To Know God and To Make Him Known!
In my post Highlighting the Highlights I mentioned that I wanted to start introducing you all to the ministries and blogs that I have links to to the left. What better ministry to start with then the one that I spent four years serving in full time overseas. In my list of links I have linked to the webpage that is specific to the base that I served at in Hurlach, Germany. I encourage you to visit their page and find out what they are doing. YWAM Hurlach is a great base for schools and training. They offer several schools and training opportunites like:
Located in a small farming town in Germany YWAM Hurlach is a great place to get away from the pressures of society and focus some time on seeking God and learning more about His Word and the call that He has placed on us as Christians. It is a great place to get to know God more and to learn how to better make Him known.
However, YWAM is so much more than just Hurlach. According to their official website, YWAM has a staff of more than 18,000 working actively in 1,100 locations in more than 180 countries. Has God placed a specific country on your heart? There is probably a YWAM base there waiting for you!
The foundational school of YWAM is the Discipleship Training School (DTS)
If you are feeling led to work with YWAM the DTS is probably where you will want to start. I did my DTS in September of 2005 and it changed my life. It is a unique school for several reasons:
Your fellow students are generally from several different countries, cultures and backgrounds.
You learn from teachers who literally come from all over the world.
You spend half of the school in the classroom and then half of the school on the mission field.
It is six months completely devoted to your relationship with God and discovering the mission he has given you!
Though most DTS's have the majority of students coming straight out of high school or college, there are also many schools oriented more towards older students and some even specific towards families. So whatever stage of life you are in you can find a DTS that fits you! Pray about it and then go to www.ywam.org and search out which school you want to be a part of.
After completing a DTS you have several options for continuing in Youth With A Mission. You can go on to study in more schools and even get your degree in the University of the Nations, you can staff the DTS or other schools, or you can join several ministries or outreaches all over the world!
For more about the founding of YWAM and the vision behind it I encourage you to read Is That Really You God? by Loren Cunningham and if you are looking to set aside six months of your life for God then I strongly encourage considering a Discipleship Training School.