I was 22, studying general education at college, attending the college group at my church, had some friends but felt like my life had no direction.
I was leading the double life of a Christian.
I would go to church on Sunday, college group on Thursday night but lived my life the way I wanted during the rest of the week.
On a day like any other, my college pastor was encouraging us to take 6 months – 1 year to focus on God. He played us a video that would change the course of my life.
It was a video of something called a DTS with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). DTS stands for Discipleship Training School and it was located in Australia. Whoa.
“I want to go to Australia,” I thought.
A few weeks later I stopped procrastinating and asked about the school. Once I had the application, it was still another few weeks until I mailed it off. I was accepted into the school shortly after.
I was excited at the prospect of going to Australia. The biggest challenge right in front of me was the finances to pay for the school. I was currently working a part time job and living with the folks. With my calculations, I wouldn’t have enough to pay for all the school fees.
My relationship with God was surface level at best and I had never experienced money miraculously appearing. I was, however, fully believing that all the money would come in.
My folks kept asking me how am I going to pay for the school. I kept saying
“I don’t know but I know He’ll provide.”
Where was this new faith about God coming from? I had no idea.
I started saving money. My church was praying for me and raising money for me. I was changing some of my lifestyle choices and was getting more excited for this adventure I would be going on.
The Sunday before I left I was speaking at my church. I was still in need of finances but my faith was strong. I had overcome minor challenges during this time and I was ready to go.
While on the way to the airport, I heard that all my finances had come in. I couldn’t believe it.
That was just the start of things.
I arrived In Townsville, Australia to do my DTS. A 5 1/2 months course that would teach me about God and how to use what I’ve learned to tell others about Him.
As simple as that sounds I struggled. Yes I knew He died for me but letting others know the real me was hard. Growing up with my sister was rough. I had put up walls so others wouldn’t see the real me. Well, God saw me. He always has. He had been trying to get my attention. He got me to Australia to open my eyes to who I am in Him.
During my DTS, I became friends with people who liked me for me and who were patient with me to figure out who I was. It was like I had my own personal cheering section. The only thing holding me back was me.
I was shaken to the core but I also felt safe.
I eventually experienced freedom and a deeper understanding of who God is. Not just in His love but in many areas of who He is. I was changed.
I stayed with YWAM the following year. I staffed 2 DTS’ and continued in my relationship with God. As a staff member I was able to help others grow and learn and see God as He really is.
God doesn’t just want that for me. He wants that for you too. He’s calling you to something bigger, something greater. He doesn’t just want you when you feel like it. He wants to spend everyday with you. He wants you to know Him.
Are you ready? Are you willing to take that next step?
Learn more about DTS at YWAM Ships Kona. It’s a 5 month school with classroom teaching and outreach application.
Come for the adventure of your life!
You won’t regret it.