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Louisville’s Climate

What's The Weather Like?

Louisville doesn't have an extreme climate. Being the most northern city of the south, we experience neither the extreme cold of the north or the sweltering heat of the south. This means its perfect weather to get outdoors! Go explore the city, hangout in our parks, find a creek to swim in, or hangout at the skate park, our weather would hold you back. 

Louisville Temperature Average

195 Days of Sun Each Year

More than half of the year is sunny days, but don't forget to take a rain jacket when you come here because it also rains regularly too. 

We have four seasons: Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring. Summer lasts between June to September where the daily high is above 79°F (26°C). winter is from December to End of February with the daily high averaging below 52°F (11°C). We do get snow but it rarely stays for more than a few days. 

CULTURAL ENCOUNTER

5 Reasons to do a Cultural Encounter Elective

Cultures are beautiful expressions of customs, traditions, and ways of doing life. You may have experienced a variety of cultures in your own life or you may have only been exposed to a few and...

30 of Our Favorite Places to Eat in Louisville

Heading January 31, 2020 / Local Love, Uncategorized We might be slightly biased, but we think Louisville's food scene is comparable to that of New York City. Yet, with a...

5 Ways To Tell if You Are a 3rd Culture Kid

First of all, a third culture kid (or TCK) is someone who was raised in a culture that is different from their parents culture, or the culture of the country on their passport. They assume...

Louisville’s Climate

Heading January 10, 2020 / Uncategorized What's The Weather Like? Louisville doesn't have an extreme climate. Being the most northern city of the south, we experience neither the extreme cold...

Stateside Stories: He Meets Me Where I Am

The outreach portion of a Discipleship Training School (DTS) is typically 2 months. Here at YWAM Louisville, we take the first 10 days of outreach to travel around the United States speaking in churches, small...

A Q&A with Anna / How Saying “Yes” Changed Everything

Anna is one of our current DTS students from Ashburn, Virginia. We asked her about her journey in coming to YWAM Louisville to do a DTS and here are some things she shared!   Q:...

Healing Happens

Last week, we loaded our YWAM Louisville family up and took a road trip down to Orlando, Florida for our annual Eastern North American Gathering (ENAG) conference! Staff and students from over 20 bases came...

5 Reasons to do the Music & Worship Elective

Maybe you have a passion for worship, but have never learned anything about music. Or maybe you’re a classical musician who has a difficult time knowing the difference between performance and worship. Or maybe you’ve...

Things I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know Before DTS

The first few weeks of a Discipleship Training School are full of new ideas and opportunities to grow. You’ll discover things that you need to learn, things that you need to “un-learn,” and things you...

Quick Simple Tips for Studying the Bible

I’ve had a checkered past with the bible. Sometimes, I’ve had amazing devotional times where it seemed like I had it all figured out. Other times, I didn’t even know where my bible was. Once,...

How to dress like a Fijian

My Experience I went to Fiji for one month this past spring for the outreach phase of my Bible School for the Nations (BSN) and it was different from any place I’d gone before. Fiji...

Spiritual Strength

Spiritual Strength — How Do You Get It? For the past couple of days I have been trying to get in better shape. I have been watching what kind of foods that I am eating,...

From Thailand: Chased Down and Found

We traveled to a little village in Thailand and had the opportunity to sit down and share with underprivileged women. One of the women in particular God highlighted to my team, so we gathered around...

How to Dress Like a Local In Korea

My Experience I’m Korean-American and grew up often visiting family in Seoul. Later in life, I spent a year working on Jeju Island. In my experiences traveling back and forth from the motherland, I’ve faced...

Does God have emotions?

What if I told you that God was an emotional God? You’d probably tell me I’m crazy. Imagine a God who felt like we did? The truth is that God has emotions. He feels like...

10 wallpapers about missions (FREE DOWNLOAD)

Here's a collection of famous missions quotes designed for your phone wallpaper for free!! We were inspired and challenged as we read these, and hope you will be too! One great way for these truths...

MA testimony: This was my hope

This week, my group traveled to Wayside, a shelter for those that have no home, food and family to be with. Those people are struggling with addiction or hardship. I walked in one day thinking...

From South Africa: Jesus Changes Everything

The town was quiet that morning as our team walked down the dirt roads of a local community in South Africa. During this time, we went door-to-door to make friends and share about the love...

From Fiji: From Fear to Faith

For BSN outreaches, the main objective is to run intensive seminars teaching what we have learned during lecture phase. The goal is to equip local leaders through culturally relevant bible training (BELT). The training teaches...
Laura YWAM Testimony

Laura’s Story: The God Who Heals

During my School Of Ministry Development (SOMD) I re-injured my knee on a wet bouncy house. And yes, you read that right, RE-injured. A slightly annoying way to re-injure myself, but hey, Jesus says have...

Our Favorite Shoes For a DTS Outreach

"Ouch! These shoes hate me. My feet hurt and I’m pretty sure there’s blisters forming on my toes." "You should have gotten a pair like mine! My feet feel great and I actually wear these...

From South Africa: A God Who Speaks

One day we were in a local community praying for anybody who was sick. Our team walked around and went door to door asking if there was anybody in need of healing, in hopes that...

The Real Hero & Why You Should Do BSN

The world is in chaos and heroes are needed to step in and save people from the threatening darkness. This is literally the story line of every Marvel movie. Ever. From their very first movie...

Why I Went to India for my DTS Outreach

I didn’t really know why God had called me to India. And to be honest, I had absolutely no desire to go. India was not my first choice. But one day, standing in front of...

Is Jesus Worth It?

Is Jesus worth it? This is a question we face on a regular basis in our christian culture today. If you were raised in church, the answer to this question may seem an obvious "yes,"...
Drama in Missions

Using Passions in Missions: Drama Edition

I’ve always been a shy person so for many it comes as a surprise that I love drama, both acting and writing plays. I’ve always been known as quiet but when given an avenue of...
YWAM Muslim

How God Spoke to A Muslim Man

“God does not speak to me."  These are the words of a man a couple minutes before God gave him an image. We were at a Syrian refugee's home and the man, Ahmed and his...

Our Five Favorite Foods from Across the World

There are many different cultures all across the world. We do things differently, speak different languages, have different holidays and celebrations… but no matter who you are or where you live, there seems to always...
YWAM Father

He is: Father to the Fatherless

It was our first night of ministry and none of us knew what we were doing.  Going into the evening, all I was prepared for was the plan we had. We were going to perform...
YWAM Vietnam

Outreach Stories: “I Asked Him if He Knew God”

The best thing that happened during my outreach is that I got to lead someone to the Lord! I was walking by myself at the university when I saw this guy sitting by himself on...
Q&A About DTS

A Q&A About DTS with Adam

Q: What made you decide to do DTS? A: Jesus. I felt God calling me to YWAM and He used my pastor and different people to confirm it. I asked God if Louisville was the...
YWAM Jon DTS Story

Hope Restored: Jon’s DTS Story

Before coming to DTS my friend and I had been walking across the country for 3 ½ years. We were sharing the gospel with people we ran into, relying on the Lord and His provision,...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Megan’s Story: What I’ve Learned

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...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

A Costly Call: Jeremy’s Story

Meet Jeremy! He is one of our current Winter DTS students. We had a lot of fun asking him a few questions on how he came to do a DTS and what God has been...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Liz’s Story: I Left My Family and My Job

I am the first Christian in my family. June of last year, I was meeting with my pastor and asking him how I could have more of Jesus. I wanted more of Jesus. I told...
YWAM DTS Missionary

From South Asia: Joy in the Midst of Pain

Sitting on the ground of a small slum home, I look into the eyes of a lovely 42 year old woman. She is a daughter, a mother, and a wife who's suffering from various health...
YWMA Egypt

From North Africa: I’m Just His Servant

"God hurts when you hurt and weeps when you weep." We were sitting in a living room, sipping tea and eating cookies in a Syrian refugee's home. They welcomed us in with such beautiful hospitality...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Janelle’s Story: How I Got to DTS

We sat down with one of our new DTS students, Janelle, to ask her a few questions about how she came to do a DTS and what God has taught her so far. Here's what...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Prayer is…

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. “ Ephesians 6:18 When...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Good Habits for 2019

No matter how determined we might be at the start of each new year, more often than not, we end up watching New Year's resolutions fizzle out. It’s gotten to the point where New Year’s resolutions...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

That Warm Fuzzy Feeling and How to Feel it When Things Aren’t all Warm and Fuzzy

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11 Have you ever found yourself laughing so much...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

From South Asia: “Surrounded”

In South Asia, we did many house visits. We would sit with the people and listen to their stories, then, share with them some of our own or anything that the Lord would put on...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

The Reason for the Season

It's been said that, "Christmas is God's ultimate peace project," meaning the birth of Jesus made way for ultimate belonging and relationship with God. This is what we were created for to begin with. Perfect peace...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Love Softens the Heart: Daniel’s Testimony

It was a chilly Thursday afternoon. A group of us DTS students had gone to a bus stop to love others and share about Jesus by handing out free hot chocolate and praying for people....
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

How to Hear God for Big Decisions

What happens if I miss it? What if I make a mistake? Is God gonna speak to me? Does He care? How do I even hear? Is it me or God? Making a big life...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Laura’s Story: What Failure Means

I’ve been honored to participate in the worship track this fall here in DTS. Before it began, I thought I was going to learn how to lead worship… but God had a different plan. He...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

My Five Worst Fundraising Fails

I hear it all the time from people considering a YWAM DTS. “Where’s the money going to come from?” My testimony after 16 years of servings as a YWAM missionary is this: God has never left me hanging....
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Without You: A Poem

May 31, 2018 What would a day look like without your love?  Without some one looking down from above, With eyes so gentle caring and sweet, Who sent His son to die for me.  What...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Why Choose Louisville

What’s in Kentucky? Why Kentucky? These are the most frequent questions I get when I tell people that I moved to Kentucky from California but in order to answer those I’ll have to share some...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

5 Ways to Ruin a Relationship

Relationships come and go, right? Here are five of our tips to help them go away a little bit quicker! 1. It’s you, you, and *clap your hands* always you. Relationships are about you feeling...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Cory’s Story: A Lament

"Prayer was never meant to me incidental to the work of God. It is the work." - Arthur Matthews, China Inland Mission We love missions and seeing the lost saved. A crucial part in this...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

How to Make An Authentic Spanish Meal

When in Mexico, Tacos. When in Morocco, Cus-cus. When in Argentina, Asado. If you really want to immerse yourself in a culture and experience a country, you start at the table. Food and what happens...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Fun Fall Things to do with Friends

Autumn is a wonderful season marked by changing colors, bonfires, harvest, boots and flannel. The air begins to feel crisp in preparation for the cold winter months. The ground is in a constant state of...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Randy’s Story: I Am Wanted

Growing up, I had a pretty normal life with a family that loved me and looked out for me. My mom struggled a lot with her health and was in and out of the hospital....
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

5 Qualities of a Good Worship Leader

Is it the skinny jeans? The Taylor guitar? The brown boots? The basic t-shirt? While there are plenty of aspects to character as well as skill that could be said on this subject, here are...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

“Am I This Beautiful?”

During an impromptu children's program while visiting refugees living in a city dump, I met Luba. No more than seven years old, Luba and her family were refugees from Bangladesh forced to live in the...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

6 Quick Tips For Effective Evangelism

The simple fact about evangelism is that it's giving other people the opportunity to know God personally like you do through your own story and sharing the Gospel. It's also something every Christian is called...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Caleb’s Outreach Testimony

It's a challenge to say exactly what my favorite experience in Mexico was, but I think I've narrowed it down. For starters, I loved the team that I co-lead for Bible distribution and park ministry....
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Does Art Matter?

“Use your gifts for the Kingdom.” “God gave you talents so that you can glorify Him with them.” “Let the Lord use your talents for His purposes.” Since I was little, I have heard statements...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Do You Have a POOR Mindset?

Before I begin this topic I want to say; this is from experience and is not from a place of condemnation or annoyance. My desire is that people would live in the knowledge of God...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

How to Encourage a Missionary

I still remember being a 6 year old kid with both eyes and mouth wide open in excitement and joy as our friends opened their bags full of presents for us. Did they really come...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Should You Do a Discipleship Training School?

You may have just graduated and have a couple options in front of you but aren't sure which one will help you get the most out of your life. Maybe you're at a crossroads, or...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

A Quick Step Guide to Understanding the Bible

The Bible is a unique book in that it is inspired by God and tells first-hand accounts of the life of Jesus. Christian theology is built around this book and the Gospel story. It holds...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

From Bolivia: Everyone Can Come In

Our first week in Bolivia was spent at a boys street kids home, ages 11-19, sharing testimonies, teaching and playing games. These boys had no choice but to live on the streets to escape their...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

5 Ways to Ruin a Mission Trip

It’s coming soon: your summer mission trip. You’ve been looking forward to it for months. You’ve seen the pictures, heard the stories, and everyone says the same thing: going on a mission trip will change...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Going On a Mission Trip? 11 Essentials for Your Packing List

What do I pack? It’s a common question for those preparing for a summer mission trip. In the midst of all the suitcases and granola bars, we thought we'd share some "what-to-bring" tips for anyone...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

The City is Alive

“The people who live in Louisville love it and they’re passionate about it. She’s a city that’s comfortable in her own skin. Louisville’s a city that isn’t trying to be anything more than what it...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

The Truth About My Father

Six Lies We Believe About God: In one way or another, we all have heard that whisper from the dark, attempting to conform us to it’s reality. It’s sly, deceptive, and often times we’ve grown...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

The Tipping Point

This past month, myself and four others set out for Fiji to share what God placed in our hearts during our Bible School for the Nations. Out of a month long stay, we spent two weeks...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

9:30 P.M. On A Wednesday Night

“God will use whatever He wants to display His glory. Heavens and stars. History and nations. People and problems.” —Max Lucado ​God is constant -even when life brings unexpected twists. As I was preparing to...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Tips For Traveling With Kids

Are we there yet? This is a question a child usually asks when traveling, but one a parent will begin to rehearse in their mind if not prepared for travelling! Before you begin to worry about...
YWAM Mission Trip

How to Hear the Voice of God

I remember the first time I sat down to spend time with God with the full intention of hearing what he had to say. I had my Bible, my journal, my cup of coffee; I...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

True Success In Planning

In a World that expects success and scorns the idle, planning remains key. Life seems too short to let your dreams and aspirations be left to chance or faith. Right? Why not just plan it...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

What Are the Benefits of a Gap Year?

It's a longstanding tradition in England, an accepted norm in Europe and beyond. But in fast-paced, career-driven America, the "gap year" – an intentional buffer between high school and college - isn't quite so mainstream. But the gap year has gained some...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Can I Do Missions?

“I wasn’t made to be a missionary,” I told her. “I’m not good enough to do that type of stuff.” Four years ago, talking on the phone with my friend that was trying to get...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

A Legacy of Passion

“There was once a woman who was pursued by two men. Both claimed to love her, both declared their undying passion. One day while they both were visiting, contending to win her over, the door...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

A Glimpse into the Brokenness

Spain. The moment I hear this word, my heart and mind are flooded with memories and images of this precious country. I remember her bright colors and her music, all filled with the intricate strumming...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Launched into My Calling

When I was a kid, I loved being outside and playing games with my siblings. One of our favorite activities was jumping on the trampoline behind our house. Spare moments would be quickly spent by...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Do You Know the Father’s Delight?

The Father’s pleasure is so important: to know, to understand and to receive. Yet few of us live from it. We walk in the lie that we have to work for God to love us...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Is Rest Really That Important?

Over the past few weeks, God has been speaking to me about a vital command  that I believe changes everything about our walk with Him (this is a pretty high claim, so just bear with me on...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Your True Name

Lift up your head, O Amsterdam! Cast off your shame like a cloak; Let it fall from your shoulders As the ‪shadows fall‬ from the trees under the noonday sun. Let your righteousness shine like...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Spring Is Coming to Russia

Russia. What went through your mind as you read that word? Bitter cold? Putin? Siberia? Incredible figure skaters? Each of us have feelings and emotions that are associated with certain words and places. When I...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

The Power of a Prayer

It was a Tuesday afternoon in Cyprus. One of our Discipleship Training School students, Patrick, and I went throughout the city to do surveys with people as a way to connect and share the Gospel....
Youth With A Mission DTS Louisville YWAM

A New Status Quo

Finish high school, go to college, find a husband, graduate, get married, have kids, live my life as a housewife, maybe use my degree on the side. This is what I thought my life was...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

A Family Calling

Our hotel owner had a look about her that said something in her heart wasn't quite right. She didn’t show much emotion, and was usually pretty cold and distant. Every morning when we would go...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

The Land of the Rising Sun

Back in November 2017, I was given a very sudden and special opportunity to join a team from YWAM Sarasota on their very first scouting trip to Japan.  This trip was an answer to sixteen...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Captivated and Victorious

I am a raging war zone. My heart screams for a cease fire, while my head demands a body count. I have been condemned to no man’s land. My soul has acquired a Forlorn Hope,...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

I Know the Plans I Have for You

Are you in a place where you are wondering if God will come through for you? Or perhaps you’ve been asking if God really has plans for your life? Today, I want to share with you...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

The Chic, The Geeks, and Everyone In Between

Use your imagination with me for just a few minutes. Close your eyes and picture a big group of people. Do they all look the same, or are they each different? Are they all the...

The Purpose of Purpose in Our Lives

Purpose directs the decision making process of every person. In many senses, it is the steering wheel of our lives. Without any purpose, a car will steer aimlessly in whatever direction it feels compelled to go,...
Youth With A Mission DTS Louisville YWAM

6 Practical Tips to Pay for Your Mission Trip

“If God wants me to go on this mission trip, then the money will come in.” Ever hear someone say that? Ever said it yourself? While it sounds “spiritual,” we’re pretty convinced it’s a misconception....
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Reading through the New Testament (Free Printable Plan)

Two days from now, we’ll wrap up the Old Testament reading challenge we tackled in 2017. Our YWAM staff family has not only grown in discipline and knowledge as we’ve read together; more than anything,...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Does Christmas Mean Commission?

I've heard it said that, "Christmas is God's ultimate peace project," meaning the birth of Jesus made way for ultimate belonging and relationship with God. This is what we were created for to begin with. Perfect...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

To See You Must Hear

  "...and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry     and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness,     and your night will become like the noonday. The...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

To Live Free

"You broke my chains of sin and shame and you covered me with grace. You mend my life with your holy fire, You cover me with grace. You are the hand that reaches out to...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

I Am Wanted

Growing up, I had a pretty normal life with a family that loved me and looked out for me. My mom struggled a lot with her health and was in and out of the hospital....
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

That’s Who Jesus Is

"That's who Jesus is." It hit me like a ton of bricks. "That's who Jesus is." I didn't realize how deeply I needed to hear those words. It was like all my fears and insecurities...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

What NOT To Bring On A Mission Trip

Your suitcase will be strapped on top of a van, toted across the country in a train’s overhead rack, or cluttering the few square feet of floor space in a shared dorm room. The point?...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

I Don’t Want To Change

My life was pretty simple and I was okay with it. I grew up in a Christian family that went to church every Sunday, attended Christian school and acted as if everything was “good.” Except...

How YWAM Ruined My Life

When I think about the time I spent in Youth With A Mission (YWAM), I am overwhelmed with gratitude and so many other emotions. It is astounding how much God can do when we hand...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

The Joy Of Letting Go

Surrender. To submit fully to some one elses authority. Let me say that again. To submit fully to some elses authority, this is what it means to surrender. That's a little intimidating because as humans...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

The Fear That Consumed

When I was a little girl, I had an unnatural fear of death.  Not the kind of fear that all young kids inevitably face - the fear of one day growing old and slowly fading...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

From Druggie To Discipleship Maker

My life was not what it appeared. I went to church every Sunday because my parents made me go. I knew the stories, but I hated church. It was boring, full of old people, oh...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

I Can Never Do Enough

One day as I was watching over a group of kids, I saw a situation begin to unfold. One little boy brought in a plush toy. He proudly walked in with his toy and it...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Do I Give Up?

“You can’t give up!” Has anyone ever told you that? Well they are wrong. You can give up. That is one of your options. So why am I telling you this? Am I promoting quitting?...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Men in Missions

It was early winter, sometime in the late 20th century (1990’s, people). I stood on the battle field surveying my conquest of evil hordes, my sword and shield in hand. The enemy had come to...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

“The Prodigal Son”

I was staffing a Mission Adventures outreach in Monterey, Mexico with two participants and one of their youth leaders who spoke fluent Spanish. We were passing out Bibles going house to house. There were a...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

“God Is My Refuge and My Strength.”

“God is my refuge and my strength.” This is something I have learned during my time at YWAM Louisville. There were so many times when I was broken down inside, whether from my past or...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Most of us despise public speaking.

Telling Your Story: Sharing your mission experience without boring your audience If you’re reading this, it’s likely you went on a summer mission trip. You built a home, hosted a medical clinic, ran a VBS,...

Where Are The Men?

Here at YWAM Louisville we run five missionary training schools a year. They’re life-changing programs that only last five months and include the opportunity to make an impact overseas. But here’s the sad truth: in...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

“Left, Right, or Straight?”

Adventure. What comes to mind when you hear that? It makes me excited and ready to go! I think of traveling and seeing beautiful things, trying to communicate with people who don’t speak my language,...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

“I never thought of that before…”

Since being in Ukraine, my team and I have been involved with English camps here. It has been an incredible opportunity for us to connect with the youth! There was one week when we worked...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

I met Jesus on my first mission trip.

It was the summer right before my senior year, and I thought I had my life figured out. I’d graduate high school, go to college, and become an elementary teacher. But as I crossed the...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

A Simple Question

“Are you tourists?" The city was called Solikamsk. I was walking with my Russian translator, lagging a bit behind the group because everything around me called to have it's picture taken, when a woman handing...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Free From Who I Was

So my story. Well, growing up Amish I had learned about Jesus and knew about Jesus. When I was 14, I got really tired of going to church and didn’t want to go to church...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Finding My Corner

So this week has probably been my favorite of the whole School of Ministry and Development because of what the Lord has shown me. Peter Iliyn was our speaker for the week and he first...
YWAM Dream

Never Be Shaken

“I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.” Psalm 62:1-2 I’m sharing this verse before anything...
YWAM DTS Youth With A Mission Louisville

Beautiful Freedom: How God Changed My Lifestyle

This wasn’t what I thought.   Going into my Discipleship Training School (DTS), I thought I was simply learning how to be a missionary. While I was looking forward to all of DTS, my focus...
Youth With A Mission DTS Louisville YWAM

Closed Doors Opened Wide

“Can I help you with anything?” As I looked up, a girl, with a smile that seemed to brighten the whole room, was looking at me. “No, thank you. We are just looking, but your...
YWAM DTS

His Plans > my plans

If you have ever met me you would know my passion runs deep for children. I desire to love the little ones who have nobody to love them and to care for the children that...
YWAM DTS

My One Desire

“To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love… Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found amoung us. If we...
YWAM DTS

Real Dating: 10 Tips & Honest Advice

Dating today is faster than it’s ever been before. With all the technology that we have now, it’s easier to speed up the dating process. Finding a suitable romantic partner has been reduced to a...
YWAM DTS

My Work Is Not My Worth

The lectures this week were about discovering the different personalities. We did this through 4 elements: earth, water, fire, and wind. I learned that I am a water-wind. Water: I highly value relationships and I’m...
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Is God Your Friend?

It all started the week before this Christmas. We were spending a couple of weeks in Monterrey visiting my wife’s family in Mexico. One morning on our way to a church event my son said...
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No Matter Where I Am

We are in the middle of a transition period. A week ago we welcomed new students to our Discipleship Training School, as well as welcomed returning students to our School of Ministry Development. In a...
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How to Build a Simple Budget: 3 Tips and Free Template

I get it!  Budgets and the process of making them can be more than most of us want to think about.  Nothing about the word budget excites us and if we’re honest, it makes us...
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From Fearful to Fighter

Intercession? It’s something I’m passionate about and it’s something we down play. What is it? According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, intercession means: “prayer, petition or entreaty in favor of another.” In short, it means praying on...
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Are You Willing To Suffer?

Have you ever heard someone make the vague yet popular statement, "I'm very passionate about this"?  It's something that I feel like I hear a lot in today's culture. "I have such a passion for music."...
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The Unmerited Truth

We're starting a new blog series here at YWAM Louisville called "Passions" where we ask our staff members to share with us about what they're passionate about. This week, we asked one of our newer staff...
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From South Africa: Can you pray for my daughter?

Our teams are back! These past few days our houses have been packed full with people and it sure isn't quiet around here anymore. The staff and students look darker from all the walking under...
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From Chile: God is With Us

Our Discipleship Training School (DTS) and School of Ministry Development (SOMD) students have been out of the country for the last 5 weeks. Of course we miss them, but we couldn't be happier that they're...
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When There Are Giants in the Land

The Lord said to Moses, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.” So at the Lord’s command Moses sent them out...They gave...
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From South Asia: “How Did You Know?”

It's week three for our teams overseas, and they already have amazing testimonies to tell! Today's story comes all the way from South Asia: "One day, my team and I were in one of the worst...
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What Does a Mission Trip Actually Look Like?

Outreach can be a fun adventure filled with excitement. I mean think about it. You’re out there in the middle of nowhere in some foreign country, getting immersed in a new culture that you’ve never...
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Social Media On Mission

Oh, social media! For many of us it feels like both a blessing and a curse – especially while we're on a mission trip. It's great staying connected with folks back home, but it's easy to...
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Waves of Young People

It seems like it was just yesterday that we welcomed them into our family - Thirty students, all from different places, each with their own individual stories and fears, but sharing the same desire: To...
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New year, new what?

Like many of you, I've been asked the same question year after year: “What is my New Year Resolution?” It’s a simple enough question, but why is it so hard to answer? It feels like...
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Reading Through the Bible: 6 Tips & Printable Plan

Here at YWAM Louisville, we’ve resolved to grow in knowing God’s Word in 2017. So we're tackling a challenge: together, we’ll read chronologically through the Old Testament and Christ’s birth. Want to join us? Download the...
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A Wedding for the War-Weary

This anonymous dispatch was written by a co-laborer reaching out to Syrian refugees in a nation not far from theirs. There is a wedding today. He is the son of a friend’s aunt I met months ago....
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The Christmas Not Celebrated

"It's the most wonderful time of the year..." Colorful lights, decorating houses and trees, cheerful songs filling the air, gift wrapping, visiting family, and the sight of a manger are all reminders of this season....
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What to Do When You’ve Blown It

We've all had that sinking feeling: "Oh, shoot, I messed that up!" You know that ache in your heart, the internal questions. What are they thinking? How do I make this up? You've probably wondered if there's...
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Write Email Updates that People Actually Read

Ah, technology – what a gift to the missionary! Gone are the treacherous days of month-long sea voyages to arrive at a ministry site; now we catch up on movies while hurtling through the air...
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What is your favorite…..?

Everyone's experience in a Discipleship Training School is unique and we love to hear different perspectives from our students on what their highlights are. We asked around and here are some of the answers we got...
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Afraid of public speaking?

You know that moment: you step in front of a group of people and, whether there are 20 or 200, your heart drops. If it’s fundraising, promoting a cause, or sharing a mission trip testimony, you need to be...
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The Secret to Happiness

I’ll be happy when… ...I get out of my parent’s house. ...I get that new car. ...I get a new job. ...I get a girlfriend or boyfriend. ...I get married. ...people start treating me differently...
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How to write a Newsletter

You've just had a once in a lifetime experience. You will never be the same, and you want others to know about it. You want them to feel what you felt, to see what you...

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How do you see yourself? What are your first thoughts in the morning, when you look in the mirror, when you’re eating a meal? What do you see? Is it someone you would want to...
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Celebrating the Nations

Some of us are world travelers – whether we grew up jumping from one country to another or chose a lifestyle that's taken us to places we never imagined. Some of us have never left home or even...
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Relationships: Worth the Fight

I had been provoked, so I snapped. To this day I don’t remember what I said to my sibling, but I know it wasn’t kind. I left fuming. It only took a couple of minutes...
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My Five Worst Fundraising Fails

  I hear it all the time from people considering a YWAM DTS. “Where’s the money going to come from?” My testimony after 16 years of servings as a YWAM missionary is this: God has never left me...
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From Central Asia: “Why are you so happy?”

"Why are you so happy?" When I sat at the table in the midst of laughter,food and conversation,I had no idea this question would come up, but I'm glad it did. We met Ali while on...
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Understanding Grace

Four years ago this January, I did my Discipleship Training School (DTS) here at YWAM Louisville.  It was an experience I’ll never forget, and one that I’m still reaping the blessings of. The Lord used...
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Ruined For the Ordinary

When I came to Discipleship Training School (DTS), I was angry and bitter.  My life wasn't easy that way, and yet it was still the way I chose to live. Why? Because that meant I...
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The King and the Girl

When I entered Central Asia, I was very afraid. I was afraid of being rejected by people.  I feared that I would let my team down, or that I would not be able to build...
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An Olympian named Eric Liddell

Every couple years there is great anticipation and excitement as the world's greatest athletes compete against one another in the Olympic games. For the athletes who leave for the games, we often hear their stories...
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Tuning Our Hearts to Worship

A few months ago, I came to terms with the fact that I really do like pop music. As I constantly listened to this mainstream radio music, I found myself feeling distant from the Lord,...
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What’s the Point?

Have you ever felt like what you're doing is pointless? Sitting in math class in the 10th grade, I remember constantly asking my teacher how the math problems we were doing would help me in...
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A Glimpse At The World’s Religion

As missionaries, it is important that we have an understanding of what the world believes.  We need to be able to momentarily pick up the lenses through which believers of Islam, Buddhists, Hindus, Atheists, Agnostics,...
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Blessed To Be A Blessing

As we were setting up for our community night in Appalachia, one of my friends called out to me, jumping up and down with a big grin on her face. I kindly, smiled back, not...
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The Week My Life Changed

Jaron's first experience with Youth With A Mission Louisville was a week-long outreach we ran in the early summer of 2012. He signed up for a week of serving and growing in relationship with Jesus. Check...
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The 4 Greatest Tools For Every Missionary

What does it take to be a missionary? This is one of the many questions we run into when thinking or talking about missions work and what it takes. Here are a couple of the...
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Why Don’t You Ask Me To Heal You?

While I was on my Discipleship Training School outreach in East Asia, God revealed to me that I have anger in my heart toward Him about my genetic syndrome.  My syndrome is called Ehlers Danlos...
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How Do I Learn a New Language?

As missionaries, we are consistently around other languages as we travel around the world and share our hope in Jesus with others. We hear Spanish, German, Turkish, Mandarin, Afrikaans, Czech, Tamil, Greek, and more. As...
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The Squeaky Swingset

Have you ever felt distanced from the Lord? Has there ever been a time when you believed that you'd lost the ability to hear His voice? It feels like something in your relationship with Him...
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The Strength to Speak

Sitting at an English corner in East Asia, a place where constant conversation is expected, it was very easy for me to feel overwhelmed, tired, or prefer to just blend into the background. It was Saturday evening,...
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Technology and Missions

"Since God is a missionary God, God's people are a missionary people." - Eddy Ho Since the beginning of creation, God has been on a mission. When He created people, He desired to know them and...
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Why Biblical Theology Matters

Exalting Christ In Sound Doctrine. In the sixth grade, I became very fond of a girl in one of my classes.  As a kid with big curly hair and heavily magnifying glasses, I knew that...
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Leaders Don’t Stop Following

There are many attributes that we can look for in a good leader. Our list of attributes was probably formed through our own personal experiences with leaders, either with school teachers, bosses, church leaders, or parents....
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Is a Gap Year Worth My Time?

It's a longstanding tradition in England, an accepted norm in Europe and beyond. But in fast-paced, career-driven America, the "gap year" – an intentional buffer between high school and college - isn't quite so mainstream. But the gap year has gained some...
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Do Mission Trips Actually Make a Difference?

What do you think of when you think of mission trips? Do you think of beaches and beautiful experiences? Do you envision holding babies or working construction? Do you think of God moving throughout the world,...
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Life with Christ

What does it look like to know Christ and be with Him in all things? When I was in high school and then college, I would hear people talk about how boring certain classes were...
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Unreached.

In many Christian circles today, you may hear people talking about reaching the "unreached," or you might have become acquainted with the phrase, “unreached people groups."  But what exactly does that mean? According to JoshuaProject.net, a people...
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A Step of Faith

At the beginning of this year, we sent our School of Ministry Development (SOMD) off to Germany and the Czech Republic for a six week outreach.  The second half of this outreach was spent in the...
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7 Phrases to Know Before Going Overseas

Going overseas involves a lot of new things: new food, new people, new culture, new climates, new sites to see, and new languages. It can be an exciting adventure of first-time experiences. A lot of the experiences...
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Worth the Cost.

As a teenager, I was given the opportunity to go to Mexico on a short-term mission trip with my youth group.  After hearing about the trip, though, I quickly told myself  "no", and found ways to...
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Why Do a Skater’s DTS?

When I was asked if I would lead the Spring Skater's Discipleship Training School (DTS), I was stoked. It's combining my two favorite things: Jesus, and Skateboarding! As I've been planning to lead this school,...
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When Chaos Erupts

It was our first time at the makeshift refugee camp on the edge of the border between Greece and Macedonia. We parked at a gas station surrounded by thousands of refugees, all pitching tents and...
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Caution: Sharp Turns Ahead

Three times a year, students from our schools graduate and move on in what God is calling them to next. We are intimately aware of the pitfalls people can tumble into when encountering change. Here's a...
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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

When you hear the word "love", what is the first thing that you think of? Are you bombarded with thoughts of the most recent Nicolas Sparks movie, or the latest #RelationshipGoals post on Instagram?  Or maybe...
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The Power of Relationship

One night, our team was going out on ministry to connect with and share at a local youth group in Germany, which was about thirty minutes from the town where we were staying.  Up to...
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What’s Your Weekly To-Do List?

Having a conversation with a stranger and knocking on strangers' apartment doors isn't exactly on my weekly to-do list, but I'm so thankful that it's on God's. On local ministry we do just that. We...
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Local Love for Kentuckiana

God has called us to share the gospel everywhere, including our own back yard! This week, we wanted to highlight local ministries we have been able to partner with. We have personally met and come...
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Just How Big Is God?

Our Fall Discipleship Training School outreach teams have been fraught with one challenge after the next, way before they even stepped onto their first flight!  There have been visa denials, multiple stolen passports (in the United States!),...
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A Family Army

“As a family of missionaries, we are multiplying, equipping, and launching faithful leaders who actively fulfill the Great Commission.” These are the words that YWAM Louisville was founded on and molded by.  They are the...
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The Privilege of Giving

During our outreach in East Kentucky, The outreach team to East Kentucky. We teamed up with one of the local churches in a very small town where drug/alcohol abuse, violence, and poverty are...
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New Year, New Habits

No matter how determined we might be at the start of each new year, more often than not, we end up watching New Year's resolutions fizzle out. It’s gotten to the point where New Year’s resolutions...
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Should I do a Discipleship Training School?

So you are wondering what to do next with your gap year or something similar. Whether you are looking into college or looking into ministry, you should seriously consider a Youth With A Mission Discipleship...
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A Red Coat and Hope

Inside the Lord’s Kitchen in downtown Louisville, I saw him. He was sitting at one of the tables. He was tall and skinny. A big, red coat completed the image. The same red coat I...
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What does God Risk?

Risk vs Reward Activities with the greatest risk typically have the greatest rewards. Think about it. Sky-diving. Mountain climbing. Marriage. Of course, some risks aren’t worth it. But isn’t it also true that the most...
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What happens when 700 YWAMers come together?

Family reunions are usually filled with laughter, love, fun, and pictures. This one was no different. Last week we traveled to Alabama for our annual Northeast Conference. We have the chance to meet new family...
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I died in East Asia

On my mission trip to East Asia, I felt that God was calling me to the roof of the house we were staying at. I took a book I had been reading, The Cost of...
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The Corruption of Comparison

Satan does everything he can to get our eyes off of God and onto something else. Whether that's making money our sense of security or finding glory in something we excel in, Satan will scheme...
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My favorite thing about Community Living

Ever wonder what it's like living in a community of missionaries? Here are our top 5 favorite things about community living! 5. Work Detail: Cooking a meal or cleaning around the base! "I love working in...
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From Nepal: Can There Be Hope?

There is hope. Despite Satan’s triumphs and malicious schemes, despite the hurt in this broken world, God is bigger than the pain. He is restoring hope to the hopeless. And every time we bring God...
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“I need you to tell her something”

Isn’t it funny how God sometimes gives us exactly what we want in ways that we almost miss? When I first started doing ministry in Spain, it was difficult to relate to the people because...
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“Sir! I want to hear your testimony!”

On my SOMD outreach in Nicaragua, we were hosting youth groups for their YWAM missions trips. Between teams, we did some ministry on our own. I don't know why, but this part of our trip to Nicaragua...
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Handling 5 Common Objections to Becoming a Missionary

So you know you’re called to missions. You’ve gone on a few mission trips, or maybe you’ve simply heard about what God is doing around the world and become convinced that He’s put long-term ministry...
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Google Translating the Gospel

On our recent outreach to West Asia, one of our main ministry activities was making friends with Muslims. Of course, as we got to know our new friends, we also shared with them about Jesus. One...
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Where Are The Men?

Here at YWAM Louisville we run five missionary training schools a year. They’re life-changing programs that only last five months and include the opportunity to make an impact overseas. But here’s the sad truth: in...
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Reaching the Unreached: Panama

Part of the SOMD class and some of our staff just got back from outreach in Panama! They had been serving the people by investing into orphans, distributing Bibles, doing work projects, and spending time in prayer and worship....
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Mission Trip Essentials: Your UN-Packing Guide

I have a confession to make: I'm really bad at unpacking my suitcase. I get home from a trip and just leave it – for days, even weeks! If I need something that's still packed,...
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Discovering the Kingdom

In the beginning of his book, Truth and Transformation, Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi shares a story of an experience he had while visiting Holland. This experience was part of his journey of discovering how Kingdom principles, when...
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Handing out Hope

Here's a look inside Marny's (an SOMD student) experience on outreach in Nicaragua, and how God has been working in her life. YWAM Louisville has helped to facilitate two waves of mission trips in Nicaragua this...
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Packing: How Should I Do It?

Packing. There are so many different ways to do it. You have your minimalists who take as little and as light as possible. Then there are  the people who take anything and everything they think they...
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8 Mission Trip Hacks

We've all heard of life hacks, right? Things that you can do to make your life easier. Usually simple things, but genius. Like wrapping a rubber band around a paint can to use as something...
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God Was Showing Me Something

God speaks! Check out Ji Hye's story of hearing God and making an impact in the nations:  I remember the very first time we prayed for the nations. It was the beginning of DTS. I...
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Pitfalls and Energy Drainers

Are you stuck?  Sometimes in our journey of following Jesus we feel like we are in a rut. One day we have victory over sin, and the next we fall to temptation. Impurity, greed, having an...
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A Story of Healing

Our Winter DTS recently came back from outreach in East Asia with stories of God using them to reveal Himself and rescue the lost. Check out this story of how God used Jake, a student in...
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Staying Fit on Outreach

Let's face it - staying fit is a challenge. Not to mention trying to stay fit on a mission trip or as you are traveling in different countries. When you are away from home you...
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5 Ways to Ruin Your Mission Trip

It's the beginning of the summer mission trip season, so we thought we would re-post this blog to give you ideas about how you could ruin your mission trip. Just in case you were thinking about...
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Her Name is Emily

We were simply talking and somehow we connected. Maybe because we shared the same name, maybe because I was an American in Asia, or maybe because God was moving. We talked for awhile about all...
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Purposeful or Purposeless?

In 40 years, what do you want to see when you look back over your life? Now ask the Lord to show you what he wants you to see. Are they different? What drives you?...
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A Stepping Stone

It is "just another missions trip" or "just another bible study." Sound familiar? Sometimes we become blinded to this simple truth from the Bible: "It is the same with my word. I send it out,...
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Why Carry Trash?

Have you ever felt pressure? Pressure is a force that often feels as if something is behind, trying to move you. This force can be refining or sometimes cause you to break. Different sources of...
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I’M SHOCKED!

I had just spent an amazing two months in north and south India. The sights, sounds, and smells (especially those smells) still hanging in my most recent memories… and on my clothes. I was excited...
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The Missing Link

God is... loving, faithful, righteous, Lord of our lives, King of Kings, Lion of Judah, the spotless lamb, etc. All of these names for Jesus describe a different part of his character and give us...
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He Makes All Things New

 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ the new creation has come: The old is gone, the new is here!" (2 Corinthians 5:17)   What about you? How has God made you new? Take some time...
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It Cannot Be Done

How often does that thought invade your mind? How many times do you allow that simple belief to control your life? In other words, how many times do you doubt God? Hardship and difficulty often...
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Stop leaning on yourself

“Trust God.” I cannot tell you how many times I have heard that said, or I have said it myself. Yet it can be so hard to do. I know he is trustworthy, yet trusting...
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Love in the Face of Violence

  The first two weeks of our YWAM DTS mission trip to South Africa, we ministered in a township called Overcome. As we served among the troubled families of that community, we realized that people were full of unforgiveness, revenge,...
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Put Your Passion into Action

Is there something you really want to do, a dream inside your heart that you yearn to live out? These things are your passions. So what are you passionate about? What do you love to...
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The Day the Impossible Became Reality

After 15 years of praying for something we were told would never happen, God answered. Honestly, I never thought he would. Over and over, that subtle lie – "This is your life! This is the way it...
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Why Take a Gap Year?

It's a longstanding tradition in England, an accepted norm in Europe and beyond. But in fast-paced, career-driven America, the "gap year" – an intentional buffer between high school and college – isn't quite so mainstream. But the gap year has gained some traction...
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Social Media Fundraising for My Mission Trip?

You’re itching to do something you've never done before. Something in you is stirring, and you sense God is leading you to go on a mission trip. You think “Nu-uh, too much work! Do you...
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Around the World In 60 Seconds

Slavery exists. No country goes without feeling the impact that slavery brings and the areas of it effects. Throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and North America slavery is a real life scenario for thousands, millions actually. An...
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The Next Step

I remember like it was yesterday. "What school? What degree? Stay out of debt." These questions and statements only scratched the surface as I watched the unanswered questions multiply. My plan was to graduate and go to college. Growing...
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Is Language the Most Important Thing?

Jihye, originally from South Korea, is a student in the Discipleship Training School. She left her family and everything familiar to let God transform her. Check out what she has to say about doing a DTS in...
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From Peru: Total Transformation

Our YWAM DTS team in Peru recently embarked on a two-week adventure into the jungle. Check out Miguel's story. Early in the morning we hauled our supplies onto a bus for two hours, followed by a nine-hour...
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From South Africa: Our Great God

A story from Marny, a student from our Discipleship Training School, who is on outreach in South Africa. For our first week of outreach we worked in a township called Overcome and helped a ministry...
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How DTS Ruined My Life

When I came to Discipleship Training School (DTS) I was angry and bitter and although life wasn't easy that way, it was the way I chose to live. Why? Because that meant I only had...
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How To Choose A Mission Trip

Interested in going on a mission trip but don’t know where to start? The number of options for mission trips can be overwhelming. Here are a few questions to help guide your decision. What kind...
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Start Your New Year Strong

While you’re racking up your list of New Year's resolutions take a moment and think; what can you learn from last year to plan for this year? Do you remember your resolutions, or are they...
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Student Spotlight: “Who Am I Living For?”

A guest post from one of our YWAM DTS students, Haley. Sometimes I wonder what my life would be like if I lived the way I wanted to just one year ago. If I had started...
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YWAM Missions Playlist: The Songs That Inspire Us

Music is a heart language that God has given us. It transcends racial, social, and physical boundaries. Throughout the whole world you will hear people making music in their own unique way to express themselves. When music is...
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Loving the Nations: Nicaragua

"We were only two days into Bible distribution when I took the Spanish phrase sheet and knocked on the door of a Nicaraguan house. Three teenagers came to the door and I began using my...
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Staff Spotlight: Is Jesus Really Worth It All?

A guest post from a soon-to-be YWAM Louisville staff member, Gabe Smith.  Not that long ago in a time of worship with my YWAM family, the Lord asked me to give away something that's really...
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Jesus First – Then Everything Else

A guest post from a YWAM Louisville staff member, Anna Bergan. She shares how we can put Jesus first this Holiday season in the midst of all the craziness.  Be Thankful for what you have. It’s...
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DTS in Short: The Kingdom of God

Ever wanted an inside glimpse of Discipleship Training School? Our DTS In Short series gives a quick look at what our students learn in class. Each post highlights a major teaching topic of DTS. Here's what Don Stephens...
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Coffee – here, there, everywhere

Here at YWAM Louisville, we love coffee. Whether its Starbucks, free local gas station coffee, or exotic coffee we bring back with us overseas, you can always find someone with a cup around here. Check...
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What We’re Thankful For

Thanksgiving is more than a season or a social media trend. Gratitude is a discipline, and cultivating it breeds humility, dependence on the Lord, freedom from self-pity, and so much more.  So we took a little time...
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Loving the Nations: Peru

Home to the ancient Incan Empire and Machu Picchu, Peru is a stunning country. Within its borders rest parts of the Andes Mountains, the beginnings of the massive Amazon River, and thousands of square miles...
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DTS in Short: The Father Heart of God

Ever wanted an inside glimpse of Discipleship Training School? Our DTS In Short series gives a quick look at what our students learn in class. Each post highlights a major teaching topic of DTS. Check out what...
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A Night at the Airport

Ever spend the night in an airport? Any YWAMer worth their salt has a traveling story or two. While we love to tell them, we wouldn't want to relive them! Check out a few of...
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Student Spotlight: “Never Say Never.”

Never in my life did I think I wouldn't be going to college right now.  Never would I have chosen to live in Kentucky, of all places. And never would I have predicted that I...
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Our Favorite Cities

One of the perks of the missionary life is the far-off places we get to visit. From historic cities to tiny villages, we've seen some of the most beautiful places on this planet! But where are...
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Inside DTS: A Student’s Perspective

Ever wanted to hear what Discipleship Training School is really like? We asked current DTS students Emily, Haley, Seth, and Ian to share an inside perspective on what DTS is like and how it has made an impact...
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Loving the Nations: South Africa

What comes to mind when you think of South Africa? Gold and diamonds? Nelson Mandela and apartheid? Or maybe it's rugby, soccer, and surfing, or safaris and animals? Whatever it might be, from the grasslands...
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The Lifestyle of Mission

A guest post from YWAM Louisville staff member, Ryan Bogert. Followers of Jesus are Christians, but not all Christians are followers of Jesus. Followers follow, observe, learn, and do, and they become the very reflection...
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What Makes a YWAMer?

Youth With A Mission is a huge family of missionaries from all kinds of church backgrounds, scattered all across the globe. But who are we? What makes a YWAMer? Here's a glimpse - but we're just...
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DTS in Short: Discipleship

Ever wanted an inside glimpse of Discipleship Training School? Our DTS In Short series gives a quick look at what our students learn in class. Each post highlights a major teaching topic of DTS. Here are some...
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When Our Loss Meets God’s Grace

A guest post from YWAM Louisville staff member, Rob Bryant. This summer I led a mission trip to Nicaragua for high school and college students. One morning I set out with a few of them...
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Transportation Around the World

When God says "Go," that means a change of location – and some pretty interesting transportation! Check out some of the crazy ways YWAMers get around as we share Jesus all over the world.      ...
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DTS In Short: Identity

Ever wanted an inside glimpse of Discipleship Training School? Our newest blog series, DTS In Short, gives a quick look at what our students learn in class. Each post highlights a major teaching topic of DTS. We're...
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From Germany: “I’m Loved & I’m Wanted!”

Here's a quick story from Carissa, who recently graduated from our School of Ministry Development. It was our last week in Germany, and I was tired. But as I prayed, God kept assuring me that...
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What’s My Purpose?

"What's my purpose?" Whether or not you've said those exact words, all of us have asked the same question. What am I here for? Does God have a call on my life? Some of us carry that...
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From Peru: A Love Worth Living For

We're still celebrating all that God did through our summer outreach teams. Here's a story from Kenny, who just graduated from his Discipleship Training School. One day on my DTS outreach in Peru, we were...
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Where Is “Home”?

A guest post from YWAM Louisville staffer, Molly McCully. Home. I've felt it in many places. I have felt it sitting on the porch swing at my parents’ house in Ohio, as I look out...
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Fundraising for DTS

When communicating with incoming DTS students a question we often receive is, "How do I come up with the money for DTS?" Here are our top tips! Pray Pray, pray, and then pray some more....
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Promises, Freedom, and Hay-Colored Hair

Our DTS and SOMD teams just returned from outreach. Check out Hannah Joy's story from her ministry in Germany. During my DTS earlier this year, we were praying for our upcoming trip to India. As we...
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Resolved.

Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live. - Jonathan Edwards, 18th-century pastor & missionary It's time for some resolutions. No, it's not January 1 yet. But for many of us, right now is...
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A Church Without Walls

Our DTS and SOMD teams returned this week from their outreach locations. Here's Cassidy's story from Nicaragua: We pulled into the parking lot, piled out of our van, and looked around for the church. All...
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Mission Trip: Accomplished. Now What?

A follow-up to last week's post on coming home well (tips for what we call "re-entry"). Mission trips change us. They radically alter our perspective. They open our eyes to the needs of the world and ways God can use us to...

Coming Home from Your Mission Trip

You did it! You raised the money and went overseas, where you served and sweat and poured yourself out. Now you’re heading home. In the missions world we call this “re-entry” – and it’s not always easy!...
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In Germany: Sharing God’s Perfect Love

Our Germany team has been sharing Jesus with youth. Here's just one of their stories, from Hilary, a student in our School of Ministry Development. I was annoyed. My desire was to connect in a...
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“What should I share?”

Our DTS team in Peru has been ministering in Amazon villages. They've been sleeping in tents, bathing in the river, digging a well, and sharing the Gospel. Here's a story from Kristen, the team leader:...
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Do Mission Trips REALLY Matter?

Jamaica, mon! Beautiful beaches, bobsledding, and Bob Marley – that’s what Jamiaca’s all about, right? Not for me. When I hear “Jamaica” I think orphanages, vacation Bible school, and never wanting to leave. Jamaica was...
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In Case You Hadn’t Heard, I’m Not Normal

A guest post from YWAM Louisville staff member Libby Thorngate. My roommate has a nightly routine of stepping on the bottom bunk where I sleep to launch herself into the top. I've gotten so used...
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Restoration for Francisco

Here's an update from Gabe, one of our School of Ministry Development students who's on outreach in Nicaragua. One of my first days here, I felt like the Lord was telling me that I was...
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Brave Love

A guest post from Leah Miller, a student in our School of Ministry Development, about the summer mission trip we hosted here in Louisville. I watched her walk away, the girl I'd met 20 minutes...
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Sharing Your Testimony

“Could you share your testimony?” Those words instill fear in our hearts. A testimony? Me? What will I say? If that sounds familiar, read our responses to the concerns we hear the most often. “I...
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“Do you want to accept Jesus?”

An update from Ryan, one of our staff who is ministering in Nicaragua. It was another day just like the rest, where our team was gearing up to go out and give Bibles to people...
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How to Minister Cross-culturally

Remember the first time you went to a friend’s house as a kid? For many of us, we soon discovered that not all of the same rules apply. In your house the fork is always...
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Is a Mission Trip for Me?

Whether it’s summer vacation, spring break, or even a whole semester, there are a lot of ways you can spend your time. Why should a mission trip be at the top of the list? Change your...
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Cultural Whiplash

A guest post from YWAM Louisville staff member Libby Thorngate. This time it's a latrine that reminds me why I love my life.Not that I've been in desperate need of reminding. These past few weeks...
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5 Ways to Ruin a Mission Trip

It’s coming soon: your summer mission trip. You’ve been looking forward to it for months. You’ve seen the pictures, heard the stories, and everyone says the same thing: going on a mission trip will change...
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“I’ve tasted hope & I’m never going back.”

A guest post from YWAM Louisville staff member Molly McCully from our ministry in Nicaragua last summer. It was afternoon ministry and we had made sandwiches to take to kids that hang out at the...
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6 Things We Love About Louisville

At YWAM Louisville we're known for our love of the nations. But that hardly means a lack of love for our namesake! Louisville is a down-home city with a mix of urban neighborhoods and rolling...
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Your Funds Won’t Raise Themselves

6 Practical Tips to Pay for Your Mission Trip “If God wants me to go on this mission trip, then the money will come in.” Ever hear someone say that? (Ever said it yourself?) While...
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Working to Fulfill God’s Dreams

A guest post from YWAM Louisville staff member Amos Ford. What does it take to fulfill a dream? You might say many things like determination, clear vision, or "not giving up". Often examples are cited...
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From the Amazon: “I want to know Jesus!”

Our School of Ministry Development has been ministering in Peruvian villages along the Amazon River. Here's Drew's story of one life God has changed: "We arrived in a village of about 300 people, and it...
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South Africa: God Moves in Mercy

Our Discipleship Training School team has been ministering in Overcome, a South African township marked by violence, addiction, poverty, and broken families. Here's Kelly's story: As we sat in a home with a few young...
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Staff Picks: What We Won’t Leave the Country Without

We've already given you our list of 11 Essentials for your Mission Trip Packing List and the 6 Things to NOT Bring. Here, our seasoned YWAM staff plug their must-have items. 8. Nalgene water bottle...
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Going On a Mission Trip? 6 Things NOT to Bring

This post is second in our series on mission trip preparedness – check out our list of Essentials for Your Packing List and our staff "don't-leave-home-without-it" recommendations. Your suitcase will be strapped on top of...
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Going On a Mission Trip? 11 Essentials for Your Packing List

First in our series on mission trip essentials – check out 6 Things NOT to Bring and What We Won’t Leave the Country Without recommendations. It's been a busy week as our outreach teams prepared...

Mondays on Mission: Our hearts were made for this.

We like to take a minute each week to remind ourselves why we do what we do. In this case, someone already said it far better than we could:  "To belong to Jesus is...
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“Is missions _____ ?”

a series in which we answer the questions that, odds are, you're asking Is Missions Important? Tempting as it is to respond with a rowdy "Heck yes!" and leave it at that, here's why missions...
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The Big Picture: Global Language Diversity

The Big Picture: a snapshot of the world with a wide-angle lens, helping us see the task remaining from every perspective. We tell a lot of stories around here. That's because we recognize that missions...
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5 Reasons to Do a DTS (Part 5)

Today more than ever, we're faced with countless options for investing our time and energy. What makes a Discipleship Training School stand out? We asked our students, and they told us: in DTS you'll Transform...

Mondays on Mission: The Living God Is a Missionary God

"We need to become global Christians with a global vision, for we have a global God." - John Stott, "The Living God Is a Missionary God" Why are we on mission? Because God is. Our...
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5 Reasons to Do a DTS (Part 4)

We asked current students and alumni why someone should consider signing up for a Discipleship Training School. According to them (and they would know), it's a great way to transform your life, discover your calling,...
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Mondays on Mission: He’s Worth It

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous...
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5 Reasons to Do a DTS (Part 3)

We tend to be passionate folk. You may have noticed that it doesn't take a YWAMer long to start talking about Discipleship Training School. It's not fanaticism; God used DTS to change our lives and...
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A Day in the Life of a DTS Student

You've seen the brochures, read the Facebook statuses, heard the stories, but maybe you've wondered what a Discipleship Training School really looks like. We'd love to have you come visit and see for yourself, but...
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5 Reasons to Do a DTS (Part 2)

Most YWAMers' conversation is peppered with acronyms – strung-together letters that stand for various expressions of mission God has called us to. No acronym figures more prominently than "DTS" – the five-month Discipleship Training School...

Mondays on Mission: Blessed to Be a Blessing

Kicking off the week with a quick reminder of why we do what we do. When God called Abraham (back in his "Abram" days), he gave him both a faith-stretching challenge – "Go! Where? Tell...
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5 Reasons to Do a DTS (Part 1)

If you've ever hung out with a YWAMer (and if reading this post counts, then you're hanging out with one right now) you've probably heard about a Discipleship Training School. Ever wondered if it's for...
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A Father to the Fatherless

For the first time, YWAM Louisville sent an outreach team to Ukraine. We had a combination of Discipleship Training School (DTS) students and School of Ministry Development (SOMD) students on that team. Here's one of our...
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A Big Moment for 4K

    The YWAM 4K team has been praying since the beginning to see it grow into the powerful tool God called it to be. For years, it has been slow going, yet not lacking...
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Seek and You Will Find

Discipleship Training School is such a simple thing, but God uses it to change lives in countless ways. For many, it brings the average believer's faith to life. Some, however, have less typical stories to...

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