Hope Staff Leah reports from YWAM:
When I heard I was approved for DTS I was filled with excitement because my prayer was answered. I was also very nervous and afraid to be alone on this trip away from what is familiar. The trip started with a big test. I needed to board an overnight ferry to Cebu. This is not easy for me because of a bad past experience that stirred fear back in my heart. Thank God He brought me through and I arrived safely! It was a good start to gaining some independence, facing fears and experiencing God provide for me!
I was picked up by a YWAM leader and taken to the base in Cebu Talisay. I have 11 classmates from different countries. After a few awkward days not sure what to say or do, we started to connect and build friendships.
The first guest speaker’s topic on Foundations of Christianity really impacted me a lot. I was reminded how important the foundation is that I build on. If it is built only on Christ and truth I can`t easily stumble. When other things get mixed into the foundation it becomes dangerous. Some of my new friends responded to the message on baptism and we celebrated the impact that will have on their walk.
The “Father Heart of God” message was a very emotional time for me as God’s love embraced me. It was really nice because it was my first time to weep freely in front of a man. He hugged me and spoke the Father’s heart to me as one of God’s princesses and loved daughters. I won’t forget that encounter I had with God!
We also did Kid’s Ministry outreaches using drama presentation and Bible lessons. Kids were very happy and responsive to the Gospel.
Other teachings were on Spiritual Warfare, Godly Relationships, Intercession and Hearing God’s Voice. These topics were very good and very real when stepping out in faith to serve God! I was challenged to intercede more faithfully for others.
During our prayer summit from 6 a.m. to 5:30 pm., I was so blessed because we were praying for the nations and for the people who are in positions of authority.
This has been a really good experience because GOD spoke clearly into my life. I will continue to grow in WALKING BY HIS WILL not MY WILL.