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Jenna – Great Britain

"He is always faithful and loving - once I understood this about him on my DTS, I was able to really trust that he would speak to me, because before I came I was frustrated that I couldn't hear him."
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Hannah – Canada

"I really enjoy all of the people that I've met at YWAM Lausanne, and  I can see Jesus in each one of them. Making good, Godly friendships is very easy in this community."  

Walking Alongside Vulnerable Women

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Beneath the moonlight and the streetlamps, prostitutes stand or sit along two streets in downtown Lausanne, scanning the passing cars for potential customers. A small group of women, all bundled up against the cold night air, moves slowly down the street, offering tea, coffee and chocolate to the prostitutes, stopping to chat and pray, if…

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Beneath the moonlight and the streetlamps, prostitutes stand or sit along two streets in downtown Lausanne, scanning the passing cars for potential customers. A small group of women, all bundled up against the cold night air, moves slowly down the street, offering tea, coffee and chocolate to the prostitutes, stopping to chat and pray, if it’s wanted.

 

The women are a part of The Walk, a ministry of YWAM Lausanne and Westlake Church Lausanne, whose mission is to build relationships with the prostitutes and show them God’s love.

 

Refreshment from God

 

Every Monday evening, three or four people from The Walk meet to pray and then walk up and down the streets, talking to the women.

 

Vanessa, one of the women who helped start the ministry in 2012, said their goal is to encourage and build relationships with the women; to be a “refreshment from God.”

 

“We want to speak truth about their identity,” she said. “[To] be the coffee break in their very narrow life, where everything is focused around this, basically, and try to lift up their spirit and soul.”

 

The conversations take place in many languages, as the women come from places that include Nigeria, Ghana, Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Spain and Brazil. Many can speak English or French.

 

Carmen, who also helps organize The Walk, said they try see the women as God sees them—His precious daughters. For that reason they have conversations to get to know the women, and they talk about families, health problems and spiritual questions. Then they offer to pray. She said they try to communicate to the women that they are valuable, and they offer practical help when they can.

 

One of the prostitutes recently told her story to Maila, who volunteers with The Walk. Now in her late 30s, the woman’s childhood included abandonment and extreme poverty.

 

“I can’t judge, because maybe, in her place, I would have done the same thing to survive,” Maila said. “She needs the same grace that I need. Because the only thing that is different between us is that we were born in different families and we had different opportunities.”

 

An estimated 65 to 95 percent of people in prostitution were sexually assaulted as children, and about 75 percent of prostitutes were homeless at some point in their lives, according to the nonprofit organization Prostitution Research & Education.

 

Door of Hope

 

YWAM Lausanne and Westlake Church Lausanne began The Walk ministry after they were contacted by women from another city who wanted to minister to the prostitutes in Lausanne. Some YWAMers went visited the area in Lausanne for the first time in 2012.

 

“As soon as I went there, I realized there was a need to have a Christian presence in the streets,” Vanessa said. “A lot of Christians were praying, but not a lot of Christians were reaching out to them.”

 

In June of this year, The Walk ministry partnered with other local churches who also reach out to the prostitutes to form an association called Port’ Espoir, or Door of Hope. The association name is based on Hosea 2:15, which talks about God transforming a “Valley of Trouble into a Door of Hope.”

 

The members of Port’ Espoir hope to develop more ministries and preventative programs for the prostitutes as well as raise awareness about the harmful effects of prostitution.

 

For now, Vanessa said the people from The Walk will continue to be faithful in what they believe God has called them to do—go once a week to talk to and build relationships with the women.

 

“We believe that as there is this continuity of going again and again and again,” she said. “We are building trust and relationship that allows us to speak more and more, and that is also building up more into freedom [for the women].”

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A word from the upcoming DTS school leaders

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“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. 

 

Isaiah 54:10

 

It is God who first had compassion on us, and His love for us is unmovable. Through this DTS we desire to know this God who pursues us relentlessly with His love. We desire to hear this Voice from Heaven calling us, saying ‘You are mine’ (Is. 43:1). It will be this intimate relationship with the God of all creation that will breathe life in us and inspire us to follow him and “go into all the world” (Mk 16:15)

 

As we get to know this loving God we desire go out to a hurting world crying out for hope and “loose the chains of injustice (…) set the oppressed free, to share our food with the hungry, provide the poor wanderer with shelter and when we see the naked to clothe him. Then we will call, and the Lord will answer; we will cry for help and He will say: Here am I.” (Is 58:6-9)

 

We can’t wait!

 

Peter, Vanessa and Thomas

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. 

 

Isaiah 54:10

 

It is God who first had compassion on us, and His love for us is unmovable. Through this DTS we desire to know this God who pursues us relentlessly with His love. We desire to hear this Voice from Heaven calling us, saying ‘You are mine’ (Is. 43:1). It will be this intimate relationship with the God of all creation that will breathe life in us and inspire us to follow him and “go into all the world” (Mk 16:15)

 

As we get to know this loving God we desire go out to a hurting world crying out for hope and “loose the chains of injustice (…) set the oppressed free, to share our food with the hungry, provide the poor wanderer with shelter and when we see the naked to clothe him. Then we will call, and the Lord will answer; we will cry for help and He will say: Here am I.” (Is 58:6-9)

 

We can’t wait!

 

Peter, Vanessa and Thomas

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A Disciple´s Path starts in two weeks

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“A Disciple’s Path is a journey that we go on to grow in first knowing what it really means to be Jesus’ Disciple, and then practically walk it out. One aspect of this journey is development in character as we get to know God more, and the other aspect is our own personal calling for…

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“A Disciple’s Path is a journey that we go on to grow in first knowing what it really means to be Jesus’ Disciple, and then practically walk it out. One aspect of this journey is development in character as we get to know God more, and the other aspect is our own personal calling for missions in this world.
We are so excited as school leaders to welcome the first Chinese students into this big plan that God has for them – this is their time.
For all of us, Chinese or non-Chinese, this path involves movement, progress, action, adventure, growth, learning and relationship. Full of accomplishment and learning. Deep in union with Christ. Equipped to go to the world to serve.” – Josiah and Sisi
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Why choose YWAM Lausanne for a DTS? – Loren Cunningham

The founder of Youth With A Mission Loren Cunningham shares why Lausanne is a good place to do a DTS. “Especially the anointing of God is upon this place and it is for discipleship.” -Loren Cunningham

The founder of Youth With A Mission Loren Cunningham shares why Lausanne is a good place to do a DTS. “Especially the anointing of God is upon this place and it is for discipleship.” -Loren Cunningham

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Meet The Staff Monday – Miehl family

Let us introduce you to an amazing Miehl family. This beautiful couple will lead our next Bible Core Course that starts in three weeks.

Let us introduce you to an amazing Miehl family. This beautiful couple will lead our next Bible Core Course that starts in three weeks.

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