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Tyler Tom

Tyler Tom

You can find Tyler Tom roaming the Twin Oaks campus taking in the fresh sunshine, or sipping a hot latte in the Substation. Enamored by God's faithfulness, Tyler Tom gathers stories and interviews to share with you from what God's doing with His children among the nations.

Recent posts by Tyler Tom

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Divine Appointments are Real!

By Tyler Tom on 27 Jan 2023

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

I recently was thinking of this phrase, “If you won’t do it God will send another.” I think it's true! God can and will send someone else but He wants to use you! Think for a moment, the Creator of all things wants to partner with you! Imagine what you could accomplish if you were to walk in obedience with the Lord’s plan even in the little things.

Topics: Outreach YWAM Tyler YWAM DTS Local Church Travel YWAM bible poverty giving DTS go team
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Have You Heard the Bells?

By Tyler Tom on 23 Dec 2022

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is commonly known as 'America's Poet,' and the recent film by Sight & Sound, brought the story behind the beautiful Christmas song to life. Watching Longfellow's story unfold on the big screen was a fascinating experience. 

Word quickly spread among our missionary staff about the quality and story of the movie and quite a few went to see it. We realize people are searching for hope during this Christmas season. Pain and loss can debilitate even the strongest person of faith. How do we overcome when our painful discomfort seems more than we can humanly bear?

Topics: Christmas Hope Peace Salvation jesus I heard the bells longfellow peace on earth henry wadsworth longfellow death christmastime pain loss
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Fundraising Doesn't Have To Suck

By Tyler Tom on 9 Dec 2022

Fundraising is a huge part of missions. Whether you are raising money for yourself to be supported as a missionary, or for a project to help others, it takes funding to accomplish our God given goals. Although it can be overwhelming, it doesn't have to suck. 

Topics: Provision Fundraising Missions Trust God Trust Missionary Missionary Life Faith Missionary Training Money support work funding support raising
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God Is Moving in Ukraine

By Tyler Tom on 18 Nov 2022

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

Topics: YWAM Tyler Refugees Home YWAM DTS Serving Global Missions ywam missions war short-term missions Youth With A Mission Ukraine
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Ministry to Displaced Ukrainians

By Tyler Tom on 21 Oct 2022

A team of 25 missionaries from East Texas-based Youth With A Mission, or YWAM, are on a two-month outreach trip to Poland, providing immediate aid to Ukrainian refugees who have fled violence in their home country. Josh and Meg McClung are leading an outreach team through MercyWorks, a YWAM ministry. 

Topics: Home Mercy Works YWAM Outreach ywam missions DTS Ukraine Poland kltv
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How You Know You're A Missionary

By Tyler Tom on 7 Oct 2022

No one says it quite like Darlene Cunningham, co-founder of the largest mission organization on the planet — Youth With A Mission. In her book, Values Matter, the following excerpt makes us as "ywamers," laugh, ponder, and even cry. We think you'll get a kick out this too and perhaps hear God calling you to step out in faith to follow Him to ends of the earth.

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Recently, I was pondering some of the unique ways God has equipped YWAM to be a visionary pioneer movement. He has called us to continually be receiving, nurturing and releasing fresh vision from God. Thoughts began to cascade from my mind faster than I could write them down:

Topics: YWAM Core Values YWAM Tyler Missions Adventure YWAM ywam missions Youth With A Mission darlene cunningham mission adventures YWAM Foundational Values
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God's Smuggler | A Real Life Hero

By Tyler Tom on 29 Sep 2022

I believe in heroes, and I have had many in my lifetime. Brother Andrew, known as God's Smuggler, is undoubtedly one of those. He has impacted my life very much.

Topics: Missions Evangelism Missionary Global Missions YWAM World Changer end bible poverty Called to Mission god smuggler brother andrew influencer
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Is America Doomed?

By Tyler Tom on 29 Jul 2022

Fred Markert visited us at YWAM Tyler this past weekend and brought a convicting message we want to share with all of you. A portion of the notes from the message are here, and the audio clip. 

There is hope for America. All is not lost. However, there is something we as the church must consider...

Topics: YWAM Tyler Hope YWAM America USA revival repentance fred markert great awakening project
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Set Free From Shame

By Tyler Tom on 22 Jul 2022

Read this captivating interview with YWAM student, Alex, as he shares how he was set free from shame during DTS.

Alex, when did you do your YWAM DTS?

January of 2022

Why did you decide to attend a DTS?

I decided to do a DTS when the Lord put it in my heart that He wanted me to come to YWAM, Tyler. I was in a very dark place in my life. I didn’t know who I was or where I was headed. College was just not the right choice for me. I wanted something new and fresh, and more than anything else, I wanted to focus on my relationship with the Lord. 

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Why Not Abortion?

By Tyler Tom on 8 Jul 2022

As many are commenting on the overturn of Roe Vs. Wade, we had the opportunity to hear from a YWAM Tyler missionary who has walked through some of the trauma related to this topic first hand. We are thankful for her vulnerability, as she shares her story with us.

Topics: YWAM Tyler Rescue Identity Love Abortion Transformation orphans living alternatives foster care teen pregnancy Roe VS. Wade testimony crisis pregnancy
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When God Told Me Not To Go To College

By Tyler Tom on 24 Jun 2022

Dennis is a solid guy, and we want to honor his life and story through this blog. He serves here at our YWAM Tyler campus in many ways. It is our hope that you, as the reader, will be inspired by the miraculous things God has done in, through, and for him!

Topics: School of Evangelism Provision School of Worship YWAM DTS Calling Overcoming Fear Encounter God No Fear Faith Mission Trip Blessing DTS
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Bombs Erase Ukraine's Historic Beauty

By Tyler Tom on 6 May 2022

In these last few days, the bombing has shifted away from the surroundings of Kyiv, to the Black Sea cities of Mykolaev and Odessa. Weeks ago, it seemed as though Odessa was on its way to conquest when storms, and other strange things seemed to force the invading Russian army back.
Topics: YWAM Tyler Missions Mercy Works christian war Ukraine history russia odessa
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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...

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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...