I walked into the office of the grocery store I worked at and turned in my two week notice not knowing exactly what I would be doing after those two weeks ran out. I had started an application to attend the Discipleship Training School (DTS) run by Youth With A Mission (YWAM) that started on January 2nd, 2016. The problem was that date was approaching in less than 3 weeks! As this problem weighed more and more on my mind, I started to doubt that I would be able to attend this school. I didn’t have the money together, and I didn’t have my application turned in yet. I rushed home after clocking off from work, finished my application, and hoped that it was not too late to be accepted. As I clicked ‘submit’ on my application, my fear turned into relief as I remembered what God was asking me to do – to dive deeper in my relationship with Him.
I’m so thankful that God gave me the courage to submit my application after I thought it was too late because DTS completely changed my heart, my view on God, and the way I want to walk out the rest of my life!
DTS was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. Coming to a place where everyone is invested in the advancement of the Kingdom of God was exactly where I needed to be. The first 3 months I learned about the love and passion that God has for me, my friends and the whole world! I started to see more of who God has called me to be as a man, a friend to others, and a follower of Christ. After these 3 months, we all went on a mission to Ukraine for 2 months to spread the truth that there is hope in the name of Jesus! Seeing others give their life to Christ on our outreach deepened my desire to do whatever God called me to do. After my DTS ended, I felt God calling me to continue chasing Him and help others do the same! I applied for DTS staff, was accepted and now I’m continuing to grow in my knowledge of God’s heart and I get to help the nations of the world know God’s heart too!
If I had believed that it was too late to attend a YWAM DTS and given up on my application, I would not be where I am today. I am forever thankful that God pushed me to submit my application even though I thought it was too late. If you are reading this and want to follow God on an adventure this Spring, I want to encourage you that it’s not too late! Maybe God is calling you to apply to the Discipleship Training School in Montana starting April 3rd, there is still time! Sometimes God’s calling for our life seems to stretch us beyond what we think we can take. But keep in mind that the Lord knows the plans He has for you! Are you willing to take the leap to follow the plans God has for you?