YWAM Mazatlan


Recent Posts by Geertje:

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 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 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 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.

Let There Be Gluten! How God Healed My Body During My DTS

I’ve had celiac disease my whole life but didn’t find out until about 7 years ago, when my body began to shut down. Little did I know I had been eating something that was considered poison to my body for so long and it was negatively affecting my immune system. Long story short, it was very serious. If I ate gluten, even just a bite, I would pass out. My body just couldn't handle it. Going into my DTS this allergy was a huge stressor for me. I was stressed about how I was going to eat on outreach, how I was going to make meals work here on base, and at times, it's exhausting to feel like people have to accommodate you for every meal.

Director's Update with Brent Madsen March 2018 

Welcome to our March Director’s Update. I look forward to sharing with you the highlights of our Carnaval outreach as well as show you the progress made on our property expansion.

Carnaval 2018: More Stories To Tell

Allison’s Story

“A couple weeks ago during base intercession we were praying for Carnaval and for the people. God kept giving me this name Alex, and he told me that she had pain in her legs, so since then I’ve been praying for her. Last night at one point I looked across the street and saw a lady with a small child. We walked over and I asked her what her name was and she said it was Alejandra, and I got chills because I knew this was the woman who God placed on my heart. So I asked her if she had any pain in her legs and she said, “yes and in my feet too.”

Director's Update with Brent Madsen February 2018

Welcome to the first Director’s Update for the year. I’m looking forward to using this time to keep you up-to-date on the latest happenings here at YWAM Mazatlan.