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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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Is A Gap Year Worth Taking?

By Paige Prescott on 13 Nov 2020

Is A Gap Year Worth Taking

5 a.m. on the dot, an eager anticipation for adventure abruptly woke me from my deep sleep. I vividly recall a joyous light-weight atmosphere all around a group of children and myself while we danced to piano keys and a foreign upbeat song. It must've been an African tribe I was standing in the midst of, with nothing but love in my heart for them.

At this time, I never would've imagine this dream would determine and direct the next 3 years of my life.

Topics: Outreach YWAM Tyler Gap Year YWAM DTS Travel Missionary Training gap semester
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A Year for God

By Elsa Hlady on 1 Aug 2020

A YEAR FOR GOD

Someone somewhere said, "You can do anything for a year!" As you read Elsa's story, you'll find her year wasn't wasted, it was the start of a life transformed.

Topics: YWAM Tyler Gap Year YWAM DTS YWAM gap semester
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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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A Gap Year Just Right For You!

By Richard Fish on 21 Feb 2020

Is a Gap Year Right for You?

Need some help discovering if taking a Gap Year is the right thing for you? In this blog, we tackle a few key issues to help you make this decision with confidence.

Topics: YWAM Tyler Gap Year Adventure Travel YWAM College Ministry college gap semester
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2 Questions to Ask When Thinking About Taking a Gap Year

By Richard Fish on 10 Jul 2019

If you've been thinking of taking a semester off or even a year between high school and college or college and career, you are not alone. Taking a gap year is a hot topic, and since we've talked to students from all over the world who've chosen to do YWAM for their gap experience, we want to help you plan your gap year the right way.

Topics: Purpose Gap Year YWAM DTS YWAM Outreach YWAM Inspire FOMO
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5 Things to Consider When Planning Your Gap Year

By Richard Fish on 1 Jun 2018

 The first time I heard about a Gap Year was when my son graduated high school and decided jumping into college wasn't on his agenda. Since then I've talked with a whole bunch of students wanting to take a Gap Year and many who already did it.

Topics: Missions Gap Year YWAM DTS
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Straight Outta School With No Clue What to Do

By Allison Bice on 7 Mar 2018

“What do you want to do after you graduate?”

I laughed nervously. I had been asked this several times during my senior year of high school, and I had no clue what I wanted to do. And graduation was just a few months away!

Topics: YWAM Tyler Purpose Direction Gap Year YWAM DTS Encounter God Discipleship Opportunities
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3 Ideas to Plan Your Gap Year Thoughtfully

By Richard Fish on 29 Nov 2017

Taking a Gap Year or even a Gap Semester isn't a new concept, but for some it's daunting and feels downright allusive. I just talked with a sophmore college student recently who said, "I've always wanted to do something like this, but I didn't think I really could." 

Giving thoughtful attention to your life goals and present situation can open unique opportunities you may not have realized. 

Topics: Gap Year YWAM DTS YWAM Outreach
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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...

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How You Can Champion Generation Z

There was a holy stillness in the classroom of 23 students. Some had hands in the air and eyes closed, others knelt,...

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Ministry to Displaced Ukrainians

A team of 25 missionaries from East Texas-based Youth With A Mission, or YWAM, are on a two-month outreach trip to...

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How You Know You're A Missionary

No one says it quite like Darlene Cunningham, co-founder of the largest mission organization on the planet — Youth With...

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God's Smuggler | A Real Life Hero

I believe in heroes, and I have had many in my lifetime. Brother Andrew, known as God's Smuggler, is undoubtedly one of...

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Dealing With Fear

I know a lot of people who no longer watch the news. Not just because they are overwhelmed, but they question the...

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The Spirit of Jesus

In an upcoming social media post that you'll see in the coming days, we are posting the caption: "The spirit of Christ...

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I Found God's Will and Escaped a Major Disaster

No relationship or career is worth more than being at the center of God’s will!

I had just finished law school in...

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The Day I Turned Around

We are so proud of our students here at YWAM Tyler. Please read Rose's story of how God set her free from self-harm and...

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Generation Z! Let's GO!

I was born in 2003, and I am proud to be a part of Gen Z.

I believe Gen Z holds the potential to release a catalytic...