All are called
At YWAM we believe that missions should be part of every Christian’s walk with God. The Bible says in Matthew 28:18-20:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
We are called as disciples to make more disciples; to proclaim the Gospel to the lost and to lead those same people into a life transformed by its power.
In YWAM we love the nations, and we love to partner with God’s plans for them. Whether we reach out to our next-door neighbours or a cross-continental community, we believe all are called to expand the realisation of the kingdom of God.
We live in a world marred by brokenness. The world is filled with physical, spiritual and relational disfunction. God’s once perfect creation is crying out for the return of Christ, the day when all that is wrong will be made right.
We must, therefore go. The world is desperate for its saviour, and He has chosen to use us to reveal Him to them.
As believers we have the answer for the brokenness of this world – we know He who is the answer for this world! To the lost we declare that He is our salvation! To those lacking we bring assistance, revealing the one who is their provider. We work as agents of peace, following the example of Christ who paid the ultimate sacrifice to restore us to peace with the Father.
What it means to ‘go’
The founder of YWAM, Lauren Cunningham describes the word ‘go’ from the great commission as a word which denotes a change in location. The word indicates an intentional move to share the Gospel.
Going doesn’t necessarily indicate that we must move countries or cities, though it may do. It means that we must inquire the heart of God as to where He is sending us. He may call you to go into business and represent Him in that sphere of society. God may call you to be a chef and share about who God is and the importance of nutrition with your colleagues.
The important thing is that we actively respond to the call of God and live out the great commission.
Why do we do missions in a DTS?
In our Discipleship Training School (DTS) students have two phases of learning – lecture phase and outreach phase. During lecture phase students focus on ‘getting to know God.’ They receive teaching on who God is, what it looks like to have a relationship with Him and are mentored in living a Godly life.
During outreach phase is when the DTS focus turns out towards missions. Students grow in ‘making God known,’ they travel to foreign nations to preach the good news and to bring aide to those in need.
We see it as fundamental that our Discipleship Training School is designed to grow students in their relationship with God, their personal character and their active pursuit to reach the lost – up, in and out. To be missing any of these three elements is a truncated version of the Gospel.
Our desire is to see students lay a firm foundation in all of these three essential elements of the life of a disciple (up, in and out) during their time in DTS. This will equip students to continue living out and developing their faith in whatever area of life God calls them to after DTS!
A DTS student’s outreach testimony
Lucy Miles, a student from the January 2019 DTS describes her outreach:
‘My outreach had a profound impact on me. It was the challenges of outreach that drove me into the Word each day and laid the foundation for consistency in my devotional times since. I encountered a God whose heart was broken for a nation and each day found my heart breaking for them as well.
Whether we were playing with orphans, sharing the Gospel or discipling youth, God showed up. He healed broken hearts and bodies, provided where there was lack and revealed Himself to people who hadn’t met Him before.
Outreach challenged me to believe for miracles and evangelise with boldness. What an honour is was play a hand in discipling the globe!’