The Hawaiian word for family is “Ohana.” Here’s just a few updates about our Ohana. First of all, our YWAM Ohana… In recent weeks, we have been saddened to see some of our staff move on either due to circumstances or to the ending of their YWAM commitments. These folks blessed our YWAM family tremendously and although is hard to see them move on, we’re excited for how the Lord will use them in their next steps.
What’s Happening in DTS?
Last week was the opening for the Spring Discipleship Training School (DTS). A week earlier over Easter weekend, we sent out our Winter DTS teams to Nepal, Indonesia, and elsewhere. 4 weeks before that we graduated our Fall DTS and School of Biblical Foundations & Missions teams who had been on outreach to Nepal, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. The reports of how the Lord used these 40+ young people to advance the Kingdom of God in Asia are truly wonderful to hear. The team to a large country in Asia saw over 20 people come to know the Lord. The team to Nepal were privileged to lead 35 people to Christ. The team to Bangladesh saw many people physically healed in the villages they visited and ministered in.
Staff Leadership Track
Concurrent with the Spring DTS, we will be using this quarter to run a new Leadership Development track with our staff. We have such an incredible group of people that we are privileged to work with and our goal over the next 3 months is to pour into them and groom them to be more effective in their ministry and in their leadership roles.
In our immediate Ohana, our youngest son, Elias, recently turned 7 years old! He’s growing up so fast. Elias has grown in his love of reading and is thoroughly enjoying the last months of first grade.
Hoku continues to help out in Elias’ first grade class as the teacher’s aide. She’s reading a great book called, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, by Ann Voskamp, which has a fantastic message on the power of thankfulness in the believer’s life. Hoku recently ran the Warrior Dash (a 3 mile obstacle course) on Oahu with her sisters.
It’s hard to believe Timmy is going into high school! The school he’s been attending since kindergarten only goes to 8th grade. Our primary pursuit was applying for Kamehameha School. It is an excellent school with a great heritage. There were over 80 students applying for 16 openings. We are so happy to report that Timothy was accepted to the school!
In the previous quarter, Tom was a guest lecturer for 2 different schools at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii. One of these schools was a DTS which had close to 150 students. That was the largest DTS he’s ever taught. Shortly thereafter, he lectured at a DTS of 8 students in Cody, Wyoming where a YWAM base is being re-pioneered by Kevin & Sherry Coolie. These are some friends of his who were formerly serving in Homer, Alaska.