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 the first day of lectures to the last, I sat in the hall and listened to each weekly lecture. I was continuously blown away. God hand-picked each speaker from all over the world to come and speak truth to me and over me. I asked Him to show up and He came in like a tidal wave ready to cover me in truth. He broke down so many walls I was struggling to hurdle over and replaced them with the truths of who He was; overflowing with grace, joy, and unconditional love. It was a safe place to lay down all my doubt, fear and insecurities and watch God give me faith, bravery, confidence and freedom to be who He made me to be.
I’m so thankful that I stepped out in faith and followed God into what I did not know. God created a blank slate to teach me how he saw the world that He created.
On outreach, He brought me to brokenness and pain to show me how He works even in the midst of it. He taught me to love without borders and gave me a glimpse of how He loves us. He brought me to the bottom of my strength and myself; I so often felt that I was not enough. Then God would remind me that He is enough, and because I trust in Him, so am I.
I went on my DTS because I wanted to learn about God, overcome fear and have questions answered. God gave me all that 10 times over. I received answers to my questions and then some, in ways that I wasn’t always expecting. It became evidently clear that God is bigger and more complex than I will ever understand and I’ll never be done learning or inquiring more of Him. DTS encouraged to me keep asking questions and going outside of what I am comfortable with. I came home a stronger and braver person who is even more on fire to know God and follow him wherever He calls me. While DTS was just the beginning for me, it will continue to be my foundation as I continue seeking God and my place in the Kingdom.