I am in Oxford, New Zealand through an organization called YWAM (Youth With A Mission) doing a Discpleship Training School (DTS). YWAM represents thousands of people and hundreds of ministries in almost every country of the world. Pick a country you want to go and you can almost guarentee there will be a YWAM base there. The vision is to develop a Christian community where young people from many different nations can come and grow in thier love for Christ, His work, and the world. This is done through short term Bible based courses, cross cultural field experiences, and hands-on leadership training. Basically, the purpose/passion is to know God and make Him known.
In a DTS there is a "lecture phase" and an "outreach phase." I will be in NZ until May doing the "lecture phase" and then my team of 45 will break into 6 teams to go "around the world in 80 days" for the "outreach phase." This particular DTS will meet back up as a whole team in Israel for a couple weeks to graduate. A speaker is brought in each week to teach on a specific topic. The weekly topics are: Looking like Jesus, Character and Nature of God, Relationships, Father Heart of God, Missions, Holy Spirit, Lordship, Redemptive Analogies/Missions, Destiny and Calling. Every week we have a map test, memory verse, and journal to turn in. We also read 3 books while here and write book reports. Here is our weekly schedule:
7:30-8:15 Quiet time
8:15-8:40 Work Duties (basically we keep the base running)
9-10 Either Worship, Intercession, or Bible Study
10-11:15 Lecture 1
11:15-11:30 Tea time
11:30-1 Lecture 2
3-6 Either Base/community work duties, Study time, Small Groups, or Outreach Prep
7:30-9:30 Either Outreach Prep, Worship Night, Free, Acitivty Night
Every Friday night we go into Christchurch for outreach and every weekend we are given list of a few activities to choose from. Sunday's we go to church and have the day to relax/catch up on homework.
So there we have it! This is what my life looks like for the next several months.