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I just graduated from high school this past June. As my senior year was approaching, I found myself beginning to get anxious about my future. Fortunately, my parents and godly mentors encouraged me to look for some options that would allow me to grow in my faith and seek God's guidance for what may be next in my life. Together, we found Youth with a Mission (YWAM) - an organization committed to helping youth "know God and make Him known" through Discipleship Training Schools (DTS) and outreach programs all over the world. After researching and applying to various options, YWAM Bergen has accepted me into the January - June 2018 DTS!

I started my relationship with Jesus when I was a little boy and have been a part of an amazing church family that has helped me grow in living out what it means to be a Christ follower. From the moment I've been allowed, I've been a part of an Impact TEAM or two. From serving on my teams, to being an active participant in age-appropriate worship and bible study experiences, I have discovered that my relationship with Jesus is not just something to do while I'm at church. I've learned that while there are ups and downs and times when my decisions may not line up with God's best for me, my relationship with Him isn't a compartmentalized part of my life. It has been woven into every area. I can hardly wait to see how God uses my time at Impact Society DTS to continue shaping my faith and discover how to influence others effectively. 

Bergen is the second biggest city in Norway, with a population of close to 280,000. The city is historically a center for trade and cultural meetings between Norway and the rest of Europe. Bergen also has a central part in Norwegian missions history, and many have gone into missions from here. Today the city is an important university location and a place where the future is being shaped.

I will be part of a Jesus centered, network-based, international community in the city. Together, we will equip each other to live as disciples of Jesus in all areas of life; in our family, at work, in church, in missions. As a student at Impact Society DTS, I will be living in a collective with close connections to the Norwegian student population in Bergen. The DTS is set up in two phases, lecture and outreach. I don't have a lot of details regarding the outreach phase yet, but I do know we will be putting our lecture phase into practice. I will update as I learn more! 

I appreciate your partnership in prayer over the next several months. I know that this will be a continuation of experiencing God's plan for my life. This opportunity also has a financial obligation that I need to meet to participate. This seems daunting to me and sometimes makes me wonder if I should even attempt getting to Bergen. But just as those doubts begin, I am reminded that my pursuit of Jesus has led me to this point. He has placed leadership skills within me, he's set a passion inside me to help others know who He is, and I am confident that He will continue the work He has started. 

There's a scripture in Psalm 37 that has become very meaningful to me during this season. Verse 5 says this: "Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you." I believe one of the ways that He will help make this opportunity a reality is through the generosity of others. If you are able, I am so grateful for your willingness to be a part of the mission before me to "know God and make Him known." 

Karen Judy

2018-01-01 22:28:16

We are praying for you! We know God is going to do BIG things in your life over the next 6 months! Love, The Judy Family

Cynthia Johnson

2017-12-31 14:37:17

We love you and love that you love Jesus. Excited to see what he will to with and through you. We will be praying over you.

Sonje N Moore

2017-12-15 20:42:39

Wish you all the best on this next chapter!

Jeannette Fussell

2017-12-13 15:09:43

Happy Belated Birthday! The Fussell family will be praying for you as you serve the Lord & allow Him to work through you. God Bless!

Kaitlin Brooke Lamont

2017-12-13 03:25:34

Praying that God does big things through and in you on this trip!

Laura A Johnson

2017-12-06 18:36:12

Happy birthday

Debra L Ward

2017-12-06 01:52:08

Happy birthday Spencer

Jennifer Terrance

2017-12-05 21:41:06

The Terrance family is praying for you������ Go do awesome God things! Happy Birthday.

Sarah Mordica

2017-12-05 17:51:46

Happy Birthday, Spencer. Do big things! -The Mordicas

David Miller

2017-12-05 16:39:42

Have a great trip Spencer!!! You will do amazing things!! Also, happy birthday!!

Jennifer S Akers

2017-12-05 15:37:54

Happy Birthday Spencer!!!

James Stuart

2017-12-05 14:30:53

Happy birthday!

andrea may

2017-12-05 14:14:50

You're in our prayers!

Molly Harrison

2017-12-01 17:36:11

Praying for you, always!

Jennifer s akers

2017-11-22 13:05:46

Best of luck Spencer! From the Akers family

Rita D. Andetson

2017-11-22 02:23:00

Spence, continue to commit your way to the Lord and He will direct your path! Love you more than words could ever say! I’m so proud of the young man you have become! Love you, MorMor

Kim M. Koch

2017-11-22 01:54:11

God Bless and keep you Spence as you continue on your journey to seek Him and be the hands and feet of Jesus. I love you! G-Grandma Kim

Tara Dunlow

2017-11-21 22:15:18

We are so excited for you Spence!! We can’t wait to hear about all of the wonderful things God does in you and through you with this experience!! We love you bunches!!

Anonymous

2017-11-15 16:02:52

Love you Spenny! God will do great things in and through you! Love, Auntie Linds and Uncle Pope

Jane K. Orr

2017-11-11 15:44:43

God bless you & help you to be a blessing to many!

Theresa Smith Angelillo

2017-10-30 13:22:36

Spencer, we have been so blessed to have you in our community as a role model for our boys. We are praying for you and have no doubt of the blessings and success ahead for you.

Jaimee A Hager

2017-10-20 13:46:29

Awesome opportunity! The Hager’s will be praying for you the whole way!

Anonymous

2017-10-20 12:13:51

So excited to see the impact you will have for the kingdom! Will be praying!!

ANNETTE BUTTERY

2017-10-11 13:34:09

May the Lord bless and keep you, smile upon you and show you His special favor.

Deborah L Johnson

2017-10-04 00:42:33

Proud of you Spence!������

Michael J Ragsdale

2017-10-02 00:36:49

Wow Spencer- this is great and what an opportunity for Jesus. We will pray for you and can't wait to hear how God uses you and what He has in store for you. Soooo exciting!

Jesse Grindeland

2017-10-01 20:53:33

So excited to see what you have in front of you Spencer. Gud velsigne

Dustin T Holliday

2017-10-01 19:24:47

Great decision hermano! We know lots of Ywam'ers! Will be a life changing time

Karrieanne Keenan

2017-10-01 19:05:58

Spense, we are so excited for you to have this opportunity to show others the love of Christ. Thank you for being such an awesome example of what it looks like follow God's calling. God bless your journey!!

Update on Spenny!
January 20, 2018, 3:10 pm

Hi Family & Friends! 

As I type this, it's Saturday afternoon, January 20. 

Without bogging you down with a play-by-play of the past 2 weeks, we want to give you a little snapshot of how things are going with Spence. He made it to Norway, safe and sound, on the 9th. He was able to stay with some friends and they took him to his WYAM Base (in Bergen), that Friday. From that point forward, it became apparent that the environment and teaching were far from what we were anticipating. In a nutshell: Spence was one of only two students (the other being a 24 year old female), the "team" was made up of 5 people (including Spenny and other student), and there seemed to be a lack of structure for classroom training and outreach ministry. 

As parents, we fully expected Spencer to face some obstacles, including: homesickness, difficulty adjusting to a new culture, being challenged in his faith, and a lack of contentment. None of which, in our opinion, would warrant leaving the program. However, after MUCH prayer and counsel, we have made the decision to remove Spence from YWAM Bergen. Today, Spencer got in a cab, made it to the bus station and went back to the Stavanger area (where our friends live). He will be staying with some of them this week and [hopefully] on Sunday, he will be flying to the UK to participate in a "Taste and See" week at a Bible School through Torcherbearers International (you can read more about them here, if you'd like). Our hope is that this will be better fit for him and he will be able to return for their spring semester, (April 14 0 June 8). Upon completion of the Taste and See week, he will go back to Norway, where he will work/volunteer until he can go back to England. If UK is not a good fit, we have a couple other options in the works. Whatever the next steps are, he won't be coming home until June! ;) 

We trust that, as much as you know and love our family, you will know that we did not make this decision lightly. We are willing to answer any questions you may have; we have no intention of keeping information from anyone but also understand that everyone doesn't necessarily care to hear all the deets. As difficult as this couple weeks has been, it has also been an amazing opportunity for Spencer's faith to be challenged and grow. We are confident that the following months will continue to stretch him, build his confidence and give him amazing opporunities for his future. 

"Thank you" doesn't even begin to describe our gratitude - your prayers, financial support and encouragment have been a tremendous blessing. 

With much love, 
Nate, Heather (& Spence)

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Karen Judy

196 day(s), 02 hr 23 min ago

We are praying for you! We know God is going to do BIG things in your life over the next 6 months! Love, The Judy Family

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Cynthia Johnson

197 day(s), 10 hr 14 min ago

We love you and love that you love Jesus. Excited to see what he will to with and through you. We will be praying over you.

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Sonje N Moore

213 day(s), 04 hr 9 min ago

Wish you all the best on this next chapter!

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Jeannette Fussell

215 day(s), 09 hr 42 min ago

Happy Belated Birthday! The Fussell family will be praying for you as you serve the Lord & allow Him to work through you. God Bless!

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Kaitlin Brooke Lamont

215 day(s), 21 hr 26 min ago

Praying that God does big things through and in you on this trip!

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Laura A Johnson

222 day(s), 06 hr 15 min ago

Happy birthday

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Debra L Ward

222 day(s), 22 hr 59 min ago

Happy birthday Spencer

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Jennifer Terrance

223 day(s), 03 hr 10 min ago

The Terrance family is praying for you������ Go do awesome God things! Happy Birthday.

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Sarah Mordica

223 day(s), 07 hr 0 min ago

Happy Birthday, Spencer. Do big things! -The Mordicas

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David Miller

223 day(s), 08 hr 12 min ago

Have a great trip Spencer!!! You will do amazing things!! Also, happy birthday!!

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Jennifer S Akers

223 day(s), 09 hr 14 min ago

Happy Birthday Spencer!!!

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James Stuart

223 day(s), 10 hr 21 min ago

Happy birthday!

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andrea may

223 day(s), 10 hr 37 min ago

You're in our prayers!

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Molly Harrison

227 day(s), 07 hr 15 min ago

Praying for you, always!

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Jennifer s akers

236 day(s), 11 hr 46 min ago

Best of luck Spencer! From the Akers family

$200

Rita D. Andetson

236 day(s), 22 hr 29 min ago

Spence, continue to commit your way to the Lord and He will direct your path! Love you more than words could ever say! I’m so proud of the young man you have become! Love you, MorMor

$100

Kim M. Koch

236 day(s), 22 hr 57 min ago

God Bless and keep you Spence as you continue on your journey to seek Him and be the hands and feet of Jesus. I love you! G-Grandma Kim

$200

Tara Dunlow

237 day(s), 02 hr 36 min ago

We are so excited for you Spence!! We can’t wait to hear about all of the wonderful things God does in you and through you with this experience!! We love you bunches!!

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Anonymous Donor

243 day(s), 08 hr 49 min ago

Love you Spenny! God will do great things in and through you! Love, Auntie Linds and Uncle Pope

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Jane K. Orr

247 day(s), 09 hr 7 min ago

God bless you & help you to be a blessing to many!

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248 day(s), 03 hr 43 min ago


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Theresa Smith Angelillo

259 day(s), 10 hr 29 min ago

Spencer, we have been so blessed to have you in our community as a role model for our boys. We are praying for you and have no doubt of the blessings and success ahead for you.

$50

Jaimee A Hager

269 day(s), 10 hr 5 min ago

Awesome opportunity! The Hager’s will be praying for you the whole way!

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Anonymous Donor

269 day(s), 11 hr 38 min ago

So excited to see the impact you will have for the kingdom! Will be praying!!

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ANNETTE BUTTERY

278 day(s), 10 hr 17 min ago

May the Lord bless and keep you, smile upon you and show you His special favor.

$100

Deborah L Johnson

285 day(s), 23 hr 9 min ago

Proud of you Spence!������

$50

Michael J Ragsdale

287 day(s), 23 hr 15 min ago

Wow Spencer- this is great and what an opportunity for Jesus. We will pray for you and can't wait to hear how God uses you and what He has in store for you. Soooo exciting!

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Jesse Grindeland

288 day(s), 02 hr 58 min ago

So excited to see what you have in front of you Spencer. Gud velsigne

$100

Dustin T Holliday

288 day(s), 04 hr 27 min ago

Great decision hermano! We know lots of Ywam'ers! Will be a life changing time

$350

Karrieanne Keenan

288 day(s), 04 hr 46 min ago

Spense, we are so excited for you to have this opportunity to show others the love of Christ. Thank you for being such an awesome example of what it looks like follow God's calling. God bless your journey!!

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