Getting ready for the Real Test! :)

Well, here we are in week 11 of class. After the end of this week we will only have one week left in the DTS lecture phase. I haven’t been able to post recently, because I have been SUPER busy.

Shortly after the GO Conference (mentioned in my last post), we went on our final camping trip. We took off for the mountains again and went rock climbing. We had a blast! During the week in the woods, we had a speaker named John Ray. He was awesome! He spoke on our identity in Christ! It was awesome! We climbed and had a blast! On this trip, I received a call from Winshape Camps, informing me that I was going to be working again this summer! I will be a counselor! YESSS! Super pumped! That made my week even better!

climbing in the mountains. checking out the problem before I started!

climbing in the mountains. checking out the problem before I started!

I must mention in here, that we have discovered a new church called “Full Gospel Temple”. This church is tiny, and has a piece of plywood as its sign. We discovered it after eating McDonald’s for breakfast one Sunday. After attending one service, I was hooked. We sang hymns and old church songs for the first 45 min and had a 15 min sermon, but it was the most powerful sermon I had heard the past 2 years. After returning the following Sunday with the rest of our clan, we were welcomed warmly and even asked to hop up on stage and sing a hymn for the congregation. THEY LOVED IT!!! They even asked us to bring our guitars and do some contemporary worship, which we did, and they also loved. They have truly adopted us into the body and they LOVE us, and WE LOVE THEM!

Singing for the church :)

Singing for the church :)

The week after that, we had a VERY unique week of class. It’s focus was “the story”, and with that we dove into scripture and really studied the life of Jesus. We read about 5 books of the bible in this week and really studied the life of Jesus and his walk on earth! It was SO cool. We got really interactive and actually ate the food that was eaten during his life (bread, fish, water, wafers, etc.). The week was awesome and I really developed a new view of the Word.

After that week, we had an AMAZING speaker named Mike Esposito. He was a true blessing. He taught on the Holy Spirit and the Trinity. This was a very convicting week and a very jam packed full of information. We learned about evangelism and how to approach certain people groups, while constantly loving through the Holy Spirit. We learned many characteristics of God, The Holy Spirit and about his heart for us as individuals and as a body! Mike was awesome at speaking and REALLY brought it home with the wisdom that he shared. He was just so genuine with his words and you could actually sense the passion in his voice when he spoke. The best part, however, is that he lives in ATL. Heck yea!! And upon discovering that, I actually found out that there is a YWAM base in Atlanta and I will now have YWAM connections there too. Mike’s week ended very well and led well into the week after…

 

Tricked ya…they had NOTHING to do with each other! Week 10 was a 2 day week (because of Thanksgiving), and was all about dramas and skits and how to make ministry creative. This was AWEOSME! We learned how to take a simple toy like a rubics cube, and turn it in to a great ministry tool. We learned skits and dramas and just many ways to creatively minister to kids and even adults. This 2 day week really opened my eyes to a lot. Magic tricks, card tricks, skits, dramas, songs, dances, etc. can all be great tools for ministry. And to top the week off, I LEARNED HOW TO JUGGLE! I’m pretty much a circus act!

THEN…after much time away from home…THANKSGIVING! I got to see my family. It was amazing seeing them and my Week was absolutely full of fun! I flew back the Wednesday we got out, right after class, and spent the rest of the night with my parents, friends, and extended family. Then Thursday was great. I got to spend thanksgiving day with all of my family and cousins and it was a great time. THEN….BLACK FRIDAY!!!! It was a mad house,  but it sure made for a great time! The next day, I drove to Dacula, Georgia and visited with my Friend Hannah, and watched a high school football game. On Saturday, I went to the UGA vs. Georgia Tech football game with my best friend, Ches. Tech lost, unfortunately but it was absolutely awesome. I got to see some of my old buddies at the SAE fraternity house and it was so much fun! After visiting with Ches and seeing my friend Kent, I headed back and stayed at Ches’s house. Sunday, I flew back and here I am in Arkansas once again.

Hangin out at the frat house with my buddy ches :)

Hangin out at the frat house with my buddy ches :)

At the game with Hannah!

At the game with Hannah!

This time, with only 3 weeks left, we are winding down. In 2 weeks we will be done with DTS and will have one remaining week of Christmas outreach before Christmas break, and we’re off to Cambodia. I am More than thrilled. In Cambodia, we will be spending about a week and a half doing touristy/historical stuff, before heading into ministry. We will see kids ministry, construction, evangelism, etc. There will never be a dull day. There are definitely some cultural rituals and cultural do’s/don’ts  to get used to. For example: I am not allowed to touch a girl AT ALL in public, however, it is socially considered just friendly (and nothing more) for me to hold hands with another male while walking. These are things that might take a little bit of getting used to. As far as preparations, I will have to prepare a 45 minute sermon, and a 25 min. Sunday school teaching. While in the churches and other places, we might be pulled away at any given point and just asked to speak. I will also be the worship leader for my team and have been asked to prepare 20-25 songs. As you can see, I have quite a bit on my plate; however I know that The Lord desires to bless me in this time so I am not worried.  I do, however, ask that you all keep me in your prayers and just intercede for me. I need strength, wisdom, and COURAGE! I am so ready to go, and I KNOW without a doubt that this trip is going to change my life! PRAYER PRAYER PRAYER!

“John 14:26- But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

Here we go… Prayers appreciated as always.

 

Blessings upon Blessings!

Man, this one is really hard to write! We have been soooo busy and there is SOooo much to write! Idk how to sum it up! So, first of all… My past couple weeks started off with the GREAT news that I will be going to Southeast Asia for my outreach. I will be going to the nation of Cambodia and potentially one other bordering nation. I am beyond excited, and seriously CANNOT wait to see where the Lord has me during that. I will be with 5 teammates and 2 staff members. We will be doing children’s ministry, prayer walks, door to door evangelism and much more.  I AM STOKED! I still have to raise about $2,000, so prayer and support would be greatly, greatly appreciated! My team is great and we would LOVE LOVE LOVE the support and prayers of anyone and everyone! SWEET!

This is a Civilized picture of my Outreach team for Cambodia

This is a Civilized picture of my Outreach team for Cambodia

This is the REAL outreach team for Cambodia!!!! HAHA

This is the REAL outreach team for Cambodia!!!! HAHA

After hearing this news, my friend Brad and I decided to make a road trip to Kansas City, Missouri with another friend of ours , Caleb, and visit IHOP (the International House of Prayer). It was an AMAZING experience. We stayed in a Hotel for 2 nights thanks to my wonderful, hospitable, mother and really got to experience God’s Grace. We spent the weekend Fasting and praying and just spending time in God’s presence. So after fasting from food for 52 hours and spending a lot of time in the prayer room, we made our way back to Ozark. We had a BLASTTTT!  And for those of you who know who she is, we got to MEET Misty Edwards. AHHHHHH!

This is Brad and I inside the prayer room at IHOP! We had Such an Amazing Time and really developed our relationship through spending time just hanging out together!

This is Brad and I inside the prayer room at IHOP! We had Such an Amazing Time and really developed our relationship through spending time just hanging out together!

After returning, our class was blessed with an awesome speaker named Dawn Borchers. She came and brought a week’s worth of teaching on the topic of “The Fear of the Lord”, breaking many people’s misconception that that means being scared of God. She was such a blessing and was FILLED with wisdom on the topic. She shared with us that our God desires a deep intimate relationship with each of us, but that in order to attain that, we must be vulnerable and transparent to him. We really learned a lot about God’s heart and his heart for us! It was Superb!

The weekend following Dawn, we had the “YWAM Ozark 10 year anniversary “. This was so much fun! I got to meet Dean Sherman, who was a speaker that we saw on video back in the first 2 weeks, as well as many YWAM Ozark alumni. I got to meet new people and celebrate what God has done for this base in the past 10 years and got to pray for the next 10. I ALSO got to take part in a nice game of ULTIMATE FRISBEE!

This is our DTS meeting with Dean Sherman and hearing about the past 10 years at YWAM Ozark!

This is our DTS meeting with Dean Sherman and hearing about the past 10 years at YWAM Ozark!

Just playing some Frisbee. Always going hard!

Just playing some Frisbee. Always going hard!

After the weekend, we were introduced to another DTS from Madison, Wisconsin and got to spend the next two weeks with them. The students were great! Very loving and very easy to jump in and spend time with. After arriving on Saturday night, and making our introductions, we left with them Sunday afternoon for a week in the woods camping. This week was amazing. During this week, we had class in the woods with a Speaker named Manuel, who was from Germany. HE was awesome and taught on the topic of Spiritual Warfare! It was great! I learned a lot during this week both during class time and chill time. During the week we went hiking, and repelling. The repelling was a good time. We went over an 80 foot cliff with a BEAUTIFUL view. It was so great! Then on the 2nd to last day of the trip, our staff took our tents, hammocks, machetes, toiletries, etc. and sent us into the woods in groups with no staff. They gave us food, 2 tarps, and a map, and said “see ya tomorrow”. We were then sent on an over-night hiking trip and had to “survive” and build our own shelter along the 12 mile hike. It was so fun!!! It was definitely a great end to the week.

As if that week wasn’t enough fun, we returned to base for 2 days and left again that Monday. This time we headed to Oklahoma for a YWAM conference where we spent a week with like 5 other DTS’s and schools.

It was amazing. I met some amazing people, and heard some awesome speakers. There were some really cool people.  During the conference I got to go zip lining in the woods with the people above. We did it IN THE RAIN! SO MUCH FUN! On the last day of the conference, we did intercession for the nations. We laid a map on the floor and walk on it, and prayed for the nations. We prayed over our outreach nations and got to specifically intercede for our hometowns. It was really just an awesome time.

This is Everyone at the YWAM GO Conference, Interceding for the Nations! And Doing our Joshua Walk!

This is Everyone at the YWAM GO Conference, Interceding for the Nations! And Doing our Joshua Walk!

I got to play a lot of music and worship a lot. It was amazing. The theme was “the great commission” and we just learned about God’s heart for the great commission and how he desires us to reach ALL the nations and EVERY people group. Being inspired to read the stories and testimonies of many missionaries, I purchased about 15 books from the YWAM publishing, bookstore. It was awesome.

My new collection of books that i DO plan to read!

My new collection of books that i DO plan to read!

These past couples of weeks have literally just been amazing. The people, places, scenic views, scriptures, and overall experiences have been AMAZING! I am so thankful that I am here and cannot wait to continue experiencing the wonders of our GOD! HE IS HUGE, and who are we to put him in a box, because he will break out EVERY time!

Again, prayer is greatly appreciated and I will continue to keep you all updated! God Bless you guys! Much love, Michael!

Matthew 28:18-20 “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Nature at its best.

Quiet time by the fire!

Quiet time by the fire!

MAN!! This experience has been so crazy already! We just got back from our first real outdoor adventure trip. It was crazy! It was supposed to be 10 days long, but it was over a day early because we got kicked off the trails due to this whole government shutdown ordeal. Either way, the Lord knew that would happen so he packed our 9 days that we were blessed with, full of spiritual feeding and exciting adventures. It was split up into 3 “sections”. We had a canoeing section, a car camping section, and a hiking section. Each section of the trip brought along its own set of challenges and events.

Ok , so we started off our exciting trip on the Buffalo National River. We rented canoes and spent the first 3 nights camping on the river side! (BEAUTIFULLLL!!) This section was great. After recently canoeing the entire Etowah river not even 2 months ago, I thought it would be a while before embarking on another canoeing journey like this. Anyways, the first day was only about 2 miles, because we started later in the day, after driving from Ozark to our “Put in” location. At the end of the 1st day, our DTS leader approached us around the fire. He told us that he had some news. This news was that from that point on, neither he nor our other staff would be in charge; meaning there would be a new “leader of the day” every day of the trip. Every day a new student was chosen to take on the role. The current leader of the day would pick the following day’s leader. I was chosen, by the staff, to be the very first leader so I was the one who had NO CLUE what it meant and what we needed to get done. Needless to say it was an interesting day. Every time I asked what to do, the response I would receive amounted to “You’re the leader, you decide”. UGHHHH!!! I was walking blind. It was AWESOME! On this trip, we had our speaker, Mike Schneider, and his daughter, Rachel, join us. They canoed alongside during the day and taught the class when it was time to do so. Mike spoke on foundations and really set the foundations of our DTS. He also taught us to set our foundations (roots) in Jesus in order to be sustained and live a fruitful life.  He was great. His daughter was 10 years old and was super sweet. This portion of the trip went well and we brought the canoeing to a close after 31 miles.

Having morning class with Mike Schneider on the River side.

Having morning class with Mike Schneider on the River side.

From there, we returned our canoes and drove to a camp site on the river. We parked our vans and resided on a local Rock beach on the river. We camped there for 3 nights where we were blessed to hear from our DTS leader’s father in-law, Steve Mckormick. He spoke on the life of Jesus and split it up to fit the weekend. The teachings were great and very intense . One night we watched a video clip cut out of the movie “The Passion of the Christ”. We watched the scene where Jesus was brutally beaten. Before watching this, we were asked if our lives, as we had been living them up until then, were worth the price that was paid. Was I Living a life worthy of his?  Then, we were taken down to the beach where we wrote our deepest, darkest, most personal sins onto a sheet of paper, nailed them to a cross and burned it in the fire. This represented the wrath of God and his hatred of sin. We surrendered all of our past to the Lord and spent much time in repentance that night. This was a very emotionally, freeing experience. I was freed of a lot of baggage from my life. On a lighter note, we experienced our first bit of rain on this weekend. It was beautiful but made things difficult! During these 3 days, we had nothing to do during the day (such as canoe or hike to our next spot), so there was plenty of free time to read, swim, fish, and just simply relax. I really enjoyed this section of the trip.

fishing and meditating during the weekend on the beach!

fishing and meditating during the weekend on the beach!

Finally, we packed back up in the vans and drove to our hiking destination. Before officially beginning our hiking, we found a nice spot to go caving, so we spent some time caving and exploring God’s creation from deep in the rocks. Then, the hiking began. This was definitely the most physically demanding portion of our trip. We hiked for approximately 22 miles over 4 days. The camping was so much fun. We spent the majority of the days hiking, and while hiking, many riddles were told and few were solved. The campsites were great and the days were long. On this section of the trip, we carried a portable projector with us and watch video sermons from a pastor by the name of Dean Sherman. He was a very wise speaker, and very funny. He wore this old green sweater in every video and it was quite funny. They were filmed in 1996 so you can imagine what we were dealing with haha! He spoke on Relationship and how every single problem in the world, in some form, is a problem of relationships. I was blessed to see his videos. I learned a lot and was able to apply much of it to my own personal life. This trip was long, but definitely rewarding.  After 22 miles we arrived at our final destination a day early and began the trip back to the base.

Our team just before entering the woods for the hiking adventure.

Our team just before entering the woods for the hiking adventure.

Here are a few of the minor details from the trip that I should tell you. I promised my friend that I wouldn’t sleep in a tent the whole 10 days so many of my nights were spent in a shelter/hut that I made myself. It was definitely a different experience than sleeping in a bed. Also, I wore the same close all 9 days with no shower! YUMM! Also, every day we each had individual duties. From meal prep, to clean up, to navigator, to fire duty, we each played a role in making every day safe and successful. This was one of the toughest parts, because instead of choosing fire duty every night, we alternated to every position. Lastly, one of the biggest things on this trip was camping ethics. More or less, we lived by the “leave no trace” principle for 9 days. So with this said, if we had to go #2 in the woods, we had to put our used toilet paper in a bag and carry it with us until the end of the trip. Part of hiking was splitting up the gear, and take a while guess who got stuck carrying the giant bag of poopy toilet paper. MEEEEEEEEEEE! Needless to say, after a couple of days, the stench and weight of this bag increased! LOL! So yea this trip was awesome!

God has been doing some great things in my life already and we haven’t even begun our first full week on the base. This next week will be awesome. I cannot wait! We each have local outreach teams and mine will be going to a middle school ministry to help out on Tuesday nights called “K- life”, where I will be a mentor, helper, worship leader, or anything I am needed to be. I am stoked to help and pour into the lives of the middle school kids. This week should be super awesome. So, here we go, our first week of normal campus life here! 6am morning workouts here I come!

The Lord is showing up constantly so far, and I expect nothing less for the rest of DTS and outreach. I Love getting letters and mail, so if anyone wants to send me letters or anything in the mail, my address is as follows:

Michael Duncan

C/o YWAM Ozarks

7119 mountain view drive

Ozark, Arkansas 72949

God Bless you all. And thanks for the constant support! –Michael

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27.

Whats Up Michael? #1

My YWAM DTS group!

My YWAM DTS group!

Wow, the Lord is Alive in this place! The lord has been completely evident and I’m already in love with my friends and staff here! I have had hands laid on me in prayer already and I can already sense a heavy passion for the Lord!!

Tomorrow is a huge day for us! We leave for our 1st Wilderness trip! Tomorrow at 8:30 am we will be loading up and heading for the Buffalo River. We will be going on a 10 day canoeing and hiking trip and I am so so so stoked! We will have a DVD and like an outdoor projector to take with us in order to watch a digital message given by a speaker. You may wonder why we need a projector in the woods, and that is because when we go overseas on outreach, we will be using a projector sometimes to share the movie and message of Jesus Christ with some of the un reached villages and tribes! (HOW COOL?!?!)

Anyways, so the basis of my life today consisted of realizing that I didn’t exactly escape school like I thought I did. I say this because as we were going through the criteria for the 3 month DTS, I was informed that we have 6 book reports due and many smaller assignments throughout such as Scripture memory, journal checks and so on… So with this said, I am completely stoked because I love writing, but a lot of times simply don’t have the discipline to sit down and actually journal. That will definitely Change. I cannot wait to see God completely redirect my interests and habits.

On top of that, we woke up at 5:45 this morning for mandatory exercise, which today happened to be Crossfit!! :/… it SUCKED! I threw up because I am completely out of shape, but he pretty much told me to get used to it because this was one of the easiest workouts we do….. YAYYYYYYYYYYYY! …NOTTT! Lol again, I am super excited still, because I do love working out, once you actually wake me up and make me start! We’ll see how it goes!

After lunch, (ALL THE FOOD IS HOMECOOKED AND AMAZING) myself and about 6 other DTS-ers went an hour into the nearest town and we went to Academy sports and stocked up on some last minute camping supplies! Really fun!

Ok so check this out; The first Book that we have to do a book report on is “IS that Really You God?” …Sound farmiliar? … That’s right, it’s the one that I received from the man at Grace midtown the other weekend! The Lord really did know what he was doing by providing that book for me!!

On top of all of this, I received another check in the mail for support from my friend Bryan, who has previously done this DTS! I was so pumped to see that! And Even better, we received note on where our outreach locations will be! I AM STOKED!!! Without spoiling the surprise I will hint to you that one is in South America, and the other is in Southeast Asia. They are both beautiful very great spots to pursue ministry and simply seek the Lost and broken. I am going to be going to one or the other and I will be sure to fill you in as I am filled in! One team will go to one location, and the other team to the other location and it is pretty much a “pray and seek which is best fitting” kind of deal! I will be going wherever the Lord tells me!

Pretty much this was my first full day, so I am SOOOO ready for adventure and excitement! I will blog again in 2 weeks after our camping trip and plan on fully filling you in! God Bless, and please continue to pray for a steady focus and a driven heart as I approach this journey full force! Thanks! -Michael!

Divine appointments!

 

Here I am with 12 days left until my departure for YWAM in Arkansas. I am anxious, nervous, excited, and many others. I have experienced too many things too explain recently but the lord has Undoubtedly shown up on multiple occasions in the past week of my life. From simple conversations, to very in depth conversations, to answered prayers, the Lord as placed me strategically in the midst of many situations and shown me his unshakable love for me.

I have experienced 3 of what I like to call divine appointments in the last week. If you are wondering what a divine appointment is, check this out:

 “A divine appointment carries with it a spirit as much as it does a time, place and person for conversation. A prayerful expectation carries with it a spirit of prayer asking God to place in your path a person to whom to witness to. The believer who prays in faith is a believer who walks about expecting to see God answer his prayer.”                                        -BethelLife

So more or less, asking the lord to place someone in your path and the Lord purposefully placing said person right where he/she is needed in order to Bring himself glory. Well, like I said, on 3 occasions in the past week, I have been blessed to experience the lord work in such a was as that. Allow me to share.

1) In high school I was friends with a dude named Quartez Walker, and I believe we will both openly admit that we weren’t exactly the sharpest tools in the shed when it came to our actions and the choices we made. From partying, to sexual impurities, to our simple outlooks on life, we were lost. He being a star football player, and myself being the captain of the wrestling team, we strived for nothing more than to be the cool kids and soak up an abundance of attention. fast forward about a year and a half. The Lord had brought me out of this and into a joyful light. I had accepted him as my true lord and savior and began to live a life that reflected so. Here I was in my 1st semester of college when I was presented with an opportunity to speak life into my friend Quartez. I was able to encourage him and remind him that the Lord loves and adores him.  3 Months later after hearing no response back, i began to think he brushed off my encouragement and didn’t care one bit. shortly after, I actually received a message thanking me for my truth and encouragement, and telling me that he TOO had accepted Christ and was experiencing so much joy! (PRAISE THE LORD) So here I was last week (about 6 months later) and we planned to meet up and discuss God’s grace. What I thought was going to be me preaching and encouraging him in boldness and in faith turned into him PREACHING TO ME, and telling me the same thing that I had planned on telling him. He is now ON FIRE for the Lord and is not looking back! The lord used him to teach me and we even wrote a worship song together as I played it on my guitar. Who are we to underestimate the power of Christ?

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2) Everyone knows that one of the hardest parts of Missionary work can be the support and raising money. Believe me, myself and my family had our doubts. All doubts aside, the lord is showing me that money is simply a number to him. After all, he creates the trees that create the money so who says he cant provide money? ANYWAYS, as I’m raising money, I decide to have a yard sale in hopes to assist. Aside from the Fact that I raise about $900 in my yard sale (PRAISE HIM) I experienced yet another divine appointment of the Lord. As I’m closing up from the 1st day a man comes up and sees that we are closing down the sale until the next day, but insists on looking around. He shows interest in several items but simply buys a $2 item and assures me that he will return the next day. After roughly 2.5 hours of sitting around with only 2 or 3 customers that day, I see this man (whom I didn’t mention is foreign and barely speaks English) walk up my driveway once again. As I begin to speak to him, he lists off all of the items he wants to buy including a rug, a desk, a tv, a printer, and 2 lamps. After accepting his money and helping him shove all of this into his jeep, he looks at me and begins to tear up and speak in his broken English. He begins to tell me about his life back in Guyana, and how kids there have nothing. He talks about what we, in America, consider poor and how our poor is their royalty. As if this wasn’t cool enough, he places his hand on my shoulder and thanks me for being a servant of Christ. He prophecies over me and begins to speak into me. He speaks to me (still in very bad English)  about Ezekiel and how the Lord told him to prophecy and speak life into dry bones. He says to me that we as Christians have the power to do that through the holy spirit and that he knew I will do that in YWAM. He then places his hand on my shoulder and tells me that I am blessed and that blessings were coming my way. I say “were coming” because shortly after driving away 10-15 cars rolled up and people came from everywhere buying everything. Even the most random things were selling. This man, sent from the Lord, truly challenged me and truly blessed be, all through the simple yet effective idea of a Yard sale. Who are we to underestimate the power of Christ?

3) finally, Last night I was at Grace midtown (a very spirit led church in downtown ATL.). This church is amazing. 90% of this church consist of people from the age of 18-30, so anytime I go, I am constantly surrounded by fellow college students wanting to meet God face to face and advance his kingdom. However, there is the one man I always see on Sunday nights. I always see him walking around praying for people and talking to people. For weeks I had wanted to speak to him and just talk to him. I was unsure why I had this desire to talk to him but regardless, I wanted to. So as I am sitting in the service, i begin to really develop this urge to talk to him but was honestly a bit intimidated. After just having lip surgery the previous week, I had had no feeling in my lip for 6 days and really felt that he was the one that was supposed to pray healing over me. Still unsure, I began to talk to a friend of mine, Chris, about how I was leaving for YWAM in 13 days and out of nowhere a man walks up to me and begins talking to me and shaking my hand. GUESS WHO???!? Its him. The same guy that I was afraid to approach. He begins asking me about YWAM after overhearing me and tells me that he LOVES YWAM and has been to many DTS’s and Teaches at DTS’s and him and his wife just adore it. So I begin to tell him about my lip and how I felt that he was the one I felt called to approach about healing. He smiled huge and almost immediately put his hand on me and began praying. After several prayers, feeling began to come back to my lip. I began to feel pain which obviously means no numbness. How great is our God?!? As if this wasn’t enough he reaches in his backpack and hands me a book. He said “I felt the Lord say to me that someone would need to read this book tonight so I brought it just in case”. I look at the book, and what does it say?… “Is that Really You God?” (The Story of the Creation and founding of YWAM) …. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!? this is crazy. I look at him and hug him, simply because i couldn’t think of any other way to react. What stood out to me the most was when he looked at me and said … “Michael, I met you because this was a Divine appointment from the lord” …WOW… I say it Yet again, Who are we to underestimate the power of Christ?

Ha-ha. so here I am, the next day, exactly 12 days from leaving and I am Blessed beyond belief. I am ready to go and i am ready to serve and i cannot wait to see what the Lord does through me on this journey.

This emotion where we know no other way to react other than to smile, is the continuous joy we experience as believers. Those who do not know God, will never truly know Joy.

” He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”

So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.”

Ezekiel 37: 3-10

God Bless!

What am I Doing?!?!

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So this is my first blog post. For those of you who do not know what I am getting myself into, it is an organization called “YWAM” which stands for “youth with a mission”. Earlier this year, a man by the name of Bryan Wozniak came to my school’s house church and shared a testimony about the previous 6 months of his life that he had just completed. During this 6 months, he embarked on a journey to the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas and then made his way to Cambodia, where the Lord used him and his team to bless those around them.

I am embarking on a very, very similar journey. After hearing about this from Bryan, my heart just started ticking, and telling me that this was where the lord was calling me and this is where the next 6 months of my life needed to be spent. After sitting in a 2 hour math class as an outdoor education major, I realized how tired I was of the routine I was in after only one semester in College. So in that moment, I decided that I was going to apply for the “Outdoor Adventure DTS” offered by YWAM.

Up until the time that I was actually accepted into the school, family friends and extended family all seemed supportive. Once I actually got accepted and it became reality, the truth set in that I will be missing a year of college to leave the country. To some this didn’t settle very well (mom and dad) and to others, this was amazing and exciting news. (Everyone else). From that point on, I left it up to the lord to change their hearts seeing as I hadn’t the power to do that!

After a full summer of thinking and talking to people, my parents are truly excited for me and my mom is actually helping me put on a yard sell and send out support letters in order to raise money for my expenses! The Lord is SOOOO good!

So here I am, several months, many weeks, and many prayers later and I am officially doing it! I have been accepted into the Discipleship training school, and I am set to leave for the Ozark Mountains on Sept. 22nd of this year where I will spend 3 Months being discipled and heavily poured into in order to prepare myself for the outreach that will later take place. I will be Rock climbing, canoeing, camping, etc. for the next 3 months and I am more than eager to se what the Lord will do in my life during this time! After The 3 month school is up, I will be going overseas (destination not yet known) for 2-3 months and will be doing the outreach phase of my time with YWAM. I ask for prayers, prayers, thoughts, and more prayers during this experience, seeing as I will be leaving my friends and family for 6 months to step out of my comfort zone and challenge my faith.

During this time, there will be so many sights, sounds, and experiences that only the Lord can account for and by all means I Want in!

I will post as often as I can, to update you and share my experience with you!

GOD BLESS!!!