Being on staff with YWAM is a unique experience and not because of all the reasons I thought it would be.

I expected to hear amazing stories of people getting healed. I expected to see people come to know the Lord. I expected to meet new people all the time and yet, somehow I overlooked the fact that I would have the opportunity to see my own growth every three months.

Every quarter, we get an entire new set of students and every quarter, I’m reminded of where I started, of how I viewed God only a year and a half ago, or two years ago, or even just 6 months ago.

I get a unique opportunity to see people going through the same things I went through and ask the same questions I’ve asked, sometimes the ones I’m still asking! I’m constantly reminded of how crazy an adventure God is continually taking me on.

God is amazing.

He’s done things in my life that I genuinely never expected. I’ve seen and lived in places I never would’ve dreamed of. More than that, I’m consistently amazed at how far he’s brought me.

Two years ago, all I wanted was to finish high school and move to some big city where I could do music and begin my own career. I was only focused on myself and what my dreams and plans were.

A year ago, after being in Australia for 6 months, and nearing the end of my DTS, I was excited to come on staff. I was already planning what I would do after that and what I would do every step of the way.

Now, I’m looking forward to a new quarter with new faces that I can connect with, learn about their past, where they come from, and how they view the world. I’ll be able to disciple and care for them.

I’m sad to see another school leave on outreach, another quarter graduate and head home, but I’m proud of the influence I’ve had on their lives and the way that I’ve been able to be a role model and a friend.

God has taken me on an exciting couple years of traveling and moving around, but my favorite thing he has done on this adventure is teach me to love and care for the people around me; to continue pouring into people, discipling them where I can and showing them God’s love, just as others have done to me along this whole adventure.

Tyler Combs
Port YWAM Kona Staff

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