and also leading chapel times where we got to share the gospel with the kids each day. At first, I was really intimidated by this. But then I started getting more comfortable and learned to use fun activities and visuals to teach them Bible stories and truths about Jesus. Through that, I myself really grew and became more confident. This transformed me because as I prepared to teach the kids, I grew in my understanding of Scripture, and it changed the way I lived and read the Bible. I wasn’t just reading the Bible anymore, I was taking it in in a new way that became more alive and gave me a deeper understanding.

[Places we have sent outreaches as YWAM San Jose: Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland, Poland, England, Hungary, Romania, Uganda, Mozambique, Turkey, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Belgium, China, Thailand, and Hong Kong.]

Personal Growth on Outreach:

Since going on outreach, I’m more confident speaking with people who don’t speak the same language as me. My views of people from the Middle East, especially refugees, has totally changed. Before outreach, my perspective of the Middle East was just war and constant conflict. I thought that all the people were mean, and I thought they hated Americans or anyone that wasn’t part of their culture. As far as refugees, I thought they were people who left their countries just for a better life. I didn’t realize that they were being forced to leave, or that they would lose their life if they didn’t. Now that I’ve spent time with them, I see that they are such a warm and welcoming people. They want to know you, and they want to share their story, their culture, and their background with you. They’re so hungry for truth and for real hope. They’re ready to hear about Jesus and give their lives to Him.

My Goals Now Compared to Before:

Before DTS, my only goals were to get high, make money and look good.  That was it. I was a very lost, unsatisfied person. I was angry and emotionless. But DTS and outreach completely changed my life. My dreams and goals now are to learn and grow more in the Word and to learn more about the culture of Lebanon, because one day I want to go back, I want to be part of what God is doing there. I want to see people coming alive for Jesus in Lebanon, and see a fire start there, an explosion of Jesus and His truth.

Outreach Challenges:

The most challenging part of outreach for me was disciplining myself to make time to spend alone with God every day. This was a challenge because we worked really hard in ministry, and we were preparing chapels and worksheets for our school teachings every day, and at the end of each school day we were pretty tired. The other challenge was just living in close quarters with everyone. You couldn’t hide from conflict or confrontation, so I was challenged to confront people and work things out in my relationships with my outreach team members. I’ve learned how to work better with people, to be a team player, to forgive, and not hold offenses. I’ve truly learned to become slow to anger.

The Best Part of Outreach:

My favorite part of outreach was all of us as a team living together, being a family. Every week just being able to talk with each other about what we were going through, praying for each other, and walking through everything together. We were all so real with each other. Even though we didn’t all have the same struggles, we all had different things we were dealing with, and we were there for each other. That was something that I never really had in my life. To feel comfortable talking about what I was going through with others, and to feel like I was accepted and not judged.

To anyone who is thinking about doing a DTS, I would say go and get out of your comfort zone. Even if you’re scared, you should do it. It’s so much better than you can even imagine.

 

Email us at dts@ywamsj.org for more info, or check out the DTS page on our website here: https://ywamsj.org/en/dts/

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Como levantar finanzas para la EDE en JUCUM?


1. Trabaja. ¡La mayoría de nosotros tenemos la capacidad de ganar dinero consiguiendo un trabajo! Esta es una gran manera de ahorrar los fondos necesarios para tu EDE, y una oportunidad para tomar posesión al invertir en tu propio futuro y en lo que crees que Dios te está llamando a hacer.

2. Cree que vale la pena invertir en lo que estás haciendo. Estás entrando en una época de intenso crecimiento en tu relación con Dios, dejando de lado todo para aprender sobre el propósito que Él tiene para ti, los dones y pasiones que Él ha plantado dentro de ti, para convertirte en una persona que está equipada para compartir la amor a Dios en diferentes culturas y contextos. Realmente vale la pena la inversión, y tienes que creer eso antes de invitar a otros a formar parte de él.

3. Promuévete a ti mismo con los demás. Comparte con tus amigos, familiares, compañeros de trabajo y la comunidad de la iglesia sobre el emocionante viaje en el que estás entrando. Comparte tu corazón detrás de por qué crees que esta es una parte clave de tu vida. Habla con el pastor y / o el pastor de jóvenes de tu iglesia sobre compartir con la congregación. Elabora tarjetas postales o marcadores que puedas distribuir con un poco de información sobre lo que estás haciendo y cómo la gente puede respaldarte con sus oraciones y contribuciones financieras.

4. Haz que sea fácil para los demás darte los donativos. Mucha gente no da a las misiones porque se olvidan si no hay una manera fácil para que lo hagan de inmediato. Si hablas con alguien o hablas en una iglesia y la gente está interesada en dar, debe tener una manera simple, rápida e inmediata de dar. Las aplicaciones / sitios web como Paypal, Venmo y Squarecash son formas rápidas y fáciles de dar. Asegúrate de tener algo como esto antes de hablar con posibles donantes.

5. Se intencional en las conversaciones cara a cara. La mejor situación posible para que las personas respondan con un deseo de contribuir a su misión es la conversación cara a cara. Este es un momento en el que realmente puedes compartir tu corazón y las personas pueden hacer preguntas. La mayoría de los fondos recaudados no provienen de boletines informativos o de tiempos de intercambio grupal, sino de conversaciones individuales en tiempo real. Haz el esfuerzo y tomate el tiempo para compartir con las personas que quieren ser parte de lo que estás haciendo.

6. Toma tu pasión y ponla en acción. ¿Te gusta la fotografía? ¿Cocina? ¿Crear joyería u otros artículos? ¡Toma lo que sea que te apasione y úsalo para recaudar fondos! Algo que hice durante mucho tiempo fue hacer prendedores para el cabello y pulseras para recaudar fondos. Es una forma divertida de conectarse con las personas, darles algo tangible para recordar tu misión y una forma de recaudar dinero. Algunos de mis amigos misioneros organizan cenas que han cocinado, tienen ventas de pasteles o incluso hacen revistas para vender como recaudación de fondos.

7. Administra bien tus recursos. Sé sabio con lo que tienes. Puedes ahorrar mucho dinero simplemente renunciando a tu café diario o a la comida semanal en tu restaurante favorito. ¿De qué maneras puedes reducir tus costos para destinar ese dinero a tu EDE? El sacrificio que hagas ahora valdrá mucho más que eso en el futuro.

8. ¡Comunícate! Asegúrate de hacer un seguimiento con las personas que han expresado interés o se han comprometido a asociarse contigo, ya sea a través de la oración o las finanzas. Manten una lista organizada de aquellos que han hecho contribuciones y aquellos que solicitaron actualizaciones durante tu EDE. Son parte de este viaje tanto como tú y sin ellos, lo que estás haciendo no sería posible. ¡Así que tómate el tiempo para hacerles saber lo agradecido que estás por ellos y celebra sus éxitos con ellos! Escribe blogs y cartas, envía tarjetas de agradecimiento, incluso puedes llevarles un regalo cuando regreses a casa.

9. Comparte tu visión, en lugar de tu necesidad. Hay tantas necesidades en el mundo, y es fácil para nosotros no hacer nada acerca de ellas cuando no son personales. Una de las claves de la recaudación de fondos es compartir tu visión con las personas para que tengan la oportunidad de conectarse personalmente contigo y lo que estás haciendo. La gente quiere conectarse con algo que sea significativo para ellos, no solo escribir un cheque para disminuir un número. Asegúrate de tomar el tiempo para conectarte con las personas y realmente compartir el corazón de lo que estás haciendo. Verás cuán alentador es conocer a tantas personas con la misma pasión y corazón que tú, que no necesariamente pueden ir, ¡pero que desean formar parte de la misión al dar!

10. Comprender las finanzas bíblicas. ¡Jesús habla sobre el dinero más que cualquier otra cosa en las Escrituras! Ve a la Palabra y estudia cómo se ve vivir el Reino en las finanzas. Mira el ejemplo de Pablo, cómo fue apoyado por las iglesias para sus viajes misioneros, y la forma en que Jesús llamó a sus discípulos a renunciar a todo para seguirlo. Mientras persigue este viaje, ya sea que su plan sea hacer misiones a corto o largo plazo, ¡asegúrate de que tu comprensión de las finanzas sea bíblica! Esto marcará la diferencia en el mundo al hacer tu parte para recaudar fondos, y confía en que Dios hará lo que tu no puedes.


¡Feliz recaudación de fondos! Si tienes alguna pregunta, envíe un correo electrónico a ede@ywamsj.org.

Aplica ya para la EDE: https://ywamsj.org/es/formulario-aplicacion/

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10 Reasons to do your DTS at YWAM San José, Costa Rica

1. Discover your purpose, find your passion, and be completely ruined for the ordinary. 

DTS is a time where you leave everything behind to go deep with God and allow Him to reveal what’s deep in your heart, the things He has placed inside of you and created you for! Do all of this alongside a loving community with people who will probably become your best friends for the rest of your life.

2. Learn Spanish and immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture.

Our community is completely bilingual (All courses are in English and Spanish). Students say God uses a different language to grow your relationship with Him in ways that you never thought you could!

3. Multicultural, multigenerational community life.

Our warm, friendly culture makes the base a super welcoming and fun place to grow.

4. The crazy beauty of this place!

This tropical country is home to the greatest density of species in the world.

5. Transform lives

with ministries like Homes of Hope and Hope Sports.

6. Hike volcanoes and waterfalls

nearby for a fun adventure, or some peace and quiet!

7. Drink the world’s best coffee

Drink way too much of the world’s best coffee, every day.

8. Sharing Jesus on Outreach

Find yourself sharing Jesus in a place like this on outreach.

9. Visit the beach, rainforest, or cloudforest

on weekends. Hang with the sloths, fly through zip-lines with the monkeys, and get baptized in the crashing ocean waves.

10. Costa Rica is one of the safest countries

in Latin America. In fact, Costa Rica eradicated their Army in 1948 and the people pride themselves on being a Nation of peace.

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How DTS gave me purpose.

Every year a few million people turn 18 years old, and from my experience, most of them feel very uncertain about what to do once they hit that milestone and become an adult. For most, society has already dictated their future for them based on their school grades, family situation, and social class.

This January, an 18-year old from Quebec, Canada, chose to embark on the 6-month journey of the Groundbreakers DTS (along with eleven other students ranging from 18-49 years old), in search of God. Last weekend, he graduated from the DTS as a completely changed person, and today we have the pleasure of sharing his transformation story with you.


Before DTS, Fred lived a life without joy, and he felt like he was going nowhere with his life, “Nothing had flavor. Just go to school because you have to. It felt worthless. I was addicted to certain things and didn’t know how to get out of them. Back then it didn’t even feel like addiction because it was such a normal part of my life. I was trying to find God in the midst of everything but didn’t know how to do it.”

He didn’t know much about DTS before coming, but his mom suggested it to him and he applied a couple months before the start date. When asked why he came, he responded, “I was sick of college and felt like everything I was studying was of no interest to me. So I told my mom, and she told me about this program called DTS. It seemed like the right moment, to get out of that hole [I was living in], and be forced to rely on God. Back home it was so easy because I had a job, I had money, I had friends, and I didn’t need God. So I came here to rely on Him. I didn’t know anything about Costa Rica, I didn’t know much about God or living in community. It was a last call to God.”

When Fred arrived for DTS, God truly answered that cry for help. He experienced God like he never had before, “Before I came here, I don’t think I really believed that God speaks to us. I believed the Bible, but not that it was really still accurate – like God doing miracles and speaking to us. Then I came, and I experienced how God is real. I know now that God is reaching out to us. He wants to be with me, He wants to speak with me. On the first night, Giacomo (the campus director) spoke about simple obedience. That’s something that stuck with me during the whole DTS. Every time I felt God was asking something of me that seemed too big, I would think about simple obedience. I’m taking that home with me, the feeling that I want to be obedient. It’s a decision I make every morning.”


Because of his decision to live a life of obedience to God, Fred completely transformed. His face changed, and he became so joyful all the time, “I look at myself in the mirror and I don’t even feel like it’s me anymore. I hear conversations I have with people and it doesn’t even sound like me. I think God just put a huge amount of joy in me, and a desire to know Him. It’s like God looked at every aspect of my life, every part of my personality, and He puts part of Himself in each part of me, so I feel like I’m changing every day a little bit more.”

One of the best parts about DTS is that you have a safe place to talk about, process, and begin living out your dreams and goals. The teachings and the community environment help you grow and challenge you to think about what you really want in life, “A huge dream that was put in my heart is to become super intimate with God – to feel like I’m in a constant, never-ending conversation [with God]. I no longer want to please only myself – have a little house, a wife and kids, and a dog. I feel like my goals have changed and that whatever God asks of me, I want to do that. It’s funny because my biggest dream now is to have a role to play, in which God asks me to sacrifice things, [to receive something greater that He has for me.]”

When Fred came, he was coming from a life without joy, far from God. At the end of DTS, this is what he’s taking with him, “…a huge thirst for God’s Word, a feeling that I want to dig in more, to understand everything that’s between the lines. I’m taking home a new love for my parents and my friends, a new perspective of work, and my relationships with my colleagues and bosses. I feel like I’m not alone when I go back home, but God is with me and I’m bringing Him along. I hope to be a light in my family and my group of friends.”

As Fred returns to Quebec, he goes home a changed man, with greater joy, new dreams and goals, and direction in his life, “One of the reasons college was so tiring for me was because I felt like I had no purpose. I was studying something that gave me no joy. Coming here, it made me realize it makes sense that I don’t want to just do one thing for my whole life. I want to be a missionary. I’m going back to study carpentry, and I believe God will use it for the advancement of the Kingdom.”

As YWAM San José, our vision is to raise up relevant leaders who will transform society, and we couldn’t be more grateful with how God has transformed so many lives like that of Fred, through our DTS program. If you’re looking for greater purpose in life, we invite you to apply for one of our Discipleship Training Schools. You can learn more about DTS here.