Have you ever thought about taking the gospel to places where they don’t have the same luxuries as you? One of those luxuries that we take for granted is clean running water.
We are Blessed
When we think of drinking water we just turn on the tap and we are blessed with running water. I am reminded of this every time I take teams to places on outreach. Often, we either have to walk for miles to fetch water, or we have to spend hours filtering our water just so we can have safe drinking water.
Discipleship Training School – Outreach
Our January Discipleship Training School (DTS) is currently on outreach in Indonesia. They had the privilege to work with an ongoing organisation who run a water project in a village. They built a water tank that will be able to provide water for a whole village. Here is a short testimonial from one of our DTS students:
“This story highlights the water project we were a part of. We got to build a water tank and this will allow clean water for residents of the village. More importantly though, we got to build relationship with the workers, and had a great time drinking coffee and eating their snacks with their families/wives. Although, we could not pronounce any of the names of the snacks that were given to us. So, as a team, we will keep practicing the local language. Overall it was an amazing experience, and, as a DTS, we are grateful to have been a part of this journey with them all.”Bill Allen (January DTS 2019)
I Was Thirsty …
This little story reminds me of the Bible verse that says:
42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’Matthew 25:42-46 New Living Translation (NLT)
44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’
45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’
The above verse always challenges me because I think about how many times we go about our everyday life and we forget the significance of being ‘the hands and feet of Jesus’ in a practical way.
In this verse Jesus was imploring us to be practical in our spreading of the gospel and not just be ‘religious’ about it without showing love and compassion.
Do a DTS
We love to instil the above values in our students when they come and do their DTS. For us as YWAM Sydney Island Breeze, outreach begins before they go to another country to serve. Throughout the lecture phase they have weekly opportunities to serve our local community right here in Sydney.
So maybe this little blog has inspired you to know more about DTS or to take out 5-6 months and do a DTS, learning what it looks like to be the practical ‘Hands and Feet of Jesus’.
If so then please contact us and find out more about doing a DTS.
Or if you are brave and just know this is right for you go ahead and APPLY NOW!