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Support Alissa's DTS in London

Organized by: Alissa Wood

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EVENT DATE Aug 15, 2016


Dear friends and family, As I turn 18 in just a few months I have been thinking a lot about what I want to do with my life next. Of course I want to go to college and work more into getting a degree and a career but something has been holding me back from jumping right in. As you may already know, my parents are apart of YWAM (Youth With A Mission) and our family has been apart of this organization since 2014. When we first joined YWAM I did not quite see the point, leaving our friends and family behind to move and for my parents to do their DTS (Discipleship training school) but as we lived in Pennsylvania for a period of time while my parents did their DTS the people started to grow on me, people from so many nations and different parts of the world. It was amazing to see that all of these different people were doing the same things we were all for the same cause, Christ. The people all came together to not only learn more about God in new ways but to grow in God and to get closer to him. All of these people, whether for a short period of time or permanently would leave their homes and their families to make sure that people would hear the gospel. After all, that is what we are here for, isn’t it? I know some people may not understand what this means and some people may say that you can spread the gospel just where you are and that is true, but sometimes God has bigger plans for our lives. As the time passed by and we moved and I began my new years of school, I had my life planned out about 10 years. I was going to take a DTS like my parents and then I was going to go to college and get a degree along with a supporting job but as I moved on with my life I lost the drive that I had for this DTS. I started to question what the point was and why I would take a DTS? I started to question and doubt that it was a waste of time and that I could do other things until one day in Guyana, South America we went to a church and the members of the YWAM Guyana staff and another organization came together and they would talk about what each program was and I remember sitting there, listening and thinking to myself, battling with myself and reminding myself that once I did want this and I felt this peace come over me and felt that this is what I wanted to do, this is what I needed to do. I was reminded of everything that YWAM was and was reminded of the plans that I once had but my flesh let me tell myself that I never wanted it in the first place and that very moment God spoke to me and he gave me an indescribable peace that this is what he wanted me to do. The next day I told my parents that I wanted to take a DTS and I began to research all of the locations that were offered to me. The first thing to really know is what is a DTS? DTS means Discipleship Training School which is five to six months of growing deeper with God and having the opportunity to impact the world in different environments, together as a community and a team. Depending on what location you choose, each location offers different kinds of DTS schools. Some locations offer sports and adventure schools while others may offer worship and music schools. Before I began researching I already knew that I wanted to do my DTS in London, England. I have always wanted to go to London since I was younger and so I thought if I am going to do this DTS why not take the full opportunity? While I am in London for my DTS I will be able to explore the city and all that it has to offer while also becoming more intimate with Christ. So when I chose my location the next thing was, “What type of DTS?” London offers many DTS schools and out of all of them I chose the Arts Revolution DTS. This is a DTS for people who enjoy dancing, theatre, music, photography, and so much more. Why did I choose this DTS school? Simply because I have a strong passion for art, for music. I feel that when I am singing or playing an instrument or doing anything involved in music or arts that I am growing closer and having a stronger connection with God. Another question you may ask is, what does music and art have to do with the DTS? During my DTS I will have two phases: The first will be the lecture phase, this is where I get my knowledge and the experience I need to better teach the gospel and to reach people. Through this phase I will learn the basic classes and lessons but it will all be tied in with the arts to show us our unique talents and the gifts that God has blessed us with all to use for his glory. We will be able to learn more about our gifts and how we can better use them for his glory all while drawing ourselves closer to God. After the lecture phase comes the outreach phase, this is the phase where we take what we have learned and the experience that we have gained over the lecture phase and we put it to use, we travel locally and possibly even to another country to share the gospel with people, to reach these people with the gifts that God has blessed us with, weather it be a dance or a song, creative writing or even street art. A DTS can change your mind, it can change how you see the world, it will feed your hunger for Christ while also leaving you wanting more. As you know this can often be a difficult thing, leaving your family and your friends and going out in faith by God. I first want to ask for all of your prayers, for myself as I take this journey alone to another country, to pray for guidance as I take this journey, that I will keep an open mind and that I will have the strength and courage to follow God’s will without a plan set before me, and above all is if you would pray for wisdom. That I will have the wisdom to make the choices and decisions that I may come across during this journey. You also might know, that this class is not free. All I am asking is that you would pray and ask God what part you should have into this journey in my life. Whether it be to pray for me through my journey or to further support my journey through donations.


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