Jun. 2022 Update

Jun. 2022 Update

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

SCHOOL & TRAINING

CDS Prepares to Bring Beauty, Order, & Abundance

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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"

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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South Africa Team

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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.

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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

NAO Workshop

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]

Jan. 2022 Update

Jan. 2022 Update

Jan. 15th, 2022 | Vol. 3 No. 1

SCHOOLS & TRAINING

2022 Starts Off Strong

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This past year, we experienced God’s faithfulness as a base in a major way. With the expansion of our community, we have seen open doors to house new and returning schools on our campus. Our current quarter focuses on established schools that are staples in our campus. We are running our revamped leadership school MLD, DTS, and English Learning for Missions (ELM). We are also running two Bible schools, our year-long SBS program (where students will take 9 months to study the Bible inductively with a 2-month outreach portion), and our 3-month DBS that provides a unique discussional and small group section to the typical Bible study format.

SOW & CDS

Exciting Secondary Schools Return

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Two secondary schools that we are particularly excited to be running this year are the Community Development School (CDS), and the School of Worship (SOW). CDS will take place in April in our second quarter, with the focus of training workers to see the transformation of communities on a holistic, Biblical level at the forefront of missions. The SOW will take place in our 3rd quarter, and will teach on what it means to truly worship. You will look at and experience worship through the lens of Head, Heart, and Hands so you can lead a worshipful life in all areas.

OUTREACH

DTS Tanzania Team Connects with Locals

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This outreach in Tanzania has been a great opportunity to continue the ministry that past teams we have sent from YWAM and the local Christians have established. Our team has had the privilege to engage with the local church in various ministry roles such as teaching and kids ministry. Additionally, we are involved in house to house visits, building houses for widows, food distribution, and more! During the Christmas season, food bags and clothes are given out to the women and children in the YWAM Arusha neighborhood. Most of them are below the poverty line, as they live from hand to mouth with no savings. Although education is free, many families cannot afford to send their children to school because costs like uniforms, stationery, and travel are too heavy for them. Through these ministries, we have been able to witness many salvations and healings. Our team has loved immersing ourselves into the culture and connecting with the locals. We look forward to seeing how God will continue to use us for His kingdom to come to this nation!

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Praying with the locals to see a move of God in their lives and community

Testimony from Team Tanzania

"Going to Tanzania on outreach, it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of the team and form high expectations. However, when we arrived and began our ministries, I found myself feeling further instead of closer to God. I was struggling deeply to find the motivation to continue, and I couldn’t understand why it was such a battle for me every day. As we were going from one village to the next, I could sense something beginning to change in me. I could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit so strongly almost as soon as we arrived. From the warm welcome by the community to interacting with the locals, my time gave me new vision and joy in my walk as a Christian. I’m now excited to share the gospel! By walking alongside those we minister to, I’ve learned so much even in the small things like my prayer life. I feel more in-tune with God, and I will forever be grateful for the new vision and joy that this community has instilled in my walk as a Christian."

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- Maria Huse, Norway
DTS Student

FORGING THE FUTURE

New Strategic Initiatives

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As the new year dawns, we are looking ahead to an amazing year. As we have mentioned previously, the campus expansion has opened up many new avenues and possibilities. The strategic impact of the new space is truly profound. As we saw in the final quarter of last year, the number of students and programs we can run at once has increased dramatically. This expansion in our training has also opened the door for more degrees and learning tracks which we are excited to develop more in the upcoming year. Winds of inspiration and innovation have been blowing through our community as we step deeper into our calling to reach the world with the gospel. Aided by the new space and capacity, there are a couple of initiatives underway by members of our community to pioneer new YWAM locations in different parts of the world. In addition to the potential new locations, we are also commissioning some new strategic teams that will be undertaking long-term initiatives in other nations. We are so excited to serve as a launching pad for these new ministry expressions and to multiply our impact across the globe. It is our hope that we can be the wind on the backs of pioneers to see the fullness of the vision God has given to them brought to fruition.

These deep relational connections will also be strategic partnerships for us to collaborate with. We look forward to being able to share more on these topics as things develop. Much of this wouldn't be possible without the enormous blessing of the campus expansion. We look forward to being able to translate that blessing into things that extend far beyond our location, to the ends of the earth. Stay tuned for much more to come in these areas!