Simon’s YWAM Montana Fund

Hello All,

I'm preparing for an exciting change in my life that I want to share. Normally I am a private independent person, but God has put something on my heart to do which is going to require that I lean on others more. In a month I will be moving to Lakeside, Montana for a discipleship training and outreach program called Crossroads Discipleship Training School (CDTS). CDTS is one of the myriad discipleship schools offered through YWAM (Youth With A Mission). I believe this will prove to be a profound spiritual experience and I pray you will partake in it with me!

Some of my background, I came to Kansas City at the end of 2010 to build upon and cultivate a relationship with Jesus at the International House of Prayer. After a 6 month internship, I worked on staff in the IT department until last year. My time in KC has brought some valuable lessons and real transformation. Admittedly though, my focus has shifted from what I originally came here for which has left me unfulfilled and searching. There is a hunger to be used by God in a greater capacity, to get out of my head and walk out my faith more. Well for the past year I have been knocking on many different doors, listening to the Lord for a cue on the next phase of my journey. Through that process the Spirit has opened me up to this idea. Since I'm at a literal crossroads in my life I feel like it is the perfect time to press into God for direction and renewal. To continue to grow as a believer requires us to step onto the water when He calls us, which is why I am willing to put everything else on hold and heed this beckoning.

 Exploring life in missions has been a recurring thought for me since going a mission trip with my family to Peru when I was a child. YWAM provides such an opportunity. CDTS is a 5 month program specifically geared towards adults 30 and over. Our time will be split up into a 12 week lecture/training phase followed by an 8 week outreach phase. In the outreach phase we will travel to Nepal, Ukraine, Thailand, Taiwan or Cambodia to make God known through evangelism, training and acts of mercy. By partnering with me in this you will be partnering with Jesus's Great Commission!

 There are YWAM bases all over the world but I landed on YWAM Montana for a few different reasons. Ever since sojourning through Colorado on my motorcycle, I've been drawn to the west. To be able to live and grow spiritually in that beautiful part of the country would be a dream. Also, the folks at the Montana base seem to share my passion for using music and creative media in unique ways to point to the Almighty. You can check out the studio they recently completed and get more information from this link - YWAM Montana

 I've been reminded this past season how important community is in the life of a believer. How liberating openness and vulnerability can be. On April 1st I will begin writing the next chapter of my story and I want this chapter to be read and shared with people, whatever it may entail. I'm inviting you in so that you can be a part of what God is doing in my life. While I have some needs met, the rest will be coming from whatever I can sell and from donations. I could use your prayerful and financial support. I deeply appreciate any generosity, even just an encouraging word or a prayer for blessing as I take this step of Faith. I will be posting updates and promise to share as much of my personal journey as God directs me too. Thank you for your support!

2014 Crossroads DTS Promotional Video


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Simon Knapke 
Kansas City, MO
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