I guess you could say I was a client that served?? I did a discipleship training school in Cascade Idaho, with YWAM. It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. I was in a lecture phase, which opened my eyes, ears, and heart to a better understanding of whom Christ Jesus is (To know God). Week after week we had new speakers, experiences, discussions, and opened up every morning with breakfast together, alone time devotions, worship and prayer together, and then started up on our topics of the week, (for three months this happened). During this time the people i was around in and at the Idaho base amazing me more and more. God used each and every single one of those people to show me the true love of Christ. The base is located up by Warm Lake in the beautiful mountain area, and for some reason it just seemed right for me to meet with Jesus everyday on that mountain, growing in my understanding of whom Jesus is. I also had chores, which I did not enjoy at first, but God took that time to soften my heart, I was able to overcome some anger issues/ selfish ways, and God was able to speak to me though that experience. I learned what it means to serve God by serving others, with joy. I learned how to let go of my past and how to daily give my all to my Savior, I learned how to love other around me like Jesus would have intended, and I learned how to see the rest of the world through the eyes of Jesus, to have a new world view, that was and is so much more beautiful, then what I saw before. God is alive in Cascade Idaho. God is alive everywhere. But what it comes down to is the openness of your heart, so that you would seek. He is desperate for you, and weather you realize it or not you are desperate for a Savior (him). Cascade Idaho YWAM is doing amazing things in Jesus name; they have so many opportunities for disciples to lead, and share the word, and to grow. YWAM Idaho also seems to have the vibe of openness, towards what ever they hear God calling them to do. They seem ready to drop anything of their own lives, willing to daily surrender, and always striving for the goal God has set before them. All in humility, all in joy, love, truth, hope, desperation, and in compassion. Thank You so much YWAM Idaho for once having me as a student, my life has been forever changed, Thank you Jesus :) I miss you all :) The last three mouths of my YWAM experience was over seas in India. The leaders, and staff from the YWAM base did a great job encouraging me, answering my questions, and showing me how to take God's love to a different location (Make God Known). They actually let me have some leadership opportunities which was new for me. It was amazing too! We traveled all over central India, stayed a good while in Aragabad. We had many outreach "tools." We prayed, which was power :), we built relationships, we shared testimonies with a translator’s help, we went to villages and taught about proper hygiene with a bible story at the end, we provided hygiene kits for children in villages, we attended Indian Christian church serves, we went to orphans, and we did the life house skit. There was so much more we did too, even divine appointments. All of this was previously prepared during lecture phase. God did some amazing things though our team from YWAM Idaho that season (2009-2010 Fall DTS).
Review from Guidestar
We received great training while working with YWAM Idaho.
They provided 4 days of training which was a huge blessing to our group and for the lives of my students. The training was terrrific and was mixed with activities, games, free time, and group building. My students and my adult leaders loved the experience. Our training provided great resources for when we went out to serve and we were well prepared through the training. YWAM Idaho did a great job organizing and working through different organizations to plan the places and things we would take part in from helping open a Community Center by doing various work projects, to street and park evanglism, to our work with the regugee population. I would definitly recommend them to anyone and we are looking forward to returning this coming summer with another group of high school students. I am also excited to promote to our graduating students YWAM Idaho's other training like DTS opportunties.
Review from Guidestar
Our youth group traveled from eastern Nebraska to the mountains of Idaho for training at the Youth with a Mission base camp before heading to Boise to put into practice all that we learned. The young men and women who opperated the camp were wonderful. Each one invested themselves in serving us. Their joy was contagious as they lead us in worship. They shared their hearts through personal testimonies that connected with our students, encouraged us with skits and they taught us things that we could take with us into our every day lives as followers of Christ. The message theme was reinforced throughout the week as we learned to write and tell our own testimonies, use an evangicube to share the gospel, and pray from the heart, together.
At our time away from the camp the YWAM staff challenged us to get out and apply what we had learned by providing us many opportunities in Boise. Some highlights include working on a building that was to become a food pantry, painting at a homeless shelter, sharing the gospel through conversations at the park, and playing games with refugee children. The YWAM staff seemed to have thought every moment through finding opportunities that would have the most impact on us as well as on the community we were serving.
We had such a grteat time at YWAM Idaho that we are packing up our vans and heading back again in the summer of 2011.
Review from Guidestar
I'm a youth leader who used YWAM in July of 2007. The time was amazing. I was raised in a Morman husehold and we were going on a mission trip to Salt Lake City. The training we received was in depth and very useful. I learned a lot more about the religion than I had in 14 years growing up. When we got to SLC the staff was extremely helpful. They had things set up for us to do each day and provided food for all of us. They made such an impact on me that after the trip, I used the YWAM Cascade base for my family's family reunion. Like I said, they are morman and were weary of doing it there. Marty and the staff made them feel completly relaxed. I would use them over and over again.
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