Lori’s Lollipops – December 2017

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“Thankfully I packed light” I thought to myself as I loaded my 80 liter backpack full of  Bibles. We’d left as much of our personal stuff behind as we could just for this. On it went, the heaviest pack I’ve ever carried in my life.  My team and I took a step on the narrow path before us. Then another. And another. The sun went down. The headlamps went on. And the trek continued. Enduring through sweat, some tears, and a good deal of pain we finally  arrived at our destination – the homes of people who have never held a Bible in their lives, some who’ve never even heard the sweet name of Jesus and about the crazy love He has for them. Honestly, those few days of Bible distribution were some of the most physically      difficult of my outreach, but also some of the most beautiful and worthwhile and hopeful. My life was transformed through that, and mine  wasn’t the only one. Through my team’s endurance, over 800 Bibles were distributed, and for the first time some of those villagers now have the chance to experience the one true Hope—Jesus. They have the   opportunity to read the Word in their own language and encounter the one true God. Please pray for those families to open that book, to dig in and be curious, and for them to be open to the Hope through the Holy Spirit! – Bree K.  

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We have had a great year here at YWAM Lakeside! We’ve trained 269 students in 27 schools , sending out 18+ student teams to our Target Nations.  Included in those numbers are our DTS teams, of which we just welcomed 2 back, and sent out 4 more! The amazing testimony above is from a DTS student who just returned from a gospel restricted nation.

The Surge Celebration:  Our three year partnership with YWAM Taipei came to a finish in Nov.  I was able to go to Taiwan for the celebration, along with a few others from Montana. There are so many things to celebrate, including 3 new YWAM locations that were pioneered out of YWAM Taipei!  While most of our efforts took place in Taiwan, we’ve also been able to host a few individuals over here in Montana. One such person is Yona. A Buddhist, Yona tagged along with a friend in order to learn English. During her time here, she began to ask questions about Jesus, and eventually got saved and then baptized! She is now in the middle of her DTS in Taiwan.  The story continues on, as Yona’s long-time boyfriend just got saved a couple of weeks ago, and we are hoping more of her family members follow suit!

“Thanksgiving.”  (Nope, not the holiday ) “Thanksgiving” was my word for 2017.  Little did I know when God dropped that word into my heart for this year that I would find it challenging.  In truth, taking over the leadership of our DTS Department by myself—and with it many more responsibilities – being thankful throughout the year was not as easy as I had anticipated.  But the stories of people’s lives being touched by the gospel, like the testimonies above, are what keep me going. Please continue to pray for 2 more leaders for our DTS Dept. to complete our leadership team.  Let me end by sharing the verses that’ve been my close companion this year.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:4-7   

Merry Christmas!   Lori

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