Publishing God's stories among the nations.

During this season of my life, very few things are more gratifying than seeing people I have cried for, prayed for, laughed with, counseled, and shared life with for months say “YES” to God. And that is exactly what I have experienced this month with Jonna, Brody, and Landon coming to YWAM Tyler for a Discipleship Training School (DTS).

I met these three in Lubbock on a recent trip where I planted a seed, then watched God lead them over the course of eight months to YWAM. This is exactly what I was hoping for when I went to South Texas on outreach with a team of committed friends from YWAM Tyler.


“If anyone wants to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”

Make no mistake, the statement Jesus made found in Matthew 16:24 is not painting a picture of a plush life for followers of Jesus. Let’s break it down.

“Deny himself” ~ These words mandate sacrifice. Putting our plans, our desires, our pleasures, and our comforts on hold to seek what God wants for our lives. This is hardly what someone wants to hear when entering a new relationship, but Jesus knew that it was necessary.

“Take up his cross” ~ Carrying your cross can only be fulfilled by you, and that is your reason for God placing you on the Earth. Much of what motivates me is seeing others find their purpose, which creates ever-lasting motivation. You see the sacrifice aforementioned doesn’t seem as detrimental when you are operating within the framework of your purpose and calling. But it is impossible to locate that purpose if our thoughts are consumed with ourselves - goals, ambitions, perceptions. The succession of denying your human goals is necessary before acquiring Godly ambitions. 

"Follow Me” ~ This is undeterred, committed, determination to God’s direction.

As I sit here this afternoon, I am compelled to say that for me denying yourself, taking up your cross, and following God is simply constantly about “drawing near” to our Father, and this can look a thousand different ways.

Following God can one day be apologizing for behaviors, as you’re committed to becoming more like Jesus. The next day following God could lead you into a conversation with a stranger at Starbucks. And for those that we meet on outreaches, we pray that following God will lead them to a decision that’s greatly sacrificial and highly centered around finding their reason for God placing them on the Earth.

We also hope they'll come to YWAM for a Discipleship Training School. That is why we go on outreaches. We want other’s to meet the God that saved our lives, hear they have an option to follow Him, and share the hope that God has a purpose for everyone we meet.

YWAM Tyler offers Discipleship Training Schools all throughout the year! It's a great place to be immersed in truth and get to know God. While here, you will gain fresh perspective on purpose for your life too!  

Learn More

Anthony Huerta

Written by Anthony Huerta

My name is Anthony Huerta, I am 27 years old and grew up in West Texas. I have had an exciting, eventful life that was spurred by a tumultuous lifestyle. Today, I am living in Tyler, TX as a missionary with Youth With A Mission. I help lead the Mobilization team focusing on helping people activate their faith. My passion is seeing people of all different backgrounds, education levels, social classes, ethnicities, and ages overwhelmed by God's love.

3 min read

Why We Celebrate Thanksgiving

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

3 min read

God Is Moving in Ukraine

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

4 min read

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...

2 min read

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,...

3 min read

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...

4 min read

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...

2 min read

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...

2 min read

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...

2 min read

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...

2 min read

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...

2 min read

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...

2 min read

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...