Thought this was so very encouraging and wanted to share it with you today….
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By Melissa McLaughlin
Have you ever found yourself in an unexpected, unwanted situation and watched your mind and emotions spiral into a pit of ceaseless churning negativity?
Have you ever prayed long and hard for something, only to witness that prayer go unanswered and as a result then began to question God’s goodness or God’s love for you?
Have you ever gone through tough times and found yourself wondering where is God in all of this?
If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, you are in good company. The experience of unwelcome twists and turns, unanswered prayers and difficult seasons are part of life, even for the most committed followers of Christ.
Maybe you prayed for your loved one’s healing and here you sit weeping at the funeral. Maybe you sought the Lord for guidance about the new job or…
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We all know we have DNA. Just recently I was helping my eldest daughter do an experiment for school in which she was supposed to extract and show her DNA. It was quite fascinating I must say as I had never done this in my high school.
I took a photo of our DNA, which of course could barely be seen with our human eyes, by simple seeing the strand floating in water with a little food coloring. To have an up close look we would need to get a microscope to observe what it is made of.
Well, YWAM has a DNA as well. The way God made us as a mission, the things He spoke to us that are key for our growth, how we grow and the things He has shaped us with.
Sometimes like our human DNA we can’t fully perceive or appreciate this DNA unless we take it under the loop, put it under the microscope so to say.
So this coming week in YWAM Mazatlan, Mexico there will be an event called DNA Infusion led by the founders of YWAM Loren & Darlene Cunningham, with David Hamilton, vice-president of strategic innovation with the University of the Nations as well as several other Global Leaders of the mission who will impart this DNA.
Here is little video of Darlene describing what the DNA is: Darlene on YWAM DNA
Giacomo and I myself get to form a small part of this gathering. We will be leaving this week and fly to Mazatlan and will seek to only inspire new leaders, but also infuse them with the YWAM DNA.
Why is this important? If we don’t understand why we were called into existence, who we are and what God has given to us, we will not secure the future of our existence and God wants us to continue into the future, to multiply, to expand His kingdom, to reach out to all who have not heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We all want to know who we are, what has been placed within us, why we exist, what runs through our veins that God has put there to use for the expansion of His kingdom.
This coming two weeks in Mazatlan we will do just that, discovering together the DNA God has given Youth with a Mission with a new generation of leaders!!
Friends, after my last blog post I wanted to take you on a quick tour of our new location on the east side of San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.
Want more info on how you can come do a Discipleship Training School – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to come with your youth group, high school or high school – email email@example.com
Or simply want more info about who we are – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 1999 God has spoken to Giacomo and I to have a University of the Nations Training facility here in the capital of Costa Rica. After 15 years the Lord released to us our very own 30 acre piece of land to develop this Campus.
As Youth With A Mission in San Jose Costa Rica we have a heart to see this generation not only reach with the Gospel message, embrace Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, but also trained and equipped to passionately obey the call on their lives to go and make disciples through whatever means the Lord is calling them to do this according to Matthew 28.
This is the entrance to our new land, you are more than welcome to come visit, bring a team, minister with us, reach out to the communities in Costa Rica, send youth to come and get trained.
Email us for more info to email@example.com or get a hold of of any of us personally.
But you can also find us online through our website YWAM San Jose!!
Did you know that Homes of Hope started out of San Diego baja in 1990 and has since spread out to many different countries around the globe.
These last few days they have had their International Gathering in Montego Bay, Jamaica. They gather to ask the Lord for direction, His leadership over the ministry and ongoing growth to see more families blessed with a adequate home and find a better future because of it.
Not only are homes being built in Mexico and Central America but also in Africa (Uganda) and more coming. Homes of Hope does not only exist to build a home, but to bring Hope to a community. We believe the Lord wants us to reach those within the community and often it starts by providing them with proper shelter, but doesn’t stop there. Thank you for your ongoing support and coming to be part of that here in Costa Rica or around the world.
Wow what an amazing week Marjolein had in YWAM El Salvador in the first week of this month of April.
Being invited to speak in a Discipleship Training School is always a huge blessing, but also very humbling. Every day the Lord gave direction and we saw Holy Spirit give much revelation to this wonderful group of young people.
They come from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala and they are being equipped to be send out into the nations with the message of unconditional love – the message of Jesus Christ.
At the end of the week God spoke to several of them to get baptized and give their lives completely in surrender to the Kingdom of God and be used by Him to go into all the world and make disciples.
The Word tells us to teach them all that Jesus has taught us and to baptize them, so that is what happened and there is no greater joy than seeing people received revelation of this Love that they are accepted into God’s family.
Thank you for making it possible for me to go to El Salvador and be blessed by what God did during this week.
A few years ago in our mission an idea arose of bringing education to remote areas around the world.
Since we are a Christian University with a focus on missions, the term coined was:
“University in a box” – by our founder Loren Cunningham.
At the Campus in Kona Hawaii they started working on converting a shipping container into a mobile classroom to be able to bring it to remote locations such as Papua New Guinea, where quality education was not available.
Now here in Costa Rica, in cooperation with a local company we were able to convert a long shopping container into a mobile classroom to bring quality education in the area of technology to remote areas of Costa Rica.
Soon we will start bringing it to different places to be put in use for children in areas without good access to learning technical skills and digital platforms for the use of seeing their communities and cities transformed and grow.
Exciting new things are u folding and we believe this is only the beginning of seeing a generation not only reached with a message of love and truth but also bringing quality education in a box!
Bringing quality does not mean more money, it means coming together with our resources and with creativity come up with innovative ideas to help those with little access to get access remotely!
Exciting new times…