DTS Student Susanna Smith writes about how she arrived with us at YWAM Newcastle and what God is doing!
A few of the many questions you get asked in your first week living at Lewis House go something like “What’s your name? Where are you from? Why are you doing a DTS?” The first two are easy questions. “My name is Susanna and I’m from Brisbane, Australia.” The third one but – well it’s a bit of a brain twister. When I got here almost two weeks ago – I actually didn’t know the answer to that question. Well… I did in part. I knew that this is where God wanted me. I knew that I wanted independence. I knew that I wanted to meet some amazing people from all over the world. But why had I come? The last two weeks have made me realise that over the past year I have been hearing different people speak things into my life that made me yearn for this experience – made me thirst for more of Jesus and his kingdom in my life. So that’s why I’m here – to see Jesus and his kingdom more in my life. The steps that got me here though were another story.
Money. The pieces of paper and plastic that make the world go round. There is no doubt in my mind that this was my biggest hurdle. About a year ago I was working in a job I hated – getting few hours on really low wages. I knew that there would be no way I could get to YWAM working in that job (not to mention I really didn’t like working there). So I started praying. I simply asked God for another job with more hours and better wages – I told Him I would give the whole first month’s earnings back to Him if he would provide for me. Within three weeks I had a new job. The faithfulness of Jesus is incredible – it will never ever cease to amaze me.
If you are thinking or praying about doing a DTS and don’t know how the heck you’re going to get here, start offering to God what you have. 1 Thess 5:24 says “The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it”. I feel like that verse needs a heap of exclamation marks at the end of it because it’s so simple and true. Be encouraged! Jesus is for you – he wants you here more than you know.