Saturday, September 28, 2019
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Here at YWAM Durres, as every other summer, during July and August we ran the project "A Bible for every tourist, reaching the Balkans"
We came together 9 teams, 118 people, from various nations to share the gospel in creative ways through dancing, dramas, worship, facepainting, games, balloon shaping and many more.
This year we were able to give out 9280 New Testament, magazines for adults and booklets for children. We did ministry in 5 prisons, two local churches, gave food and the gospel to the poor and needy people on the streets and prayed for healing at the children public hospital. We did gardening, cleaning, prayer walks and prayer in a neighbour Muslim mosque. Had great times of hearing God, worshiping and doing prophetic workshops and fun cultural nights.
We shared the gospel and prayed for many people for salvation and healing. Many accepted God and were interested to hear the gospel and receive prayers. We faced a growth in hunger and openness for God in people to the point of them following us and asking to be prayed for and to receive a Bible.
At this point in 4 years time of this project we have given out 33280 New Testaments and booklets for children. Glory goes to God and gratitude to all who joined us in this adventure.
Friday, August 23, 2019
“I know now what has been missing all along; love. It’s always been about love.”
- Summer Program Participant '19
This summer myself and 8 others had the opportunity to participate in the Summer program with YWAM Lesvos, where we learned how to live and serve in love. Not cheap love, like you see in the movies or sometimes even hear thrown about in church, but real, sacrificial love that can only come through abiding in Jesus. A love that does not belong to us, but is given as a gift anyway.
A lot can be said about this program and how God used it to change, refine and perfect the hearts of each of the 9 people who went on this journey, mine included. We spent the weekends bonding with each other (mostly through water fights) and exploring the island. During the week we engaged in sweet moments of prayer and worship in the mornings and busy afternoons/evenings filled with ministry. We spent most of our ministry time at the Community Center serving refugees or in Mytilene building relationships with Greeks on the island.
During our time I was able to witness miracles of God as men and women who grew up in Isalm decided to renounce their faith and become followers of Jesus. I saw God be glorified through simple acts of obedience from my brothers and sisters as they engaged in conversations and prayed for the people that God brought to them. Above all I was challenged to live a life that recklessly abandons everything in order to put God above all things. All for the sake of love.
When I try to sum up this summer I am reminded of the story in the gospels where Jesus multiplies the 2 fish and 5 loaves to feed the 5,000. Nine people gave up a few weeks out of their summer and God multiplied that sacrifice in unbelievable ways. Whether it was freeing someone from something they have been struggling with, showing another new revelations of Jesus, using someone to proclaim salvation or bringing someone else into a new awareness of God’s love. In just 8 weeks God unified a group of people from all over the world to bring them into a greater understanding of who He is and what He is doing on the island of Lesvos. That is love.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Seeing the young people in the party scene transformed through an encounter with Jesus! That is what Summer Nightlife Outreach is all about!
After bringing the first teams into our holiday resorts in the summer of 2017, we ran
a summer long outreach in 2018. This year we knew we wanted to bring Summer Nightlife Outreach to the rest of Europe.
God brought an awesome team together to help organize a great outreach into the bigger party resorts in Europe. Nine months of praying, planning, networking, recruiting and more planning later it was finally happening: on the 15th of July, one by one the participants started finding their way to the training facility of YWAM Barcelona.
We had three days of awesome teaching in which we incorporated an outreach into Barcelona’s nightlife. After these three days we send three teams out into three different party locations: Albufeira Portugal, Hvar Croatia and Thessaloniki Greece.
We have seen Jesus move very powerfully in each one of the outreaches. Below is one of the many testimonies:
“Two Irish guys came to ask if we knew where the taxi boats were, because they wanted to visit a nightclub at another island. One of my friends told them where the boats were, but she also told them that we had something better than alcohol and drugs. One of them got interested, and he started to ask what it was, and how he could take it. She told him that what we have is called HS (Holy Spirit) and that if you take it you never have to take anything else! “But you can only receive it through prayer.”
So we were given the opportunity to pray for him.
Man... we couldn't even finish our prayer. This guy took a step back, telling us that he started to feel something in his body, something so strong! He started to freak out: "What have you done to me? What is going on? This is not real, this is not real!"
He was freaking out for 15 min, while we tried to explain that it was the Holy Spirit that touched Him. He didn't want to believe it. So we prayed for him a second time..
Again he went crazy.. He started to panic: “I cannot believe in God because no one from my family believes in God!” We calmly tried to explain to him how much God loves him. He wanted us to pray for him a third time to see if he would experience the Holy Spirit again. So we prayed a third time for him. Then he could only exclaim "Fxxx… God exists, God is real!" He started to cry, just having had his first experience with God's love... someone's love that he didn't know existed.
The next night he came to us with all his friends: about ten of them. We prayed for all of them.. and guess what? All of them experienced God's love.
Interested to join us next year? Save the dates: July 18th - August 1st. Register online on www.summernightlifeoutreach.com