Nov. 2022 Update

Nov. 2022 Update

Nov. 15th, 2022 | Vol. 3 No. 11

SCHOOL & TRAINING

3 Bible Schools Bring Students Deeper

BCCOL

One of the major emphasizes YWAM Lausanne has is in Bible training. We are passionate about the word of God. Its enduring universal truth transforms lives, families, communities, nations, and the world. Currently, we have 3 different bible courses underway, each with a special focus and purpose. They are the Discipleship Bible School (DBS), Bible Core Course on Location (BCC), and School of Biblical Studies (SBS).

The Discipleship Bible School (DBS) is a 3-month course where students read and study through the entire Bible, cover to cover. The aim of the school is to give students a clear picture of the big story and learn how to apply the Bible in their daily lives. This DBS is also unique as it is English and Korean bilingual. This adds a wonderful cross-cultural dimension to the school, further enriching the program.

DBS

The Bible Core Course on Location (BCC) is one of the most unique programs as it gives students the chance to explore Biblical locations while studying. The school begins in Lausanne and then travels to a number of key locations from the Bible. While on location, the students study the books that relate to those locations. Connecting the locations to the text is an experience unlike any other.

The School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is nearing its completion. Beginning in January the students have been studying the Bible book by book using the inductive method. After 6 months of study, they went on outreach for 2 months and a month's break before returning to complete their final 3 months of study. It has been a joy to walk with these students on the journey of this last year and we celebrate what they have accomplished.

BCCOL

Life with the Lord Podcast

This month on the LWL podcast, we sat down with Haddie, a current SBS student from the US, to chat about the prophetic books of the Bible. For many, this is a confusing and hard-to-understand portion of scripture, but when placed in its historical context, it is an incredible example of God’s love and mercy. We hope this episode encourages you in your reading of the prophets.


OUTREACH

Q3 DTS North Africa Team Makes Impact

DTS North Africa Team

The nine members of our Q3 DTS outreach to North Africa have just concluded a very successful outreach. They have been involved in a diverse range of different ministries including working with kids, doing home visits, sharing in churches, and engaging with the R3 center. Home visits have been the team's favorite as it gives them a format to connect on a deeply personal level with people. They have been able to listen to their stories about what life has been like for the refugees here in North Africa. Many have gone through a lot of suffering both to get here and live here. On each visit they prayed with and encouraged the families, trying to show the hope they can have for their futures with God, and blessing them with packages of staple foods.

Testimonies from the DTS North Africa Team

"The DTS outreach has been an eye-opening cultural experience for me. Initially, I was hesitant to go to North Africa and at first struggled to connect with the land and people. I was also nervous about knowing the right way to engage with people and how to share God’s love. However, as I sought the Lord, he began to open my heart. On two separate mornings, I woke up with a testimony and a sermon placed in my heart to share at the churches on the immediate Sundays. As I wrote down the words He gave to me, I realized that God used my struggles to embrace the outreach to speak to me and turned them into stories that I can encourage the communities with. Through this process, I see God’s faithfulness and guidance so evident in my life. It has drawn me so much deeper into my relationship with God and I found a deep connection to the people of North Africa."

Eli Whitesell

Grace Ang, Singapore
DTS Student

FORGING THE FUTURE

Kingdom Come Recap

Kingdom Come

To follow up on our last update, we have just hosted another Kingdom Come event in the city. Due to the changing weather, we hosted this one at a church in the light industrial district close to the city center. We put out the word both on the streets and through the relational networks and churches in the area. The passion of the evening was contagious. There were times of testimonies, worship, performing arts, preaching, prayer, and lots of fellowship. It was an incredible time of encouraging and stoking the flames of passion for the Lord. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of seeing His Kingdom Come on earth as it is in heaven.

Kingdom Come Kingdom Come

IN CLOSING

Invitation to Help Raise up More Young Missionaries

As we look ahead to 2023, our vision for training and equipping young people for missions has never been more clear. In the last 2 years, we have seen the Lord expand our capacity to train more students from the nations and send them to the nations. To help widen the doors to our training programs we are innovating to offer 40 partial scholarships over the course of 2023. These scholarships will be given to students with a missional call on their life who are seeking to do a full year of in-depth missions training to further equip them for the ministry God has called them to. However, we can't do this without you. The total cost of enabling these 40 students via these partial scholarships is 240,000 francs. To break that down, the cost of sponsoring one of these students for a week is only 120 chf, for a month is 480 chf, or 6,000 chf for a whole year. We ask you to consider sponsoring one of these up-and-coming missionaries this holiday season. Click here to contribute.

Oct. 2022 Update

Oct. 2022 Update

Oct. 15th, 2022 | Vol. 3 No. 10

SCHOOL & TRAINING

Q4 Starts with Over 100 Students

busy campus

The final quarter of this year has gotten off to a strong start. We have well over a hundred students in 7 different courses. It is a true joy to have so many wonderful students all seeking to further their relationship with God in different ways. This excitement is infectious and the campus is a buzz. At the moment, we have Foundations for Counseling Ministry (FCM), French & English Discipleship Training School (DTS), English & Korean Discipleship Bible School (DBS), Bible Core Course on Location (BCC), English Learning for Missions (ELM), Ministry and Leadership Development School (MLD), and a School of Biblical Studies (SBS) in their final quarter. The students in these programs also come from more than 20 nations, each adding their own unique thread to the beautiful tapestry of cultures in our community. It is thrilling to think of all that God has instore for each of them.

Testimonies from our Schools

With so much amazing training happening in our community currently, we wanted to share with you a collection of short testimonies from our alumni about how their time at YWAM Lausanne has shaped their lives:

"The schools revealed more of who God is and through that, it transformed my life. Each school has its own purpose in diving deep into your faith that challenged me in my worldview, character, and identity. I was not only able to draw closer in my relationship with God but became more confident in who I am and saw purpose through the calling God has given me."

Nathan Pak

Nathan Pak, USA



"The BCC for me was a school that changed my understanding of the Bible, to not be a Judge as I read the Bible but to look for God's heart through history and to see that HE is the same amazing, patient, restoring, and faithful God until today."

Francilene Augusta

Francilene Augusta, Brazil



"Doing schools here at YWAM Lausanne has given me the dream opportunity to live in an intercultural community with the goal of learning more about God and how to make him known to the nations. It has provided me with the rich experience of cross-cultural communication as well as the experience of walking alongside others in order to advance the kingdom of God; an experience that has changed my life in absolutely unfathomable ways."

Eli Whitesell

Eli Whitesell, USA

OUTREACH

DTS Tanzania Team Makes Impact

DTS Tanzania Team

Our summer Discipleship Training School Tanzania outreach team has been having a particularly fruitful time of ministry. Since arriving in the nation, they have been involved in a range of evangelism and discipleship endeavors including teaching English, giving devotionals, leading Bible studies, and much more. The team also spent a week in the remote village of Engikaret. During this time, the team went door to door meeting with and reaching out to the people. This proved extremely fruitful and 13 individuals came to faith. The outreach has been stretching at times for the students but they are full of joy and are embracing the culture and people of Tanzania. It is thrilling to think of all the eternal fruit this outreach has resulted in and we thank God for all he has done through this wonderful team.

DTS Tanzania Team

Life with the Lord Podcast

We have something new for you starting this month. Life With the Lord is a podcast produced by YWAM Lausanne that's focused on uncovering the daily walk of the everyday Christian and encouraging growth in key topics that every Christian will encounter or struggle with in their day-to-day lives. We hope to provide a space for teachers and peers who have a deep passion for an aspect of the Christian walk and have practiced thoughtful study in this area to have a conversation others can learn from or be inspired by. We hope you enjoy this month’s episode with Luzanne Esmeraldo and her journey to use her passion for event management to build the kingdom.


FORGING THE FUTURE

NAO 2022 Recap

NAO

At the beginning of the year, we set an emphasis on expanding our ministry impact through the R3 Community Development Center in North Africa. As a part of this expansionary effort, we established a permanent team, at the beginning of the year, in North Africa to help further develop the ministry as well as pioneer new efforts to make tangible impacts in the community. The team has begun work on an oral bible translation project with some of the refugees who speak languages without a translation of the scripture, forged new inroads with locals, and grown significantly in their language skills. We are so thankful for the amazing ministry these team members have accomplished in the last year and are excitedly anticipating all that God has for them in the coming years. Alongside the perminant team, we have also sent more outreach teams than in previous years. These outreach teams have come alongside the permanent team and existing ministries to help propel them forwards. It has been a very fruitful year and we look forward to the bright future God has in store for the ministry in North Africa.


IN CLOSING

Invitation to Partner in Reaching the City of Lausanne

NAO

One of the other areas of our calling as a ministry we have been rapidly growing in this past year has been local evangelism and outreach. For many years we have sent teams into the heart of our city weekly to share the gospel. However, starting this year, we have begun to take things to another level by hosting some of our community meetings in the city as well. We call these special meetings, Kingdom Come. This format allows us to directly invite people we meet on the streets to these open meetings with worship, testimonies, performances, delicious food for everyone, and messages. These events have already proved to be very fruitful, and we are excited to continue growing in this way of reaching our city. If you would like to help make these events possible, we would like to invite you to partner with us financially to help make these events reach more people with the good news. All information about how to give can be found here.

Sept. 2022 Update

Sept. 2022 Update

Sept. 15th, 2022 | Vol. 3 No. 9

SCHOOL & TRAINING

New Wave of Bible Courses Coming

new waves

As we approach the end of the year, we are happy to share that out of the 7 schools we will be operating in quarter four, 3 will have a clear biblical emphasis. Our SBS will be tackling the final stretch in their year-long study, and they will be joined by our BCCOL and DBS schools. Beginning in Lausanne, the Bible Core Course on Location will then travel to Egypt, Israel, Greece, Turkey, and Italy to complete its study in the actual locations where the Bible was written. For future students seeking to enroll in a bible school, the BCC can be an excellent place to start if you opt to continue your studies with SBS because it also counts as credit there. Meanwhile, the DBS will be taught bilingually in Korean and English. This is the second iteration of the DBS being taught bilingual, and we are excited to see how the diversity of the class brings further revelation to the students and their studies. The DBS follows the red thread of the Bible, looking at the plan of redemption God has for humanity from beginning to end in just 3 months.

OUTREACH

Bible Outreach Teams Return

Bible outreach teams

Our campus had the honor of sending out two outreach teams comprised of a combonation of students and staff from our School of Biblical Studies, Discipleship Bible School, and Bible Core Course on Location. These teams were sent out to Mexico and Armenia and have both seen amazing results from their ministry now that their outreaches have concluded.

BIBLE OUTREACH TEAMS

Armenia Team

Bible Armenia Team

The Armenia team has primarily focused on working with local churches to lead small group classes and bible studies. Their aim has been to help the local believers deepen their understanding of the scriptures as well as how to study them more effectively. They have also been working on creating video teachings that are being translated into Farsi to further bless and encourage the local body of Christ as well as reach out to those who are seeking. Hopefully, the impact of these amazing teachings will continue to be felt for many years to come.

Bible Armenia Team

BIBLE OUTREACH TEAMS

Mexico Team

Bible Mexico Team

The Mexico outreach team has also been doing a lot of teaching with local churches and small groups. In addition to this, they have been doing evangelism, kids ministry, and ministry inside a juvenile prison. Working with the inmates has been especially impactful. The team has been going twice a week, meeting with two different sections, ages between 15-18 and 17-23. They have been able to forge relationships and speak into the lives of the young people in really powerful ways. The truth of Gods word rings true no matter where we are in life, and hopefully, their work will help the inmates to find a better track in life.

DTS ASIA TEAM

Testimony from Armenia Bible Outreach Team

One specific way we’ve seen the Bible impact lives in Armenia is when we had the opportunity to go to an Armenian church our first week here. After Lisa shared a message about God being with two specific people who were lonely and rejected in the book of Genesis, a girl came forward in tears. She explained that this was her first time coming to church in a long time and everything Lisa shared was exactly what she had been feeling but was too scared to talk about. She saw how God has been after her heart and chose to re-dedicate her life to the Lord! This was significant for me because it was simply through Lisa sharing a Bible story of how God was with people who were lonely and rejected that He met this girl and changed her life. This proves the power of God’s word.

Margaret Ketcham

- Margaret Ketcham, USA
SBS Student

FORGING THE FUTURE

U of N Meetings Come to Lausanne

NAO

Part of YWAM Lausanne's mandate is to serve the YWAM movement as a whole. There are a number of ways we engage with this calling, one of which is hosting various international gatherings. From the end of August into the beginning of this month, we had the pleasure of hosting the President's Gathering (PG) and Core International Leadership Team (CILT) meetings for the University of the Nations, which oversees and accredits YWAM training around the globe. These meetings normally happen once or twice per annum but had to be put on hold for nearly 2 years because of Covid. The gatherings we hosted were the second time they have convened since the hiatus. Attendees of these meetings are the upper-level academic faculty from the university along with leaders from the largest YWAM training locations. Their aim is to continue developing and implementing further innovation around training. This is vital to the health and longevity of the YWAM movement, as we seek to equip and raise up waves of young people to reach all nations. These times are also very inspiring to see the multitude of different ways the Lord has led different locations to reach the world for Christ. Coming together, exchanging ideas, building relationships, and looking to the future, these are special times indeed and we are glad to be able to host and facilitate this for our global network.


IN CLOSING

Opportunity to Partner in Training

In Luke 10:2, Jesus speaks about how the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. This is still true today. In many ways, this is the crux of the ministry of YWAM Lausanne; training and equipping young people to become these aforementioned workers. We have a fund that we use to extend partial scholarships to young people who are pursuing long-term engagement in missions and ministry. These efforts to make training more accessible to students with long-term visions in ministry have incredible long-term fruitfulness with an impact that continues to ring for decades into the future. Through this scholarship fund, you can have a direct hand in making this impact. Would you prayerfully consider making a donation towards these scholarships to see more young people raised up to reach the world for Christ? All information on how to contribute can be found here.

Aug. 2022 Update

Aug. 2022 Update

Aug. 15th, 2022 | Vol. 3 No. 8

SCHOOL & TRAINING

SOW Finds Intercultural Unity

SOW

One of the exciting elements of this summer has been the return of the School of Worship (SOW) to our campus. As we seek to expand the area of worship in our ministry, this school is helping to lay a strong foundation. The core of the school is to raise up true worshipers who have the heart, skills, and knowledge to lead others. Thus, in addition to traditional lecture-style teaching, the school also includes a lot of practical learning. Spending hours a day practicing, being coached, and spending time in the presence of God worshiping deeply instills these aspects into each one of their lives. This blend provides a great experience for the students and helps them grow very quickly. The students are grouped into bands that rotate leading worship both on campus and in various local churches we are connected to. Additionally, students of the school write an original worship song each week. These songs are performed during the "Song cafe" each Friday. This SOW specifically, has a heavy emphasis on the intercultural aspect of worship in a missional context. Students are encouraged to collaborate and use different languages in a song. This is such a beautiful reflection of the unity in diversity that serves as an integral part of our mission. As a final capstone project, the class will record an original worship album with each student contributing one song they have written. This album will be released sometime later this year, and we look forward to being able to share it with you!

ReClaimed Testimony

We have reached the final installment of the ReClaimed testimony series. It has been our joy to present these to you over the last couple of months and trust they have been an encouragement to you. This final episode tells the story of Janik and the journey God has had him on from soccer player to missionary chef. Please enjoy!

ReClaimed Episode #4 : Janik

ReClaimed Episode #4 : Janik

OUTREACH

DTS Sends 4 Outreach Teams

DTS

Our April DTS sent out 4 outreach teams to 3 different continents! This is very exciting and we are so proud of what they have accomplished for the kingdom over the last months. Here is what they have been up to and how God has been using them to bless the nations:

DTS EUROPE TEAM

Europe Team Works with Refugees & Regen

DTS EUROPE TEAM

The Europe team began our outreach in Romania working with Ukrainian refugees and the Romani people group. We felt it was imperative to continue the work that the previous team had started, and we saw that God had us there for a very specific purpose. A romani man who the previous outreach team had prayed for deliverance over this time found our current team and gave his life to Christ. We also took part in the Regen Outreach before heading to Bad Blankenburg, Germany to live and work with Ukrainian refugees by serving them.

DTS NORTH AFRICA TEAM

North Africa Team Invests in Discipleship

DTS NORTH AFRICA TEAM

Our team in North Africa has been doing really well, and a highlight for the students has been seeing the benefit of ongoing ministries and discipleship. Once, while ministering at a church, one of the mom’s of the village children realised she had never actually committed her life to God, and we had the great privilege of leading her to accept Jesus as her Lord. The team is enjoying especially the handicap ministry, and we would love prayer for fresh motivation and energy to continue the work.

DTS ASIA TEAM

Asia Team Works Kids & Teaches English

DTS ASIA TEAM

Our team in Southeast Asia began our ministry in Thailand. We have been busy and blessed to be welcomed into schools to do ministry with the children, and a lot of our time has been spent teaching English. Our team just moved to Cambodia which has been a slower pace and getting back to basics through going village to village and doing evangelism.

DTS EAST AFRICA TEAM

East Africa Team Builds Houses & Visits Remote Villages

DTS EAST AFRICA TEAM

Our team in East Africa has had the blessing of going to both Uganda and Tanzania for outreach. Most of our time is spent in villages, sometimes in hard-to-reach areas even in vans. Our main ministry has been with building houses for families who do not have the resources otherwise. Before we came, we prayed for God to meet the need to build 2 houses during our time here, and God provided in abundance so that we could fund the building of 5 more houses as well!

FORGING THE FUTURE

NAO Returns to North Africa

NAO

The second North Africa Outreach of this year is well underway. This outreach is taking place at the R3 community development center our ministry is deeply connected too. During these times, teams of YWAM Lausanne staff, alumni, students, and others gather in North Africa over the course of a month. Participants get involved in a number of amazing ministries such as teaching workshops and basic skills to refugees and displaced people, sharing and encouraging existing Christian communities, building relationships with locals, and aiding our long-term team. NAO has a heavy emphasis on practical and hands-on involvement. Our community development center runs workshops to teach displaced people basic skills such as sewing, electrical appliance repair, computer skills, and worldview. We are so excited to see all God is doing in and through these times.

NAO

IN CLOSING

Invitation to Partner with the R3 Community Development Center

As you can see, the Lord is moving in mighty ways through the R3 center in North Africa. This portion of our ministry is making a key impact in the lives of the refugees by both practically and spiritually equipping them. This ministry would not be possible without the generosity of people like you. Would you take a moment to prayerfully consider giving a financial gift towards the R3 community development center to help them continue to equip and train the people of North Africa? More info about how to give can be found here.

Jul. 2022 Update

Jul. 2022 Update

Jul. 15th, 2022 | Vol. 3 No. 7

SCHOOL & TRAINING

Word By Heart Returns

CDS

The incredible Word by Heart Seminar has returned to our campus! WBH aims to teach students the Bible; not with meer memorisation, but through imagined memories. The school was founded by ex-broadway actor Bruce Kuhn and YWAM leader Paul Childers. Together, they have formed a method of internalizing the word that attempts to use our God-given imagination to suppose what it would have been like to witness these stories firsthand and share them with others. This current seminar is learning about 35 minutes of material or 5 stories, in just 5 weeks. One goal of the school is to bring the reality of the word to those listening. These aren’t just stories, they REALLY happened, so how do we communicate this truth in a real way to a child, a teen, to someone who has gone through deep trauma? We analyze the cultural context of each story and bring those details in through our expressions, gestures, and the unique way each student recounts them. It is a privilege to express God’s heart, and Word By Heart allows us to capture just a fraction of the light Jesus gives us and offer it to others.

ReClaimed Testimony

Following up on the last couple of months, we have a new episode of the ReClaimed testimony mini-series. This 3rd installment of the series tells the story of Minna and how God has transformed her life from graves into gardens. We hope these episodes continue to be an encouragement to all of you.

ReClaimed Episode #3 : Minna

ReClaimed Episode #3 : Minna

OUTREACH

Regeneration in Montreux

Regen

Regeneration Outreach is back! Due to COVID, we were unable to run our usual outreach for the past 3 years, but this 13th iteration has had a strong impact. The Regeneration Outreach takes place during the Montreux music festival. This festival brings in people from all over the globe seeking entertainment as many big-name performers and different vendors set up for the 2 weeks. The outreach has a focus on 5 streams; Performing Arts, Bible Distribution, Hospitality, Kids & Families, and Evangelism! Each stream highlights an area we believe God values such as creativity & fun, championing young people, teaching God’s word, and sharing the love of God with others through our testimony. With over 60 volunteers and performers from all over the world, our team has shown incredible enthusiasm and servant-leadership in how they have engaged with the outreach. We have seen God’s faithfulness as the team jumped in fully to do evangelism and heard incredible testimonies of people met and unique opportunities to share the Gospel.

Regen Bible Distrobution

FORGING THE FUTURE

Record System Team Develops App

Create & Communicate

Part of the mandate of YWAM Lausanne is to serve the mission worldwide. One of the exciting ways we do this practically is by hosting the University of the Nations Record System Team. We have been blessed to host an international team of programmers, designers, and U of N faculty who work to build and maintain the record system at the heart of the University of the Nations. They have convened at our campus for one of their intensive 2-week development sprints. The focus of this particular sprint is to develop a mobile app for students to find courses, bases, degree plans, and access their academic records. The app will also be fully available in several languages at launch, making it accessible to as many people around the globe as possible. We hope that this new innovative tool for students will mobilize and spur them to continue their studies and development by exposing them to all the U of N has to offer globally. We are so incredibly blessed by how this team has served our global mission for years and are honored to be able to aid them by providing a place for them to convene.


IN CLOSING

Thank You for Your Support

As part of our extended family at YWAM Lausanne, we are so thankful for your support that allows us to continue building God’s kingdom here on Earth. Our ministry is dependent on God's provision as we continue building upon our foundational practices of evangelism, training, and mercy ministries. As we continue to expand our ministry, your continued support is essential. We invite you to consider a major gift towards furthering God's purposes on earth through our ministry. Should you have any questions, we would love to schedule a time to talk with you!

Jun. 2022 Update

Jun. 2022 Update

Jun. 15th, 2022 | Vol. 3 No. 6

SCHOOL & TRAINING

CDS Prepares to Bring Beauty, Order, & Abundance

CDS

As believers, we are called to disciple nations. But what does that look like in practical terms? On a basic level, nations are large collections of smaller communities. The mission of CDS is to bring lasting transformation to these communities and help them flourish. Flourishing can look vastly different depending on the context of the community in question however there are many universal principles that apply to all. Using the Biblical example of Jesus in Luke 2:52, the school trains students to bring beauty, order, and abundance in whatever ministry context they are called to. Aligning communities with the way God intended them to function is the focal point of CDS.

CDS

With a heavy emphasis on practical application, this course has a profound impact on the future fruitfulness of the students' long-term ministries. The transformative effects of this are already becoming evident in the students. Over the course of the school, they have been discovering their purpose and how to apply Biblical transformation in the areas of ministry they are passionate about and called to. There is no doubt that this incredible program has set these students on a course to make an eternal impact. No matter the specific context of ministry, there is always room to apply the powerful teachings of this course. A number of the students are preparing to do an outreach in Mexico with a justice-related ministry this summer. We look forward to sharing the results of this with all of you in the coming months.

OUTREACH

Kingdom Come in Riponne

Kindom come

We have something new to reach out to our city! We call this new initiative 'Kingdom Come' or 'Que Ton Règne Vienne' in French. Once a month, we're taking one of our weekly community gatherings into the city and opening it up to anyone who wants to join. This month, we hosted it in Place Rippone, an open-air square in Lausanne! Teams of students went out a few hours before the event to invite local bypassers to come and enjoy the music, testimonies, activities, and even food we had prepared for the evening. The response we received was overwhelming. People were prayed for, Bibles were handed out, and many even joined us to sing and dance right there in the middle of the square! We can't wait to see what God has in store for the upcoming Kingdom Come gatherings!

Kindom come

ReClaimed Testimony

This month, we have the next installment of our ReClaimed mini-series of testimonies. We are so thankful for the warm reception the first episode received and hope these subsequent episodes continue to be an encouragement. Please enjoy!

ReClaimed Episode #2 : Madison

ReClaimed Episode #2 : Madison

FORGING THE FUTURE

New Brand Course Coming Soon

Create & Communicate

We are so excited to announce the return of a full communications school to our campus at the beginning of 2023. This completely new course is focused on equipping the next generation of communicators. Using the create and communicate seminars as a testing ground, we have been developing towards this for some time. The full 3-month course will meet core curriculum requirements for U of N degree students as well as serve as a launch pad for those who are interested in communications to rapidly expand their skills. All of this learning will be embedded deeply in the biblical foundations for creating and communicating.

CCC

We are so excited to announce the return of a full communications school to our campus at the beginning of 2023. This completely new course is focused on equipping the next generation of communicators. Using the create and communicate seminars as a testing ground, we have been developing towards this for some time. The full 3-month course will meet core curriculum requirements for U of N degree students as well as serve as a launch pad for those who are interested in communications to rapidly expand their skills. All of this learning will be embedded deeply in the biblical foundations for creating and communicating.


IN CLOSING

Invitation to Partner with Us

As a ministry, YWAM Lausanne is profoundly dependent on God's provision to continue to deepen our engagement with evangelism, training, and mercy ministries. Much of this provision comes through the generosity of people like you. Would you take a moment prayerfully consider supporting YWAM Lausanne with a one-time gift or monthly donation? Your prayers and gifts make a direct impact in helping see God's purposes fulfilled both in the lives of the students and the nations we are working in. All the information on how to donate can be found here. We are also glad to answer any questions you have.

May 2022 Update

May 2022 Update

May 15th, 2022 | Vol. 3 No. 5

SCHOOL & TRAINING

DBS Discovers "Red Thread"

DBS

Our Discipleship Bible School is running again this quarter. During the school, students discover that the Bible is one big story connected by the "Red Thread" of God's plan of redemption for humanity throughout all 66 books. Students individually study each book paying special attention to God's character and nature, and find Biblical action principles that they then apply to their own lives. Since one of the goals of the school is to be transformed by these applications, this quarter we've taken a more active step to achieve this goal. The students are gathering and sharing each week the ways they are applying what they're learning. It is so exciting to see how passionately students share their new revelations with others and experience visible change in their lives.

DBS

ReClaimed Testimony

Instead of a written testimony this month, we have a new video format. ReClaimed is a special mini-series we'll be releasing over the next couple of months alongside these updates. The series is dedicated to sharing stories of personal transformation and how God works in our lives. Each episode focuses on someone's life in our community and how God has transformed them. We hope that these stories can be an encouragement to you in your walk with the Lord. Click below to see the first episode on our YouTube channel!

ReClaimed Episode #1 : Andres

ReClaimed Episode #1 : Andres

OUTREACH

Q1 DTS Sends 3 Outreach Teams

Q1 DTS

DTS OUTREACH

Romania Team

Romania Team

The three main ministries the Romania team has been engaged in are street evangelism, working with Ukrainian refugees, and working in a Romani (Gypsy) village. The people in Romania have been very open to deep conversations, and God has given the team amazing opportunities to speak into people’s lives. Twice a week, they have been working with Ukrainian refugees at a refugee center. This has been a mix of practical services like cooking & cleaning while sharing the love of Jesus as much as possible. They also have been going frequently to a Romani village to put on a kid's program, distribute food, and visit individual families. During Easter, the team facilitated an Easter service where people encountered and accepted Jesus into their hearts for the first time! There is a spirit of religion over Romania and the team has been working to come against in the opposite spirit. God’s desire is to bring these people into deeper relationships with Him and be transformed by His love, and we are so thankful to be a part of what God is doing in Romania!

DTS OUTREACH

North Africa Team

North Africa Team

Our North Africa team has been especially passionate and enjoyed every ministry opportunity they have had. Over the last month and a half, they have been busy doing home visits, park ministry, and working with refugees at the R3 center. The team feels tremendously blessed to be part of God's plan for North Africa. They have developed a deep heart for the people and land. They have been able to sow seeds of the gospel and see people turn from their lives of sin and follow Jesus. It has been truly amazing! Having the opportunity to restore dignity and respect to refugees through the R3 center and house visits have shown them that healing and restoration are possible in the darkest hours of each of our lives.

DTS OUTREACH

South Africa Team

South Africa Team

Our South Africa team has been blessed with an abundance of different ways to make an impact. Since arriving, they have been ministering in Worcester and Muizenberg. The team has been working closely with several existing ministries focused on different areas such as a local Christian school, homeless shelters, a safe house for former human-trafficking victims, and a rehab center. The team has also been reaching out to some of the under-developed townships on the edges of the cities. While working with the homeless shelter the team was able to evangelize several former gang members. All throughout the outreach, the team has had wonderful opportunities to share the love of Christ in both practical and spiritual avenues. This has been profoundly impactful both to the team and the people they are reaching out to.

FORGING THE FUTURE

Prayer Day Goes to Strategic Locations

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Once a quarter our entire community takes a day solely for worship, intercession, and prayer. These prayer days have been instrumental in the spiritual development and formation of our community. Over the course of our story, many great breakthroughs, initiatives, and releases have come from these special days. The prayer day for this quarter was especially impactful as we sought the Lord's heart for our ministry and the French-speaking part of Switzerland. For a portion of the day, we sent teams out to pray in many strategic locations around Lake Geneva including Ouchy, Morges, and Mont Pelerin. We also had an impactful time of intercession for the nations on the 4k map of the world. We are immensely thankful for all that God imparted to us over the course of this special day and look forward to seeing how it continues to shape our ministry and lives to be even more closely aligned with Him.

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Apr. 2022 Update

Apr. 2022 Update

Apr. 15th, 2022 | Vol. 3 No. 4

SCHOOL & TRAINING

BCC on Locations Returns

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Our Bible Core Course on Location (BCCOL) is starting up again for the first time this year! For the first time since the pandemic, the class will be visiting every location, including Israel. The format of this Bible school is unique, as it blends the inductive study method you would see in an SBS with the exciting prospect of walking through the places the Bible was written. History becomes alive and tangible, and we’ve seen firsthand how the two sides of the school go hand in hand to impact students even further.

BCCOL

As the school utilizes the Inductive study method, a BCC can also account for the first semester of an SBS. Should any students choose to do further study and attend an SBS in the future, they have the option to start in the second quarter! This can be an excellent option for those who are visual learners to truly get a holistic grasp of the content they study by referring back to their BCC travels.

Testimony From The BCC

From 2 a.m. camel rides up Mount Sinai to reading the Bible at Ancient Greek ruins, there was never a dull moment during my BCC last fall. I am so excited to return as a staff to do it all over again.
One of my biggest takeaways from BCC was that the Bible was written for us, not to us. Standing where Moses, Paul, or John stood and learning the history of their locations, it was so much easier to remember this truth. Being on location transformed my interpretations of passages. For example, walking through Ephesus and seeing Domitian’s temple helped me understand the pressures the early church faced to conform to Emperor worship. Jesus offensively claimed to be the “Son of God”—a title then only reserved for the Roman Emperor.
It was invaluable to read about God’s character as we read through the entire Bible in 3 months. It’s one thing to hear someone tell you that God is loving or faithful; it’s a whole different experience to see it play out through hundreds of years' worth of stories. To study inductively meant that we had to put our own biases and preconceived ideas about the Bible aside and let the text speak for itself. This deeper understanding of God’s story motivated me to return to staff the next BCC. I love that I get to share the study tools I learned with this quarter’s students and walk beside them on their journey of discovering God’s Word. Helping them will also solidify what I’ve already learned and I know I’ll continue to grow so much more myself.

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- Jocelyn Dyck, Canada
BCC Alumni & Current Staff

OUTREACH

First North Africa Outreach of 2022

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A NAO Workshop in Session

Our first of three North Africa Outreaches (NAO) has gotten off to a roaring start and is now at the halfway point. These outreaches take place around the R3 community development center. The team hosts world-view and practical skills workshops. These workshops are attended by refugees and members of the local community and are highly impactful. In addition to this, the team takes part in other ministry formats including home visits and reaching out to friends. We are excited to continue expanding this dimension of our ministry as we continue to make long-lasting tangible impacts in this area of the world.

NAO Workshop

As we have mentioned previously, this year, instead of only doing a single NAO, we are doing 3. In both August and October, we have more opportunities to get involved with these highly impactful outreaches. More information on upcoming NAOs can be found here.

FORGING THE FUTURE

UofN & YWAM Global Meetings

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One of the ministries of YWAM Lausanne is to serve our global movement & the University of the Nations. We do this in a wide variety of ways, including serving in leadership capacities. Usually, every spring, UofN academic leaders and the leaders of YWAM's largest ministries meet together to discuss, develop, and decern how to continue equipping young people for missions in the large number of programs, formats, and degrees offered around the world. Our campus director, Markus Steffen, who is also the International President of the University of the Nations, along with several of our senior leaders play a key role in these meetings. After more than 2 years, it was extremely refreshing and encouraging to meet together. There are many upcoming exciting and innovative things on the horizon of the University of the Nations as we seek to continue equipping, training, and launching many more missionaries into all that God has called them to. We are also honored to be able to play a role in this process of seeing greater impact and fruitfulness in our world.

Mar. 2022 Update

Mar. 2022 Update

March 15th, 2022 | Vol. 3 No. 3

SCHOOLS & TRAINING

C&C Seminar Returns

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At the beginning of this month, we had the honor of hosting the second Create & Communicate Seminar. We had 11 attendees from around the world join us for a 1-week deep dive into using video as a powerful communications tool. Renowned teacher Joseph Avakian spoke on the principles of effective and innovative communication.

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C&C attendees hard at work during one of the workshops.

Accompanying the highly impactful teaching students went through a series of hands-on workshops to sharpen their video creation skills led by our communications staff. This combination proved quite successful and by the end of the week, each participant had created both a communications strategy and a finished video project. This was an amazing opportunity for our ministry to help other locations and ministries improve their communications by sharing what we have learned over the years. We look forward to continuing to offer more communications and media training in the future, stay tuned.


Testimony from the C&C Seminar

"Going into the C&C Seminar, I was expecting to learn how to communicate my creative expression in the best possible way. I also wanted to learn more about video. I didn’t know much about video and video editing going into the week, but the seminar provided me with the tools to do all of this in such a short amount of time. I can truly say I’ve left having learned a lot.
As amazing as the week was, I think the most impactful part for me was the lectures. I realized that I had come into the seminar with preconceived thoughts and ideas about creativity and communication that was challenged by our speaker Joseph. My thoughts were heavily provoked, and I feel a new motivation to create WITH God.
I’ll be able to go into my ministry with a fresh mindset of creativity and how to communicate it in the best possible way to my generation."

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- George Shockley, USA
C&C Seminar Attendee


OUTREACH

Window into Local Outreach

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One of the ongoing aspects of our campus life and ministry is local outreach. Once a week, our community piles into cars, vans, and buses and goes down into the heart of our city. From there we engage in many ministry formats including worship, intercession, evangelism, photography ministry, and food distribution. This time is an amazing outlet to make a tangible impact in our city. Lausanne is very international and each week we encounter people from all across the globe. Getting to share God's love with the people we encounter and encourage them is a highlight of our week. It is truly remarkable to see the ways God works through us when we make ourselves intentionally available to Him. The Lord is at work on the streets of our city and we are actively engaged in seeing these purposes fulfilled.

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FORGING THE FUTURE

Growth in the Area Worship

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One of the exciting new areas of expansion in our ministry and community is worship. We love to spend time praising and glorifying the King of Kings. Prior to the campus expansion, we lacked any kind of permanent and dedicated space for the practice and production of music. However, with the new space has come the opportunity to finally have a set space just for this. Our music studio is a space set up for worship sessions, practices, and even production/recording. The room is acoustically treated, making anything audio-related much easier to work with. We see this as a key part of the inheritance and plan God has for us as a ministry and look forward to engaging much more with the auditory arts as time goes on.

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Alongside the development of the studio, we are also looking to equip and train more people who have a passion for this area with our School of Worship this summer. This is very exciting to see on many levels but especially because all of this is made possible directly by the tremendous blessing of the campus expansion. Much more to come!

Feb. 2022 Update

Feb. 2022 Update

Feb. 15th, 2022 | Vol. 3 No. 2

SCHOOLS & TRAINING

DBS: Innovation & Transformation

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YWAM Lausanne as a ministry has a deep connection to Bible teaching. As a community, we cherish and foster a deep love for the word of God. In conjunction with this, we are deeply passionate about innovation in education. These two aspects overlap with our Discipleship Bible School (DBS).

When we ran this course for the very first time in 2020, we couldn't have anticipated the overwhelmingly positive response and transformation we saw in the students. Since then we have had the privilege to run many more of these incredible schools, which spark amazing hunger for the word of God in the lives of young people. DBS is designed specifically to be a sequel to DTS and presents a very personal application-focused method of Bible study. In just 3 months, students read through every book of the Bible together in small groups while also hearing from speakers about the history, context, and background of the scriptures.

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DBS creates an approachable way for anyone to encounter and be transformed by the living word of God. This program has quickly become one of the key programs we run many times throughout the year. Our campus also became the first location in the world to offer this course in bilingual English & Korean. We are excited to continue to offer this incredible course and see the lives of many many more students impacted through its innovative approach to studying the Bible.


OUTREACH

DTS Togo Team Completes Fruitful Outreach

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Our Togo DTS outreach team has wrapped up a very fruitful outreach. While in lecture phase, they pressed in and prayed over Togo. They received the words "Hope," "Restoration," and "Life." These words have become a wonderful focus for the outreach. The team has been working with a local YWAM base in Noepe. They have engaged in door-to-door, children, and church ministries; all of which have been very fruitful. They have seen a number of locals come to know the Lord, encouraged the local church, and been able to practically bless people who are struggling with food bags. We are so thankful for this amazing team and the heart they have found for the nation of Togo. They have also built good relationships with the staff at the base over the holidays and have been able to support and strengthen the base. Teaching English, helping on the base's farm, painting, and assisting with other practical ministries are just a few of the many ways they have been able to aid the amazing work of YWAM Noepe.

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Testimony from Team Togo

"Our time on outreach so far has been filled with many testimonies of God’s work in Togo, but I think one aspect that has really stood out to me throughout our ministry is the powerful and protective hand of God over our team. Despite the challenges we have faced and the attempts of the enemy, God has continually been revealing to me, as well as the rest of our team, that He truly is Lord over everything in Heaven and on Earth. So as we have continued to fix our eyes on Him and seek His face for this outreach, I have seen that He will not only protect us, but also do great things through our team. Psalm 33:20-22"

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- Liam Schilke, Canada
DTS Student


FORGING THE FUTURE

A Whole Year of Outreaches

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A huge priority for our ministry is outreach. We send out numerous outreach teams every year from our schools and courses. Alongside this, we also have had a number of other outreach initiatives such as Regeneration and North Africa Outreach. Moving into 2022, we are excited to announce a big expansion along this front. This also includes an open invitation and a number of opportunities for you to get involved! 


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North Africa Outreaches

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First, we are doing not one, not two, but three North Africa Outreaches this year! These month-long outreaches take place around our community development center in North Africa. Participants get involved in a number of amazing ministries such as teaching workshops and basic skills to refugees and displaced people, sharing and encouraging existing Christian communities, reaching out and building relationships with locals, and aiding our long-term team. There is the opportunity to come for either the first two weeks, the second two weeks, or join for the entire month. The outreaches will take place over the months of April, August, and October. We invite you to consider joining us for these exciting opportunities. More information can be found here.


REGEN

Regeneration Returns for 2022

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Another exciting opportunity we have coming up this summer is Regeneration, a two-week outreach at the famous Montreux Music Festival. For the last 2 years, this outreach was put on hold because of the pandemic, but we are overjoyed to bring it roaring back! Regeneration is all about reaching people through arts and relationships. Christian artists and performers from around the world join us to share the gospel in a wide array of creative and inspiring ways. We have many different expressions of hospitality, conversational, and creative evangelism for you to jump into! People from across the globe congregate in Montreux for the music festival giving us an amazing context to evangelize, encourage, and minister to the attendees. This outreach is all open to our alumni and friends of our ministry. We would love to have you join us for this amazing, truly one-of-a-kind outreach from July 3rd thru 16th. For more information about Regeneration, email [email protected]