Hi, my name is Jane! My son did the September DTS of 2014 in YWAM Mazatlan. He's now on staff at the same base and asked me to write a blog to let parents know my perspective of DTS.
So, a YWAM DTS may be in your son or daughter’s near future. Maybe you are familiar with what these cryptic letters stand for, but maybe not. If not, you are most likely spitting out all kinds of questions at your child.
Well, I have been there and I want to share some of that elusive wisdom that I gained from the whole experience; but first I’d like to throw out a disclaimer...God has an individual & unique plan for each of us, so let’s leave the details up to Him!
It Cost Me.
Now don’t stop reading yet; hang on! Any mission experience will cost monetarily. That’s just the simple truth. But, God calls us to follow Him at any cost of any kind. He will never call them where He cannot sustain them! That’s a promise!
My Child Didn't Need Me.
Ok, now you are really tempted to click close and move on, but humor me a minute. If my child is being called by the Almighty God, then how can I seriously think that I can do a better job of meeting his need than HIM? I think it’s time we admit that God is a better parent than we are...really…
God Stretched Me.
”But, I’m not the one leaving my comfort zone and striking out on this journey!” you may say. Aren’t you? When your son or daughter leaves on this new adventure, part of your heart goes with them. Now who is being stretched?
My Prayer Life Improved.
With having a kid across the globe, or even the continent, it should just be a natural progression. Sometimes worry sets in and you miss them terribly, but the God of all comfort is there and we can kneel at His feet...AMAZING!
I Was Jealous.
What? Of course I felt a twinge of jealousy every time I thought of being focused on spiritual growth and ministry 24/7! What a cool opportunity, and especially when the beach is 100 yards away!
People Didn't Understand Me.
”Oh, how nice!”, “Isn’t that sweet!”, “You must be so proud!”, “What is he doing there?”...blah, blah, blah...I just wanted a shoulder to cry on and they act like he is on a vacation for a week! It’s 6 months, people! I miss my boy!
I Had To Share My Faith.
Ever tried to explain why your 18 year old is in Mazatlan, MX for 5 months in Discipleship Training without including your faith? Not happenin’ folks. God gives us opportunities through our child’s calling! Take them!
The Kid That Left Didn't Come Back...
the same, that is...Good thing, right? YES! God grew, changed and matured him more in 6 months than I could ever imagine! Dad and Mom, just stay out of the way and let Him work! Pray, pray, pray!
My Heart Was Broken...
With an amazing renewed passion for God and I was reminded of MY purpose. I was inspired by watching my son follow hard after his Savior!
It Was One of the Best Experiences I Ever Had as a Parent.
God called my son, He spoke to him, He comforted, nurtured, protected, grew, impassioned and matured him! What more could a parent want than for their child to be totally consumed with Father God and give their life away for His purpose?
Your experience may be different than mine, but I’m pretty sure that God has an awesome journey ahead for you and your son or daughter! Let Him speak to your child...stop doing all the talking for HIM!
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