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Carrying the Heart of Worship

A few years ago, I was in southeast Asia on my Discipleship Training School (DTS) outreach. One of the things we did almost every day was house visits. Our team had the opportunity to share Jesus with the locals while drinking tea. As we went house to house, a girl on my team would sing…
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Home away from Home – Dorm Life

Do you love to create? Do you love aesthetic? Do you love making things your own? Would you want simple? Earthy? Vibrant? There are so many options and we all have personal preferences when it comes to our living space. Thinking about living in a dorm (as a student at YWAM Orlando) with other people…
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General Photography Tips & Tricks

The Fall Quarter is upon us here at YWAM Orlando, and students have just started their Discipleship Training School and Media Elective.  As we begin a season with a fresh focus on creativity and visual media, we thought it would be fun to put together a list of some practical photography tips and tricks to help you take…
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Health, Wellness, and Missions: Tips for a Healthy Outreach

Did you know that pursuing good personal health is a powerful way to impact the Kingdom of God?  It’s true! You are a valuable part of God’s creation, and you’re made in His image – that means you are worth wellness.  Good health can help ensure we are ready and able to obey the Holy Spirit wherever…
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Living the "More": How My YWAM DTS Changed Me

“When I was a kid, my parents told me I was going to be a missionary.” I was the kid who prayed every night for her unsaved friends. I was the fastest at locating Bible verses and the best at memorizing them. I loved reading books about missionaries and their dramatic lives: George Muller who…
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Why We Love YWAM Orlando

6:15 A.M. The alarm goes off, I roll over, eyes so squinty I can barely see, just to hit snooze about five times before I finally roll out of bed. I stumble around the room into the bathroom as quietly as possible, trying not to wake up my roommates who are still sound asleep. After…
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Millennials: Made for Missions

“Champion Young People.” I love working for a mission organization with a core value that upholds young leaders and gives them value and a voice regardless of age. This value should remind us of our need for one another in a culture where we can be so quick to criticize other generations. Old to young,…
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3 Reasons to Take a Missions Gap Year

Life. People say “life is short”, but really, life is the longest thing you’ll ever do. In the midst of life, what is a year? Sometimes it’s very long and impactful, and sometimes it’s almost forgettable.   For instance, the year 2013 was a huge and impactful one for me. I graduated high school, said…
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Moving Overseas: When Obedience Changes the Plan

March 16, 2013 Day one of walking into the destiny I thought I was created for. I was 20 years old and serving as full-time staff with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) Orlando. I had just married the belle of the ball and we were preparing for a leadership school that we’d take alongside our…
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A Parent’s Perspective on Gap Year

Is a Gap Year really a good idea? The buzz surrounding the gap year idea seems only to grow. For those of you who are parents to students of this age group, we understand that you might have to wonder about the real significance, practicality, and long-term effect on the academic opportunities of those who…
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Giving God Your All: More Not Less

I have decided to follow Jesus – no turning back. So what does it actually mean to give your all to God? It’s in so many songs. It’s one of those mantras that we repeat without blinking. But what does it mean? What does it require?   Clearly, it’s an important concept and an even more important action. But why…
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Building God’s Kingdom Through Sports

“”I would never have thought that such genuine and heart-felt relationships could be formed with a few words and a lot of soccer.”” About a year ago, I was asked by YWAM Orlando if I would be interested in co-leading the sports and fitness elective for the upcoming Fall Discipleship Training School along with my…
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Crossing Borders, Not Stages: Discipleship Training School After College

My watch beeped 8:00 AM as I searched for my seat. I thumbed through the exam casually, trying not to look stressed. The list of questions looked oddly like a foreign language. It appeared that my all-night cram session the night before had little effect on my ability to comprehend Business Statistics. Staring blankly at…
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Worth the Cost: Fundraising Tips for Discipleship Training School

“The thing about money is that it makes you do things you don’t want to do.” [1]   All of us have probably wrestled with this statement at some point in our lives.  We have allowed money to guide our decisions.  We usually think that means the temptation to steal, lie, cheat, and compromise in…
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Longing for God

As the deer pants for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.” Psalm 42:1 How often do you actually pick apart a verse and realize what it actually means? This verse is such a common one read/sung in churches, but I was very challenged when I realized this verse is implying a…
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Missed Call: Where Are the Men in Missions?

Can’t find your wife? Maybe she’s busy serving God? I still remember the phone call like it was yesterday. It was a cold winter’s day in a small town near the frozen waters of Lake Michigan. I was in the second semester of my junior year of university.   Prior to school, I had spent…
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Cultivating Joy and Fullness of Life

A life of thrill and adventure. We want it. It’s the stuff movies are made of. We want to wake up with some new talent we had never acquired before or all of a sudden be promoted to the height of fame and fortune. Maybe we wonder what it would look like to become the…
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What Is Our YWAM Campus Like?

“Here’s a cool quote from the blog.” We have this hidden gem of a 184 acre campus just 30 minutes from downtown Orlando. We often get asked about what our campus is like and finally decided to make a video to show it off! From the fields, to the walking trails in the woods, to the…
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Cultivating Christian Community

Living in community has transformed my life. Community constantly encourages me in my walk with Jesus. It is there to support me in hard times and celebrate with me in the joyful ones. It has become a key part of my daily life. The strength of being surrounded by friends that I call “family” makes it possible to do…
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Healing Our Hatred

Before coming to YWAM Orlando, I spent ten years of my life in the military. During those years, I was deployed twice and lost a couple of friends. A hatred grew within me for Arabs, Muslims, and for most people in general. My heart was devoid of concern for anyone.   While visiting my sister…
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Moving Overseas: A Perspective on Homesickness

Photo by Michaela Potterbaum Sometimes I think to myself: Why did I move to Florida? Florida is hot, humid, there are no mountains and pretty much no seasons (all things I personally love). This is a question I’ve been asked a lot. To a non-Christian, it sounds foolish to say “God told me to move…
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Outreach Update: Conversations with a Muslim

It was a Sunday morning, and we flagged down a taxi from the metro to head for church, but this morning was not going to be a normal Sunday. Our driver was a 50-year-old man we’ll call Ibrahim. I told him we needed to get to the Kanisa (church) and asked if he knew what that was. A…
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Common Misconceptions About YWAM

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is an international and interdenominational Christian missions organization. We do many different kinds of ministry and training in over 180 countries with more than 18,000 staff working worldwide. Even though I’ve been in YWAM for quite some time, I still find it hard to explain because we do SO many…
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Say ‘Yes’ to a Gap Year

Doing a Gap Year at YWAM Orlando is easier than you think! Check out this video as our friends Eric & Joe address some of the common concerns about it. They’ll keep you entertained in the process! The first step of a Gap Year with YWAM Orlando is Discipleship Training School…. sure to wreck your…
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Young People in Missions

During a time of prayer for the incoming students (primarily college age) of our missions training, one of my friends wrote down this prayer: “These students will be filled with wisdom and discernment, for age does not determine these things; God does.” This got my mind rolling. There are SO many different perspectives on how age…
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Learning to Fail, Creativity, & Taking Risks

Risk-taking in no way comes naturally to me. It’s as un-natural as ketchup on Chick-fil-A fries. Trying new things can sometimes be like riding a unicycle on a tight-rope stretched across two skyscrapers, can I get an amen? But in many cases, the reward lies with the risk.   I know what you’re thinking. You’re…
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A Different Perspective of the Middle East

I think we look at people sometimes and draw up conclusions in our mind about them… letting our own tainted perceptions and judgment creep in. For the longest time, that was how I was with all people from the Middle East. I had them in a distant box labeled “radical” or “scary” because I, sadly,…
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Ministering to Refugees – an Outreach Story

“Tell me about Jesus!” Valeria shares a story of answered prayer and planting seeds while ministering among refugees in Greece. Questions? Leave us your contact info to learn more about Discipleship Training School!
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Uncovering Passion & Purpose in Unexpected Places

Passion. Our generation is driven by passion. I believe that, perhaps more than ever before, we want to live a life we love, living out our passion and making a difference through it, and we’re willing to do anything to make that happen. Whether we are passionate about creating art, starting our own business, making…
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Trendy Travels: Tips for Staying Stylish and Comfortable While Traveling

We all see those people, the super trendy ones, on days of travel. Do you ever wonder how they look so good at 4am in an airport? Or how do they get off of a plane after 12 hours looking so fresh and put together?   After spending a few years outside of the US,…
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How To Lead a Snooze-free Bible Study

We’ve all been to that Bible study that, let’s be honest, was a little bit awkward. A little too silent. A little too…stiff. We’ve all been to that Bible study that, let’s be honest, was a little bit awkward. A little too silent. A little too…stiff. We know the Bible is God’s gift to us,…
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Why I Left My Career to Become a Missionary

When I was 18, I graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA, a plan to become a teacher, and a scholarship that pretty much guaranteed me a job once I finished college. College continued to shape that plan, and I chose to major in math and get my teaching license so that I could…
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A Great Start : Spring 2016 DTS Outreach

Hey guys! We have an awesome team working in Greece with refugees! Here’s a story from their outreach:   Our group was invited to dinner and an evening gathering with the ministry we were staying with. They serve the homeless and addicts in the area and there were about 15-20 people there that night. We…
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"I’m ready to know this person."

A beautiful story from Josh, a student, while his outreach team was in Los Angeles. One day in L.A., we walked by an old man sitting by himself at the edge of a lake, enjoying the beautiful view of the park and the birds flying around. We started talking to him about his family and…
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Welcome Home : A Refugee Salvation Story

Today our team went to a refugee camp situated inside a small, run-down soccer stadium on the outskirts of Athens. Within the walls of this stadium, away from the icy gusts of wind that blow in from the sea, are numerous refugees; male and female, from various religious and ethnic backgrounds, all seeking safety and…
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Mashed Potatoes & Miracles : Summer DTS Outreach

I went to North Africa on my Discipleship Training School outreach. While there, we stayed with our hosts in one-room mud huts in the middle of the desert.   One night my roommate and I wanted to honor our hosts by making them dinner. Since there were only about 4 or 5 people (including us), we got…
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Journey Toward a Master’s Degree

Youth With A Mission is an organization with various, exciting opportunities. Whether you’re doing a Discipleship Training School, ministering in the slums of India, building homes an Earth Bag Home in Haiti, or pursuing a degree, you will get a comprehensive, life-changing experience. One of our staff, Cindy Hunt, who recently graduated from the University…
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When Heaven Touched Earth : Summer 2015 DTS East Asia Outreach

It’s only the second week of outreach for our Summer DTS team and they’re already seeing God move powerfully;   They are planting seeds and being faithful to follow His leading! Here’s an encouraging story about what God is doing through this team in Central Asia:   “It started off as a normal day. We…
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Hope : Spring 2015 DTS Outreach

Worcester, South Africa   One day we went to provide food for a neighborhood in Worcester that is known for poverty and gang activity. When we arrived I was struck by the appearance – several rundown apartment buildings lined the courtyard, which was a giant stretch of dusty land; graffitied dumpsters sat, rusted and half…
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Obedience and Salvation : EQ Summer 2015

In the days leading up to my trip to the Dominican Republic, all I could think about was getting there and jumping into ministry.   I couldn’t wait for God to use me and show me His heart for the people I would meet! But when I arrived in the Dominican Republic, all I could…
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Eyes To See : Winter 2015 DTS Outreach

We had been in Asia for about two weeks. Everything was still new – the heat, the language, the way we were learning to engage with the new friends we were making.   One day we were sent out in small groups. Our job was simple: we were to pray and ask God what to…
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A Changed Heart : Mission Adventures 2014

Last summer I worked with Mission Adventures, a program we offer that facilitates mission trips for youth groups. While the groups are here, they get a lot of love, a ton of truth, and a huge helping of missions training and exposure.   For one particular group last summer, we dedicated an entire evening to…
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Michael’s Healing : Summer 2014 DTS Dominican Repubic Outreach

Check out a testimony from Karen, a DTS student on outreach in the Dominican Republic!   “Kaleb, Emma and I went out to evangelize in the city. We prayed to ask God where He wanted us to go and we all got a park with statues. We went down to the park, sat down on…
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Healing : Summer 2014 DTS Haiti Outreach

Check out a cool story from the DTS Outreach team in Haiti!   “We are doing really well in Lubin, Haiti. So far, we were able to pray and bless a total of 300 people. Of those 300, 14 were healed physically and 12 accepted Jesus into their lives. We were also able to give…
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