YWAM Gold Coast
Last week we had a few students helping out an older woman in our community by doing some yard work. We love our city and want to serve in tangible and practical ways. They spent the afternoon weeding and gardening. We hope to be able to continue to bless our community with random acts of kindness.
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Every Thursday YWAM Gold Coast is a part of a homeless feeding program, Set Free Care. We partner with the a local Church called Set Free who runs the program. We meet with other volunteers early for a devotion and prayer before everyone arrives. We serve in multiple areas such as serving food, sitting and evangelizing and also sharing testimonies. Last week one of our September DTS students, Colette had the opportunity to share her story and encourage everyone who came for a free meal. This ministry is a such a great partnership for us to help out the local community, share the gospel and also give a platform for our DTS students to practice public speaking and sharing Jesus before they go to outreach.
If you are interested in being a part of Set Free Care please get in touch with Malcolm Kennedy at http://www.setfree.org.au/care
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Here is an awesome video testimony from one of our July Beach 2 Billabong DTS students, Tahira from Mauritius!
A testimony from our DTS student Julia, about her time in Brazil.
"On outreach we went to Rio de Janeiro, Brasil and our team stayed in a slum. In the slums it is very dangerous, and we were warned not to go into a stranger’s house. During one of our ministry times Sarah (my outreach leader) and I went on a prayer walk. All of a sudden a man came rushing to us. He asked for us to go to his house and pray for his wife’s sister who had a severe case of diabetes. She had lost half of her left foot and could no longer walk or see. We decided to go to his house and pray for his wife’s sister. We prayed for the woman for over an hour and believed that God would preform a miracle on her! We felt like God told us to lay our hands on her eyes, and when we did she began to see! She started to describe the clothes that people were wearing in the room and we knew that God had brought back her sight. Then we laid our hands on the woman’s feet and prayed that she would be able to walk again. We prayed that we wouldn’t leave that place until we saw God fully heal her. Right after that, she stood up and started walking around the room! We all praised God for this incredible miracle and wept with joy. God cares so much for everybody in this world and it was a privilege witnessing something so amazing and beautiful."
Here are some stories and testimonies from one of our February DTS students, Joel and his time on outreach.
"The first week was in the Outback - in Cunnamulla, an aboriginal town. We stayed with a couple who do amazing things reaching out to the youth of the community - using their warehouse to invite kids to build go-karts, kayaks and run schools in engineering and flying. They teach skills to help get people off the streets and give them the opportunity to love and value them, providing them a safe place to grow. They also have a church and a youth group drop-in centre daily. So that week was really cool, having fun with the kids - we played games, shared the gospel through dramas and spoke on identity. I built some really good relationships especially with an 11 year old named Harvey. I got to encourage him to dream big, believe in himself, and trust in God. We even got to go wild pig hunting, play bingo with the local elderly, play rugby with 20 other Australian young guys and go up in Wayne's 2 person plane over that area which was really cool.
Next we flew to Cambodia and landing in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. We were met by our contact Vandy and got a tuk tuk through the busy and colourful night-lit streets to the YWAM base, The next day we were given an orientation of the culture and history and we're taken to a museum/memorial for the Khmer Rouge killing fields - a big part of their recent history with a significant impact on the people since. It's such an amazing country, amazing culture, amazing food, amazing people, who were really friendly and hospitable. The food has so many different flavors of curries and weird tasty fruits. The weather's was very hot and humid as well with monsoon rains (a lot if rain pouring down) almost every afternoon. The first 2 weeks we spent in a lovely family's stilted house in a village in Prek Por - a young Cambodian Christian couple with a baby. We got to teach English to kids of all ages in their house and at the local private school. We shared dramas and bible stories and sharing at their local church. Then the next week we were in Svay Rieng with an organization called Kone Kmeng (means 'children' in Cambodian) which works with churches to help kids grow up in safe families without exploitation and with opportunities to get an education and helps families out of poverty teaching them skills building wells, toilets for them and giving them water filters. We got to drive each day to a different village, standing in the back of a truck to do kids ministry, games, dramas, bible stories and in the evening we got to spend time with some amazing Christian students. We helped with education by Kone Kmeng - teaching some English and having bible studies sharing some of our experiences and what we'd learnt over 'lecture phase' of DTS. We encouraged them in their faith and their relationship with God... to trust in him, knowing who they are and how much they're loved. To know God has an amazing plan for their lives. My time on outreach was amazing, I grew and learned a lot. I had a lot of breakthroughs, learning to be bold, to let go fears of what others think go. I'd been living since my childhood believing lies that I'm quiet or shy because that is who people said I was, so I started believing it. We all pick up things that people say about us, and over time we start to believe them about ourselves, believing the labels put on us, when the truth is we are loved. We are loved & treasured for who we are not what we do. We are all made for great things and we need to throw away any beliefs that tell us differently. If we want to grow and be strong we need to persevere through difficult circumstances. It was a lot of fun working with kids, playing games teaching them things, as I could just be a kid again, be silly and let go of worrying about what others think. In the bible it talks about having a child-like heart (Matt 18:1-5 to always have joy Phil 4:4-5). I learned how important it is being humble in your relationships with people, being child-like, but not childish. When we grow up we need to leave childish things behind, like pride. So one very important lesson to learn in life is how to be humble, serving, putting others before yourself. That is true love, self-less. That is what Jesus showed us, He showed us true love. In the bible 1 John 3:16 says 'we know what real love is, because Jesus have his life for us. Love is an action, not a feeling, and Jesus showed that for us.' In Matt 15:13 Jesus said 'there is no greater love than to lay one's life down for one's friends'. It may not always be literal, but true love is being so selfless that you'd be willing to die for someone if you had to. Jesus showed us his love for us by dying for us for our sins so that we don't have to die, he did it so we could experience God's love and freedom and be in relationship with him, he wants us that much."
This is Nate, he is our SOW planter and worship director at YWAM Gold Coast. I asked him to share about our upcoming School of Worship.
"We are raising up disciples! Jesus told us to make DISCIPLES of all nations not worship leaders. This School of Worship (SOW) will be completely focused on Jesus. We believe that a student's growth, time and efforts are to be valued. But with that said, if those things become the primary focus we have forgotten our purpose and have substituted our worship for a program. Jesus will be the reason we go to lectures. Jesus will be the reason we write songs. Jesus will be the reason we when we hit the streets. Jesus will be the reason for everything we do on the School of Worship. If we walk this out we will see the disciple flourishing in their gifts and using their talents to change the world around them."
We are so excited to welcome our July Beach 2 Billabong DTS students! We have 5 students from 5 different countries representing the United States, Papua New Guinea, Mauritius, Canada and Australia!!! Our Beach 2 Billabong DTS begins on the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast to then heads to the outback of Australia. We an aim to see remote Indigenous communities reached with the Gospel and these students will be engaged in traditional settings and have opportunities to live, eat and connect with a unique culture. These guys have a heart for the Australian people and we can't wait to see what God does and where he takes them!
To apply for DTS or get more information please visit our website: www.ywamgc.com.au
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This past week we participated in "ARISE Gold Coast" a week of Praise & Prayer for the City. Many church congregations and christian organizations all across the Coast had one heart, one purpose to EXALT & PRAISE Jesus! To pray for our city and to delight the heart of the Father and to seek spiritual breakthrough in our city. We traveled to a local church and joined their congregation for prayer and worship. The Mayor of our city Tom Tate and his wife Ruth also joined us! It was so encouraging to hear the leader of our city is a man of God who prays regularly for our city and leads with the spirit's guidance.