One of our young adults, Sierra Issigonis Grant, is doing Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission in Germany. We asked her for an update as they head out on missions. You can catch up also on her blog here:
1. I have been in Germany for 2 and half months now, doing a discipleship training school with YWAM. In this school we learn to delve into a deeper personal relationship with Christ and what it means to walk it out. For the past months we have had teachings everyday on different topics to help us in our walk. For the several weeks we have had lectures on hearing God's voice, Father heart of God, sin, redemption and the cross one week, spiritual ware fare, growing foundations.
Now, the last three weeks before outreach were on Holy Spirit, evangelism, and love of God. So, we have been really been prepped and encouraged to move forward in our relationships with God and to serve people. As well, photography/art track, worship, prayer intercession time, work duties, and bible reading every week occupy our time. The photography track is something I love talking about, I have been taught how to develop my own film and enlarge my negatives to make prints of my pictures! We have had an assignment each week, and sometimes we spend hours in the dark room developing and enlarging to finish assignments and put our pictures together in a presentable fashion for art critique nights.
2. God has been teaching me so much, through this process, many times you hear something over and over again, but don't fully grasp the full meaning of it till it hits you. This is like my time here, its always been stressed in the Christian churches I have been involved with, to have relationship with God, over and over and over. I think that only here though has it really sunk in, I have learned so many things here, but that is the biggest thing I have learned so far. I didn't fully realize it, but my Christian walk, before I came here was a little bit more like, God fill me up, Oh God fill me up. I really only wanted to get to know Him as much as He filled me up, to get to know His goodness in part so I could ride a spiritual high till I got dry again.
This is a constant battle, but I realized I truly want a relationship with God just recently. I was going through a phase here where, I couldn't feel God, usually I would take a walk in nature or read my bible and ahhh spiritual high, but I felt nothing. Then I had a conversation with someone at the base here, who was a non-christian whom confused me, he asked me why do you believe in God, immediately I ruffled through the standard Christian, logical answer. It didn't hit me till after I talked to him, that I had no peace and felt off, I began to wonder why do I believe in God? Your mind is the most powerful tool, the answer I gave the boy came from a place of my brain trying to solve God, trying to prove God, and it messed me up. I didn't feel God, and I didn't know what to do, so I read my bible! I read through so much of the scriptures, searching for an answer. I read through Hebrews and it really spoke to me, Hebrews 11:1-3 " Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible." Wow, God was trying to reach out to me and just have relationship with me, to spend time with me. He didn't want me to hang out with Him just so I had good feelings, but to trust Him and cling to his every word and every minute enjoy to be with Him. Its so amazing that God, just wants to hang out with us, we will fail, we will disappoint, but He is so interested in us, not what we do, just us!
3. So, what’s next for the group is outreach! We are all heading to Ethiopia for outreach, for three months, its going to be crazy! We will for sure be in Addis for half the time, and possibly Uganda, and Kenya for the rest of the time. We will have to learn to work together as a team all 17 of us, serve the people around us, and meet all the challenges God gives. I have no idea, what is going to happen, but I am so excited to see what God has in store!
4. I will be coming home on July 23rd, wahoo! I am missing the mountains really badly, and the people at the church, all my friends and family, love you guys!
We encourage you to drop a note of encouragement to Sierra below: