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What is the Discipleship Training School about? Reflecting the Son
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Dangerous Stories
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The Pain of Saying “Goodbye”
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Where Are You Home? The Journey to “Become Home”

What is the Discipleship Training School about? Reflecting the Son

Photo Credit: Michael and Stephanie Chesterman

Michael and Stephanie Chesterman are leading the upcoming Discipleship Training School (DTS) at YWAM Muizenberg, which begins June 22nd. Recently, I heard Michael speak about the DTS. I was so moved by his passion for the school as he shared how God will transform the students’ lives and work through them to impact the nations! So if you’re wondering about DTS or doing a DTS at YWAM Muizenberg, here’s a little nugget, from this school’s leaders Michael and Stephanie, of what God has in store for you during the Reflecting the Son DTS!

As Christians, we are called to be ambassadors for Christ. We are to reflect what Christ has done for us and in us to those around us. Christ set an example for the disciples, and so we are to be an example to the world. Paul says that we are to always have a testimony. It is said that actions speak louder than words. Does the way we live our lives give an accurate testimony of what God has done in and for us?

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Dangerous Stories

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This post was originally published on A Life Overseas where it captured the interest of many missionaries – go and check it out the discussion! You can also follow the author Chris Lautsbaugh’s blog at No Super Heroes. This post is re-posted with permission.

Sometimes the stories we tell of those we minister to can become dangerous.

I’ve been at this missions thing for 23 years now. I’ve made a lot of mistakes.

I often reflect on things I did in the past and cringe. Hindsight is always 20/20, but perhaps others can learn from my mistakes.

One mistake centers around how I have reflected the stories of others to my own supporters and sending churches / organizations.

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The Pain of Saying “Goodbye”

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When I was younger, I struggled for years with suicidal depression. When I look back, I can see that I was so obsessed with myself and my pain that I was ignoring the precious people in my life. I was quite selfishly happy to part with them and to never see them again just so that I could stop hurting.

That was a long time ago, and I am now faced with a pain of a different sort. One of the first things I learnt, when I became a follower of Jesus, was that I needed to “sell everything I own and go follow Him.” I did it, and I did it with gladness because of the new life that I had found in Him. Later on, I was faced with the challenge of leaving my home, my language, and my nation. I lived in Wales at the time, and God wanted me to go to England; this is only a four hour train journey, and I would always cry half the way there!

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Where Are You Home? The Journey to “Become Home”

Photo Credit: Shannon Mintz  Photographer: Felicity Davies

Sometimes as missionaries and expats we do not often express the sense of loss and separation one goes through when following the call of God that moves us across countries, cultures, and/or oceans. So I am thankful for Angharad’s post last week on the “pain of saying goodbye” to home for another country (if you missed it, you can read it here: The Pain of Saying “Goodbye”). I can also understand this on a personal level. And please don’t misunderstand me; as much of this is difficult, much is also a desired, exciting, and joy-filled experience.

But at the same time and maybe after going through stages of grief and journeying through transition to living somewhere else other than my “original home” (cultural, birthplace, family, etc.), I find myself in another place emotionally and maybe spiritually too – a place that surprises me today but in a good and thankful way. A place where I survey where I now live with more fondness, even with a love that continues to deepen. Where I claim the beauty, the diversity, the people, and with contentment my heart says, “Yes.”

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