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Youth With a Mission (ywam)

Founded in 1960, YWAM is the largest mission organization in the world. YWAM now has over 1,100 locations in over 180 countries, with a staff of over 18,000 volunteers. The heart of YWAM is to worship God, to serve God’s global purposes, and to champion young people.

homes of hope

Starting with a one off house build in 1990 Homes of Hope has now built over 5,000 homes for families in need in 21 countries. I am currently a Builder with Homes of Hope and have been able to connect and build houses for 30+ families in Mexico and Uganda.

Discipleship training school (dts)

Starting in september I will become director of the Music and Mission DTS in Ensenada. The M+M DTS is a 5-month programme that seeks to bring people into a more intimate relationship with God. It also gives students an opportunity to develop their abilities and direct them toward a greater cause.

Music + Media

One of the things I love is being able to use my passions in my work. I am able to do sound and play guitar for worship teams at YWAM and at church in Ensenada. I am also able to use my photography and videography to create Media content for YWAM.

Base Duties

Part of my day to day work is to help keep the YWAM community functioning. Whether it is gardening, cleaning, cooking, or something else, no day is the same. This really helps to add value and become a part of the community.

Mission Adventures

Mission Adventures is a short term missions programme for teenagers. Teams do outreaches with local ministires in places such as orphanages, soup kitchens, rehab centres and also have the opportunity of building with Homes of Hope. There are also daily sessions with worship, biible study and amazing guest speakers.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Mexico!



Background
In summer 2011 I took the opportunity to go to Ensenada, Mexico on a short term missions trip.  While I was there, I was part of a team who built a home for a needy family as part of the Homes of Hope initiative and also did work in a rehab centre as well as work with local youngsters. This trip was totally life changing for me despite the fact I was only there for 10 days. I instantly fell in love with the place and the culture and found myself having a hunger and passion for God that I had never had before. 

While I was there I really felt that God was calling me into missions work and in particular… taking part in a Discipleship Training School (DTS) with YWAM.
I came home and looked into doing a DTS, but it became clear that due to my circumstances at the time I wouldn't be able to. I got bummed out at this because I thought I knew what I was supposed to be doing but, hey, sometimes the plan we have for ourselves isn’t the plan God has for us and I now know that wasn’t the right time for me to be going on this awesome journey.

Almost 2 years on I have been given the awesome opportunity to be part of YWAM’s Music and Missions DTS in Ensenada!
Youth With A Mission or ‘YWAM’ is the worlds largest missions organization and the DTS is their primary training course. The DTS aims to equip and train the students for life and particularly a life in missions.
The Music and Missions DTS is 5-month intensive training course which involves 3 months teaching and training then 2 months of outreach where i can apply what I’ve learned, whilst taking the awesome, amazing word to the world.

Lecture Phase
The DTS takes place in a real missionary community at the YWAM Ensenada base in the north west of Mexico, and the lecture phase consists of with daily worship and prayer times and teaching from staff on the base and specialist guest lecturers  as well as being part of small groups led by full time missionary staff. This DTS is based around Music and Missions so will focus on developing music skills and how we can use them in outreach. 
The base also does local outreach such as; Home Building, ministry to orphans, after-school programs and evangelism, involvement these will also be a part of my lecture phase.


Outreach Phase.
During the outreach phase of the DTS I will be travelling to either Southern Mexico or Panama and doing music orientated outreach such as…church worship services, children songs, concerts in parks, orphanages, coffee shops and bars as well as working and serving in whatever ways people need. During this time I'll be Spiritually, Musically and Physically stretched as I put all I've learned into action.

How Can You Help?
I’m currently working 2 jobs and will work them until close to leaving for Mexico as well as doing some fundraising events to try and raise funds for the cost of this. Like all YWAM volunteers I will be reliant on the support and contributions from friends and family. If you feel as though you are able to help and support me in any way financially, wether with one off donations or continuous support during my time away please email me at joshua.d.brown@live.co.uk , every little bit helps and I appreciate all the support!
PRAYERS- The power of prayer is SO strong and I’d really appreciate everyone’s prayers for supporting me during this time in my life as I’m sure its going to be tough and challenging as well as amazing.

I LEAVE FOR MEXICO ON 18/9/13 (U.K.) AND I AM SO EXCITED FOR HOW CRAZY THIS JOURNEY IS GOING TO BE!

Thanks For Reading and Keep Coming Back for Updates!

God Bless,
Josh!

Music and Missions DTS Promo:
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100 West 35th Street,
Suite R.
National City
CA
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