Daniel, our friend!

We are living in 16 floor of a building in Cartagena on the coast of Colombia. We have good view, watching the traffic, people walking to and from the mall next door, and the Caribbean a little farther away. But if you look a little closer, you quickly discover some people in tattered clothes that are either looking for food in the garbage or sleeping in the shadow of some of the houses. Last year, we talked with several of these people and prayed for them, gave them food and clothes. Daniel was one of these, and I hoped I could see him again this year. When we first came here, It was several days that I didn’t see him, but then suddenly one day he was sitting outside. When Anna and I, who also were here last year, went over to him he lit up, he was so happy to see us again. He smiled and laughed and talked away! He was one of those who received Jesus in his heart, and we could clearly see that he was still changed after being filled with joyful hope. Thomas on the team gave his jacket to him, and Daniel that is also on our team bought food for him. We prayed for him and when we came back after a few minutes he had shared his food with a friend who also lives on the street. What a beautiful sight. He who has nothing more than what he says, the clothes he wears and does not know the next time he will get to eat something, shared what he had with his friend. Talk about putting their friends first like Jesus talks about in John 15,13 “no one has greater love than he who gives his life for his friends”. I have so much to learn from this man. I hope and pray that one day he can get a home where he can feel safe and not have to worry about tomorrow. God is so amazingly good, he loves everyone!

– Team Colombia

 

 

 

 

 

Would you like to be one of those who is traveling on outreach, to another place for two months next year? Do you want to make God known to people around the world?
YWAM Skien has several different schools, some starts this fall, and some in January 2017, and you can apply now!  You can go to ywamskien.com for more information, and you can apply here.

Pokhara, Nepal – Practical Work pt.2

The work we did with the school, as we later realized, was a small preparation for our next project: The Yak Ranch! We got to meet and partner with Øyvind, a fellow Norwegian, to help get some smaller side projects done at the guest house he’s building. We spent a week there sanding and painting walls, staining doors, and taking in more of God’s creation. The vision for this ranch is to be a resting place for those working long-term in missions. Øyvind’s heart is also to draw in the locals and tourists, placing them in an environment where they are very likely to hear the name of Jesus. It’s brilliant!
As a team, we were so honored to come alongside Øyvind, and help to further the dream that God put in his heart! Though there have been bumps in the road for him, we have no doubts that the Lord is with him, and will carry out this project!
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Øyvind and his dog, Dog.image6
Sarah & Jennifer staining the doors.

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Ida Oline getting ready for the final coat!

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Benjamin, our master paint can opener.

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Detail work with Lovise.

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Backyard view of the ranch.

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The view.
Prayer Points:
• Øyvind is in need of more staff and volunteers
• More financial support
• A speedy completion of the ranch

Would you like to be one of those who is traveling on outreach, to another place for two months next year? Do you want to make God known to people around the world?
YWAM Skien has several different schools, some starts this fall, and some in January 2017, and you can apply now!  You can go to ywamskien.com for more information, and you can apply here.

DTS outreach update, Team Asia

Hello! Greetings from the team in Asia!
Our team is a musical team with a lot of talent pressed into just six people. In addition to our main ministry which is just basic relationship-based evangelism, something we’re also doing is using our gifts to give concerts and through music bring God’s kingdom to the people we meet.
We have also used music to do evangelism on the streets.
So far we have given five concerts with three more to come.
It’s been really great to see people being touched by the stories we share inbetween the songs and have them ask about our journeys with God after – since the songs we sing are about God.
One time we were at a big square, sitting on some stairs on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
We started playing our songs when suddenly fountains came up from the ground and splashed everyone who were standing near. Lots of children and their parents gathered around to see how close they could get without getting wet. After the fountains stopped, we continued playing while some of us blew bubbles to entertain the kids. We had about 50 people standing around watching us worship. We sang songs of God’s love over them and there was just an atmosphere of peace. God was with us and through us He was with them as well. We really enjoyed that time because although we didn’t share publicly about God, you could just see that we were part of bringing God’s Kingdom in that square. We imparted joy and peace to the people we saw there and were reminded ourselves of how much God loves us.
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Another time we were invited to give a concert at a kindergarten through our contacts in a small village. When we got there, they had prepared a huge stage, soundsystem and it looked like the whole village had come to hear us. Then they started bringing out the kids. Group by group, they came and brought their little chairs with them and sat down in neat little rows. The concert was crazy – the kids became restless after about half a song and there was a lot of noise. But just looking at the faces of the adults as they were hearing about our experiences you could tell that they were moved. Plus we thought that what we were sharing was quite mild – just what God had been doing in our lives and how He had changed us, but to local standards it was very bold and the people listening probably had never heard anyone talk like that. He just opened a door for us to share and even though we didn’t see the fruit of it, the people that work there long-term got a leap forward.
We are experiencing a lot of freedom now to have good conversations with people and we will continue being obedient to what God asks us to do.
Much love,
Team in Asia
Would you like to be one of those who is traveling on outreach, to another place for two months next year? Do you want to make God known to people around the world?
YWAM Skien has several different schools, some starts this fall, and some in January 2017, and you can apply now!  You can go to ywamskien.com for more information, and you can apply here.

DTS outreach update, Team India/Nepal

Greetings from Team India/Nepal!

Pokhara, Nepal – Practical Work pt.1
Our first few weeks on outreach were spent doing a bit of practical work in Pokhara, Nepal. We got the opportunity to help repaint a local elementary school, and encourage the staff that work there. This school actually enrolls children of missionary families, and is also now open to bringing in local Nepali children in order to share the Gospel with them!
We also learned that this school experiences plenty of spiritual attacks; teachers getting sick, being short on staff, constant visa troubles, and not enough financial support. They were even effected by an earthquake that happened last year, and it totally destroyed part of their building. By God’s goodness they were able to pay for the all the damages, and restore it completely. As you can imagine, these things can be discouraging – especially when it’s on a regular basis. So, repainting this school meant the world to the leadership at INF, and they expressed so much gratitude before, during, and after the project was complete. The principal even shared that the students came to see some of the rooms that were repainted and they were so excited by it and grateful as well.

The peace, joy, and relief that I saw on the leaderships face let me know that God definitely led us here to lift them up. Through our team, God showed His sons and daughters at INF how big His Father-heart really is, and He met the desires of their own hearts by getting a whole school repainted in a matter of days. And if I do say so myself, I think we did a really good job!

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Our sweet Sarah painting with her feet! Just kidding – she accidentally spilled paint on them… Still not sure what happened there. It was an easy clean up though!

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Jennifer deciding which brush to use.

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Hayden painting.

Prayer Points:
• Leadership at INF – Declan & Katherine
• Financial support
• No more visa issues
• More staff
• More students from the local community to come, and hear the Gospel

– Team India/Nepal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you like to be one of those who is traveling on outreach, to another place for two months next year? Do you want to make God known to people around the world?
YWAM Skien has several different schools, some starts this fall, and some in January 2017, and you can apply now!  You can go to ywamskien.com for more information, and you can apply here.

DTS outreach update, team Colombia

Hello.🙂
When I write this, we have been four weeks in Colombia. Our first and third week was in Pereira. We worked together with the YWAM base here and with two missionaries. We have done kidsministry, girlsministry, homelessministry and a lot of evangelism with for example dramas. Our second week was in the city Manizales which was in the mountains. We worked here with a church. We did a lot of evangelism with them.
Our fourth week is in Cartagena. While we where there Ragnhild saw a homeless man begging for money. So we stopped and we started chatting with him. He had very much on his heart, so we listened and we asked him questiones. We understood about half of what he said, he talked fast and had problems with his vocal cords. While we prayed for him, an elderly lady came and approached us. She asked for money. We didn’t give her money, but I hugged her and asked if I could pray for her. All this time an American man stood and looked at us, it seemed a bit like he wanted to talk to us, but he didn’t come over. As we were leaving, he came and approached us. He thanked us for what we did and said he had not seen anyone stop and chat and give hugs to homeless people before. He said we made his the day and that he was very encouraged.


We’re doing very well in Colombia and we find that we can have more impact than just on those we are talking to. God can use everything we do. In our team we are all different. And it is great to see how God is working through all of us. As a team, but also individually.  Our team works well together, and we enjoy our time here!

– Team Colombia

Would you like to be one of those who is traveling on outreach, to another place for two months next year? Do you want to make God known to people around the world?
YWAM Skien has several different schools, some starts this fall, and some in January 2017, and you can apply now!  You can go to ywamskien.com for more information, and you can apply here.

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