It is hard to believe that we have already been here for two weeks! Students are starting to arrive for the next DTS (Discipleship Training School) that begins in a few days. It is exciting to have new faces here and meet new people.
Aaron and I really have the desire to work with the DTS ministry. We found out recently that the base is having their first January DTS this year! We had breakfast this morning with the director of the summer DTS (odd to think of January as Summer but that’s how it works here) and he was very happy and encouraged that we were interested in working with the school. They are quite low on staff for this upcoming school because it is first one and he had been praying for people to come with a heart to work with DTS! We are so excited and it's crazy to think that coming here we had no idea what we were doing, we were just trusing God that there was something here for us and this is exactly what was in our hearts to do...
I realize that I mention DTS quite a few times in my updates and so I thought I would explain a little about the school for those who aren’t familiar with it. DTS is a 6 month program which includes a 3 month lecture phase and a 3 month outreach. During the lecture phase students receive teaching on different topics from different guest speakers each week. Topics include, the father heart of God, worship, spiritual warfare, hearing the voice of God, and others. During the outreach portion of the school, students will travel to one or a number of other countries and to serve and evangelize. Schools from this base usually stay within South America but they have also gone to parts of Africa and Europe.
Speaking for myself, my DTS (which Aaron and I both did in Costa Rica in 2004) was one of the most enriching and impacting events of my life. It was a time of personal and spiritual growth. I experienced a lot of inner healing and I learned to be available to God. It was such a powerful time in my life and so that experience fuels my desire to work with that ministry. We want to see a new wave of young people who are passionate and driven by God’s love to reach the nations.
Aaron and I have been praying and we have decided that we would like to commit at least 1-2 years here in Pichilemu working with the YWAM here and staffing the winter and summer DTS.
During the couple of months that we are here until Christmas, we will be serving with YWAM’s local ministries as well as helping on the base with construction and office work. This is also the time for learning more Spanish, and praise God, one of the staff here has offered to give us 2 hour lessons twice a week. What a blessing!
While here in Pichilemu (the surfing capitol of Chile) we have also discovered a love for surfing! We like to go as much as we can after our work and catch some waves. It is so fun! There’s nothing better than being out in the ocean and watching the sunset on your surfboard. I still have yet to see a penguin out there though, a few people have and so I’ve got my eye out for one!