I put the phone down, my heart racing faster.  Imagination kicking into gear, filling with images of revolution and uprising, of an army rising up from the ashes, an army of students  with a fiery passion in their eyes, relentless in their pursuit of Jesus in the midst of student culture.  On the other end of the phone was Luke, one of the leaders of Fusion, a UK based movement passionate about equipping students and churches to be effective missionaries in universities. For a bit of context, let’s rewind for just a moment.  Two weeks prior to this conversation, our team leader Doug, here at YWAM York and myself were Read more

Former DTS Trainee, Chloe Lynch, shared with us how her DTS helped bring her out of fear and draw her closer to God. My Discipleship Training School wrecked me, but in the very best way. It changed the way I see God, myself, and the world. God knew that I needed to be wrecked and stripped of the things that were entangling me so that I could truly see things the way He intended. God brought me through my fair share of fear and anxiety to get me to York for my DTS, and it was because He had a lot of things He wanted to teach me there. From Read more

This last April, I co-led our DTS to Lesvos, Greece to work with refugees. Most teams served in the camps for 2 to 3 weeks, but we stayed for our whole outreach, which was 9 weeks. We knew that building relationships with the refugees would be our main focus during our time in Greece. Working under EuroRelief, we were asked not to bring our bibles inside the camps and to be very discerning when talking about Jesus. Our main outlet of sharing the gospel would be in serving them with the love of Christ. Each day inside the camp looked different, but most days were spent housing refugees, collecting and Read more

  Being a light in the darkness is what Bones Camp is all about. When I felt God asking me to participate in this year’s camp, I was hesitant. Crowds and carnivals aren’t really my “thing,” but I realised very quickly that I was a perfect fit here; I love talking with people about Jesus, and I love to perform/do parades. (I blame my high school band days on this). The days leading up to the carnival were packed with evangelism, drumming and/or stilt walking lessons, teachings about renewing our minds, holiness, and humility, as well as mundane tasks like cleaning or cooking. During our times of street-evangelism, crowds would Read more

  It made no sense for me to be backpacking from Munich to Venice (nearly 550km!) with 3 guys I had never met. I was to spend a month following God’s voice, where every day we would ask God where to go, who to meet, and what to do. It would be where my first backpacking experience would be going through the Alps, yes those Alps; where 8 hours of hiking a day was routine; where not having a place to stay turned from a worry to an afterthought; and, praying for complete strangers in the street was typical. Nothing really makes logical sense anymore — and I love it. Read more

  It has always been a dream of mine to visit Iceland, so when the opportunity for me to go on a two week missions trip presented itself, I ran towards it. Our team of 14 all came under 24/7 Prayer, an organisation focused on bringing the kingdom of God here on earth through prayer. This would be the fifth year that they’ve sent a team to Westmann Islands to share God’s love to Icelanders during a music festival. After taking a 30 minute ferry ride from Reykjavik to the small island, my anticipation for the coming days was building.   24/7 Prayer was founded on creating a space for people to Read more

  Having been exploring how art can transform communities for a number of years, I was super excited to be accepted onto the ‘Favela Painting Academy’ for a two week workshop run by Dutch artists Haas&Hahn.  I have admired these guys for years, in many ways they are hero’s to me, so the chance to spend two weeks learning from them was a big deal.   Haas&Hahn have developed a global reputation for achieving outstanding community art projects in deprived areas around the world from Brazil to Haiti. You can hear them talk about their work in the TED talk posted above. They have achieved beautiful projects that empower local residents Read more