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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Think back over the past month, What have you learned? What will you take away from those 4 short weeks? How has their content impacted you?

As I look back over the past 4 weeks it doesn't feel like that at all,  i'm not looking 'back' or at the 'past' at all. What I'm looking at is the future, the foundation for my next couple of months, no wait...it goes way beyond that.
A constant theme for me over the past month has been  developing my acceptance and dependence of Gods faithfulness....Truly accepting and depending.

Right now I am preparing to lead a team of 13 students on a 2 month outreach through Mexico and Belize. We will be ministering to the poor, helping in rehab centers, working in schools, serving any way we can and using music in as many ways as possible to connect with people and share the gospel. 

These next couple of months are hardly going to be a walk in the park, more like a marathon. 
There's the excitement and buzz, waiting for the start. 
The confident, sprinted first strides. 
Some time of ploding along and then.... 
'The Wall'. 
The only way I can break through that is with that true whole hearted dependence on God and his faithfulness.

That is what this month has prepared me for.

Getting through 'The Wall'.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Time for School

5 MONTHS  30 STUDENTS 17 SPEAKERS  2 OUTREACH TEAMS 1 GOD

Whether commuting to work, chilling in a coffee shop, having a beer with friends or worshiping, music impacts everyones life every day. It is a language that speaks to and connects everyone, defying the limitations of spoken word. It drives culture and creativity, building relationships and bringing out the unexpected in people. 
What an amazing gift we have to reach out, connect and change the world. 


As i'm writing this, around 30 students are preparing themselves to leave the comfort of home and 'regular' life in order to be part of the next Music and Missions DTS here in Ensenada. 5 Months of learning, growing, healing, travelling, sharing the gospel, serving, performing, sleeping in strange places, experiencing new cultures, building new friendships and eating some pretty suspect food are all ahead for the students as they step out and follow God's call. 


School starts September 18th - Get ready world. 








Monday, 11 August 2014

New Beginings

I can't believe it has already been a month since I moved out here to Ensenada.

So much has already happened but it seems like I only just got here. Since I arrived I have been working on the Mission Adventures program that the base runs here. 
Mission Adventures is an awesome short-term missions program aimed at mobilising young people, such as high school kids, into the mission field, where they will see God change the lives of those that they serve and seeing God change their lives also. 

Over the past couple of weeks I have Co-hosted 2 amazing teams, one from Maryland and one from Newcastle. With these teams we ran eye clinics, worked in several orphanages and Rehab centres, as well as doing 3 House Builds for needy families. 
One of the highlights of the month for me was definitely running the eye clinics. The team from Maryland had a representative from Global Vision 2020 who brought 400 pairs of glasses with them. After being trained in the method we set out and ran 3 clinics over the week. We were able to distribute over 100 pairs of glasses to people who couldn't afford or have access to an optician or glasses... and they left the remaining glasses with us so we can continue this ministry! 
It was amazing to see how something that I have always taken for granted be so impactful in peoples lives and to see that they could feel God's blessing from it.

It has truly been an amazing first month here in Ensenada and I can't wait to see what amazing opportunities the next month brings. 

Want To Get Involved?

If you are interested in what I'm doing and would like to get involved there are several ways you can partner with me!

Prayer: 
I believe the power of prayer is SO strong and I'd really appreciate everyone's prayers for supporting me during this time. As amazing as this is going to be, I am aware that it is also going to have its tough times and challenges and I'm so grateful for the prayers of strength and encouragement. 
Some things to pray for now are: 
- Strength, protection and energy for me. 
Continued Smooth transition into mexican culture.
- Finances/Support (more below)
- My spanish to get better as I attempt to learn! 


Finances: 
As a Full Time Volunteer with YWAM I won't be paid for being out in Mexico, ( no one in the whole organisation takes a wage from the money donated.) My average costs per month are approximately £200-£250 per month, this covers all rent, food, bills, visas and health care.
I will be totally dependant on sponsors, donations, gifts and blessings for this, I have 100% faith that this will come in each month even though I don't know exactly where from right now. 
If you feel led to and are able to support me in this way then please contact me either on Facebook or via e-mail at joshua.d.brown@live.co.uk and I can let you know the best ways to do this. I also have a budget breakdown I can e-mail out to you if you wish. 


Keep in contact:
While I am out there, there will be both physically and emotionally tough times and having the support of those back home is something that will be so valuable for me to have. There are many ways now to keep in contact so please feel free to hit me up on Facebook, email (joshua.d.brown@live.co.uk), Instagram (johs777), Skype (beardedjohs), FaceTime, iMessage, whatsapp! I will also be sending out a monthly newsletter via email so if you want to keep up to date with me send me your email and I'll add you to the list! 

Thanks for reading and please keep checking back for regular updates from the field! 

God Bless, 
Josh
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Monday, 7 July 2014

The Next Step!



¡Hey everyone!  

As many of you reading this will know, I recently spent 5 months in Ensenada, Mexico, as a student of a Music and Missions DTS. During my time there I grew so much in my faith and my maturity within it.
Something that also came with that was the realisation of the need for reaching out with love to the needy and the lost. My heart was really challenged to change from the 'normal' way of looking at the needs of this world... 
To stop seeing them as things that are there, have always been there and always will be there, but to look to the fact that change in this world is possible and maybe there is a role for me to play in it...
So I started to think and ask what my role in this could be, Could it be working with a charity/organisation back home? 
Could it be working out in Mexico? Could it be doing nothing yet, just getting on with life and waiting for the 'right time' to do something? Could it be going somewhere else in the world?...the possibilities were pretty much endless! 
After thinking and praying about it for about 3-4 months it was so clear to me that I was being called to be back in Ensenada working out of the YWAM base there.


So its now official... on July 10th 2014 I will be moving to Mexico for 2 Years! 
I will be joining YWAM San Diego Baja (Ensenada Campus) as a Full Time Staff Volunteer. 
This base gives me a great footing to follow the plans that I believe God has for my life as well as incorporating my passions such as Music, Tech Work, Travel and Discipleship. 
During my time there I will be able to  serve others by being part of exciting, impactful ministries and programmes such as; Homes of Hope, Mission Adventures, Music and Missions DTS, (I'll do some more in depth blogs on those and the fantastic work they do but check out the links for now.)  as well as all the other amazing work that is happening out there. 

This is a big step out of my comfort zone but is something I believe I have to do. And whilst being scared of the unknown future ahead of me I am so stoked to see the amazing things that God is going do and use me for in the next 2 years! 


Want To Get Involved?

If you are interested in what I'm doing and would like to get involved there are several ways you can partner with me!

- Prayer: 
I believe the power of prayer is SO strong and I'd really appreciate everyone's prayers for supporting me during this time. As amazing as this is going to be, I am aware that it is also going to have its tough times and challenges and I'm so grateful for the prayers of strength and encouragement. 
Some things to pray for now are: 
- Smooth travel and transition from England into Mexico.
- Finances/Support (more below)
- My spanish to get better as I attempt to learn! 



- Finances: 
As a Full Time Volunteer with YWAM I won't be paid for being out in Mexico, ( no one in the whole organisation takes a wage from the money donated.) My average costs per month are approximately £200-£250 per month, this covers all rent, food, bills, visas and health care.
I will be totally dependant on sponsors, donations, gifts and blessings for this, I have 100% faith that this will come in each month even though I don't know exactly where from right now. 
If you feel led to and are able to support me in this way then please contact me either on Facebook or via e-mail at joshua.d.brown@live.co.uk and I can let you know the best ways to do this. I also have a budget breakdown I can e-mail out to you if you wish. 


- Keep in contact:
While I am out there, there will be both physically and emotionally tough times and having the support of those back home is something that will be so valuable for me to have. There are many ways now to keep in contact so please feel free to hit me up on Facebook, email (joshua.d.brown@live.co.uk), Instagram (johs777), Skype (beardedjohs), FaceTime, iMessage, whatsapp! I will also be sending out a monthly newsletter via email so if you want to keep up to date with me send me your email and I'll add you to the list! 

Thanks for reading and please keep checking back for regular updates from the field! 

God Bless, 
Josh
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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Some of my ministries



What a crazy week its been.
Homes of Hope Build Team & Family
I've been able to be part of several ministries as well as learning and growing so much. I have been part of a Homes of Hope house build team where I helped to build a new home for a family of 7. They had been living in a "house" made from 4 garage doors and some plywood, their roof was made from an old advertising banner. 
It was such a blessing for me and all the team to be part of this and to see the family blessed.
Circulo


I also had the chance to be part of a Kids ministry called Circulo. Circulo works with kids in an area where many Homes of Hope have been built and is part of the follow up ministry. Its purpose is to encourage the kids in the good aspects of their lives, Guide them towards a relationship with God and teach them how valued they are. 
I helped run a fun day for them which had loads of games and a performance from some clowns who also shared the Gospel with the Kids. We then got a chance to pray with the kids too. 



Prayer Needs: 



  • Please pray for strength, protection and energy for me and all they guys here as God is working in us all in such major ways right now. 
  • Please pray for finances, I need around £500 
  • Please pray for more outreach opportunities too. 
  • Thursday, 24 October 2013

    OUTREACH



    ¡Hola! So I now know where I will be going on outreach! 
    Around the 18th of December i will be leaving Mexico and travelling to......¡PANAMA! 
    I will be in Panama for around 2 months, in Panama City for the first half and then moving across country to the province of Chiriqui. 
    The first half of my outreach will be heavily focused on Music. We are currently writing new songs (in spanish and english!) that we can take on outreach as well as learning already popular songs.  We plan to go and play in the Coffee Shops, Bars, Streets, Churches or anywhere we can and take Jesus into those places. 

    The second half of Outreach we will be working out of the YWAM Chiriqui base and doing work in various places. We haven't confirmed exactly what we will be doing yet but the hope is to do some work in Orphanages and with the Indigenous Tribes.     
    This stage will be less focused on music but hopefully we will also be able to use our music skills while we are there. 

    The cost of this outreach is around £2000($3000) I have about half of this but that means I don't any money to live off after I have paid it. I'd appreciate it if you would consider being a part of this and help support me. If you feel led to support me in anyway please message me at joshua.d.brown@live.co.uk or on facebook and i'll give you the details for donating. 

    I also need some equipment such as a Hiking backpack for my outreach so if you feel led to support me in that way please use the same email as above :) 

    Prayer needs:

    • Please pray for strength, protection and energy for me and all they guys here as God is working in us all in such major ways right now. 
    • Please pray for my Finances and that I will be confident in trusting God in this.
    • Please pray for guidance as we plan our Outreach ministries. 


    Tuesday, 1 October 2013

    Here I Am In Mexico

    So i've been in Mexico for 3 weeks now! Sorry for the lack of updates but the WiFi has been broken on base. my time here has been awesome but also challenging so far. In my room there is 7 guys from 6 different nations which is so cool, luckily they are all totally awesome and we've all become really close friends already, making community living a bit easier to get used to.
    Here's a picture of us all with our DTS leader Nick:


    The first week we had an introduction week with the DTS staff telling us all about the DTS and what the next 5 months will look like. We also had the YWAM San Diego/Baja Director Sean Lambert and Ensenada Base Director Tym Kemp speak to us. During the first week we also started our lectures, We had some teaching from our amazing DTS leaders speaking on DTS Foundational topics this already started bringing up some challenging things, they spoke about:
    • Discipleship
    • Culture and Communication
    • The Person and Character of Jesus
    • Bible Study and Quiet Times
    • Prayer and Intercession
    • The Fear of the Lord
    • Jesus as Lord
    • Hearing the Voice of God. 
    We also all gave our testimonies during the first week and its amazing to hear what God has been doing in everyones lives, as well as being able to talk about my life and what God has done for me. 

    Here's basically what my weekday schedule looks like for the next few months:

    7.00 - Devotions
    7.30 - Breakfast
    8.00 - Base Clean-up (I Clean the Toilets)
    8.30 - Morning Meeting or free time
    9.30 - Lecture
    12.30 - Lunch 
    1.30 - Spanish Class / Small Groups
    2.30 - Work Duties / Music Class / Outreach
    5.30 - Dinner/free time
    10.30 - In rooms

    I'm learning spanish here also so that I can communicate better with the people and also to try and respect their culture. I've had 2 classes so far and although very basic its been a good start for me. We get saturdays off and Sundays I'm going to be going to a Mexican church, I went last sunday and it was great even though I didn't understand anything! Hopefully this will help me along with my spanish though.  

    We've had some amazing speakers here the past 2 weeks, Kay Charlotte McClurg who really challenged us with some no holds barred teaching on Identity In Christ. this past week we had John Ray speaking on the theme 'Character of God'. His teaching has been soo good and has challenged the way that I think and a lot of my preconceived ideas.  

    Prayer Needs: 
    • Please pray for my Finances as I still dont have all my money for outreach or really have much money to live off but im trusting God for his provisions! 
    • Please pray for spiritual strength as I go deeper into the lecture phases!
    • Please pray for my spanish to improve! 
    Thanks =]
    Josh