“Madness” as in, “a state of frenzied activity”. During 4 weeks of the month of March, Tom was teaching at 4 DTS programs at various YWAM bases around the country.
The first week, I headed to Washington DC to speak at the Fire & Fragrance DTS on the topic of Christian Worldview and its influence on America. This was my first visit to DC and I was unprepared for how this time would affect me. Personally, I have been burdened for years with the direction that the nation seems to be heading in. During my time in the capital city, I was so encouraged by what I witnessed. Without going into detail, I was privileged to meet and join with fellow believers who are strategically and intentionally interceding for our nation’s leaders. Hope is now the best word to describe my feelings about the Lord’s work in our Capital city.
Following the week in D.C., I returned to Maui to teach in our DTS on the topic of Bible Survey. The goal of this week is to see how the person and work of Jesus Christ is woven throughout the biblical narrative and to reveal God’s heart to redeem all people to Himself. It was great to be home and to spend time with an amazing group of students who are hungry for the Lord.
After this, our whole family went to the neighboring Big Island of Hawaii where I taught in the Fire & Fragrance DTS in Kona. The topic here was Introduction to Worldview. It was so nice to have my family with me for a change. We were able to connect with friends we’ve made over the years in YWAM and to spend time with Hoku’s sister, Lahala, and family. While we were in Kona, we celebrated Elias’ 6th birthday.
We flew back to Maui on Friday afternoon. As soon as we got back, I met with our Leadership Team for a few hours before returning home to pack and take the red-eye flight to Alaska late Friday night. In Anchorage, I was picked up by an old friend from my early days in YWAM. Scott Frerking and I served in the leadership at the Maui base in the mid-90’s. Scott and his wife, Sarah, and family are living in Wasilla where they serve at Church on the Rock. It was such a great time to catch up as it had been over 16 years since our paths had crossed. After a day with them, I flew to the town of Homer, Alaska to teach in the Arctic Mercy DTS on the topic of Introduction to Worldviews. This was my 5th or 6th time teaching there. I had a fabulous time with the students and staff of this YWAM location. It’s always nice to get a short dose of winter weather and an occasional moose encounter. My DTS friend, Ken Farnen, lives here and we had our yearly reunion. Now I’m back and am looking forward to staying put for awhile while we run the Spring schools at the Maui Base.