Hi! My name is Kristina Zuroff and I have chosen to follow God's leading to do a Discipleship Training School (DTS) through Youth With A Mission (YWAM) based in Constanta, Romania.
My DTS & YWAM Story:
God showed me the DTS program back in Junior High while I was on a missions trip serving at Gleanings for the Hungry (a YWAM base in Dinuba, CA). I decided during that time that one day I would do a DTS and become a missionary.
YWAM came across one of my social media feeds months ago and I realized that after graduating from Los Medanos College would be the perfect time to do a DTS.
After praying about it for a few months, everything I read lead me toward going out and doing a DTS program.
One night my Young Adult Group was doing a meditative reading of a passage in John. I read the passage, "You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit..." (John 15:16). It was at that point I knew God was telling to me go.
I began to research where to go because I could go anywhere around the world and do a DTS. God led me to a DTS in Constanta, Romania. This DTS is children and youth based (which is what I am SO EXCITED about) and it’s about the same price as doing the DTS in Yosemite.
I applied and was accepted, so here I am today! Excited and ready to see how God is going to use me over this next year over in Romania.
Why do I want to do a DTS in Constanta, Romania?
The DTS in Romania is children and youth based. Anyone who knows me, knows I love children and youth. I’ve always said that I was going to be a teacher (and I have my AA degree in Liberal Arts) so this is going to be an amazing experience for me to work with kids who aren’t from America.
The DTS in Romania will give me an experience living in a foreign country. For this DTS, I would be living in Romania for 3 months and serving wherever they send us for another 2 months during our outreach phase. In the past, DTS students have served in the Philippines, Thailand, India, Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia, and Greece! I’ll know exactly where I’m being sent closer to the start date of the school (July 7th, 2019).
The DTS in Romania will allow me to work with people from all over the world. YWAM Constanta has a wide variety of people who come to the DTS and to work on the base! The staff is from the USA, Norway, the Netherlands, Brazil, Fiji, Hong Kong, Scotland, the UK, and Romania! They also operate a International Cafe to reach the community in Constant where people from everywhere gather to enjoy time together!
When will I be gone?
Departure Date: June 25, 2019 The DTS starts: July 7, 2019 The DTS ends: December 14, 2019 (my 21st birthday!) Return Date: TBD as it gets closer to the end of the school
What will your donations be used for?
-Travel to and from Romania (approximately $1000 round trip) -The DTS itself: -Lecture Phase: 1800 Euros (approximately $2050) -Outreach Phase: 1700 Euros (approximately $1950) -Immigration fees for a Visa in Romania (approximately $300) -Travel Insurance (Approximately $300-$500)
Total Cost: Approximately $5600
How can you help?
-Pray for my safety, pray for my team, and pray that we’ll show God’s love to everyone -Donate toward my goal (in person or through the GoFundMe). -Share my GoFundMe link on your Facebook page.
Thank you so much for praying, considering donating and sharing with everyone! Your support truly means so much to not only me, but to the lives I am going to touch!