Mar. 2024 Update

Mar. 2024 Update

Mar. 2024 Update

March 15th, 2024 | Vol. 5 No. 3

OUR HEART

Fruitful in Christ

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Dear Friends,

We want to take a moment to share the impact recent events have had on our community. These events being the passing of a beloved YWAM Lausanne staff in January and of the accident in Tanzania that resulted in the passing of a former YWAM Lausanne staff and several friends & co-workers in YWAM. We now have two apple trees planted on our property. One, in memory of Loren Cunningham planted in December. The second was planted last week, during our prayer day, in memory of those who have recently passed. They help us to remember their lives and the fruitful contributions they have made and continue to make in God’s kingdom. In these times of shaking, God’s Word must be the firm anchor we bind our lives to. The reality of the future resurrection shapes the hope we experience in the present. The apostle Paul concluded his great chapter on the resurrection with these poignant words

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain”
1 Cor. 15:58

These words have brought much encouragement to us in this season. Because of Jesus, life extends into eternity. Our work on this side, which anticipates God’s coming kingdom on the other, is truly not in vain. What our friends worked for has and will continue to bear fruit. Our work will bear fruit, provided we remain steadfast, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and faithfully loving Jesus, as God has reminded us at the start of this year.

As we reflect on the initial quarter of 2024 we see glimpses of the fruitfulness of following Jesus. Two examples stand out. Our local ministries have grown significantly as we have added more refugee ministry, another French class, bible studies, and a pre-DTS course for local believers. Secondly at a recent community meeting the evening closed with several staff and students expressing commitments to God’s call on their life to the frontiers of cross-cultural missions. We are burdened by the recent loss of friends and filled with hope as we remain steadfast in serving God in Lausanne and around the globe. Knowing deep within that in the Lord our work is not in vain.

We appreciate your prayers for the global family of YWAM, and may you too be encouraged by the hope of the Resurrection, as we anticipate the celebration of easter in the coming weeks.

Markus, Anita, Emeline, Daniel, and Jordan


Life with the Lord Podcast

In this episode we sit down with Kendra Conrad. She is part of our staff team here in YWAM Lausanne and has a huge heart for discipleship. We will go over her own story and we will cover what it measn to truly follow Jesus and how to make disciples.


OUTREACH

Stories from Uganda

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A picture of the team and the boys after football ministry.

Our team had just arrived in Uganda, we were on our first week of ministry in Arua, doing house visits when we saw a group of boys building bricks in the brick field. So we invited them over to hear their stories and get to know them. Our team shared about Jesus and prayed for them. Before our outreach began we had felt that discipleship and multiplication were going to be the theme for our work there, and we were expectant to see how we would see this come true.

Soon there was an opportunity to start a weekly football ministry in the YWAM base there in Arua. These boys were so excited, around 20 showed up, we played football and then sat down to hear stories and testimonies of who God is. At the end of our first night, we all felt very strongly to disciple and walk with some of these boys so that they could be strong rocks for their community. We also had a heart to start a Bible study. 

One of these boys was Frank, he was one we all felt to disciple and so we shared about the possibility of doing a Bible study with him. He got even more excited about being able to study the bible than about playing football! He quickly started to ask how many people he could invite. So we started with this new ministry and soon we had a group of 30 people studying the Bible. 

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Picture taken after one of the Bible study group nights.

As we continued with the Bible group we saw that multiplication was going to play a big part. We wanted to train some of the boys to be able to lead the Bible study themselves and so we prayed and we invited some of the boys to be trained in how to make an Inductive Bible Study. This entailed teaching them how to pick a text, a topic and how to hear from the Lord, how to read the whole passage and ask the Lord to know what's He highlighting, also how to research the context and how to formulate the interpretation observation and application questions. 

During our final month there they were able to lead this Bible study we were there to support and participate. It was incredible to see the transformation in their lives, and how they went from building bricks to building bible studies. Through this ministry we saw people getting to know God better, we saw people giving their lives to Jesus and we saw the fruit of multiplication we had been praying for even before this outreach.

As we left we took time to bless these boys and commission them to continue being a blessing in their community.

Annika DeBoer, Uganda Outreach Team | Mediterranean DTS

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Our outreach team, commissioning the boys to lead the Bible study group.

FORGING THE FUTURE

Coming up in July

Outreach

IN CLOSING

Thank You

We are beyond grateful for the support and prayers from many of you that underpin the fruitfulness of our ministry. We love to extend and encouragement to continue to partner with us financially in order to see all the purposes God has for YWAM Lausanne in 2024 accomplished. If you would like to make a donation to our ministries, you can do so here.

We are deeply grateful for your generosity and trust God will continue to faithfully bless you as you are a source of blessing to those around you.

Thank you!