As you may know, I recently graduated from high school in the spring of 2023. Since then I have taken a gap year to save money for school and work full time as a team lead at Chick-fil-A Brea, I am currently in the process of becoming a manager on their team. This has been a great opportunity for me and I am loving growing in my leadership skills and investing in my team. 

Originally I had planned to work full-time, save money for school, and pursue a career in ultrasound in the fall of 2024. However, our plans are not always what Jesus has in mind for us. After praying and listening to the Lord's leading I felt that I should apply to a 6-month Discipleship Training School (DTS) through Youth with a Mission (YWAM) and put my schooling plans on hold. After praying and talking to several people I applied to YWAM Rogaland, in Norway. I am excited to announce that I will be joining their base from September through February as a student for their Reach (DTS). 

Youth with a Mission is an international organization started in the 1960s by Loren Cunningham with the purpose "to know God and to make Him known". Since the 1960s YWAM has grown into a large international organization with hundreds of bases around the world with each base having a unique culture, size, and focus. 

Rogaland is a mid-size base with roughly 60 students altogether, but the Reach DTS I have joined has roughly 15 students each year. Their Reach DTS has a focus on the least, the last, and the lost, bringing justice and healing the “least of these'' in society and stirring compassion for the outcasts of society. I am excited to see God’s heart expressed through our team as we do outreach in the nations, going to some of the most unreached areas of the world. This could be anywhere from slums, to refugee camps, or red-light districts. This can look like bringing basic medical care, water sanitation, good hygiene practices, or reaching out to trafficked persons. The best thing our team will be bringing is the hope of the gospel. 

There are two phases of the DTS the first part being the lecture phase where we grow in our knowledge of the bible and ministry and the second half is the outreach phase where we will be growing to a different nation. They will announce the specific country we will travel to during the first few weeks of the lecture phase.

If you would like to read more about YWAM Rogaland, they go into greater depth on their website: https://ywamrogaland.no/ .

With this new adventure, I would like to invite you to step into this journey with me as I pursue Jesus more and grow in bringing Him to the nations.

The entire DTS costs roughly $7,000 plus an additional $2,000 for travel costs and smaller fees along the way. If you would like to help support me financially as I pay for this school I have a couple of ways you can support me.