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Lots of taken place since we started the New Year. Click to watch to hear what is happening with us!
Year of Transition
Two years ago, when I started my Masters, I knew that Michaella would graduate from High School when I was finishing up. So many things happened along the way. COVID changed everyone’s life. I had seven friends pass, two from COVID. And last March our whole family had COVID. Ministry changed. In YWAM Richmond ministries we have been doing for decades came to an abrupt end and new ministries started. Then amid the COVID peak, I stepped into our Filipino church as interim- Pastor. None of this could have been foreseen.
With Michaella graduating and me finishing up my Masters it brought me into a time of reflection. Around 25 years ago, I left for the Philippines that started my mission career. I met Haydee and had the privilege of raising three kids. Even during these crazy past two years, God has been faithful. God has been good. Now we look forward to what God has for us in the future.
So what is ahead?
Currently, Michaella is at Liberty University. She is doing well, and God is providing for her (thank you to those who have given to help with her tuition). I have joined staff with the College of Communication Master’s program with the University of the Nations. In April, we are running a seminar. In late September, we will start a tri-lingual (Portuguese, Spanish, and English) Master’s program. This would have intensives in different countries in Latin America. I am still planning to be teaching in DTSs. I just finished teaching in Myrtle Beach and plan to teach in YWAM Lancaster in May. Haydee will continue with Member Care and head our hospitality in YWAM Richmond.
I am seriously considering joining the Intercultural Studies Ph.D. program with Columbia International University in August. I want to continue the research I started in my Masters. There are many reasons why I would want to do a Ph.D., but there are two main ones that I have in my heart. First, I would like to develop tools for missionaries to be more effective in a cross-cultural context. Second, help missionaries stay on the field when dealing with cross-cultural conflict. I would hope that my research could help YWAM missionaries and other missionaries walk in their calling.
We couldn’t do what we do without your generous support. Would you remember us through your year-end-giving? You could do so clicking here. It is with deep appreciation that we thank you for your partnership.
Blessings to you and your family as we enter this season of celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ!
- Prayer for wisdom as we juggle everything we are doing. Pray for what we should be doing and what we should not be doing.
- God would continue to lead and provide for Michaella with her studies.
- God would lead Lemuel and Justin as they pray for their future.
Letter from Michaella
As you have heard from my dad, last August I started my freshman year at Liberty University. I am majoring in International Relations and studying to be a foreign service officer. At Liberty, I’m also taking several religion classes where I am learning more about the Bible and God. I’m so grateful to be here and experience how God is maturing me as I walk with Him.
God has been so faithful in providing a way for me to be here. Through Him, most of my tuition is covered by grants and academic scholarships. The remaining costs come from my housing and dining plan.
As of now, I need about $4000 to cover the rest of my school year. Would you give toward my tuition? You can do so by clicking here for information. Anything above the $4000 that comes in will be credited toward my tuition next year.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Mexico- Here we come!
We have been pressing through a busy season. I am finishing up my Master's degree- writing a thesis. Michaella is graduating from High School and preparing for college. Lots going on in YWAM Richmond. Click below to watch more.
We had a great time during Christmas and we are looking forward for what is coming up this year!
Our Fall DTS is currently on outreach in Cambodia, we have a staff outreach in Savannah, GA, and YWAM Charlotte just launched there new website! It is exciting to be apart of a base advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ!
January 29th to February 12th, I will be in Thailand. There is a International DTS Centre leadership meeting along with a DTS Gathering taking place in Chiang Mai happening one week. The week after that, I will have the privilege to teach on Godly Relationships in the Create DTS. Please keep Haydee and the kids in your prayers as I travel. Also, pray for the DTS that God would touch their lives and direct my words as I teach.
Starting March 19, I will be leading the Multi Track DTS in YWAM Charlotte! We are looking forward to what God will do in this next season. This will be 5 months where we will grow in our relationship with God and others and develop a heart for the lost. Will you take a little time to think about someone you know that could benefit from doing a DTS? When you think of that person drop them a message telling them about the DTS and pass on our website (www.ywamcharlotte.com). Thanks!
Time in Davao
As a family we went to Davao for a few reasons. One major reason was we needed to pick up some of our things (Wedding pictures and other things) that we left in Mindanao.
But we also wanted to see our good friends. Good close friendship is not always easy to find. We are blessed to spend some time with them in Davao.
For the kids, Davao is the city where they had grown up (our two boys were born there). For them it was a walk down memory lane.
The only regret we have is that we didn't stay longer. It is clear we as a family, love Davao and it has a special place in our hearts.
At the end of next month we are heading to Thailand. We also have things left behind there that we need to settle and attend a wedding of friends of ours.
YWAM’S TASK MOVING FORWARD FROM SINGAPORE 2014
Singapore, in my understanding, was not only a time of major realignment from drift factors that began many years ago, but a remarkable leap forward to prepare us for the great missions wave now rising for the generation under 30. We must serve them well, like a jet ski, towing them to the top of the wave, then releasing them to all God has gifted them to be and do. Just as many of us in our youthful pioneering went into all the empty nations and began to establish permanent YWAM ministries, so we are helping to open the way for the next generation to go into the 3,000+ empty Omega Zones. If we cling to past structures in YWAM, we will not only hinder their maturation in leadership, but we will cut off YWAM's future role in this coming global move of God. We must now move in wisdom, with commitment to the Word of The Lord, with faith in His promises, and with hope of His will being done and His Kingdom coming "on earth as it is in heaven."
In 60 years since I began in public ministry, I have never seen such a convergence of God's global design coming together so rapidly, that literally includes the ALLS & EVERYS of the Great Commission. God literally was redesigning YWAM at the Singapore Gathering. He was reforming us in a way that would allow YWAM a place alongside other leading movements, in this big outpouring of God's blessings that is taking place, alongside God's shakings on the whole world. So the following is our task, as I perceive and interpret it globally:
FILL EVERY OMEGA ZONE WITH WAVES FROM EVERYWHERE TO EVERYWHERE.
This means: NEW MISSIONARIES AND MISSIONARY MOVEMENTS FROM ALL 4K OMEGA ZONES.
Out of the 2014 listing of 241 Sovereign Nations & Dependent Countries, we now have YWAMers with 211 different passports. This will multiply the YWAM "mission force" numbers. Therefore the enlargement of our leadership is necessary - by the thousands!
We can be certain that at least one out of every ten of the newcomers will be gifted by God with some degree of leadership. We must make room for them by building altars of living stones of worship and service to God and mankind, instead of building towers of bricks held together with tar - a product of death (Genesis 11). In our new configuration of 74 Area Circle Teams (ACTs), each with its own spiritual elderships, we will encompass every living person on earth. Our task is to serve the pioneering (both inside and outside of YWAM), these thousands of new mission movements from the 4k Omega Zones.
In the next few years, if YWAM is to continue our DNA and anointing, we must include future generations by making more room for yet younger pioneers, and we must move to a broader, more open structure. To include the ALLS and EVERYS we must move to “granularity” (moving down to more and more grassroots levels), later in the 2020s we will need to move to hundreds of thousands of future "empty Omega Districts," followed by "Omega Neighborhoods and Villages," and finally to "Omega Households"…and then to each person on the planet.
So stay open to change, as seasons change in God's timings. If we refuse to settle for our own comfort, and embrace every opportunity, we will remain a spiritually relevant movement within His Kingdom. This is only made possible with and by His presence among us. We are His family, and in order to avoid crossing over into government or business models, we are exchanging titles to softer, more Biblical, family terms and titles, especially beyond the local operating locations.
CIRCLES, CIRCUITS & CYCLES
As our understanding grows and we are rearranging our international configurations, we are continuing the forward movement to implement the “three Cs,” the framework God gave us at the end of our 50th anniversary year:
CIRCLES OF RELATIONSHIP
Circles can be any size, drawing together people of similar calls, giftings, passions, visions and goals locally or globally with or without any geographic definition. Circles can be used for short-term projects, or life-long ministries. Circles reduce the temptation of “tower building” that make us vulnerable to our enemy's attack via power hunger or pride. It also removes a blatant target on our backs from those wanting to persecute, torture or kill - especially our leaders in difficult areas. Circles promote unity among leaders and staff and students.
CIRCUITS OF GEOGRAPHY
This may be useful for most OpLocs. Here’s what we are doing in Kona, as an example to help clarify this concept: we have defined seven circuits of geography (moving outward from the campus at the core) to make sure we remain GLOBAL IN OUR VISION AND IN OUR ACTIONS. But we want to be sure not to neglect the local! Circuit #1 is our campus; #2 the “Big Island” of Hawaii; #3 the other islands of Hawaii and Oceania; #4 Asia; #5 the Americas & Caribbean; #6 Europe, Middle East and Atlantic Islands; #7 Africa and Indian Ocean islands. Every quarter, we track where-all our outreach teams and ministry plants have gone, and assess accordingly where we need to be going. You can define your own Circuits of Geography in prayer, making sure you fulfill God's call at your OpLoc, no matter what size you are or the scope of geography that God is calling you into.
CYCLES OF TIME
It can be a time management challenge to blend the local and immediate with the long term and the global. But if the above is to be done, convening must happen at every level and become a priority in our scheduling. We are all GLOCAL (global and local at the same time). We are mobile and modular as a mission. We must not think two dimensionally only. It's like the difference between flying a plane or driving a car. Only the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit makes it possible to discern where to be when, doing what.
As you can see, there are many things perking in my heart post Singapore. But this is enough for you to ponder and pray into for now. More to come in an upcoming letter from me. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your service to the Lord Jesus and your partnership with us in this family called YWAM!
DTS Equip Cambodia!
I am so blessed to be a part of training these people. We have great participants and staff. We have gone deep fast dealing with core discipleship issues which challenged us all.
Dustin has been serving as a missionary for 24 years. Here is where he places some of his teaching, thoughts, and updates.