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When God Told Me Not To Go To College

By Meg Ferguson 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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What My Mom Thinks of Me Being A Missionary

By Tyler Tom on 23 Oct 2020

WHAT MY MOM THINKS OF ME BEING A MISSIONARy

Ever wonder what your parents might say if you decide to become a missionary? Aimee interviewed her mom about her  experience, and you might just find some encouragement to overcome your fear of stepping into what God's calling you to do. 

Topics: Training School Family Family Adventure Direction Obedience Knowing God Life-Changing YWAM DTS Calling Missionary Missionary Life Overcoming Fear Spiritual Growth Encounter God YWAM Education No Fear Following God Children in Missions FOMO ywam tyler staff fear
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When Life Doesn't Go As Planned

By Jordon Lippiatt on 21 Aug 2020

WHEN LIFE DOESN'T GO AS PLANNED

2020 has been a year none of us expected. I wish I could just blame the pandemic for wrecking my plans, but I'm learning a bigger lesson when my life plans get sideways.

On my journey over the last year and half, there have been many times I had to continuously remind myself of the goodness of God in spite of my circumstances.

Topics: Training School YWAM Tyler Purpose Growth Trust God Trust Direction Obedience YWAM DTS Calling Missionary Life Perspective Anxiety Redirection Dependence on God Deeper with God Overcoming covid-19 plans life
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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Go to College Immediately.

By Sophia Braymen on 7 Apr 2020

HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULDN’T GO TO COLLEGE IMMEDIATELY

Graduate valedictorian, go to an Ivy League school, enter a respectable profession, get rich - that’s what I decided my life’s purpose was when I was in high school. The only reason I wanted to do missionary work before college was so that I could have a stronger résumé. Good thing God can take our impure motives and bring something good out of them.

Topics: YWAM Tyler Purpose Growth Dreams Direction Gap Year YWAM DTS Calling Destiny Travel Deeper with God college gap semester high school
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The Rebirth of a Missionary Dream

By Tyler Tom on 17 Jul 2018

A few years ago, I went to the regularly scheduled Monday morning prayer meeting at the YWAM Tyler campus my husband and I are a part of. This particular meeting was to focus on prayer for the newest School of Strategic Missions (SOSM) on their first day of class. As we prayed, I felt the Lord leading me to Luke 15, which is where Jesus is speaking about: The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin and The Lost Son.  As I pondered this and prayed, I sensed God speaking to me that He wanted to restore what was lost in for these missionary students attending the SOSM. 

Topics: YWAM Tyler Dreams Calling Families in Missions Missionary Missionary Training
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Fear Doesn't Have To Derail You From Fulfilling Your Destiny

By Tyler Tom on 13 Jun 2018

Is God calling you to step out in faith and apply for a Discipleship Training School (DTS) but fear keeps kicking you in the guts? What if this turns out to be the biggest mistake of your life? What if you're asked to do something way out of your comfort-zone? What if you don't fit in, or run out of money, or fail everyone's expectations? What if you're not really hearing God's voice after all? Something is gnawing away inside your head, saying, "I just don't think I can do this!"

Topics: YWAM DTS Calling Overcoming Fear Hearing God's Voice Faith
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My Dog Was Holding Me Back From Missions

By Tyler Tom on 8 Jun 2018

It was 1983 when I took a job as a clerical worker for an oil company in Houston to fill the time. I had a college degree and aspirations to teach, but after two years of working in the office,  I didn’t want to teach anymore. I also didn’t want to climb the corporate ladder at the oil company. In fact, I had no idea what I wanted to do next! I felt like I was stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Topics: YWAM Tyler Missions Purpose YWAM DTS Calling Missionary YWAM
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Fear Doesn't Have To Derail You From Fulfilling Your Destiny

By Tyler Tom on 10 Jan 2018

Is God calling you to step out in faith and apply for a Discipleship Training School (DTS) but fear keeps kicking you in the guts? What if this turns out to be the biggest mistake of your life? What if you're asked to do something way out of your comfort-zone? What if you don't fit in, or run out of money, or fail everyone's expectations? What if you're not really hearing God's voice after all? Something is gnawing away inside your head, saying, "I just don't think I can do this!"

Topics: YWAM DTS Calling Overcoming Fear
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Discovering Your Call and Destiny

By Tyler Tom on 3 Nov 2017

Growing up, I loved worship and music. In the ninth grade, I bought a guitar so that I could create my own sound, my own worship for God, and not just sing along with someone’s CD. Although I tried (unsuccessfully) to lead worship a couple times my senior year, I didn’t really have any aspirations to be the next Chris Tomlin or Hillsong United. However during my DTS, God spoke clearly to me through my school leader that He was calling me to be a worship leader, which set me on a journey that would change my life.

Topics: School of Worship Purpose Worship Calling
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Don't Drag Your Feet

By Amy Fish on 14 Jul 2017

“Nah, I don’t need to do that!” I emphatically told God one day after being asked by our ministry leaders to do a YWAM DTS. At the age of 34, my husband and I had already been serving the Lord in full-time ministry for years. We had worked as youth pastors in Kansas, while attending school. Then we planted a church in South Carolina. Missions was nothing new for us because we had led numerous teams around the world. Why would we need to do a Discipleship Training School?

Topics: Trust God Direction Obedience Knowing God Life-Changing YWAM DTS Calling Spiritual Growth Journey Hearing God's Voice Following God Get to Know God Redirection Dependence on God
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When God Told Me Not To Go To College

Dennis is a solid guy, and we want to honor his life and story through this blog. He serves here at our YWAM Tyler...

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8 Steps To Frustration Free Fundraising

Sometimes, people want to step out in faith to attend our training schools here at YWAM, Tyler. But fundraising can...

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Does God Really Set The Lonely In Families?

In 1982, I entered the foster care system. I was three months old. My parents moved out of our apartment without me. I...

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Do The Little Things Really Matter?

Have you ever made the mistake of believing a task isn’t worth investing time on because it’s “just a little thing?” I...

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The Send: Joining the War Against Inaction

When I went to The Flood, I was expecting breakthrough, but little did I know what it would entail.

The Flood was a...

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Bombs Erase Ukraine's Historic Beauty

In these last few days, the bombing has shifted away from the surroundings of Kyiv, to the Black Sea cities of...
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Let's Go to Mongolia Together

Want to hear an audacious goal? We want to reach the entire nation of Mongolia with the Gospel and place a Bible in...

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Easter Sunday on the Mediterranean

When I woke up on Easter morning, I saw the Mediterranean Sea glistening in the sunlight.I was on my School of...

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Highs and Lows of Living in Community

I woke up to the blaring beep of someone else’s alarm clock. A quiet hush was over the girls' dorm when I left my room....