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Week 4 – YWAM Kona, At the Crossroads – Family Week

This week was Family Week, all the DTS students, over 620 of us, were in one class in Ohana Court.IMG_5110 WOW! So much good content, supported with real life stories and experiences of Darlene and Loren Cunningham as they shared important Biblical principles that are threaded throughout the foundation of Youth With a Mission and the University of the Nations. The YWAM story is full of miracles, they work in more than 1,100 locations in over 180 countries, with a full-time staff of over 18,000 and not one is paid. They have birthed many ministries and sent Christian missionaries to every country and into many, many workplaces. This week’s takeaway is that washing dishes for God is just as important as raising the dead for God. We received a YWAM Study Bible this week. I really wasn’t aware how big a move of God we were joining. Nor was I expecting the quality and depth of teaching that we have been sitting under while here.

On Thursday afternoon the men of our DTS watched The Ragamuffin, it is the life story of Rich Mullins, the Christian singer/songwriter who wrote Awesome God. The movie is named for Brennan Manning‘s book The Ragamuffin Gospel . The movie illustrates through Rich’s story how much our relationship with our earthly father influences who we think we are. It is definitely worth a watch.


Friday was the Grand Opening of the Aloha Cafeteria, part of the Defender Building, so named for it’s major donor. This is  the new cafeteria that we have been blessed to enjoy since the first day we arrived, having seen the old one when we visited the base in February, we can only thank God for the faithfulness of his followers. What a great celebration day. It was divided into parts, the first session recognized the contributors, the owners of Defender, Scenic Ridge, KJ Walk and Design Team represented all the generous folks. The second part recognized the government workers, the tradesmen, and other local people many of whom volunteered many hours. According to an article seen here in West Hawaii Today newspaper this is the biggest building on the Big Island. To God be the Glory.


Aloha Lanai, the Defender Building


Donor List

We walked lots this weekend, on Saturday we walked to Target and back, about 9 kms round trip. Then on Sunday from Living Stones Church to Disappearing/Magic/White Sands Beach at La’aloa Bay Beach Park and back to University of the Nations, almost 10 kms. Glenda has volunteered to help out in the nursery for the 9am service so we went to the 7:30 service (they have 5 services on Sunday and so far I have been to three of them). The beach visit was my reward for hours of shopping on Saturday :-). I got to use my snorkel, mask and fins for the first time since arriving a month ago. It was not a good snorkelling venue, but I got some exercise and I did see a dozen or so fish and I was able to swim along with a turtle below me which was fun. Another first was wearing swim shorts to church. We stopped on the way back at Da Poke Shack for lunch, it is pronounced po-kay, it is Hawaiian sushi.DaPokeShackFootwashing


Foot Washing Ministry


Foot Washing Ministry

The reason for the trip to Target was to buy some foot washing supplies for a new ministry. Glenda and Lori from our Crossroads DTS decided to offer foot washing ministry to Jon and Joyce our suite-mates who have their 10 hours/week of Work Duty in the kitchen every Sunday. They were both blessed by the gift.



Hawaiian sunsets come with more variety than the weather :-), 30C everyday with rare showers that really don’t reduce the air temperature.

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Finishing the landscaping and cleaning up around the Aloha Cafeteria was Andy’s Work Duty all week, along with having some fun…


A collage of shots from Andys – Work Duty

Four whole weeks at “youth camp” and finally, we got our first hot dog on Thursday!!! Then on Friday evening we had steak for dinner as part of the Grand Opening Celebration.


Someone asked me for more wildlife pictures, so here are a couple more. The spider was about 5 cms on the diagonal from toe to toe and the gecko was after our nuts and raisins.


Spider on web


Gecko on our nut cannister









Our contribution in preparation for our Outreach Project is to research and present to the team information on “Religions, churches, habits and not to dos” in Vietnam. More to come on this, but we also need to avoid jeopardizing not only our ministry but also that of those who are there for the long-term. I have heard from YWAM Turner Valley that they are sending three people to teach in VietNam in January and February so maybe we will get to meet them.vietnam-flag-waving-against-time-lapse-clouds-background

Until next week, be blessed and be a blessing!

A blessing that is not shared becomes a burden.

Week 2 – YWAM Kona, At the Crossroads

It has been warm in Kona, just over 30C (87F in American) every day with humidity in the 75-80% range. 🙂

I will start this week with our Work Duty as I missed that detail in my last blog, and I only mention the weather because of work duties. We have to do 10 hours of work per week as part of our credit hours. I get to work on the construction clean-up crew from 3-5pm, awesome! I had been hoping and praying for an outdoor chore. Although, it has been far from a chore working with some other older-youth from our Crossroads DTS and many younger-youth from the aPAC DTS (Pacific Asia), God has built some great relationships through digging holes and filling them  up again.
We have dug some drainage ditches, along paths and around buildings, and filled them with rock; we have dug postholes and filled them with fenceposts and concrete; we have dug trenches and filled them with irrigation pipes; and without digging, we have filled a dumpster with construction garbage. The warm temperatures, the physical labour of shovels picks and wheelbarrows, along with careful eating (and no drinking) has led to my shorts getting quite loose and the need for a belt.
Glenda prayed for an indoor work duty and has been blessed to work out in the library. She gets to climb up and down a step stool in very narrow aisles lifting all the books off the shelf to lovingly remove the never-ending dust. The job also involves using a computer to check books in and out; assisting students to find books; the sale of cold drinks and praying for and with students using the library. This is shift work as the library is open until 11pm, her shift this week has been 9-11, making sleep time shorter than preferred, next week is 7-9pm, much better!

Our classroom has fans and, occasionally, a refreshing breeze blowing through. Last weeks talks by Dr Doug Richardson the “Nature and Character of God” and “Hearing God’s Voice” were excellent, Doug is an accomplished and entertaining speaker, he has a couple of books available online and a new one coming called ADVENTage Points, an Advent reflection for not-yet-believers, is going to be worth a read for all. He also shared a paraphrase of John 1:1-14 that uses conversation as the translation for logos, read it here and ponder.
Takeaways from the talks? As Christians we are to join God in the renewal of all things, be a generous listener, our life should be an invitation for hope, and we need to have a beginner’s mind. A beginner’s mind is what Jesus talks about when he says we are to be child-like, not experts.
Friday we had a DVD teaching by Loren Cunningham, the founder of YWAM and University of the Nations. The subjects covered were “Working in the Opposite Spirit” and “Relinquishing Rights” both excellent. There is nothing more powerful than lambs amongst wolves, and relinquishing rights, not responsibilities, to God. This book by Loren expands on his message Making Jesus Lord: The Dynamic Power of Laying Down Your Rights


On Tuesday evening, Innovision Studio showed The Pink Room an Emmy award documentary made by YWAMers. Filmed on site in Cambodia it is about human trafficking and the sex trade, the movie tells the story of Mien, a young girl who was rescued and has a happy ending, this is not so for most girls.

On Wednesday evening the Word by Heart School putword_by_heart_logo_xsm on an amazing demonstration of scripture recital. Jackson Ambe Ndecheck one of the presenters shared this video link of his worship at the Easter 2014 Service at Mokuaikaua Church, the oldest church in Hawaii. The school is going to run a seminar while we are here and we intend to be there. They told us that it is not memorizing, it is learning the story. We will see.

Thursday we had dinner with Stephanie Armbruster, a friend from YWAM Turner Valley who is working with YWAM Ships here in Kona. Afterwards, we went to Thursday night worship in Ohana Court which was hosted this week by Heartbridge Performing Arts DTS, wow!

Saturday saw us volunteering as security for the IRONMAN world championship. 2,187 athletes entered the race – a 2.4 mile rough water swim, a 112 mile bike ride, through lava fields in 32C with strong crosswinds blowing in from the sea, and a full 26.2 mile marathon. Astonishing! The winner finished in less than 8.25 hrs, the 1,985th contestant, the last to complete the course, crossed the finish line after almost 17 hours.

We had a great time and learned a bit of a scriptural lesson. We quickly became aware that very few of the 2,187 athletes, aged from 19 – 84 years, enter to win, they enter to finish. When I was writing about finishing well as I left the U of C, my hardships, trials and tribulations, my stamina, my persistence and determination pale when compared to what these athletes put themselves through. 12,000 – 20,000 KCals of energy are burned off during the race, (barely 300KCals/hour can be consumed while competing). Keeping going through it all, the temperature, humidity, wind, hills, sunburn, blisters, sweat, mind-games they must keep their focus on the one thing! As Christians our one thing is Jesus, will we endure and persist? Will we give him 20,000 KCal in 8 hours? even 17?  Will we be an Ironman for Jesus?

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Our Outreach Options: The school will be split into 4 groups for outreach in Fiji, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam – we got to pick a first and second choice we will know Monday afternoon which we get. We selected 1. Vietnam and 2. Malaysia.

Now back to homework, I still have 4 chapters of the Acts of the Apostles to read and summarize.

Have an awesome week, we love you all and miss you, please be blessed and be a blessing and join with God in the renewal of all things.

’til next week.