Jesus came alongside two disciples on the morning of his resurrection. He asked them what they were discussing. They shared their stories and Jesus listened and gave perspective. They, in turn, invited him in and experienced a change of heart. Debriefing is having someone come along side as Jesus did – to listen, ask questions, and gain biblical perspective. The hope, in the end, is that there will be a new perspective, a change of heart and a new passion.
Debriefing is a time set aside for you to purposefully share your story and intentionally process a certain timeframe (of your choosing). Many people come having gone through a lot of transition, grief, and injustice at varying levels. The goal is that by the end of the week people will receive perspective on their circumstances, hear from God, find healing, forgiveness, and freedom so they can move forward.
If you are wondering whether debriefing would be helpful for you personally, continue reading for a few details of what to expect, the structure of the week, who we debrief, and why we believe it is beneficial. You can also check out some testimonials of people who’ve gone through Lakeside Debriefing Ministry and hear about their experience. If you are interested in being debriefed, please fill out an application online. When it is complete, we will be in touch with you as soon as we can. If you don’t hear from us, please email us at email@example.com.
“If you desire to grow in your understanding of God, yourself and others; If you desire to process experiences that have shaped your life up to this point; If you desire to set aside time in your busy life to see how the full work of the cross can bring healing, understanding and personal revelation … then debriefing is for you.”
Anna is originally from Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. She has a B.A. in Art & Education from Seattle Pacific University. It was during her time at University God called her into missions. In September of 1986 she did a Discipleship Training School with YWAM in Kona, HI. Anna is a lifelong learner and continues to take many courses in YWAM. (School of Evangelism, School of Biblical Studies, School of Worship, Biblical Teaching and Preaching school, Titus Project and Leadership Development Course) She has also staffed many of these schools throughout the years. Anna first moved to YWAM Lakeside, MT in 1991 to attend the School of Worship. She has left and returned several times. She spent some years working in Ukraine before returning to be on staff in MT again. She has also been through a couple of course in Spiritual Formation and Direction. She has been a part of the debriefing ministry since the beginning of 2010. She has discovered that every person’s story is unique and a privilege to listen to. It is an honor to be a part of this ministry as she has a heart for people to find perspective, healing and making space to hear God’s voice. She continues to look forward to seeing more of God’s transforming work in the future!
Tammy has been on staff with YWAM Montana-Lakeside since 2004. She worked with the School of Biblical Studies (SBS) for the first 4-1/2 years with a focus on hospitality and pastoral care. After staffing SBS, in the Summer of 2008, she began leading the hospitality department and served there for 9 years. In 2017 she began working with the Strategic Missions Office serving YWAM Montana’s missionaries overseas. She also has a heart to bless and mentor staff. In 2009, she took the debriefing seminar offered to YWAM Montana staff and had it on her heart to help in the area of debriefing but just needed to wait for God’s timing. In February 2013 she interned and then started working with the Debriefing department quarter to half-time. She has a heart to see others understand, in a deeper way, who God is and understand their identity in Christ. She loves to cook, a good cup of coffee, hiking in God’s creation, watching sports (Go Eagles!) and a good book.
Philip Anderson joined YWAM in 1982. He lived in Thailand for 24 years, started 2 churches and met his Australian wife on the mission field. They are both fluent with the Thai language and were leaders with YWAM Thailand many years. Phil joined the YWAM Lakeside Debriefing Ministry in 2013. Presently Philip, Yvette and their daughter Pearl live at YWAM Montana and serves in the Strategic Missions Office where they recruit, send and support missionaries.
Yvette was born and raised in Australia and has served in the ministry and with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for more than 25 years. She did her Discipleship Training School (DTS) in Goulburn, N.S.W, Australia and afterwards came on as YWAM DTS staff. Yvette met her husband, Phil, who was a long term missionary in Thailand, during staffing a DTS outreach in Thailand and later they married in Western Australia in 1995. The newly weds returned to Thailand in 1996 to serve with YWAM Southern Thailand, doing church planting. Their first and only child, was born in 1999. The Andersons, along with co-workers, continued with the church planting work until 2004, passing the church over to Thai leadership. They also helped with Asia Tsunami Relief during 2005. Yvette and her family then moved to YWAM Montana-Lakeside, for her to pursue the School Of Biblical Studies (SBS) and Teaching English Students of Other Languages (TESOL). After this they returned to Southern Thailand to become Regional Leaders of YWAM and continued there until 2011. The Andersons decided to relocate to YWAM Montana-Lakeside to become full time staff, where they still currently live. Yvette has served in Hospitality, Accounting, Cross Cultural Fellowship and also completed the Community Development School (CDS). She is currently serving in the Strategic Missions Office (SMO) which focuses on the base’s Target Nations and 60+ missionaries around the world as well as Lakeside Debriefing Ministry (LDM). She uses her experiences and skills learnt, to help others in long term missions, to be healthy and walk in the calling God has given them.
Lori is originally from Minnesota, and was part of YWAM as a youngster. She did her DTS in Honolulu in 1998 and joined DTS staff in Montana in 1999. In 2005 she moved to St. Croix, U.S.V.I, as the DTS Director and helped re-pioneer a small YWAM base, also serving as part of the Resource Team for the IDTSC in the Caribbean for 4 years. Recognizing the great need for staff development worldwide, Lori has staffed four DTS Equip’s in Montana, and was part of pioneering the DTS Equip in St. Croix in 2009. In 2009 Lori returned on staff in Montana. Upon Lori’s return from the Caribbean in 2009 she was personally debriefed after having gone through a series of difficult/traumatic events. She later attended the debriefing training and began working with our Debriefing Ministry in the fall of 2012. Lori has a heart to see staff succeed in their calling to disciple others. She is passionate about staff development, staff care, and helping people discover and become who God made them to be.
Jeanette was born and raised in Idaho. She has served in the ministry and Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for 25 years. She did her Discipleship Training School (DTS) in 1990 with YWAM Lakeside and later came on staff in 1991 as DTS staff and has served in a variety of different capacities from hospitality to the registrar’s office including serving on the base council while her husband was the base director from 2002 to 2010. She and her family have had the opportunity of traveling to many countries in addition to living in Thailand for almost a year and also served on staff with YWAM San Diego Baja for five years. She has an AA in Biblical Studies and certification in debriefing courses. She has been debriefing since 2010, now works with MBI (Mission Builders International) and lives in Lakeside.
Debriefing began at YWAM Montana in 2009 under the leadership of Andy and Janet Kerr. They trained up many of our staff who are now debriefing here at Lakeside, Montana. Andy and Janet left in 2015 to start their own debriefing ministry. YWAM Lakeside Debriefing Ministry continues to serve missionaries in many different organizations, pastors and a variety of laypeople who are looking for a place of safety and confidentiality to process their life experience.