Over the past 11 weeks of my Discipleship Training School, I’ve experienced God in ways that have changed my life!
1. I have grown to love myself.
This is one thing I definitely wanted to get out of my DTS. I wanted to be happy about how I look and happy with the talents I have. I now see that I am created in God’s image and anything that I say negatively about myself is also saying something negative about God. Before I came to do my DTS, I was scared to sing out loud, and I compared my voice to others’, but now I am able to sing loudly and have confidence in myself and my voice. I know that no matter what, if I’m praising God, He doesn’t care how it sounds!
I used to think I was ugly and focused on every little problem I had with my body. I thought I was skinny, had gross facial features, my hair always needing improving, and that countless other things were wrong with me. However, I am now able to say that I’m created exactly how I am supposed to be, and what others think doesn’t matter! This revelation has made me feel free in ways I haven’t experienced before!
2. Another thing I hoped to gain from DTS was the ability to hear God and see Him clearly. Oh boy did I get that!
He answers almost every prayer I pray, whether it’s what I wanted or something better that He had in mind. I’ve had dreams in which He was able to teach me how to pray for others. When I stepped out in faith, He gave me a vision for the person with whom I was praying. He has spoken to me in my times of need when I searched for Him. I’ve seen Him provide finances in incredible ways and am so excited to continue experiencing Him in this personal way.
3. Finally, I hoped that during my DTS I what discover what I should do in the future.
This one has been a process, but after working through some areas, I recently I figured out what God is calling me to do! I realized that I had been trying to find favour in God’s eyes by becoming a pastor, but I learned that it doesn’t matter what my job title is, nothing changes how God sees me. The next thing I had to do was give up my future ideas and plans, which was something I struggled with as I wanted to be in control of my own life.
I am still learning to let go, but recently God spoke to me telling me that I have a future in missions. Somehow, I already knew that would be the case, but God began confirming this more and more. After a conversation with my mentor, in which she said that she felt the same way, I was reassured that it was His will. I still don’t know what this looks like, but I know God wants to use me in the nations!
Throughout my DTS, I have had many amazing experiences with God! I now know that I am His son and that He is proud of the creation He made!
By Daniel Haglund
World Explorer DTS Student