YWAM Mazatlan

5 Ways to Bless the Socks Off Your Supporters

You've had your fundraising events and coffee dates and people have said "yes" to donating and supporting you. Your goal is drawing closer and closer, and for some, you may have reached it! It seems like the end, but really, it's just the beginning; the beginning of having a group of family and friends, that are now involved in your life, and have jumped on board with you for the journey. How exciting! But now, we've got to learn how to steward their support well, and continue to build relationship with them past the initial support, because you've invited them into partnership, and partnership is ongoing relationship. So here's some of our tips for loving them well, and thanking them for getting you to where God has called you to be!

The Key to Living a Fear-Free Life

Have you ever craved more? Hungered for more from the “day- to- day,” longed for more of the Truth? To experience the power of God’s light in the dark? His truth in the lost? 

Living a life of abundance is frequently sought after, but for some it is often missed. In our searching, we can find fear holding us back. How am I going to afford this? What will my friends think? What if I am not hearing God correctly? Fear can be paralyzing, but for some, it can be comfortable. So how do we let go of this fear controlling us, and instead let God? It simply starts with surrender & vulnerability. To come as we are, to admit the reality of our situations, our hardships. To get down to the core and be open before the Lord. I guess what I am trying to say is, the key to fullness is through surrender.

The 5 Don'ts of Fundraising

We've seen good fundraising... and not so good. Here are some tips we've learned along the way, to help you rock your fundraising journey to DTS!

 

The Power of Art

I was part of the first Art Evangelists School (AES) In Mazatlan, and I had no idea how much it would impact and change me. I didn’t know the call He would put on my life as I joined this secondary school. 

As it started, we began to work in a neighborhood called Montebello. It was an area YWAM has worked in for a few years, and we were well acquainted with those who lived there. One of the topics within the school was Urban Art, and we got to put it into practice as we went into this neighborhood and were assigned to paint a mural over a huge wall that was once covered with graffiti. During the process, we invited neighbors to come paint with us, and we were even invited to paint murals in their homes as well. This experience sparked something in me, and shortly afterwards, we began to teach art classes with these local kids. In those moments I knew I wanted everyone to receive the opportunity to paint and create, something these kids had never experienced before. 

Empowering India in Social Justice

Do Justice is an organization birthed out of a passion to implement biblical perspective and God's grace within the justice system  of a society. We hold seminars focusing on advocacy and social changes with churches and communities. We work among the vulnerable and voiceless people, and continue in the research about social problems fueling injustice, with the purpose of establishing a project and a legislative solution. It's purpose is to connect together the government and the civil society in order to end the injustices facing such a community. 

The Children We Met

The moment of interlocking of eyes with a child is unlike any other. It brings us into tenderness and simplicity as we giggle and enter into precious companionship. We seek, and give all we can to love a child, because our God first loved us. We go to the ends of the earth, simply to share the love God has for His children, because God had first invited us into the greatest story we could ever be part of. A story that breaks through all language barriers, economic standings, and difficulties we face. From cities, jungles, and mountaintops God has called us to go and love like He's loved us. But in return, we've experienced the depths of God's love through these children. 

The 7 Best Things About Living in an International Community

Living in a culturally diverse community is one of the best parts of being in YWAM. After just four years of living in a relatively small city on the western coast of Mexico, I’ve been able to get to know and become friends with people from every inhabited continent on the globe. You want to go to England? I’ve got friends there. Are you feeling called to minister in a closed-country? I know people who can help you out. Want some authentic fish and chips from New Zealand? Got you covered. How about surfing on the coast of South Africa? Let me set you up with my buddy down there. And you know what? I’ve only been to one of the countries that I just mentioned. I met all these people down here in Mazatlan, living in community and seeking God together.

The Best Gap Year I Could Have Taken

I took a gap year when all my friends decided to go to university after high school. Taking that gap year was the best decision I could have ever made.

Why Women Belong In Missions

"If God has called you to China or any other place and you are sure in your own heart, let nothing deter you. Remember, it is God who has called you and it is the same as when He called Moses or Samuel."

- Gladys Aylward, missionary in China, 1902-1970.

What Does it Take to Build Hope?

 

When people hear about Homes of Hope and everything we do for the families here in Mazatlan, they want to know what they can do, and that's our favorite question! Let us tell you just exactly what you can do, and how you can change and impact a family here in Mexico.