A New Book from YWAM Leader David Clark

​YWAM leader David Clark has a new book out on prayer. Fusing Biblical scholarship with YWAM vision, this study will take you deep into Scripture and history. You'll better understand how prayer works and why it is necessary. This is a great book for YWAM training schools or for personal growth.

  • You'll find answers to some of the most difficult questions relating to prayer, such as:

  • If God already knows what He's going to do, why is prayer necessary?
  • Is the Lord's Prayer a "template" for prayer, or should it be prayed as written?
  • Why is Luke's version of the Lord's Prayer different than Matthew's?
  • What did Jewish people in the first century believe about prayer?
  • What did prayer mean in the early church?

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"With fresh and pleasant prose, David Clarkprovides a thoughtful Christian application to the reception history of theLord's Prayer . . . A delight to read from beginning toend." - Dr. Jonathan Pennington, Southern Baptist Seminary

"David Clark has done a rich service to twenty-first century followers ofJesus . . . Clark's research reveals the Lord's prayer as one unending 'worshipservice' two thousand years in length, and counting."  - Dr. Mark Herringshaw, author of SixPrayers God Always Answers

​​​"Has there ever been a set of words that has been known by heart by so many people, in so many languages, over so many cultures, and recited so often and for so many centuries as the Lord's Prayer? Yet its early history is far more complex than most realize. In this book, Clark deploys meticulous historical scholarship to look at its origins, contexts, and early use in such a way that our appreciation of the prayer . . . is renewed and enhanced." - Prof. Thomas O'Loughlin, University of Nottingham

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YWAM Mom Leads Relief Efforts to Remote Tribe

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Bivian Ariza is a native of Colombia who, in the company of her young son Lucas, first came to YWAM Minneapolis in 2011. While participating as a student in the Discipleship Training School (DTS), there awoke within Bivian a deep desire to serve the Lord in ministry. At first, however, Bivian doubted whether this longing would ever become a reality.   “I always tended to focus on the obstacles,” she reflects, “and not on the opportunities.”

After her DTS, Bivian returned to her successful marketing business in Colombia. But in 2016, God drew her back to YWAM Minneapolis once again, now as a student in the School of Ministry Development (SOMD). The desire to do something for God now burned as a fire in her heart. “With the help and support of all the people at YWAM Minneapolis” she recalls, “ I began to see that my dream could become a reality. There is nothing impossible for God, and He desires that the dreams He placed in our hearts come to pass. But we need to take the first step.”

It was upon her return to Colombia in August of 2016 that the Misión Zebra was born. This charitable foundation would be dedicated to proclaiming God’s word to the far corners of the earth, launching sustainable aid projects to bring hope and sustenance to the most vulnerable of the poor.  The first outreach would take place in the inhospitable, arid region of Northeast Colombia known as La Guajira (Waa-hira), home to an indigenous tribe called the Wayú. Plagued by violence and poverty, the suffering of the Wayú is exasperated by the scarcity of water. In the past eight years, over 8,000 people have died, and 34,000 are presently suffering from malnutrition.  For every 1,000 children born among the Wayú, 55 will die before the age of 5.

With her team of 14  doctors and development workers, Bivian set out from Bogotá on December 8, 2016. In their midst was YWAM Minneapolis staff member John “Pablo” Scarbrough who is trained to drill ultra-low-cost wells in the most arid environments. After 15 hours of travel by plane, car and military boats, the team arrived at Punta Gallinas, the abode of 130 Wayú families who, in Bivian’s words, “were abandoned, forgotten, and submerged in despair.”

Over a four day period, the team delivered 150 aid packages comprised of medicine, Bibles, new clothing, toys, and water. Behind the aid tent, John Scarbrough labored assiduously, utilizing locally purchased materials to open a well that would provide clean drinking water for over 500 people . As the team doctors performed their medical examinations, two children were identified as being in a critical state of malnutrition.  Wasting no time, Bivian called a national media outlet located in the regional capital of Riohacha. It wasn’t long before a military helicopter arrived with medics and a camera crew. Not only were the lives of Santiago (age 2) and Isaac (age 4) saved, but millions of Colombians became aware of the plight of Wayús, catching a glimpse of the work that Bivian’s team was carrying out. ( To see the news story, click here )

Bivian concludes, “God raised up this team of volunteers to reach a forgotten people so that we could bear witness to His immense love, and so that we could demonstrate, once again, that nothing is impossible for Him.   A community of Wayús that once lived in despair, under the shadow of witchcraft and superstition, has now seen what the hand of the living God can do!”

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Refugees: Desperate, but not Without Hope

b2ap3 thumbnail Refugee campRegardless of the validity or unreasonableness of claims that refugee communities are infested with terrorists, there can be no denying that tens of thousands of men, women and children fleeing violent homelands are living in squalid camp conditions all over Europe and the Middle East. Tommy Ryan, one of our Discipleship Training School (DTS) leaders, recently returned from serving in the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos along with our DTS outreach team where a compound designed for 600 is housing more than 3,000. Below are some of his observations.

Actually working in the Moria camp with our DTS outreach team both confirmed and contradicted what I thought such a place would be like. Yes, the living conditions are bad.  The camp is crowded far beyond its designed capacity.  Junky tents take up almost all the space.  It is surrounded by a chain link fence topped with razor wire. Constant noise and bright lights 24/7 make it nearly impossible to rest. Guards are at all the gates and riot police are on call nearby in case any violence breaks out.  The environment reminded me of a black-and-white movie.  All color is drowned out by the gray tarps covering the tents with the letters UNHCR.Having only canvas shelters, I don’t know how they stay warm.  They are allowed a shabby sleeping bag, a sleeping mat, and two blankets.  They would often come asking for more blankets to which we most often had to reply, “Sorry, I cannot give you anymore”. 

We tried to provide the best living conditions possible with the terribly inadequate supplies, but we mostly felt helpless.  But there were moments when we could do small things that made a big difference.  Zippers on tents were constantly needing to be repaired. And when I would fix one, so much gratitude was expressed by the occupants. Thank God for the little things I could do.

I didn’t expect to see so many smiles.  For all its lack of color and tragic stories, the camp is not a depressing black hole of sadness.  Even when interacting with people who used to call Aleppo, Syria their home before losing everything, I could still feel their hope for a better life.  The thing that greatly tests this hope, however, is the interview that determines whether or not they are cleared to go to Athens, the next step of their journey.  In the early days of the camp, the refugees would arrive and then be heading on to Athens the next day.  Now, since the agreement between Turkey, Greece, and the European Union, the process is much slower.  I met one young man from Afghanistan who had been living in there for 9 months. 

But eventually they get to leave.  Around the time I went home, many who had been at Moria for a long time were cleared to go to Athens.  There in the capital city another camp awaits them.  Always more waiting.  Hope, in the end, is all they have to cling to.  They all seem to know that the belief that there is something better awaiting them is the only thing that will keep them going and maybe the only thing that will keep them alive. I pray that they will find the fullness of hope they need.

 

 

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Bilingual Discipleship Training School 2017

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They’ve been coming for the past 18 years. Hundreds of young men and women from across Latin America have made the trek north to Minnesota to participate in the missionary training programs of YWAM Minneapolis. Our 2017 Bilingual Discipleship Training School (DTS) has just started and we are delighted to have 14 students from Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Peru, USA and Venezuela at our Rockford campus ready to better know God and make Him known

 

They will spend 3 months participating in activities and applying teachings on worship, intercession, God’s character and His heart for all nations to their lives. We are particularly excited to be sending this group on the outreach portion of their school to American urban centers to challenge Latin communities here in the USA with the implications of the Good News. Young people sharing their faith and love for Jesus with young people.

 

Please pray for this school as they learn to listen, obey and GO! To make it possible financially for many of them to be here we reduced the price of this program. We yet need to see money come in to cover the costs of the two-month outreach in April and May. Be a part! Pray for the Lord’s provision and consider giving to Bilingual DTS 2017.

 

If you would like to be a part of that provision for these students’ outreach click here.

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Outreach: When Words Are Few

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On her DTS outreach in Greece, Bridget saw them sitting on a park bench in the crowded Victoria Square of Athens. They were a couple in their sixties with vacant eyes watching pigeons in the waning evening light. And Bridget felt that quiet voice in her heart tell her to go sit with them. Nervously obeying, she immediately discovered their English was almost non-existent and in discouragement considered leaving.

But with a few more attempts she was able to determine they were from Syria and had been in Greece for 10 weeks or so. When she mentioned the word “children,” the woman held up five fingers and then burst into tears as she listed off the names of several countries. Bridget reached over and embraced her, realizing that she also was now weeping with the intensity of the woman’s grief over her fractured family. The husband continued to impassively stare at the pigeons as if he had already used up all his emotions and had nothing more to express.
 
Bridget’s heart was breaking. She desperately asked God what she was supposed to do, feeling even more frustration over the language barrier. The thought that she should show the woman pictures of her own family passed through her mind, and she quickly rejected what felt like a very insensitive gesture. But when the woman finally stopped crying and Bridget could think of nothing else to do, she hesitantly pulled out her phone and scrolled through some photos. The man and woman were instantly animated with smiles and obvious interest. They laughed out loud at the video of Bridget’s seven-year-old sister and expressed special delight and approval over the one of her grandmother.
 
As the sun was setting, Bridget knew her team was waiting for her. Attempting to pantomime that she had to go, she then stood and simply said the word “hope.” She was abruptly grabbed by the shoulders and kissed twice on each cheek by the woman. After a bit more emotional display, both the man and woman reluctantly said “Good-bye,” a new light glowing in their eyes.
  
Bridget walked back to her apartment reflecting on what she had experienced. She was struck by how the language problem had been overcome. And she suspected that even some of the gospel message had been communicated with minimal talking. For just as Jesus was sent by His Father into the world to communicate with His physical presence that humanity was loved, valued and not forgotten in their brokenness, so Bridget realized she had been sent to this couple to communicate the same thing. And God had accomplished it with very few words.

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