This week I am blessed to be teaching at the DTS in Homer, Alaska. This new work was pioneered several years ago by Scott and Barb Smith from the YWAM Denver Base. In the early stages, YWAM Maui had the honor of supporting this new base by sending a number of our staff to help out with leading the first DTS and also serving on base staff. Since then, we have maintained relationship with our YWAM family in Homer and I’ve been able to teach there a few times.
YWAM Alaska (also known as YWAM Arctic Mercy) has a vision to reach out to the indigenous peoples of the area, particularly the people of St. Lawrence Island in the Bering sea. Although it is still in the US, the base in Homer is one of the most isolated geographically from any other neighboring YWAM location. Check out their ministry’s website at: www.ywamalaska.com
The topic that I’ll be teaching this week is Introduction to Worldviews. Throughout the week we’ll be discussing what a worldview is and why having the right worldview is so important. Then we’ll compare and contrast between the Biblical Christian, the Secular, and the Eastern worldviews. Please be praying that God will use this time to train the students to love the Lord with all of their mind.
So what else has Hawaii to do with Alaska? Another interesting link between Maui and Homer is that each is a popular destination for New Agers and the the hippie subculture. Some of these folks spend the summers in Homer and the winters in Paia.