“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
– John Wesley
YES! I’d finally graduated my Senior Year. Goodbye high-school, hello freedom! The desire to live a radical life burned inside of me, but I had no idea where to start. I knew God had a plan for my life, but I didn’t know what that looked like. I yearned to bring a change in the world. After considering all my options, I chose to do a six month Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission. These are the 5 top things I learnt in that time.
1. Know God
When I decided to take a gap year, I wanted to know God more than just surface level. What did it mean for me to know God? DTS taught me how to dig deeper into the nature and character of God. I learnt what it was like to hear God’s voice, read my bible with new revelations, and how to grow that relationship daily.
2. Discover Your Purpose
I started a college degree with high hopes for the future. All that changed after an unexpected injury, when I was told I would never be able to pursue nursing for a future career. I wanted to know more about myself, my purpose and calling in life. DTS opened my eyes to things I’d never had the courage to dream before. It helped me understand that with God, ALL things are possible.
3. How To Travel Abroad
As adventurous as it sounds, trekking the globe and exploring different nations can be a little daunting to think about. I had perfected the art of getting lost and was known for confusing my right from my left. Having the opportunity to do an international outreach, I learnt the necessities when travelling on my own AND together in groups as I continued to step out of my comfort zone.
4. Cross-Cultural Friendships
On my DTS I met people from all over the world. Building relationships with people from different nations has given me a refined understanding of what life looks like outside the walls of my own western society. I learnt new languages, tasted international delicacies, compared cultural differences and even shared hilarious awkward moments of words that don’t always mean the same to someone else as they do to you. I made friendships that will last a lifetime.
5. Face My Future With Confidence
Don’t wait for a green light to pursue your passions and dreams. I used to worry a lot about whether I was going in the right direction for my life. I’d often ask “Is this what God wants for me?” Whether it’s in my college campus, or in the middle Africa, the pressure lifted when I realised that I can just keep moving forward until I get a red light.
I chose to take a 6 month Gap Year before college for a number of reasons. It was a season in my life that was well worth it. It has equipped me to go out into the world with confidence, and I have a better understanding of what’s next for my future. If I ever do decide to go back to college, I will be well prepared to face it.
By Samantha Kemp
YWAM Communications Staff