YWAM Kona - Where the Son Always Shines!
I am always excited to teach at YWAM! Originally an acronym for 'Youth With a Mission', this 'evangelistic organization' has grown to include all ages of believers. I was invited by friends, Bob and Carolyn Hopkins to join them in teaching at a Crossroads 'DTS', another acronym for Discipleship Training School. However, there is nothing abbreviated about the training, the mentorship, the camraderie or the opportunity to serve the local and internaitonal community! And an added bonus at the Kona Base is to enjoy the sounds, the smells, the sights, and the tastes of the Hawaiian Islands in an incredibly peaceful environment.
After three intense months of training, these students will travel to Fiji to make Him known through drama, through prayer, through acts of kindness and through serving. During the course of the week, these students were very open to Holy Spirit, and as the week progressed, ministry times brought everything from physical healing to deliverance. Many of the students became acutely aware that they can be used by the Lord to bring Good News to the nations. Others received a fresh understanding of the roles and functions of the person Holy Spirit, and are anticipating a release of spiritual gifts on their outreach and beyond. And once again Bob and Carolyn Hopkins and their school staff provided a safe environment for the students to be encouraged in their walk and to receive a fresh anointing.
YWAM will celebrate its 50th anniversary in November of 2010 and, with a work in progress to establish a 24/7 House of Prayer on the base, there is a tangible spirit of anticipation and expectation on the campus. How awesome is our God!