Our July DTS Outreach Team share about how God has been moving through the relationships they have formed during their ministry time with the people of the Pacific Islands.
When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them,” Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it. Mark 10:14-15
This week we have felt to be very intentional about spending time with the children around the base. As a result, we have seen deeper friendships form with the people we meet. During activities such as soccer, losing at tug-o-war, going to the beach and exploring an abandoned ship, God has made a way for our team to answer the wide variety of questions that the kids have asked us; even about Jesus and our faith.
As a team, we believe that God has really given us a heart for the youth here. He has been showing us what He wants to do through specific kids and our relationship with them. We saw this more clearly through the actions of a young boy named Taerami. He climbed a coconut tree for us to try one of the amazing coconuts that grow here on the island. Ever since our team met him, we have been connecting with him and getting his help with leading the kids in the activities. We believe for a 10 year old boy, he really has a heart for Jesus. He is a loving and compassionate boy; smart, fearless, and equipped with the heart of a leader who will do great things for Jesus. When we talked with him about doing a Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission, he seemed very eager to pursue the possibility.
We believe that being a world explorer is about getting out into the unknown and really trusting God to lead.
However, God has opened our eyes and shown us that it is also about getting out into the streets around us and connecting with the community, especially the children. They are the next generation. They are the future.
July DTS Student