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10 Reasons We Love Tijuana and Why You Will Too:


10 Reasons We Love Tijuana and Why You Will Too:

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Just south of the busiest border crossing in the world lies one of Mexico’s largest cities, Tijuana, Baja California!

This is the city where we get to do life and ministry in. We love it so much and we know you will too! In the past years, this city has seen an incredible growth in local businesses and attractions! From the stretches of beaches, to some of the most creative art, to killer coffee, and of course incredible tacos, Tijuana is an epic destination to spend a few months, or more!

We’ve come up with a list of 10 Must- Do’s in Tijuana, for you to use as a bucket list when you are with us!


1. Telefonica Gastro Park

Telefónica is Tijuana’s favorite Gastro Park! Think of anything you’d want to eat, chances are, it’s here! You’ll find ceviche, pulled pork sandwiches, vegan tacos, ramen, kombucha, even sushi burritos! You’ll definitely want to try more than one thing!


2. Nativo Coffee Community

This cafe is incredible!

There’s two Nativo Cafes here in TJ, the Estacion Federal location is just a block from the walking border crossing, and another on Calle Sexta! Nativo serves excellent coffee, and beautiful space for reading, meeting, or hanging out with friends! Our favorite is the Spicy Orange Latte.


3. The Cultural Center

In the Zona Río district of Tijuana, you’ll find the Tijuana Cultural Center! This center opens its doors to over a million tourists per year. Why? Besides the several art and cultural programs for the public, this center has the only IMAX theater in all of Mexico! This cinema has a 360* projector, literally surrounding its viewers with the ultimate movie experience.

4. The Coffee Shops

One of Mexico’s many gifts to the world is its coffee! We hit on Nativo earlier, but Tijuana is a city full of awesome coffee shops!

Be sure to check out:


Das Cortez

Grulla Cafe 

Electric Coffee Roasters


5. The Tacos

What more can we say?! Tacos are everywhere here and they are delicious! You can sit down in a restaurant or pick some up from a street cart, both are awesome! Here are the places we recommend:

Tacos El Franc

Taco Nazo 

Tacos Manuel 

Tacos El Yaqui

 6. Caesar’s

Did you know that the Caesar Salad was actually invented in Tijuana? Who knew! Caesar Cardini invented the salad in 1924 right here in Tijuana in the Hotel Caesar restaurant! The story is that during a July 4th rush, Cardini had to make do with what was left and there was born what we now know and love as the caesar salad.

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7. The Nature!

Believe it or not, this city is surrounded with many majestic scenes! La Jolla, pictured above is right outside the city and is the perfect place for a sunset viewing party! 

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8. La Playa 

Take a moment (or many) to stroll down the boardwalk here in Tijuana! It starts right at the border wall where you can see, and touch, the actual border wall between Mexico and the US! As you walk down you can enjoy the view of the beach as well as many souvenir shops, cafes, and restaurants! We also have a beautiful beach a couple of minutes walk from our YWAM San Diego/ Baja campus.

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9. The views from the campus can’t be beat.

We have an epic view of the ocean and the Coronado islands from our campus. Imagine going out on your balcony and seeing the ocean every day? It never gets old!

10. The Markets

In the heart of downtown Tijuana lies one of the most famous markets, Mercado El Popo! Here you can explore and buy Mexican fruits, cheeses, herbs, spices, ceramics, souvenirs and even piñatas! Bring a little cash and enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds as you walk through! There is also another great market in Tijuana called Mercado Hidalgo and if you head a couple of minutes south of the campus to Rosarito, a popular beach destination, you can explore the markets there as well! You’ll find rugs, blankets, ceramics, and beautiful jewelry!


Have you thought about doing a school with us but haven’t applied yet? What are you waiting for? We run various Discipleship Training Schools and Secondary Courses with the University of the Nations at our San Antonio Del Mar campus located just south of Tijuana.


10 Reasons We Love Tijuana and Why You Will Too:
The FIVE Biggest Questions I had before my DTS:


The FIVE Biggest Questions I had before my DTS:


So, you’re thinking about doing a DTS! This is awesome, God is about to take you on a beautiful journey full of sweet times, learning more about God, and who He made you to be!

Maybe you’re excited, maybe nervous? To help calm the nerves and give you some helpful information, here are the five biggest questions I had before my DTS!



A DTS, or Discipleship Training School, is a five-month program through Youth With A Mission (YWAM). The school is two parts, a 12 week lecture phase, and 8 week cross-cultural outreach phase!

We spend lecture phase on one of our campuses here in Mexico, either in San Antonio del Mar, or Ensenada! For 12 weeks of the lecture phase we are in a classroom setting, learning from speakers from all around the world about different themes like Hearing the Voice of God, the Nature and Character of God, Fear of the Lord, and the Holy Spirit! Then, after we’ve learned more about God and we’ve pursued knowing Him more, we move out to make Him known!

On the outreach phase, we spend 8 weeks travelling with a team to another culture for an evangelistic outreach! You and your team will travel and do a variety of things, depending on where you go, but in any case, get excited! God could take you anywhere, from sharing the love of God by building homes in Nepal, evangelizing in Hungary, hosting children’s programs in Brazil and everything in between!



In our DTS’s we have students from many different backgrounds, nations, and ages!

Students come from all over the world! I remember one night at dinner, we soon realized that each person sitting at the table was from a different nation! You will have classmates and make long lasting friendships with people from all over the world. This is a super fun part of the DTS, maybe next year you’ll visit a friend for Christmas in New Zealand or a summer trip to Colombia!


If you are thinking this, you are not the only one, trust me!

Jesus calls us to Him, exactly as we are, with no requirements except being open to learn from Him! Don’t worry about what you do or don’t know, you’re here to learn. So come hungry to learn and you will be ready! Along with being in class, you will get to spend time being involved in and learning about local ministries, intercession, worship, evangelism, and many other activities! You will learn and grow alongside the staff and the campus community. It is amazing season to grow in the Lord.

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Our base, YWAM San Diego/Baja, is one base with three locations! We have offices in San Diego, and two campuses with schools and ministries in two different cities here in Baja California, Mexico!

If you’re doing your DTS at our San Antonio Del Mar campus, you’ll be about 30 minutes from the US border between Rosarito and Tijuana. If you’re going to our Ensenada campus you will be about an hour and a half drive south of the U.S. border! Both Campuses are located near the beach.


What do I wear?

This was a HUGE question for me, and honestly, I didn’t do it right! To avoid the regret, here’s my best packing advice:

Don’t get too ahead of yourself like I did! Outreach was definitely on my mind while packing and boy, was I shocked being the only one wearing Chaco’s in the classroom! While these are awesome for hiking, they are not so comfortable to wear in the classroom. Pack for the lecture phase as well as the outreach phase. For the first 12 weeks, you will be in a classroom setting, so whatever you would wear to class, bring that. Also remember that space is limited, so limit what you bring, but bring things to layer and mix, it can get chilly near the coast.

Depending on when you come and do your DTS, the weather changes! Bring a light jacket, but leave the boots at home! (Pro tip: Bring a bathing suit, the beach is nearby for study breaks at both campuses!)

Toiletries? There is a Walmart nearby both campuses, so don’t worry about packing so many bottles of your favorite shampoo, you can get it all here! Save the room in your bag for something better!

How about for Outreach? If you have a hiking backpack, bring it! You’ll have time before outreach to prepare and finalize what you will bring. There is a storage unit where you can leave a bag throughout the outreach phase.

Don’t forget to bring a Bible and a notebook, but remember, anything you forget you can buy here- except your Passport! Whatever you do, remember to bring your Passport! It should have validity for more than 6 months from the time of your return home date.

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Ask yourself these questions before your DTS, write them down, and re-answer them afterwards! Be as honest as you can, and keep them to read later!

  1. Why am I doing this?

  2. Who is God to me right now?

  3. Do I have any dreams? What are they?

  4. What do I want God to show me?

  5. What do I want out of this school? What do I want to learn or gain?

We’re so excited you are looking into doing a DTS with us! If you want more information about the different DTS focuses we offer or still need to apply click HERE!


The FIVE Biggest Questions I had before my DTS:
How The Photo-Storytelling DTS Helped Me Discover My Roots


How The Photo-Storytelling DTS Helped Me Discover My Roots

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My name is Kennedy and I am first generation American. My mom grew up in Ensenada, Mexico and after moving to the states, she worked really hard to learn english. My parents did everything they could to give my siblings and I more opportunities than they had as kids. I grew up in Massachusetts, so I wasn’t exposed much to Mexican culture.  Growing up I didn't really have a desire to know my culture. It wasn’t until I was 18 years old, that I felt like something was missing and that I didn't know who I was. Looking back I now see I wasn't just my roots I was missing, it was God.

Now at 23, during my time in Mexico doing the Photo-Storytelling DTS, I’ve done so many things I never imagined, like hiking three hours and 10 minutes down a mountain to a village in the middle of the Mexican jungle, cooking with Indigenous women, or giving out photos to people who have never had one of themselves. I took a huge leap of blind faith to come here, leaving my job and everything I knew. What I didn't expect was that I would not only find my roots, but discover God's heart for Mexico.

In the Photo-Storytelling DTS, we learned how to tell someone's story with a photo, while giving them value. A goal that we focused on is allowing God to show us who people are through His eyes and to then communicate that in a photo. The photography focus is what drew me to this DTS and I am so happy that I took that step to be here.

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During my outreach I was able to show the indigenous people of Mexico their value by photographing them and showing them just a fraction of their beauty. The women in Southern Mexico were shocked that we wanted to spend time with them, cooking with them and photographing them. In Chiapas, myself and one of my teammates, Savannah, were sitting in a kitchen with three women while they cooked breakfast. We asked to help cook and they told us they didn't need help, so we decided to keep them company and asked them if we could photograph them. It was so much fun because as we took their photos we showed them and waited for their reactions, which were priceless. Seeing how touched they were by their own photos was such a blessing.

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We had photography teams out all over the world, and God was truly using all of the teams to impact the people around them. In many of the countries that our teams where located in, women are not valued as much as men are, so our teams focused on showing these women their value. One technique we studied is to angle your camera from below allowing the subject to appear stronger and more powerful, rather than weak and vulnerable. It was a learning experience for us to work with these women from all over the world and a privilege to share with them how God values them.

    To be honest, I never thought I would be in Mexico seeking God like this. I never imagined that God would be using my life to change the lives of people I meet. I did not think I would fall so in love with Mexico that my soul aches to come back and I haven't even left yet. I never thought DTS would change me this much and I am so thankful for everything that has happened in the last five months. I learned how to photograph people with a purpose that is bigger than me. I grew as a photographer and as an individual. I’m so thankful to God for bringing me back to my roots, for making this all possible, and for showing me more of His heart.


The author, Kennedy, is a recent graduate of our Photo-Storytelling DTS.

To learn more about this specific school or our other DTS focuses, click HERE.


How The Photo-Storytelling DTS Helped Me Discover My Roots
Comfort Zones are Overrated


Comfort Zones are Overrated

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When God calls you out of your comfort zone, do you follow Him? Would you surrender everything you know, everything that makes you feel secure, and obey Him when He says “go”? Are you willing to take that leap of faith believing that He will catch you? 

It’s scary, living that kind of trust. That blindly, following the voice of the Lord even if you don’t know exactly what He is doing or where He is leading you, kind of trust. But so often it’s following that still small voice in the hardest moments that leads to the most growth. When we leave behind everything we know, surrender all that is comfortable to us, and step into His will, He meets us there. 

God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. In fact, He calls us to be the exact opposite. From the beginning of time until now He has asked His children to live out our faith. To follow Him blindly into the unknown. To press forward and keep walking hand in hand with him through tribulation. To stop holding on to what is comfortable and to start holding on to Him. To be faithful to Him even when we don’t see where He is taking us next. 

But the question is, are we really willing to allow Him to take us to those places? Is our heart condition in a state of surrender to what God’s will is for our lives, rather than our own will?

If we are honest, thinking about discomfort creates an anxiety that kind dwells in our gut. We don’t like pain. We don’t like struggle. We don’t like difficulty. It’s easier to avoid these things, or to not step out at the risk of being hit in the face with any of these. Sometimes even at the cost of disobedience to God, we stay put. Denying ourselves, picking up our cross, and following Jesus just feels all too uncomfortable — so in many cases, it’s just easier to not do it. To instead follow God in a lukewarm manner. 

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But what about the blessing we receive from stepping out in obedience to God? We focus so much on the difficulty or discomfort that it could potentially bring us, and completely miss the fact that, in following God’s call, we will be experiencing more of who He is as we submit to His leading. Every time God calls us to do something scary, something out of our comfort zone, He promises us something incredible: that He will be there with us. Whether it’s something as simple as opening your Bible every morning, sacrificing that little bit of sleep to spend more time in His word, or uprooting your entire life to follow Him to the other side of the world. God promises to manifest Himself to us as we obey. 

God is a good Father. He doesn’t call us to situations that cause us discomfort simply because He wants to make our lives hard. He calls us toward uncomfortable obedience so that we can experience His power, comfort, and joy. He calls us to this so we can experience His faithfulness and be conformed to the likeness of Jesus as we do.  When God calls us out of our comfort zone, He is inviting us into deep and vibrant joy. A life of faith and obedience isn’t a comfortable life, but it is a rich and vibrant life saturated with the presence of God. 

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What is God calling you to? Will you allow obedience to God to take you into unknown places, to open your eyes to things you could never imagine doing on your own?

No matter which way He is tugging you, keep your eyes away from the cost of leaving your comfort zone and instead set your eyes on God. Take that first step of faith in the direction He is leading you. 

Because whatever, or wherever, it is, it’s worth the cost. 

Are you interested in getting out of your comfort zone and doing a Discipleship Training School with YWAM San Diego/ Baja? Click HERE to check out our different options for DTS.


Words by Kristy Lagarto.

Kristy staffs at our Ensenada campus and works in the areas of Discipleship Training Schools and Communications.


Photos by Tiffany Lambert.

Tiffany staffs at our Tijuana campus and works with Communications and leads a Photography Discipleship Training School.


Comfort Zones are Overrated
The Art of Packing for YWAM DTS


The Art of Packing for YWAM DTS


Packing for a weekend away is hard enough, add on 5 months and packing becomes a foreign art. It is common to wait to explore it until the very last minute before leaving, I call this pack-crastinating, a thing of which I too am guilty of doing. Pack-crastinating leads us to overpacking, leaving no space for those fun international gifts you so long to bring back to your family and friends. Not taking time to pack, or not knowing what to pack also leads us into a “just incase” mindset. We end up attempting to bring our whole worlds to our small 6-8 person dorm rooms. We squeeze our stuff into our allotted space, a space that consists of only a 1 1/2 foot wide closet with two drawers and bit of hanging space per person, maybe even a shared drawer under you and your bunkmates bunk bed as well. 

My point is not that our dorms should have more storage space, it’s actually so nice to have your own little nook, but that coming to a DTS means that you need to be mindful that the other 6 people in your room that are also embarking on this journey with you, probably brought some luggage of their own. I promise, you don’t need to bring everything you own, you can learn to live with less- it is actually freeing. There is a strategy of how to pack for DTS- so get ready to take some notes!

PACK YOUR BAGS: As far as what to pack in- you can pack in a either a suitcase or hiking backpack, bring what you have, but usually a hiking backpack will be better for you depending on outreach location. It also encourages you to pack less, which is a plus. 


The lecture phase, here in sunny Mexico, is 3 months long and is the first phase of the Discipleship Training School. During this time you will mostly be walking around base, to and from classes, going to meals, serving the campus, having downtime in your room, and doing local ministry.

You are welcome to bring that unique splash of your own style, believe it or no you don’t have to invest in Chacos right away. We want you to be you. When I say this, it does come with a couple restrictions. Because being you does not mean showing us all of you. You probably have that in mind already, but the fact that we are in Mexico and it can be warm at times, isn't an excuses for the shortest shots partnered with the smallest shirts. Be the modest-styling you that I know you are.  With both of our campuses being right on the ocean, a cool breeze is common.

With that, it may come as a shock that it can be a bit colder at night, especially in the spring quarter. If you are planning on doing a fall quarter DTS with us, late November-December is when sweater weather kicks in, so don’t only pack your summer wardrobe.

so, what should you actually pack?

  • Passport- make sure it is valid for more than 6 months from the end of DTS so you do not have any issues while traveling. 
  • toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, shampoo + conditioner, deodorant etc. 
  • 6 shirts: 4 for out and about and two for sleeping.
  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 light sweater/flannel/cardigan
  • 1 heavier sweater 
  • 1 modest swimsuit & sunscreen
  • all the undergarments 
  • 1 set of sandals
  • 1 set of running shoes/close toed shoes
  • baseball hat
  • a set of clothes you wouldn't mind getting painted or dirty (maybe two if you're in the Building Hope DTS).
  • your Bible + journal
  • 1 good book other than your Bible
  • computer/camera if you have one (especially for the Photo-Storytelling DTS)
  • guitar, instrument or your art supplies if you are doing the Music + Arts Collective DTS
  • surfboard or skateboard if you are doing the Surf + Skate DTS
  • backpack for day trips
  • water bottle 
  • twin size bedding or a sleeping bag for your bunk bed


  • There is a Walmart nearby if you need something. 
  • Our local Oxxo (think 7/11 is walking distance from the base) has snacks and you can also find some toiletry essentials there.
  • You can order things from your amazon to our SD offices and receive them later in the mailroom on campus.
  • You will have access to a washer + dryer. Our recommendation is that you go in on laundry soap with your new roommates once you get here. Oh and be sure to bring some quarters for the laundry machines! 
  • We do have a storage unit where you will be able to leave some stuff when you go on outreach, so you don’t need to plan on bringing everything with you into the outreach phase!
  • You can use US dollars as well as Mexican Pesos here at both our Ensenada and San Antonio Del Mar campuses and there are ATMs in town for you to be able to get cash out. 

Packing for Outreach.

Outreach, this one's a bit harder to pin down until you know exactly where you will be going. Outreach teams are decided a couple of weeks into your lecture phase, so do not panic, you will have time to prepare. Again, that’s when Amazon will come in handy, for anything location specific you may need. 

Here are some musts for the outreach phase: 

  • Passport! 
  • bug repellent
  • shoes to walk and potentially hike in
  • 3 shirts
  • 2 athletic pants, ones you wont mind hiking in
  • 1 set of nice clothes for  church services (guys: button up shirt and pants - girls: modest  dress or maxi skirt)
  • All the undergarments
  • 1 pair of modest shorts 
  • toiletries bag / baby wipes are great when you don’t have access to a proper shower.
  • flashlight/headlamp 
  • Bible + journal
  • 1 set of sleepwear
  • sleeping bag (You could wait to order one to make sure you if you need to have a thicker or cooler one depending on the temperature of where you’re going.)
  • space for cool little gifts you’ll want to bring back. Also, you’ll probably be able to replenish essentials somewhere along the way at a local market. 
  • your camera/computer if you feel comfortable (Again especially the Photo-Storytelling DTS will need to bring this one). 
  • light rain jacket or windbreaker 


Don’t take any money with you, nor a traveler’s bag, nor an extra pair of sandals. And don’t stop to greet anyone on the road.
— LUKE 10:4

This verse seems extreme. None of that Jesus? but she just said something about Chacos and a hiking backpack… What Jesus is saying here is not that you sitting at home packing right now should stop and bring no material items or be unfriendly not greeting anyone on your journey here. No, what he is doing is asking you to trust Him. He is asking you to let Him be your source of provision. So, whether you're getting overwhelmed and stressing over each item or you're a pack-crastinator, stuff is just stuff and Jesus is bigger than stuff. Here’s there good news- you will survive even if you forget your flashlight. Here at YWAM less is more. People are always giving and sharing, participating in the generous provision of God. It’s a new journey and just like you’ve trusted God so far, you can continue to trust while participating in the art of packing. 

Interested in doing a DTS? Click below to to learn more about the different Discipleship Training Schools that are offered at YWAM San Diego/ Baja!

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The author, Olivia Meers is full time staff with YWAM SDB- staffing the Photo-Storytelling DTS and in the Communications department. 


The Art of Packing for YWAM DTS
Just Say Yes: 3 Reasons to Say Yes to a YWAM DTS


Just Say Yes: 3 Reasons to Say Yes to a YWAM DTS



  I absolutely love leading a Discipleship Training School with YWAM. The more I work with this program, the more I fall in love with it because I see the way the students and staff are impacted and transformed each and every time.  As I talk with students who are interested in applying and doing the school I have noticed a common theme- so many are deeply stirred by the idea of signing up for this adventure, but the voice they hear the loudest is the one telling them all the reasons why they should say no. 

Fear, Finances, Future plans and everything in between causes them to take a step back before ever taking the leap of faith.

1. Fear Turns to Faith. 

It can be so scary to give up all the comforts and convenience of home, to move to a new city or even a new country. Thinking about doing DTS often brings up all the feels, fears and anxieties within us. Is it worth it? What will happen? How will things be?  While fear is real, stepping out of our norm, however, gives us a chance to encounter God in a new way. God uses the process of us stepping out in Faith to show us more of who He is. 

Fear may be a reality that we face, but it was never meant to be in the driver seat.

Too often we allow it to hinder us from walking towards our calling and our destiny, but once we strip away our comforts and finally face our fears, we get down to the core of really trusting God. This is exactly what God was doing with the Israelites in the wilderness. After bringing them up out of Egypt, He wasn’t keeping them wandering to mess with them or to cause them to suffer.  He was stripping away their fear and slavery mentality. One step at a time, God is introducing himself as a good Father and replacing fear with faith and the identity of slavery with the identity of a chosen son or daughter. In the process of going to DTS, God reshapes our fears into faith and draws us into deeper relationship as we take his hand and take the leap. 

With unfailing love you will lead this people whom you have ransomed. You will guide them in your strength to the place where your holiness dwells.
— Exodus 15:13

2. Financial Worry Turns to Intimate Dependence. 

Tuition costs, flights, supplies- it all adds up and I totally get it. The thoughts flood in- Where will all that money come from? I can’t afford this. I don’t want to look lazy and ask people for money. What will people think of me? It’s dangerously easy to find ourselves looking full force towards the need rather than at the One who meets any and every need we could ever have.

We are created to walk not in independence but in intimate dependence on God.

Thinking about foregoing a job and stable income to do DTS seems counterintuitive and even foolish to the wisdom of the world. In the wilderness, God was intentionally stripping away the Israelite’s ability to control and crafting trust within them. Each day they were to gather only as much manna as their household needed-nothing more, nothing less. They had to learn to trust that their only source of provision was God. The middle of the desert is a great place to learn this because they didn’t have anything else to fall back on or put their trust in. Where do you you look to as a source of provision? There’s a temptation to look towards other things beside God as our source of provision, like a job or a specific person or donor, but ultimately God is our source. Not only when doing fundraising, but in the area of all financial provision- our hopes should always be in our God. It is He who provides. When fundraising He brings us into connection with people to partner with what He wants to do. It is up to Him to touch people’s hearts. The pressure is off, all we need to do is lean in and trust. He really is faithful. 

In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.
— Exodus 16:12

3. An Unknown Future Turns to Fulfilling Adventure.

Is stressing about career and working towards success keeping you from doing a DTS? I promise you, you are not wasting your time or being frivolous by doing a DTS, even if you feel pressure to be investing in your future and your career now. DTS is the greatest investment you can make because you are not only investing in yourself, you are investing in your relationship with God and the future impact you’ll have on others. 

By overcoming fear and doubt and doing a DTS, you unlock a fulfilling adventure of discovering more about who God is, what His purposes are for you and how you can partner with God to bring heaven on earth.

is an amazing foundation for the future and a beautiful season of pressing into intimacy with God like never before. Transitioning the Israelites from slavery to the wilderness was not just about the destination of the Promised Land. It was about the process. God is deeply intentional to bring us into the process of healing, of heart transformation and of shifting our perspective and worldview into alignment with Him and who He is. God met with them there, revealed himself and brought transformation to His people. DTS is all about transitioning us towards the Promised Land of walking in our true identity, authority and calling here on earth.  Taking this risk is absolutely worth it. It is trusting the unknown future to a known God and it's the most thrilling adventure. 

And He has brought us to this place and given us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.
— Deuteronomy 26:9

Join us for a DTS!  YWAM San Diego/ Baja offers a variety of Discipleship Training Schools with focuses so you can grow in your passions while going deeper with God.



The author, Tiffany Lambert, is full time with YWAM San Diego/Baja and leads the Photo-Storytelling DTS


Just Say Yes: 3 Reasons to Say Yes to a YWAM DTS
Look Again.


Look Again.

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We have faith. With God, the impossible is possible. We got this. We got this... and then the storm hits and we are back at it again with all the feels, our fears and our scrambling for control. 

In reality, there is a fine line between faith and doubt and I’ve faltered between the two more than I care to admit. 

When we fix our eyes on Jesus- We can conquer anything.  But when our eyes are diverted, we sink. It is a pretty simple formula. One minute confidently walking on water, the next- a terror filled, spiral out of control. It’s funny how life is like that. 


When will we learn to remember?

When will we learn, that we were never the ones in control?

We will, when we learn to look again. 


Peter confidently cried out to Jesus to call him out on the water. At this point, the storm and the depth of the sea were inconsequential, they were nothing compared to the glory of looking Jesus in the face. He was on a faith high, ready to face anything, until the wind and the waves, began to beckon, picking up speed and dragging his attention away from the gaze of Jesus and onto the danger. He immediately begins to sink.

Did you catch that? When we focus on the circumstances, we sink. When we look at the storm instead of Jesus, we sink. When we look anywhere but Jesus, you guessed it- we sink. 

It only takes a split second, but it has dire consequences. 

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Praise Jesus, we aren’t doomed to our sinking. Praise Jesus, we aren’t doomed to our circumstances or our sadness or even our unraveling. For even though we are a fickle people and we look away- we can look again. The minute we do, that storm doesn’t seem so intense any more.  It’s about focus. It's about perspective. It's about our gaze.  

Where are you looking to- your circumstances, or your Savior? 


Are you interested in taking a season to go deeper in your faith? Check out the DTS and Secondary Course options offered at YWAM San Diego/ Baja. 



words + photos by Tiffany Lambert.
Tiffany is full time staff with YWAM SDB and leads our Photo-Storytelling DTS.


Look Again.



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Art has such a powerful way of breaking through its’ medium of communication to speak to the heart + the soul in meaningful ways. Being an artist is not some frivolous distraction from the so called spiritual things- such as being a pastor or a missionary in the traditional sense. It is a calling. God anoints us to create, not only for his glory but for the simple sake of beauty. There’s no secular vs. sacred here, it is God breathing life and creativity into our voice and our art. Art is in essence deeply spiritual, yet we tend to compartmentalize. We separate what we feel as “serving God” on one side and on the other we cling tightly to our passions, our dreams, our desires not wanting to give up control. When God so deeply wants to co-create with us in those things as well, to anoint us to be a voice of truth and beauty in this world. 


See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, 4 to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, 5 in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.
— EXODUS 31:2-5
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Have you ever noticed: the very first person who is mentioned as being filled with the spirit of God in scripture was Bezalel, an artist! Not only was he filled with the Spirit of God, the word says God fills him with “ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship.” Woah. As an artist myself, this blows me away. God not only wants to partner with me in my creativity, He wants to anoint me with skill, with craftsmanship. More than ever this makes me open up to God, and allow Him to play deeper role in my creative process. To give Him the space to breath life, breath creativity, and to give anointing to what I am crafting so that it leaves a deeper impact. 

My prayer for you, for me is that God would anoint us, take us deeper and fill us with His spirit as artists. That we would be God honoring in not only what we create, but in our character, in how we make people feel, and in the beauty that we craft.

Take courage my friend, for you are anointed for art. 

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Join us for one of our 2 artistic focused DTS run each year in September: the PHOTO-STORYTELLING DTS at our San Antonio Del Mar campus and the MUSIC + MISSIONS DTS at our Ensenada campus. 


words + photos by Tiffany Lambert.

Tiffany is full time staff with YWAM SDB and leads our Photo-Storytelling DTS.


Dream Again


Dream Again


During the past five months of DTS, God taught me more than I could ever possibly imagine: He taught me new things about Himself, showing His love to me in ways I had never experienced. He also revealed to me new things about myself, and helped me to see myself the way that He sees me, reminding me that my worth is found only in Him. I held a lot of false beliefs for a very long time, lies that I needed to slowly unlearn.

One of those things, which He revealed to me very early into lecture phase, is that I really struggle with trusting Him. Specifically, I struggle to trust Him with my future and my dreams. I had actually gotten to a point in my life where I had stopped allowing myself to dream: because if you don’t dream, God can’t say “no,” right? Somehow, that seemed less painful to me.


Through DTS God started peeling those fears back, layer by layer.

A month or so into the lecture phase, our entire DTS went on a camping trip. We were given 4 hours to spend alone with God, in silence and solitude. I found a spot on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the ocean, sat down, and asked God, “How do you see me?”

He responded by giving me an impression of a picture: it was me, sitting on that same cliff. I was nice and safe up there. But the fullness of God’s love, the fullness of His plans for me, were down in the ocean below. He beckoned for me to dive in, but I was too scared.

Then I felt like God asked me, “Do you trust me?” 

I responded, “I want to. Yes.” 

He gently answered, “Come down to the sea.” 



So, I did something that probably wasn’t the smartest thing I’ve ever done: I started climbing down the cliff. I wouldn’t recommend that anyone else ever do it, because it was one of the most frightening experiences of my life… but I did it.

And the entire time I climbed down, two thoughts were alternating back and forth in my mind:

“You’re an idiot. You might actually die.”


“God, I really hope you’re the one who told me to do this.”

Needless to say, I did actually make it down safely! I made my way to the edge of the ocean, sat down, and waited for God to show up. I think I was expecting something spectacular to happen. I mean, He did just bring me all the way down a cliff… but instead, God said, “Let’s dream together.” 

So, we did. It wasn’t anything fancy, but we started making a list together: a list of dreams that I wanted God to be a part of. I think it was honestly the first time I’d ever allowed myself to do that; at least, it was the first time I’d done it with God.

I’m still learning, little by little, how to trust Him. Thankfully, He’s a patient teacher. And He’s been revealing, little by little, to me that He actually gets excited about my dreams: that He created me with the specific passions and desires I have.

He's teaching me, slowly but surely, that He's actually the one who made me a dreamer. 

Interested in doing a DTS with YWAM San Diego/Baja? 

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WORDS + PHOTOS by Lauren Pinner. 

Lauren recently graduated from the Photo-Storytelling DTS. 


Dream Again