5 Months Later
The Transformation Discipleship Training School or DTS focused on knowing God, experiencing His presence, and being transformed more into His image. DTS is a five month long program that equips you to be able to know God and to make Him known in the nations. During the lecture phase, the students not only had the privilege of being taught by experienced teachers from around the world, they got to implement what they were learning in YWAM San Diego Baja’s local ministries. The students had the opportunity to invest their time and efforts into seeing the transformation of the Mexican community and learning more about God's heart for Mexico.
After lecture phase, came an eight-week outreach. This was a time for them to go out into the nations and continue to put into practice what they had learned over the past twelve weeks. For the first part of outreach, the students were able to be a part of leading our Mission Adventures program. Mission Adventures is a life-changing, short-term mission trip experience for junior high and high school students. During their time helping with Mission Adventures, the students worked and met the needs at local orphanages, soup kitchens and rehab centers. God was faithful to bring transformation to the lives of many of the groups. For the second half of outreach, the team journeyed to Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic for four weeks to serve and share God’s love. The team spent time teaching children bible stories and how to practice proper hygiene. They also took part in bible distribution in the local community and helped prepare meals for individuals in the homeless shelters. They truly saw change in the people they encountered and ministered to as well as experiencing transformation in their own lives.
Getting to know the students
Lost and weary in depression, Norma decided to do a DTS. She worked and raised money before getting accepted in the Discipleship training School with YWAM San Diego/Baja. She saw so much change in her life and now desires to go back to school at UCSD in the fall. Her plan is to find a church, begin to be involved with the ministries and help around her community.
Why did you decide to do a DTS in Mexico?
"It was familiar. I spoke the language and I grew up in the Mexican culture so being there reminded me of many things from my past and family. I was broken and doing a DTS was my last hope. I felt comfortable and if I was going to be involved in something like getting to know God and helping others, I wanted to start by understanding my culture."
Before DTS, Kari was finishing up school and working full time. She says that doing her DTS was the best season of her life and she will be returning to Tijuana to staff with YWAM San Diego/Baja for her next step.
How did God speak to you?
"One thing the Lord spoke to me about was how to deeply surrender and trust him with every aspect of my life, from the big things in the future, to the everyday tasks before me. That he wants all of our trust, not just a piece.”—Kari Todd
Five months after seeing transformation in their own lives and seeing even more light being brought into Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, the students are now off to change their own communities. After having a life-changing experience through DTS, they now desire to see renewal in their families, friends and others around them!
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