FACES - YWAM Singapore Issue.2018 - Page 17

Discipling the Next Generation space that allowed and encouraged him to do so, but the presence of a community that is able to speak into his life and hold him accountable to his choices. A Family Affair After a few months of training, the DTS students prepared for their outreach. They were sent out in two groups: one to Indonesia and Malaysia, and the other to India and Nepal for an eight-week outreach. Although they understood that God’s mission is a ‘family affair’—having been drawn to the Father—they now partner with Him to draw others back home to Him. One of the teams was to discover how challenging it could be to stay united as a family, and how important it was to rely on God to empower them to do so. In Kolkata, India, the team was asked to lead a church service. Despite meeting several times to pray and seek God about the details for the service, they struggled to come to an agreement about the message they ought to preach. In the heat of the moment, they spoke rashly and unkindly to each other. Although they eventually pulled through the service, the incident left behind many unresolved hurts in their hearts. As they refl ected on the incident, Joshua opined that if he had to do it again, he would have “tried his best to support Daniel (who preached the message) and give him the confi dence he needed”. On the other hand, Daniel humbled himself to seek forgiveness from the team as his hurtful words had broken the team’s unity that day. It was a deep, albeit painful lesson for them about the importance of unity. They learned that it is the love that they have for one another, not a good sermon, that draws people to God’s family. A Fresh Start All too soon, DTS came to an end on 13 December 2017. We commissioned a group of youth workers into the church and nations, to love and shepherd the next generation. While they all go their separate ways, they are united with the same vision: that the people they reach out to will come to know God’s heart for them, and they will long to live out their calling as His sons and daughters. [Do you desire to know God intimately and disciple others in the same way? Every year, YWAM Singapore runs Discipleship Training Schools. DTS provides a safe community for you to grow in your relationship with the Father and discover what His mission is all about. Find out more in our “Upcoming Schools” section on page 23.] 15