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By MiCaela Grzelak on August 7, 2022 9:15:00 AM NZST

Being unsure of what you’re supposed to do next or where your suppose to go can be pretty daunting! Is a gap year the right choice? We’re here to say it’s totally worth it! Our gap year program, a Discipleship Training School, is designed to take you on an adventure! If you take the time to do our school you’ll travel and see the world, make an impact, experience something new, grow in your relationship with God, and it will be a total game changer!

Topics: Missions Travel God Personal Growth Gap Year
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Sometimes it takes a bit of time

By Aria Healey on June 19, 2022 9:15:00 AM NZST


Originally, I went to do my DTS because I felt like God was calling me to but there was a large part of me that was just trying to escape anything I was doing back home and the life I lived there. There wasn’t anything inherently wrong with what I was doing and life wasn’t bad, but I was growing restless and just needed to have some sort of “reset” on what I was doing. And Jesus totally came through with my DTS.

During those initial weeks of lectures, I didn’t think anything was changing. I loved the Lord, and I thought He was just deepening that. Every week was a new revelation of who He is to me. Little did I know the amount of healing and change I was going through during that time. 

It wasn’t until one night halfway through outreach that I got the true revelation of how much had happened during the lecture phase. We had partnered with an organisation and went out to do ministry by handing out pies and hot drinks to those at bars and clubs around midnight. God was moving in some insane ways through this night as we got to talk to lots of strangers who had been partying that night and I felt the love of God for them so strongly. One guy literally stopped to drunkenly encourage us in what we were doing, telling us that he was so grateful that we were there to help people who needed it, but also that God sees what we’re doing and is so pleased with us. It absolutely blew my mind that God was using him to encourage us in a time when we were supposed to be helping them. I was quickly reminded that just because we're the ones out to do ministry, doesn’t mean others can feedback into us at the same time because God is truly constantly moving. 

There was a really special moment where I got to have a massive conversation with a guy who fully expressed the struggles he was going through at the time and how he had stepped away from God due to not being able to see Him through some of the events that had happened for him. While he was sharing with me my heart was absolutely breaking for him and I just felt God’s love for him so prominently. We got talking a lot about how sometimes it's really difficult to see what God is doing in situations when we aren’t expecting it at all and it seems hopeless at times and as we were talking I ended up sharing my testimony with him. It was then when I realised just how much healing God had done through my DTS, as a lot of the previous things I couldn’t find hope for previously I could now so clearly see God’s hand through! After a long heart to heart, he gave me a few things I could pray for him and told me that I gave him a lot to think about, now I’m not sure what God ended up doing through that conversation in the long run and whether that guy found his way back to the Lord but either way it was a really monumental moment for me anyway.

But the night didn’t end there. While we were debriefing at the end of the night by praying and sharing stories, I heard God very clearly say to reconfirm my baptism. I was hesitant at first. I had been baptised a few years before, when I started taking my faith a lot more seriously, but God made it really clear that all those struggles and previous things that I made part of my identity God had almost completely changed.

I realised then that there were so many things that God had brought me through since then and how I was previously living isn’t how I wanted to do it anymore. I saw that God was calling me to reconfirm it because it was an entirely new season I was walking into, one where I have hope in what I can’t see, where I have a new understanding of how He’s both a friend and God, one where I was choosing the freedom He bought me through throughout DTS. God was calling me to recognise that and step into it by reconfirming my baptism and so I asked my outreach team at 3 am if they would baptise me on the beach nearby. It was a crazy experience and felt like exactly what God was calling me to do. The weather was crazy and stormy, the tide was out, waves were already pushing us over before we could even do it and the Holy Spirit was so prominent throughout.

Doing a DTS isn’t going to solve all your life problems, not at all, but if you go into it with an open and willing heart then I promise you God will move in ways you can’t even imagine. Sometimes it takes time, I didn’t even realise half the things God was working on in my heart throughout it, but the more I look back on it the more God is showing me. He is so so faithful and He does heal and sometimes we need a reminder of that.

Topics: Personal Growth Faith
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The Art of Creation

By Alisha Tripp on March 5, 2022 9:15:00 AM NZDT

Topics: Bible God Personal Growth Faith Truth
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The Living Bible

By Emmalea Lubben on December 7, 2021 9:00:00 AM NZDT

Topics: Bible God Personal Growth Faith Truth
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Soured Manna

By Lindsey Brown on October 7, 2021 2:21:06 PM NZDT

In desperation you cry out to the Lord for provision. He shows up, and suddenly manna from Heaven practically falls into your lap. The job, the money, the friendship, the opportunity-God has given you exactly what you needed in exactly the right moment. But what happens when the manna starts to sour?

Topics: Bible Devotional Personal Growth
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The Truth of the Butterfly

By John on September 9, 2021 10:17:40 AM NZST

Topics: Devotional Personal Growth Truth
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How God Transformed My Heart for my Hometown

By Nick Szpor on July 1, 2021 12:22:49 PM NZST

Topics: Missions Personal Growth Missions at Home
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What's my Purpose?: Finding Meaning in Your Moment

By Lindsey Brown on April 22, 2021 8:26:05 AM NZST

Topics: Bible God Personal Growth
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How My DTS Impacts My Work Today

By Nicki Smith on April 8, 2021 11:12:03 AM NZST


I’ve served as a YWAM missionary for over 10 years now. I work with the traveling community: young adults on a gap year, traveling the world, looking for adventure and hoping to ‘find themselves.’ This is a relational ministry. It’s about knowing how to connect with people from different backgrounds of culture, religion and experiences. I need to know how to effectively share the Gospel, meet their needs, pray with them and teach scripture. I encounter many different world views, new age beliefs and atheism as I work with backpackers. My passion for this work, my training and experience all came from my time as a student and staff on the DTS in Oxford.

Topics: Missions Travel Personal Growth Gap Year
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Where Should I Do DTS?: What Makes YWAM Oxford a Place to Call Home

By Lindsey Brown on March 25, 2021 3:19:27 PM NZDT

Topics: Missions Personal Growth Gap Year
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Here I am, Send me

By Celeste Miller on March 18, 2021 10:40:22 AM NZDT

Topics: Missions God Personal Growth
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Tips for Reading the Bible Daily

By Rebecca Estenson on February 12, 2021 2:59:47 PM NZDT

Topics: Bible Devotional God Personal Growth Faith
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How to Walk on Water

By Lindsey Brown on January 7, 2021 4:21:20 PM NZDT

Topics: God Personal Growth Faith
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Jubilee, Jesus, and Jump-Starting Your New Beginning

By Morgan Blankenship on October 16, 2020 10:03:43 AM NZDT

Topics: Missions God Personal Growth Gap Year
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14 Bible Verses to Help Overcome Fear

By MiCaela Grzelak on June 30, 2020 4:30:00 PM NZST

The Word of God is a way to encourage our spirit with the truths that God washes over us. We can look to these verses to remember who God is and the identity that He calls us into — to be bold and courageous in times of when we may feel fearful.

Topics: Bible Devotional Personal Growth
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5 Ways You Can Grow With God While YOU Wait for Your DTS to Start

By MiCaela Grzelak on June 17, 2020 4:27:00 PM NZST

Discipleship Training Schools all over the world have been postponed or cancelled; I'm sure there's a bit of hesitancy in many of your hearts wondering if you heard from God correctly. You might be wondering if you are still supposed to do a DTS. Maybe you feel a crazy anticipation for your DTS that has been postponed, but you're in a rut right now and not sure how to get out of it!

Topics: Missions God Personal Growth
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The Right Decision: College or Gap Year?

By MiCaela Grzelak on May 21, 2020 5:34:25 PM NZST

'What if it’s the wrong choice?'
'What if I’m actually supposed to go to college?'
'What if my gap year becomes a waste of time or money?'

We so often find ourselves getting caught up in what is the right answer - what does God want me to do? Sometimes we feel like we can’t hear his voice; we get confused and have no idea what decision to make.

Topics: Missions Travel God Personal Growth Gap Year
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The Insanity of God - Bible Devotional

By Alec Kemper on April 22, 2020 8:00:00 AM NZST

Revelation 15:2-4 (ESV)

2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. 3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

“Great and amazing are your deeds,

    O Lord God the Almighty!

Just and true are your ways,

    O King of the nations!

4 Who will not fear, O Lord,

    and glorify your name?

For you alone are holy.

    All nations will come

    and worship you,

for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Topics: Bible Devotional God Personal Growth
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So Things Haven't Turned Out as Expected

By MiCaela Grzelak on April 14, 2020 8:00:00 AM NZST

Our expectations for life in this time have been thrown up into the air and most of us honestly don’t know when we’ll have them back in our hands.

Topics: Personal Growth Missions at Home