Sunday, April 28, 2013

Member Care | Do YWAMers have a life?

So the question is, do YWAMers have a LIFE?

Apparently not, judging by the content of many newsletters that we as YWAMers write. Often all we talk about is our WORK.

Why am I shy to admit in writing, that we had a relaxing holiday? Am I inhibited by the fear of possibly losing my support?

Or are the needs around me so pressing and I have never learned to say no? Maybe I get my self-worth out of my ministry and and it slowly has become my identity?

The speed of our lives is incredibly fast. We wear our busyness like a badge of honour.  The result is often a restless, shallowness leading down a path to exhaustion...

We don't take time to stop and smell the roses. (Actually, when was the last time you did just that?)
Personally I have found it helpful to sometimes totally disengage from all ministry activity for a day or 2 and spend time alone with God. For this to work well I leave my family behind and retreat in my sister's garden shed.


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It takes time and solitude to come down from our ministry adrenaline.


We desperately need to meet God to calibrate our compasses again. To reconnect with Him, to become aware again of being the beloved of our daddy in heaven.

As YWAMers our need is to continually KNOW God in order to MAKE HIM KNOWN effectively.

My temptation is to substitute an educated guess about what I am supposed to do for really connecting and hearing from him. It is so much quicker this way! And then I wonder why I am driven by every need around me. Maybe you are more the extroverted achiever type and the idea of being on your own with God for a longer period is a really frightening one.

Actually, nearly every time I am ready to leave for one of my away days with God, there is this strange reluctance and fear.   What will I do if He doesn t show up? Well, so far He always has...

My wife always encourages me to go.   She says:  "You are far less grumpy when you return..."

So shut down whatever electronic device you are working with right now, head out the door for a stroll in nature, enjoy the spring sunshine, and have a chat with your heavenly daddy as you walk.


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And don't forget to stop and smell the roses!

Till next time,

Hannes Steets

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Self Investment

Some weeks ago Drive 2013 took place, with leaders from Central Europe. It was an amazing time, with great speakers like Stephe Mayers  and Loren Cunningham. We can look back on some deep insightful teaching, good interaction times and just a great time of fellowship.

Times like these are so precious to us, a time of great leaders investing in a new and young generation. Words of wisdom, insights and small takeaways with people that have gone before you.

The question that I am left with is this.  Do we take time to invest in our self development or are we to busy to do what…

If we don’t grow our ministries and work we will stay the same and our ministry will eventually collapse and so will we!

The time of investment is so important and the leaders I meet that are not doing too great have often missed this part of self investment. They stopped growing because they are too busy, not taking the time for it.
How can I say that you might ask?  Because I’ve been there, I’ve done that and I know the pain that you go through when your lack of investment is sucking the life out of you.
Leaders are learners and leaders are investors first in themselves, then in their team and the people they lead.

So when are you planing a time of investment in your life? Take time off, time for investment…a time of going deeper and getting good input. I hope you have it in your agenda…

Till next time, invest in your self development.

Rune Sæther

YWAM Constanta Base leader

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

YWAM CHEB | DTS News

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An old monastery is breathing in new life. Spiderwebs were removed, a classroom set up. With the donations of lots of furniture and equipment from the „Lighthouse“ in Germany, we turned the „Riverhouse“ into a temporary, cozy home. Cheb - the once infamous city in the Czech border region - becomes the meeting point for the nations.

February 1st, 11 students arrived from all corners of the earth: Czech Republic, Germany, Ukraine, USA, South-Africa and Australia. With further staff from Brazil, Columbia and Serbia, we represent nine different nations. The school is run in English and Czech - but you can also listen to German, Ukrainian, Spanish or South African prayers through the walls of the former monastery.

The first two months of the DTS (Discipleship Training School) went by so fast! Every day is filled with prayer times, lectures, music, outreaches and practical work.That the school is happening, is to me a huge miracle and confirmation of God‘s grace and guidance. Six months ago, I was with only one other staff member in Cheb and we had no place where the students would live. It‘s exiting and a privilege to participate, when God is doing new things. For years, I keep reminding myself of one verse, that God has been writing on my heart:

,And the things you have heard me say in the
presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable
people who will also be qualified to teach others.‘
2 Tim 2:2

When I imagine, that each one of the students will start new things after this DTS, and that some of the students will go again into other nations, I‘ll know, that all the effort and also difficult times of the last years, have been worth it.

The theme „to be a light in the darkness“, has been leading us through the school. With a small team of students and staff we were able to visit some brothels. On the International day of women we brought to the ladies some gifts and could build further trust to them. In one of the brothels we were received very openly. The bar-lady explained to the boss that she knows us and encouraged us to stay, even though there were some customers sitting around. At the end we had such a warm good-bye and they invited us to come during the next holiday again!

Besides the lectures during the week, we are also organizing once a week an „open evening“ for people from the local community. During the first evening I was amazed, how many people showed up from all over the place: from the Roma-church, the Baptist youth, christians and open-minded people from other churches and groups.

I love it, when people are gathering from different cultures, ethnic groups, languages and generations, to worship JESUS together. Because he said, that he is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE.

At the end of April the students will go in two different teams to Bosnia and Serbia/Romania/Turkey for a two-month outreach.

Thank-you for praying for us during this first DTS in Cheb, Czech Republic.

-Doris Rabus and Cheb DTS

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Wanting to host teams??



If you are a YWAM location looking to attract teams to come and help out, there are quite a few ways to do that… Ideas include partnering with a bigger YWAM base (especially in Western Europe which is focusing on YWAM Central Europe at the moment), keeping your YWAM.org details up-to-date* and another is to network, network, network!

And here are two more ideas to help with your networking: contact them to get them to put you on their opportunities list and who knows what will happen! Click on the below links...

The Student Mobilization Centre

Mission Builders

Check out Mission Builders' promo video for more information on them.

* Simply go to https://update.ywam.org. For the login, use your location’s primary email address. The default password is your location’s Go Code. You’ll find this code in the top-right corner of your location’s listing in the Go Manual. You would type in the code in all capital letters, with dashes, like this: USA-CA-ABCD. If this Go Code doesn’t work, your password might have been changed by someone at your location. Just click on the “forgot password?” link and the correct password will be sent to your location’s primary email address.