Hey everyone - exciting announcement!
What have I been doing since my DTS (Discipleship Training School)?
I finished my DTS in June of 2016, after which I travelled Europe and visited friends and family for a few days. I came back to Canada near the end of July 2016, and spent the remainder of the summer with my family and catching up with friends. I packed up my stuff from where I was living in Guelph (Ontario), and moved it to London (Ontario). Since September 2016, I have been working on my Master’s degree in Audiology, and am currently finishing up my last placement in Timmins (Ontario).
NOW FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT...
I’m going back to YWAM (Youth With A Mission)!
Nuneaton is about halfway between London and Liverpool, about an hour and a half further north than YWAM Harpenden (the base I did my DTS at).
What am I doing?
I will be doing a secondary level school called the School of Biblical Studies (SBS). This is an intensive 9-month program where we read through each of the 66 books of the Bible 5 times. We gain an understanding and knowledge of the historical and cultural context in which each book is written, and learn how to interpret the text for itself (let it speak for itself!). We also learn what each book meant for the people it was written to originally, as well as how we can apply it to our own lives and the society in which we live.
Afterwards, there is a 3-month outreach school that I am planning to do called the Titus Project. Through this school, I will learn how to teach and transfer the skills I learned through the SBS to other people. I will be at the main base for a few weeks learning how to teach/transfer these skills, then the majority of this school will be spent overseas in another country putting into practice what I learned.
Why am I doing this?
Statistics show that 90% of Christians will not read the whole Bible in their lifetimes. I find this to be incredibly sad. This is the collection of books we claim to base our entire lives off of, and if we haven’t read it all, how can we understand all that God has done in the past? My heart in doing the SBS is that I would both gain an increased understanding of who God is, and what his will is for me through studying his word, as well as gain the tools to help other people discover who God is and what his will is for them!
What about Audiology?
When I finish my SBS, I will most likely be returning to Canada and working. Audiology will just be on hold for a while!
How can you help?
There are a few things:
1) Prayer! Right now, I need prayers that God will provide all the funds I need for my SBS. I will post more prayer requests in a future blog post.
2) Giving: I need to raise approximately $12 000 for all costs (flights, visa, school fees, outreach fees). I am in the process of setting up an account with YWAM Canada that people can donate to and receive charitable tax receipts. I will pass this information out when I have the account set up.