When the Spring Compassion Discipleship Training School was presented to me to lead, I thought: YES! If you know me, you know that I have quite a compassionate heart, so this is a passion of mine! And since it is a passion of mine, I want others to join me in this adventure.
So, why should someone do a Compassion DTS? This is what I believe:
Jesus was and is compassionate, and He commands us to be like Him.
There were many times when Jesus himself was tired and exhausted from traveling from place to place, teaching, correcting and healing. He would seek solace to be alone, and then a crowd would swarm Him, begging for healing and a word of truth. Instead of responding selfishly, He had compassion on them. He stopped what He was doing to love others and meet their needs. Matthew 9:36 says, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” As Christ followers, we are commanded to love those who are hurting and to empathize with their pain. And not just limited to human sympathy or emotion, but through the aching heart of the Father, who longs for justice, hope and redemption. This honest compassion should spur us on to acts of kindness and mercy.
- 600,000 – 800,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders each year. Approximately 80% are women and girls. Up to 50% are minors. — US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2018
- It is estimated that 153 million children worldwide, ranging from infants to teenagers, have lost one or both parents (UNICEF). HIV/AIDS has orphaned 17.9 million children, most of them in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia (UNICEF).
- According to a report published by the United Nations, there are 150 million children aged three to 18 years old on our streets today—and their numbers are growing fast.
These statistics may seem harrowing and hopeless. They’re not. Through Jesus, we can be the hope, healing, freedom, and justice that they need. He is filled with hope, but is longing to use people like you and I to reach those who are helpless.
Here at YWAM, running after God “to know Him and make Him known” is our top priority. Our job is to know Him first. In our DTS, we will pursue God, allow Him to work in our lives individually and corporately, and then share that with the world! We will all be pursuing the Lord together, challenging each other to do the same. Being in a community that is running after the same things you are is so encouraging, and pushes you to run even harder!
There is a journey and an adventure that is before you. You have the potential and capability to be a voice to the voiceless. A defender to the helpless. Love to the unloved. You can be Jesus to people.
Will you join us this spring for the Compassion DTS? It’s not too late!
Kristen has walked with Jesus through sunny days and stormy ones, and it’s made her roots go deep. Kristen believes in people and invests in their growth and calling through leading our training schools and outreach teams. But she’s known for more than just her listening ear; she can whistle so high the dogs go crazy, and she’s got a hefty repertoire of cheesy jokes when the moment arises.