Before I decided to do a DTS I had been on a handful of mission trips. There was one in particular I had just come back from and I knew I was called to go somewhere longer than a week. After talking to a friend who gave me a few ideas, I searched online and found YWAM. I’d been in college studying occupational therapy, but the timing worked out perfectly for me to be able to take time off. I knew this was where I was supposed to be, so I never had a second thought about coming. The hardest thing was having to leave my friends and family behind, but they were very supportive. Though leaving family and friends was bittersweet, as soon as I got here I felt right at home, like I didn’t skip a beat!
I’d been in college studying occupational therapy, but the timing worked out perfectly for me to be able to take time off.
One day during worship, I had been praying for something specific about myself when my friend, Hannah, came and repeated everything I had been praying. I was asking God what vulnerability looks like for me. The song we were singing said that God doesn’t give His heart in pieces, and I realized that I had been giving my heart in pieces. This was a breaking point for me.
What have I learned since being here?
What haven’t I learned, really?
I’ve learned a lot about myself and my relationship with the Lord.
I’ve learned how to be more vulnerable.
How to hear the Lord’s voice and what it sounds like for me.
I’ve learned a lot about the nations and how to intercede for them.
God is love.
I’ve learned about how He values things and that no one is more valuable than anyone else.
I’ve learned there’s nothing I can do to change God’s love for me. I can’t earn God’s love.
I’ve learned so much my brain could explode. I just want to tell everyone. It’s been a humbling experience that’s pushed me out of my comfort zone and has challenged me in positive ways.