Publishing God's stories among the nations.

Do you ever wake up and forget where you are?

This happens to me often, particularly when I find myself doing crazy things, things I never thought I would have the time, finances, or abilities to do. I'll think, “What am I doing here?” “How did I get here...ME...here doing this right now?!?”

Sharing my testimony in India to a village of incredibly sweet brothers and sisters, hearing a stranger's wild life-story in Mexico City as he lets me play his didgeridoo, distributing Bibles on streets and in villages all over Greece (and nearly getting arrested), baptizing students in the Zambezi river, riding water buffalos in the Philippines, experiencing Good Morning America in New York, having hundreds of coffee shop conversations in Kosovo, delivering valentines during a blizzard in New Hampshire, and doing open air worship in the red light district in Germany are all snap shots of the over arching work God is unfolding in my life.

NONE of this would have been possible on my own; I couldn't have dreamed this big if I had tried.

Seven years ago I was just getting out of high school and had no idea what life had to offer. Surrendering my life to Christ has never stopped surprising me. Surrendering my life to Christ has made the impossible possible, the unthinkable reality, and my small life extraordinary.

However, the snapshots of my life can make it really easy to romanticize missions or misrepresent surrendering your life to Christ to appear as some perfect, easy, simple clean adventure. It is not. It can be messy, demanding, and forbearing, but when you find yourself doing things you never thought possible, you wake up to find a life that is truly not your own, and I count it such a blessing to live for the Lord.

“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:25 


Many times in a moment like this one pictured above, where I'm sharing my testimony in a village in India, I ask myself, “How did I get here?” Then I feel extremely blessed by where God has led me and how he has used my life to do bigger and greater things than I could have ever imagined.

I have no clue where I would be if I wasn’t following God, and honestly I don’t care to know. I don’t know what other adventures lay ahead, but I am so excited to continue to follow the Lord through life.





Don’t make life complicated love God and love people. 

Guest Author ~ Johnny Murphy, faithful DTS and SOE school staff

Johnny's been with YWAM Tyler since 2012. He and his wife, Taylor, have traveled the globe together, telling the world about Jesus. Come join the movement over 1 million have said "YES!" to. Discover your part in the Great Commission! You won't regret it!

Learn More 

Tyler Tom

Written by 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 is faithfulness, Tyler Tom gathers stories and interviews to share with you from what God is doing with His children among the nations.

3 min read

Building Foundations

How do you increase your faith? Former student Sarah Horan shares her heart on how God revealed His truth to her during...

2 min read

Missions Changed Me

From as far back as my junior high school, I remember struggling to find happiness. I felt like I didn’t fit in and...

2 min read

Unexpected Friendships

When we follow God, sometimes we have our own expectations of what God will do through us. This can sometimes cause us...
2 min read

Miracles in the Classroom

What does a young person chasing after God's heart look like? Christian Heritage School desires to fan the flame of the...

4 min read

Cross-Cultural Christmastime

Have you ever wondered how Christmas is celebrated around the world? We asked four of our YWAM Tyler missionaries to...

3 min read

My Stepmom Thinks YWAM Rocks

Have you ever been curious about going to a Discipleship Training School but don't know what to expect? In a recent...

2 min read

Marked by God

Can you imagine God sending someone from another country to see you? While in Thailand, Jess Reminger encounters a man...

2 min read

The Day I Thanked God For Losing My Job

One morning I sat in the classroom during my training school with YWAM, and I was crying, thanking God for the loss of...

2 min read

Sharing The Gospel Isn't Complicated

God has been doing amazing things with our DTS team on outreach in Thailand. As the team has made themselves available,...

2 min read

How DTS Changed My Child

Before I left for my Discipleship Training School, my family really had no idea what YWAM was. If your family...
2 min read

Laying Down My Rights

I was sitting in my DTS classroom, my head wrapped in thoughts of a family circumstance that was happening. We had...

5 min read

Breaking Out of the Box

There really is such thing as a Jesus glow. The glow where you’re so full of Jesus, it’s so evident and so...