Nov. 2021 Update

Nov. 2021 Update

Nov. 15th, 2021 | Vol. 2 No. 11

FORGING THE FUTURE

Reflecting back over 2021

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Looking back, it has been an incredibly fruitful year. Our whole community, staff and students alike, are deeply grateful for what God has done in our ministry as a whole. Your prayers and generosity have made a huge difference. Our property expansion is nearing completion and all of the buildings are filled with staff and young people. 2021 has been a "Crossing Jordan" experience for us. This has included major adjustments and challenges. One of the remaining challenges we are still trusting God for is the release of one million Swiss Francs to bring the construction project to a close. We have seen amazing generosity and assistance so far. We invite you to partner with us in prayer and financially for the last push towards this goal. Thank you so much in advance for your generosity. All information to donate can be found at the button down below. For any further questions regarding tax exemption, large gifts, or alternate means of contributing, please send an email to: [email protected]

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SCHOOLS & TRAINING

Ministry and Leadership Development School Takes on New Format

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Our ministry has been blessed with a dramatic expansion in the last year. With the increase, more space has been created for a new generation of leaders to take up the mantle in many categories. The Ministry and Leadership Development school has long been one of the best avenues we have to raise up young leaders and equip them for all that God has in store for them. We have recently overhauled the course format from a 3 month full learning week school to a 5-week intensive followed by a 19-week ministry involvement where the students are placed in a work-study role that matches their gifts and passions. This individualized approach will be much more effective at developing each student to fully maximize their strengths. The ministry involvement also opens up the door for much more practical skills training. We officially launched the first MLD of this new format at the beginning of this quarter with 10 amazing students. They have completed the intensive and have made the transition to ministry involvement. We are excited to see how each and every one of the students continues to grow and develop over the next several months. Looking to the future, we have great expectations for this newly revamped program and its vital role in the continued growth of our ministry.

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Testimony from the MLD

"God has been abundantly transforming my heart. In particular, He is teaching me more and more what it means to fear Him. Through this, my thoughts and mind have dynamically changed. God has also put me in a place where he has boldly shown me my original character and used this character to relate to others in the community. I have become so much more interested in loving my neighbours. I especially enjoy discovering the strengths that God has given each of us in conversation and service. The more I learn about the heart of Jesus when He interacts with people, the more I want to be close to that heart. In this season, God gives me the joy to obey what He has told me to do, and I've become more aware of how God's eyes see even the small things. Through MLD, He has been showing me that his plan really is the best, and the best happens when God is at the center of our life and mind. I am really excited to serve our community soon through seeking God's Kingdom first!"

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- Miku Ozuka, Japan
MLD Student

OUTREACH

July DTS Teams Return From Successful Outreaches

We are excited to announce our July DTS teams have returned safely for their final debrief week. While one team focused more on the challenging work of pioneering in Armenia, the other team has been continuing our established ministries in North Africa.

North Africa:

Seminars, Bible Study Groups, & Health Seminar

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For two months, we have been serving in North Africa. It's been such a privilege to live in the midst of this culture and gain God's heart for this nation. We had the privilege to serve in many different ministries, including helping with the R3 center seminars, bible study groups, and a health seminar!

The focus of our outreach has definitely been on building connections/relationships and bible studies. We are seeing that there is a great hunger for discipleship, and we took on the challenge to start teaching as much as possible. We have been part of many bible study groups, pioneering one with orthodox youth in particular. God has definitely shown us the importance and power of His word which truly is living and active!

Family visits with refugees have impacted our hearts tremendously. Many of these people have nothing and are going through great suffering, yet they have their hope and trust in the Lord. Those who don't know about Jesus are very open to discuss Him, and we have heard many stories of Muslims receiving revelations/dreams about Jesus even before they knew who He was!

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Armenia:

Street Evangelism, Kid’s Ministry, & Home Visits

The past two months of pioneering ministry and contacts in Armenia have been such a challenging yet joy-filled time! We traveled to multiple cities during our outreach, with Agarek and Yerevan standing out. Our ministry time included street evangelism, kid’s ministry, home visits, leading services, and so much more. Our main ministry time focused on hosting the locals and walking alongside them in discipleship. We had the privilege to run the Alpha course and help many people with their questions on faith and God. There is a very strong mafia presence in the cities, and it was heart-wrenching to see the stark contrast of women dressed in designer clothes coming from homes that are falling apart in a war-torn nation.

We are continuing to pray for open doors for the missionaries who continue to pioneer the work, and we are trusting to see a great move of God and revival in the nation of Armenia!

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Members of the Armenia team serve the local farmers with their Persimmon harvesting before Winter sets in.

In Closing

Opportunity to Partner with Us

Just as we bring this update to a close we ask that you prayerfully consider partnering with us to help see the rest of the one million francs come in by the end of this year. Details about how to contribute can be found at the link below. For information regarding tax exemption, large gifts, and alternate means of contributing, please reach out to: [email protected]

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Oct. 2021 Update

Oct. 2021 Update

Oct. 2021 Update

Oct. 15th, 2021 | Vol. 2 No. 10

SCHOOL & TRAINING

SBS Enters Final Quarter of Lecture Phase

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Our School of Biblical Studies (SBS) has entered its 3rd and final quarter of lecture phase. After 2 quarters of intensive study and a highly fruitful outreach to Mexico, we have great anticipation for this final stretch of the school. In these final 3 months, the students will dive deep into the Old Testament prophetic books, Revelation, and a final overview of the entire Bible. Exploring these amazing texts will conclude their year-long inductive study of the biblical narrative. We are so proud of the incredible growth each student has achieved since the beginning of the course. It has been a true joy to have them with us since the beginning of the year. We are also looking forward to our next SBS beginning in January of 2022!

OUTREACH

R3 Center Sees Leadership Expansion

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Our community development center in North Africa, R3, has been continuing to make a major impact on the lives of refugees. Now, in its 8th year, the center is experiencing a fresh wave of growth. We are seeing an unprecedented number of Sudanese stepping up into leadership roles, including a number of women. Team building and development have become a new focus to support the ever-expanding crew. Seeing them taking hold of the vision to better their community, is so exciting and vital to the long-term sustainability of the center. To facilitate the ongoing growth, R3 is also in the process of finding a new location, and we ask that you join us in prayer for the right doors to open.

WHAT IS R3?

An Overview of R3 Community Development Center

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The R3 center's primary goal is to bring hope to the communities of displaced refugees in North Africa. We work primarily with Sudanese refugees who have fled due to the war and unstable situation in their home country. The center offers vocational and worldview classes to help the refugees gain the skills and know-how to improve their communities. Some of the vocations R3 offers training in are sewing and garment construction, simple electrical repair, carpentry, and basic computer skills (eg. word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, etc.). These skills enable the refugees to find employment or start their own micro-enterprise to support their families. The center also offers language courses for English, Arabic, and French to aid in the process of integration once the displaced people are able to permanently immigrate to their new countries. The ministry of R3 makes a truly profound impact in the lives of the refugees by not only giving them hope and vision for the future but a practical path to that future as well. This ministry changes the course of lives, setting people on a completely different trajectory, and even shaping future generations.

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Story of "Amazed"

In 2017, 4 Sudanese ladies and I began a business project to employ, equip and empower ladies in the local North African community. We called the project "Amazed." Starting with a small but mighty team of alumni from R3's world view and seamstress training courses, we began to create textile products. This created a number of jobs for the Sudanese women, offering a way for them to help support their families. In the beginning, our primary customer and principal investor was YWAM Lausanne, who helped us both in setting up our production space and as a buyer for our products. In our first 2 years, we had sold nearly 450 articles. We continued to strive forward and expand our reach going into 2020, but then COVID forced many of our plans to be put on hold. In this turbulent and tumultuous time, the women of Amazed began to dream of the next steps for the project. They expressed interest in deepening their garment creation skills. Not long after a skilled seamstress came to R3 on an outreach team and was able to impart what she knew to the women. With this additional level of training, the women of Amazed are now able to teach much more advanced techniques than before and are working to create a number of new designs for their local market (currently most of their wares are being sold abroad). Amazed is still very much in an early stage of growth and development. However, already we are seeing strong Godly woman leaders stepping up to influence and change their community. As the business continues to expand, we are looking to add another 3 employees to the Amazed Global team! Praise the Lord!

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- Rhoda Aguilar, USA
Amazed Project Director

FORGING THE FUTURE

U of N Record System Team Sprint Comes to Lausanne

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The U of N Record System Team

Part of the calling YWAM Lausanne has is to serve YWAM as a whole. As a part of this mandate, we are currently facilitating and hosting a development sprint with the University of the Nations record system team. The record system team is responsible for creating and maintaining the central application database for the U of N. This massive system handles everything from course registrations, to student records and everything in-between for every YWAM base. The team is comprised of both YWAM/U of N staff and external volunteers who work in the software industry from all around the globe. They convene periodically for 2-week intensive sprints to continue to improve and maintain the system. We take great joy in being able to host them and aid in the vital work they do to serve and support YWAM as a whole.

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The Record System Team hard at work in the "War Room"

A WINDOW INTO OUR WORLD

Large Intake of Students Fill Classrooms Across Campus

With our massive intake of students at the beginning of the quarter the new buildings are being put to great use. Here is a window into what it looks like these days around campus.

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