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Austin – Canada

"My DTS has been an incredible experience. Many of the friendships that I have made will probably last a lifetime. It is so cool that everybody has a different story and I can learn something from each one."
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Richard – USA

"My experience at YWAM Lausanne has been wonderful. The base is very well lead and operated and it has felt like home from the first day. I have also built some amazing friendships."

Kids’ Camp Participants Celebrate God and Each Other

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The youngest members of the YWAM Lausanne community experienced a fun-filled week together during the school holidays at a kids’ camp hosted by the staff at Lausanne.

 

During the week of October 13, ten children from the staff families at YWAM Lausanne participated in a day camp that included exciting activities like a trip to the zoo, Bible lessons, swimming at a local pool, crafts, science projects and worship times.

 

Eveliina Veltheim, who organized the activities of the camp, said the camp was an opportunity to invest in the lives of children at the base and give them time to deepen the bonds and friendships they have with one another.

 

“It’s important for the kids to talk and learn Christian values together,” she said. “We’re building the foundation for strong relationships between them.”

The youngest members of the YWAM Lausanne community experienced a fun-filled week together during the school holidays at a kids’ camp hosted by the staff at Lausanne.

 

During the week of October 13, ten children from the staff families at YWAM Lausanne participated in a day camp that included exciting activities like a trip to the zoo, Bible lessons, swimming at a local pool, crafts, science projects and worship times.

 

Eveliina Veltheim, who organized the activities of the camp, said the camp was an opportunity to invest in the lives of children at the base and give them time to deepen the bonds and friendships they have with one another.

 

“It’s important for the kids to talk and learn Christian values together,” she said. “We’re building the foundation for strong relationships between them.”

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Team develops new system for UofN

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To facilitate the growth of the University of the Nations, YWAM’s global university, a team of developers are creating a new records and communications system, which they plan to launch in March 2015.   “The purpose of the Enterprise Resource Planning system is to create one platform for all the things that we need to…

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To facilitate the growth of the University of the Nations, YWAM’s global university, a team of developers are creating a new records and communications system, which they plan to launch in March 2015.

 

“The purpose of the Enterprise Resource Planning system is to create one platform for all the things that we need to do to manage and grow the University of the Nations,” said Vince Licari, YWAM Lausanne staff and project leader for the new UofN ERP.

 

Support for a Growing University

 

Unlike most traditional universities, UofN courses are spread out across the globe at about 580 YWAM bases. Held in 160 different nations, the courses are offered in 97 different languages.

 

From 2009-2013, Licari said student enrollment jumped from about 12,000 to 16,000 students. He said the UofN leadership believes that creating the new system will be extremely critical for future growth of the university.

 

Currently, UofN data is managed in two separate systems—one in Hawaii in the United States and the other in England. The new system would place data from the two locations into one place, streamlining processes and creating a system for the bases that is more user friendly.

 

The system will also have new features available to the bases and students they serve. Students would be able to login and see which courses they have completed and how many credits they have toward a degree. They could also easily search for any course they would like to do in the future.

 

Another component of the project is to make the system available in multiple languages. Right now it is only available in English, but Licari said they hope to launch in March with several languages in place.

 

By March, he said the base administration area, course approval workflow (which is used by the deans and registrar), the student administration area as well as the data migration and training would all be complete.

 

God’s Provision in the Process

 

A team of seven people, about half of them YWAMers, have been volunteering their time and expertise to work on the project since January.

 

“We’ve really seen God’s hand in this project from the start until where we are now, and it has been remarkable,” Licari said. “The great leadership of Team Four [the UofN leadership team] has created a platform for us to create something like this. With the developers who have responded to be a part of the team, we are seeing so many things fall into place that only God could do. It’s just remarkable; absolutely outstanding.”

 

He said the heart of the team is to create a system that would serve the YWAM bases and students that use it, and that all of the bases would be equal beneficiaries of the system.

 

“Whenever we create anything, who we are gets somehow added into the project,” he said. “We want to write code, create the system, do the design and all those things with a heart of hospitality and service.”

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Celebration of the nations

Meet one of our School of Event Managament students and hear why is it important to create events. About a month ago, we had the privilege to lift up the name of Jesus and celebrate the nations in one of the oldest buildings in our city : The Notre Dame Cathedral of Lausanne! #ywamlausanne

Meet one of our School of Event Managament students and hear why is it important to create events. About a month ago, we had the privilege to lift up the name of Jesus and celebrate the nations in one of the oldest buildings in our city : The Notre Dame Cathedral of Lausanne! #ywamlausanne

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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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