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Richard Fish

Richard Fish

Richard blogs with the YWAM Tyler writing team and currently serves in Media Communications at the Twin Oaks campus in Garden Valley, Texas. His water bottle is anywhere but in his hands and walking and texting is in his wheelhouse skill set. You may find him directing a play at CHS or trying to get his life sized John Wayne cutout to stay standing in the office.

Recent posts by Richard Fish

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The Day I Got Saved

By Richard Fish on 13 Jan 2023

My phone buzzed on silent mode in my pocket while I was busy just doing normal old stuff. But that vibrating buzz alarms me everytime. Glancing at the shortened notification on my homescreen I saw the first line, "… I heard the Gospel for the first time." It was from Glenn. Glenn reminds me of speaker Bob Goff, the writer of Love Does, because he lights up the room wherever he's at and makes you feel like you're the boss. I was honored to be on the list of umptine friends in his contacts⏤my name and number got the text. 

Topics: Missions Following Jesus Missionary Hearing God's Voice Salvation surrender saved lordship bible study
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Why You Should Read the Bible Every Day

By Richard Fish on 6 Jan 2023

Every year for the past 20 years I've read through the entire Bible. I remember the daunting task of the daily reading schedule and thinking there was no way I could do it. But I did! The first time it was a "resolution" of sorts. Now, I read everyday because I can't imagine a day without hearing from the Lord through His word. 

Topics: Knowing God Bible Hearing God's Voice God's Presence Get to Know God bible poverty devotion ending bible poverty bible reading plan daily devotions quiet time intimacy listening
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Discipleship is the Key to Missions

By Richard Fish on 2 Dec 2022

This is me with one of only 800 copies of the Bible in the Sakari language. Honestly, it was a holy movement grasping this book. Even my co-workers were drooling over it. It’s not fancy. No gold leaf.

But it’s special.

Topics: YWAM Tyler Missions Bible Missionary Global Missions Missionary Training bible translation ywam missions Youth With A Mission Called to Mission ywamtyler mission adventures south asia ending bible poverty school of strategic missions
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What You Need to Know Before Taking a Gap Year

By Richard Fish on 9 Nov 2022

What if you could graduate high school, and you and your friends could travel the world with purpose? Would you consider it?  Does it sound too far-fetched? Deep down doesn't it sound exciting⏤taking a year "off" and discovering everything God has for you before your next big decision?

Well you can, and for many it's been the best decision they ever made. I've talked with a whole bunch of students wanting to take a Gap Year and interviewed a few who already did it.

Here is what you need to consider before taking the leap: 

DOWNLOAD THE GAP YEAR PLANNING GUIDE ebook / pdf

Topics: Purpose Growth Knowing God Gap Year YWAM DTS Encounter God Travel Education Get to Know God Redirection Missionary Training Teenagers World Changer Deeper with God ywamtyler
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How You Can Champion Generation Z

By Richard Fish on 4 Nov 2022

There was a holy stillness in the classroom of 23 students. Some had hands in the air and eyes closed, others knelt, but all were under deep conviction⏤committing the rest of their entire lives to following Jesus. All under the age of 30, these Gen⎻Zers are Discipleship Training School (DTS) students, and they will strengthen our next generation of Christian leaders. 

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The Spirit of Jesus

By Richard Fish on 9 Sep 2022

In an upcoming social media post that you'll see in the coming days, we are posting the caption: "The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intense of a missionary we become." As part of the editing team I wasn't 100% convinced of this statement. 

So, I decided to reach out to some long-term, incredibly thoughtful missionaries at our campus to ask them their opinion. What I got as a response was quite incredible.

Topics: YWAM Tyler Missions Following Jesus Missionary Missionary Life Making Him Known Make Disciples Missionary Training ywam missions unreached jesus spirit of jesus
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Missions on the Ukraine-Poland Border

By Richard Fish on 10 Mar 2022

ministry at the ukraine-Poland border

When war erupts we cry out, "God, what can we do?" Right now, there are solid ways to impact this crisis. Mercy Works, a ministry arm of YWAM Tyler, has sprung into action to help. I caught up with Debbie Lascelles, director of Mercy Works, to find out how we can use this window of opportunity before it closes.

Topics: YWAM Tyler Rescue Mercy Works Hope YWAM mercy war Ukraine orphans
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Evangelism Outreach Gone Bad

By Richard Fish on 8 Oct 2021

THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO ANYONE ON OUTREACH

We zigzagged up the dirt roads into the mountain jungles of Thailand to visit a small children's school for our Discipleship Training School outreach. Our team had prepared well, but not for what was about to happen to me.

Topics: YWAM Tyler Missions YWAM DTS Thailand Story YWAM Outreach Missionary Missionary Life YWAM Family Missions Mission Trip Missionary Training ywam missions
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Foreign Missions On Our Doorstep

By Richard Fish on 17 Sep 2021

Afghanistan Refugees Are Poised for the Gospel of Jesus

God has brought over 70,000 Afghan refugees to our doorstep. They are dispersed in seven different locations. Possibly 10,000 new arrivals on their way. Preparing them for life in America is an arduous task. 

Topics: YWAM Tyler Urban Missions YWAM DTS YWAM ywam missions afghanistan afghanistan crisis John Weaver afghanistan refugees
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Anguish in Afghanistan

By Richard Fish on 20 Aug 2021

Now What's in Store for Missions in Afghanistan?

In critical times of persecution and seeing those we love die because of their faith we can be at peace knowing Jesus is Lord over Afghanistan. 

Topics: YWAM Tyler Urban Missions Obedience Gospel Global Missions Hope YWAM Faith Urbanization afghanistan war suffering afghanistan crisis
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Let's Talk About Worship, Discipleship, and Missions.

By Richard Fish on 30 Jul 2021

Passion for WORSHIP, DISCIPLESHIP, AND MISSIONS

I saw this guy rocking the guitar, singing his guts out to the Lord, and inspiring the audience to join him in his rapturous worship, and I knew I liked this guy. 

Topics: YWAM Tyler Missions Purpose YWAM DTS Worship Missionary Discipleship Opportunities World Changer Deeper with God support discipleship ywam missions DTS Worship DTS
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18 Thousand Kids in Cages

By Richard Fish on 30 Apr 2021

Bringing Hope to Thousands at the Southern Border

OMGosh! Are you kidding me?! After our outreach team returned from 5 long eye-opening days on the border of the US and Mexico, I heard the stories with fresh ears. Now, I'm almost crazy upset and asking, "GOD, what can we do?"

Topics: YWAM Tyler YWAM human trafficking border border crisis humanitarian humanitarian aid Hope at the Border
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Divine Appointments are Real!

Has God ever prompted you to do something but you overlooked the opportunity?

I recently was thinking of this phrase,...

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How DTS Set Me Free

Fighting for my relationship with God 24/7 was one of the most challenging actions I've ever taken in my life, however,...
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The Day I Got Saved

My phone buzzed on silent mode in my pocket while I was busy just doing normal old stuff. But that vibrating buzz...

2 min read

Why You Should Read the Bible Every Day

Every year for the past 20 years I've read through the entire Bible. I remember the daunting task of the daily reading...

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The Greatest New Year’s Resolution I Ever Made

You have heard the stories in the Bible. In Genesis, God said to Abram, “Go…”. In Matthew, Jesus calls Simon (Peter)...

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Have You Heard the Bells?

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is commonly known as 'America's Poet,' and the recent film by Sight & Sound, brought the...

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4 Earth Shattering Truths I Learned on my DTS Outreach

After sitting in three months of mind-blowing DTS classes, I was ready to get our there into the real world with the...

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Fundraising Doesn't Have To Suck

Fundraising is a huge part of missions. Whether you are raising money for yourself to be supported as a missionary, or...

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Discipleship is the Key to Missions

This is me with one of only 800 copies of the Bible in the Sakari language. Honestly, it was a holy movement grasping...

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Why We Celebrate Thanksgiving

The tradition of celebrating a Thanksgiving holiday is a wonderful part of American life. Although this holiday is...

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God Is Moving in Ukraine

We receive urgent requests for prayer almost daily from Ukraine. It is incredible how God can orchestrate ministry even...

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What You Need to Know Before Taking a Gap Year

What if you could graduate high school, and you and your friends could travel the world with purpose? Would you...