The organization that we are working with, Youth With A Mission, has three goals: Convey the message and hope of Jesus Christ (Evangelism) through a variety of tools, Change people’s lives through schools and classes (Training), and Care for the world compassionately (Mercy Ministries). These areas often cross over as students in our training program learn to share God’s message and to care for people in the world around them. After completing the Discipleship Training School students can go on to attend other classes in the YWAM program including classes on Social Justice, Urban Ministries, Community Development, Public Health, etc. Many of these also count towards college credit.
This summer we are having a Discipleship Training School (DTS). It is coming up in July and runs through December. During this school, students begin by attending a 12 week lecture phase right at our base in San Salvador which is taught by staff members as well as visiting speakers from other parts of the world. Lectures focus on personal growth, as well as training for cross-cultural ministry. Then there is an 8 week field assignment. This year the students will be going to other Central American countries as well as spending three weeks in Haiti working to help the YWAM bases there as they seek to serve Haitians affected by the devastating earthquake in January.
The thing I really appreciate about YWAM is that this school is not just for students coming from the U.S. It is open to students from all over the world, as well as many Salvadorans. I know that we are building a future in our ministry by helping to train and equip nationals here in El Salvador to have a heart to compassionately reach out to their neighbors right here in San Salvador as well as having a vision for the world. We have met students from the Guatemala base, the Belize base, and the Costa Rica base as they have passed through El Salvador on their DTS. I think it’s pretty neat that our kids are 3 and 5 and they have spent time with people from all over the U.S., Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica,Australia, as well as El Salvador. I’m hoping that our kids will become “global citizens” because of our work with this organization.
I have included a picture with some information about the upcoming DTS in El Salvador. It’s not too late to register. If you are interested, or know anyone who is contact us today! Please also be in prayer for our base as we prepare to host this school in July and specifically for the students who will be involved.