Posts tagged with: Worship

Why Learning the Language is Key to Being an Effective Missionary

There is a lot you can accomplish as a missionary in a foreign country without knowing the local language. However, there’s something to be said about the special connection that is forged when you speak in someone’s native tongue. There is a deeper level of empathy on your part, and a stronger sense of trust […]

Who Have you Noticed Recently?

Working with a missions movement on a large campus, I get to wet my feet with a lot of different departments.  My main role is to offer sound Biblical teaching and training to missionaries, leaders and pastors both locally and overseas.  However, because the YWAM campus is run completely by volunteers, it means that sometimes […]

Posted: June 14, 2018 By: Erika Haveman
Hope is Terrifying

‘“About this time next year,” Elisha said, “you will hold a son in your arms.”  “No, my lord!” she objected. “Please, man of God, don’t mislead your servant!” But the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her.’ …he was […]

Posted: May 30, 2018 By: Erika Haveman
You Know You Need to Slow Down. Here’s How.

Bob Goff in Love Does says that he quits something every Thursday.  While that’s admirable and I wish Bob Goff was my very cool uncle, I’m not sure it’s a necessarily good philosophy.  If I am quitting something every Thursday then it probably means that I am continuing to pick up a whole lot of […]

Posted: May 18, 2018 By: Erika Haveman
How God Spoke to Me Through a Lost Earring

I rarely wear earrings. But when I do, I often forget to take them off. Today, I glanced in the mirror and noticed that one of my fake pearl earrings was missing from my ear. These earrings were not anything fancy, but they were one of three pairs that I actually wear. Thus started the […]

How do you Find Rest in the Midst of Chaos?

A car crash. A head injury. A near broken toe. A long to-do list. An unexpected blessing. A teaching on worship. What do these all have in common? Well, they were all a part of a journey that God took me on to find where true rest lay. In the midst of the chaos, I […]

Is it Possible to Dance Without Comparison?

Picture a little girl tugging on her mother’s shirt because she didn’t want to be late for her first day of dance class. The eager, excited, nervous little one was ready to dance. She was ready to become a star! She was already a star; after all, she had danced around in front of her […]

Posted: May 15, 2017 By: Monica Villagomez
The Well – An Update on Our New Worship School

We recently finished running a new course called “The Well.” The Well is a hands on, practical application course for those who want to gain more experience in worship leadership and ministry. During our 12 weeks together, we led worship 148 times, traveled thousands of miles to lead worship in churches around the country (some with congregations over 5,000), […]

Why Do I Dance?

Our dance company recently returned from a tour across the southern United States. While in the South we quickly realized that self-expression isn’t as prevalent in southern churches and Christian communities as some of the other places that we’ve traveled.  However, we knew that dance was on God’s heart, so we obediently stepped out. We reminded ourselves that it’s not about […]

Worship is Not Filler

I was recently leading worship at an event where the MC announced to the congregation, “Make sure you arrive on time to our next gathering!  We’ll be jumping right into the thick of things and we won’t have any ‘worship filler.’” Besides struggling with my personal feelings of being devalued, I had to contend with […]