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A Blessing for Law Enforcement

A Blessing for Law Enforcement

For the ones who run into danger so that others may avoid it, stopping blood shed, holding the broken, shielding us from it all.   To the ones who meet the dark side of humanity, so we can go on never knowing:   You are noticed, you are prayed for, your work is highly valued. You’re our safety, our provision, our security in the darkness.   Your compassion, your purpose, your blood, sweat, and fears; Your courage, your sacrifice, your heartache— they are seen.   God is with you, never failing. In Him may...

A look around Newtown — Sky Full of Stars (by Coldplay)

  Have you wondered what our neighbourhood looks like? This Coldplay video Sky Full of Stars is filmed two blocks from our place! Check out King Street, the main drag of Newtown, Sydney (also nicknamed 'Eat Street' because of allll the cafes and restaurants) along with this awesome song! ENJOY.   Now, who wants to come visit? Or even better, come do the Urban Village DTS along with us?!  ...

3 Things you absolutely must know before going on DTS

  "There comes a time when you just have to take the leap of faith and trust God to help you land."     My excitement instantly flipped to a frightening fear as I stepped off the plane.   “Am I ready for this?”   There will come a point after the countless amount of communication, preparation, and farewells that your DTS will actually become a reality. Seemingly months of anticipation and waiting dissipates as the date draws near. I remember the occasion all too well.—suddenly the familiarity of security and comfort left...

A Blessing for Social Justice Advocates

Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.   May God bless you with the courage to speak truth in love, to pray for the provoker of injustice and to walk with wisdom and grace as you advocate for the oppressed.   May you not be tempted to take vengeance upon yourself but trust the one who said never avenge yourselves but leave it to Him.   May the word of God wash over your heart and mind and guide your peace as you encounter the news...

Doing DTS as older student

How doing a DTS at 27 changed my life

Gripping the resignation letter, my heart was pounding as it suddenly occurred to me that I may be making a terrible mistake by saying yes to a DTS. The fears started rolling in. Was I kissing my career goodbye? Am I too old? How am I going to make friends?   Yes, those questions are incredibly real and so valid.   Initially when researching if doing a DTS with YWAM would be right for me one major thing that struck me was the array of young faces that flashed...