Week 1 – YWAM Kona, At the Crossroads

We have been here at University of the Nations, Kona, for over a week, having arrived late Thursday evening, but Week 1 of the school started on Monday. The first few days covered lots of details, getting student ID, and how to keep our Journal. This will be a very detailed record with specific pages devoted to teachings, I am sure it will be a treasured record of the journey. The first part required decorating the Journal in a meaningful way, a title page, two pages describing what we want and what we need to do to get there, and the next two were who we are. If you have read my Retirement sermon you will know that these are important questions for me. All must be presented in graphical form with text. Any of you who have been to Cursillo, this is MEGA poster time!! We also found out who is in our small groups and began meeting/grouping.

We spent a few hours with Judy Orred, on Thursday and Friday, as she “attempted to lay a foundation for hunger” by sharing some thoughts about the Nature and Character of God . She was very successful, dropping lots of bombs with no time to explore any to any depth. Judy has raised our curiosity level for next weeks teaching on the Nature and Character of God and Hearing His Voice with Doug Richardson

Below is the Crossroads DTS logo that is on the wall outside our classroom and on our name badges.


Meals have been great, no cooking and no dishes, we are committed to eating at the cafeteria as often as possible, the meals are included in our fees and we don’t want to be spending where we don’t need. So far there have been no off-campus meals, no snacks and no hunger pains. We are truly grateful. Here is a sample breakfast…


Last Sunday we attended church at Living Stones Church, it is on the beach and pastored by a YWAM Crossroads graduate. The worship was excellent and the message on hope very practical and Bible-based. We plan on returning there this week.


We walked back to the base, about 2 1/2 miles (4Km) and stopped at the beach for a bit of foot cooling therapy.


Every morning begins with an hour of worship and intercession for the nations, Mondays are special as the whole community gathers in the Ohana Court for Monday Morning Worship. Ohana means family in Hawaiian and there are basket ball nets 🙂 Gathering with over a thousand people to worship first thing on Monday is very powerful and puts God first in the week.


The other weekly corporate gathering is on Thursday evening, this is open to the community,and this week had Loren Cunningham, the founder of YWAM and University of the Nations sharing an apostolic message with the community. Note the beautiful sunset framed to the left of the stage with an old rugged cross in the foreground and the YWAM number 1 foundational value To Know God… above.


There was also an unexpected visitor who blessed us with his presence, turning up uninvited in our accomodation. Scolopendra subspinipes, or Sc_ipes for short, just a little one at 8 cm, they can get to  20- 30 cm.


I have managed to walk or jog at least 5 Km every day, Glenda has walked every other, and the campus is on a hill with over 90 steps. This is good exercise, although I am having quite a bit of pain from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, not sure which.

That is about it for Week 1, you are all in our prayers and intercessions, stay in touch and please continue to add comments and feedback as you like.

Be blessed and be a blessing!

P.S. Wednesday afternoon we will know the options for outreach locations… Patience, please, Lord!


3 thoughts on “Week 1 – YWAM Kona, At the Crossroads


    Hi Andy and Glenda;

    I am impressed that you have been able to get right into things. The teachings and the worship there sound very inspiring. I am excited for you both to be able to grow more deeply with your relationship with our Lord. Your surroundings look like paradise, the perfect place to worship!



  2. Peti Webster

    Thank you for your fabulous update! We pray for you on a daily basis and know that God will reveal himself in so many new ways to you over these next months. All is well in Okotoks. Kyla has blessed me this morning by taking a sudden “shine” to me after the Sunday School class. I am still struggling but am more relaxed now…Shayla is such a BIG help.
    We pray that every day you are away God will show up and bless you as well as introduce you to new challenges. That your relationship with him will become ever deeper and firmer…(it never stops! Praise Jesus!) and that you will experience more and more His incredible love for you and what HE has for your future. We love you dearly!
    Hugs and blessings!



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