Its a Foundation for your life:

On the first day of my DTS, I opened my bible to Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” At the time, it was a verse I just read. As the teachings, the worship, the prayers, living in community, the personal discipleship and Holy Spirit doing what He does best allowed an experience that this passage was not only a verse but a guide to my DTS and my life. Granting God the time and ability to set a foundation for my life was vital during my DTS to experience a transformation and shed light on what I wanted and needed in my life.

Discover your calling:

Knowing how much God loved me allowed me to acknowledge that He wants this for all His children. The Great Commission to disciple the nations then became second to none. All the theoretical information, lessons, daily worship and prayer fired me up to want to share who Jesus is and make God known to others. My identity was no longer identified by my works, but by who I am created to be. I realized that I am called and want to work to fulfill the Great Commission.

Experiencing Community:

Hearing someone's story about how Jesus showed up financially or how God’s grace gave them the ability to get through a loss not only grew my faith, but it gave me the desire to want more of Him. I have life long friendships that have come out of my DTS because when living with others from all walks of life, from all parts of the world and seeing their faith grow as you are experiencing God and life together, it is extraordinary. Knowing that we all have the same desire to know God and make Him known allowed for conversations, memories, and adventures. These friends I continue to connect with as they pour life into me as I do theirs.

When God asks, will you say “yes” that is an adventure in itself? I have moved my life from the southern hemisphere to Canada's north; if that wasn’t God or an adventure in itself, then I don’t know what is. I believe God has an adventure for us all, and its a matter of us saying “Yes” to what He asks of us. Mine was to continue to make Him known in Fort Mcmurray would yours be to do a DTS in Fort Mcmurray?



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Updated: Aug 12, 2020

I wanted to give you a glimpse into what it looks like for us in these long beautiful summer days. For our YWAM location, summer takes on a slightly different schedule. With the change in schedule comes an opportunity to take an intentional time to pause and reflect on what God has done. As we sat down to do this, it was quite apparent that there was a long list of ways we saw God at work, especially considering the change that we have all seen during this pandemic.

Our first reflection this year included an immediate reminder that our Creator is an extravagant provider, faithful even when we do not understand what is happening in our world. It was an astonishing reminder of hope. A reminder that in 2020, God is at work bringing beauty from chaos, and we can put our faith in Him.

Our second reflection takes us back to a scripture that profoundly impacts all we do. In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus gives the greatest commandment "To Love God and Love Others." In this, we see the importance of relationships. Witnessing the beauty of this the last few months has brought value in such a tangible way. Hope happens when created, and the Creator meet where that intersection then impacts the relationship between all created things. Through meeting people at a distance from their doorways with food or water, meeting each other with genuine care for their well being in the midst of such bizarre times.

The 3rd reflection is something that seems to be a national, maybe even global awakening. The beauty of creation...... never before have I witnessed so many people taking time to enjoy nature in the same ways. I, too, have been caught up in the wonder of it all. I genuinely believe this brings the Creator joy, to see His creation enjoying each other and beginning to realize the effect that we have on each other. I hope to see this continue in myself for sure, and my prayer is for it to have a global impact honouring all created things and honouring the One who created it all.

I want to leave you with two things. First, if you haven’t already taken the time to reflect on the last few months, definitely do it! I believe it will be time well spent. Ask God what He wants you to know about Him through it and see what happens. And lastly, I would like to share this quote by John Burroughs and encourage you to take to time to reconnect with your Creator.

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed and have my senses put in tune once more.”


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Over the last four weeks, we have been thinking about the word communion in its different forms and the reality of what it means for us as Jesus followers. In John 17:21, Jesus is praying and says, “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.” this is Jesus’s heart for communion. That people will see and meet Him by the way we treat each other. 

As some of you know, our city experienced a once in a 100-year flood. Over 10,000 people had to leave their homes, and an estimated 1200 homes were affected by the flood. We got to partner with Fort City Church, Wood Buffalo Food Bank, Samaritans Purse, The Billy Graham Chaplain Ministry, and YWAM Vancouver. Through these partnerships, we were able to see over 100 hundred homes cleaned and brought to a place where a builder can come in and rebuild, 17 people put their trust in Jesus, over 2000 food hampers given out, and over 460 meals served. 

Through these organizations working and walking together, we see people cared for and loved. In this, we get to see John 17:21 lived out and experience the beauty of what communion means. 

We want to give a shout out to our YWAM Vancouver Family. Thank you for coming and serving with us. We are so grateful for your generosity and care for us. You played a special part in working with us that no one outside of YWAM could. 

To wrap-up, remember what Jesus says in John 17:21, “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.” And pursue the beauty of what it means to communion with Jesus and Others. 

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