Many people don’t know what exactly this means, so let me explain: YWAM (Youth With A Mission) is an international organization of Christians dedicated to serving those around them. My DTS (Discipleship Training School) includes a specialization in urban culture, so I will spend October 1, 2014-May 31, 2015 serving the people of Montreal in various ways.
Since the DTS is a school, I’ll be learning how to make lasting connections to my community. Not only will this better equip me to be a servant to Montreal, but to wherever God takes me in life. I will conduct research projects to understand the city at a deeper level, and have an internship or two as well as volunteer positions, which will give me a chance to put what I learn into practice.
I will likely have the opportunity to work with the Deaf community of Montreal, as well as work in the writing/editing/publishing industry. I’m overjoyed by this, since this is exactly what I’ll be doing after the DTS. So, in Montreal, I’ll be doing what I love with a servant-minded and mission-minded viewpoint, which will prepare me for whatever community I end up living in afterword.
The DTS explains itself like this:
Being committed to what is local means making context-based decisions on how and where to be active. It means respecting observing, and responding to our immediate surroundings in a loving stance. Such a stance requires a balance of loyalty and flexibility, responding to the needs and tides of the city within which we operate.
These aims and principles create a need for specific types of leaders. Our goal with the UCDTS (Urban Cultures Discipleship Training School), therefore, is to train our students to think and apply their faith simultaneously in whatever circumstances they find themselves, and learn to own their faith. These are students that, even after the DTS, will see their professional studies and careers as contexts for service to both God and their fellowman. Finally, this form of training creates Christians who are able to walk as disciples of Jesus even when the normal Christian religious props are absent…
While I cannot wait to start this amazing adventure, I’m in need of a lot of support. First and foremost, I need prayer. I’ll be living in a new city with entirely new people, and even though I’ll only be as far as Canada, French is the dominant language, one I’ve only just started to learn. Not only will I be taking on many new responsibilities and just generally experiencing new things while I’m in Montreal, but in preparation, I’ve been learning a lot of new things, too. Prayer for all of this would be a blessing.
Secondly, I need to pay for the DTS. As a nearly-graduated college student, the idea is daunting. While I know I can rely on God for all things and that he will provide, I’d rather have the DTS paid for as soon as I can so I can focus my time and energy on other things. While I may be able to pay for some of my DTS through other avenues, I would be thankful if you could financially support me. As cliche as it is, every little bit does count. Also, while my DTS starts in October, the payments are scattered out, so I'll be able to accept donations until late February.
If you want to follow my preparation for the DTS, as well as what I'm doing while I'm in Montreal, I’ll be posting all of my updates to lifesantics.wordpress.com. (If you’d like to sort through my posts for ones directly about the DTS, make sure to click on the category “YWAM DTS: Montreal.”)
If you’d like more information about YWAM, you can visit their website, ywam.org, and if you’d like more details about my DTS in particular, you can visit their website, jemmontreal.ca.
Thank you so much for supporting me, and I look forward to letting you know what God’s doing through this DTS in Montreal.
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