This week, we are sending our outreach teams to the field. Team Bangladesh is already enroute and the other DTS teams will be heading to Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal, and another really big country in Asia.
The School of Biblical Foundations & Missions (SBFM) has 14 students this Fall and the outreach team will be going to the Philippines to primarily serve the ministry of Hope for the Island (www.hopefortheisland.org). This is a ministry pioneered and directed by long-term missionaries Derek & Jen Van Ryckeghem who were sent out from YWAM Maui in the late 90’s.
Another ministry that the team will be serving with is a women’s shelter that brings counseling and discipleship to women who’ve been rescued from sex-trafficking. We are privileged to be partnering with these ministries and look forward to hearing about the work of God through them.
In light of the recent political tensions around the world, there is a general sense of alert and two of our outreach nations, Bangladesh and the Philippines, currently have travel advisories/warnings. We so appreciate your specific prayers for the physical safety of our teams.
It’s been a special fall quarter because Tom’s nephew, Josh, is a student in the DTS and his niece, Megan, has returned for the SBFM. It has also been good serving with his cousin, Kent Badgero, who is on DTS staff and will be co-leading an outreach team for the next few months.