Changing Lives in Congo, One Clean Foot at a Time

anna hobbesNathan “Hobbes” and Anna Wagner are the school leaders for the Bible School of the Nations (BSN). This summer, they were outreach leaders for the BSN outreach to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they partnered with the BELT (Biblical Education and Leadership Training). Part of this program and their outreach included teaching biblical seminars to local pastors and community leaders. Anna and Hobbes describe some of their experiences and the impact the BSN outreach had on the people of Congo. 

After our plane ride to Uganda, a night spent sleeping on airport chairs, an 8-seater plane ride to the Congo and a 12-hour jeep ride down a very bumpy road, we finally arrived in Poko, a town in a far-off corner of the jungle in the Congo. Over 300 people surrounded the car to welcome us with singing and dancing. It was all a little overwhelming, but we also felt very honored. We’ve never seen a welcome like that before! The day after our arrival, we started the BELT seminar, which we taught together with three of the BSN students on our team.

It was a hot afternoon, and we were over 100 people in the church. The theme we were teaching about was forgiveness and reconciliation. After we finished the teaching, people began washing the feet of those they had forgiven or had asked forgiveness from. At first, we thought that people were getting out their handkerchiefs because it was so warm outside, but then we realized that many of them were crying as relationships were being healed: between tribes, generations and people of different positions. One lady was crying as she washed the feet of her husband who now lived with another woman. When she could have so easily chosen bitterness, she chose forgiveness. Seeing people changed in these ways makes it easy for us to travel to remote places and do what we do.

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Relationships were healed as many of the participants washed each others feet, asking for forgiveness and praying for one another. 

During our outreach, we also partnered with Kairos, an organization which is working to make an oral Bible available for local languages all over the world.  According to statistics, almost half the population of the Congo doesn’t know how to read. With over 200 known languages in the nation, many people don’t even have the Bible in their own language yet. That’s why it was so exciting for us to partner with Kairos to make this oral Bible, in the local language of Zande, during our time in Poko. Six Zande speakers recorded 70 stories and we edited them with the help of a local school teacher –all with the sounds of goats and chickens in the background.  The finished product was put onto solar powered audio players and distributed, to the joy of the Zande speakers.

We are so thankful for the passion that Anna, Hobbes, and the BSN have for bringing God’s Word to the nations. Please pray for the continued work that BSN and BELT teams are doing- that more people would be equipped, trained and transformed with the Word of God through these programs. You can read more about BSN here and BELT here.

“You call me out upon the waters…”

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Here is another post written by Helene, from her time in Thailand and Cambodia. 

“You call me out upon the waters, the great unknown, where feet may fail.”  

 –“Oceans,” by Hillsong

As I’ve listened to this song the last few weeks, God has been speaking to me. To walk on water with him. To make the impossible possible. God is challenging me to push my boundaries, think bigger, and reach for the extraordinary. God doesn’t exist in our definition of normal. God is God, and I’m not. My feet may fail, but I’ll trust in Him to guide me.

We have now been in Cambodia, in the village of Pouk, for almost two weeks. Our days include teaching English, computer and music at the school, plus Bible teaching, kids ministry, gardening, and helping out with the Justice Water project. I’m teaching an “English for Beginner’s” class. It’s amazing to see the students improve and their eagerness to learn. God is really revealing himself through the kids. Both here and in Thailand, people around me showed God’s goodness. Just by letting their light shine.

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To be honest I’ve struggled to see what God has been doing through me during this outreach. I know that what we’re doing is good, that we’re helping and showing God’s light in a dark world, but I’ve been so eager for more. This desire is a good thing, but it has also blinded me to see the things that are actually happening. God has reminded me that he has given me that desire- to know him and see great things happen. Now, I’ve realized we  ARE making a difference, and that God is working through our team, but I still long for more. I still long for miracles to take place, so that Gods name will be glorified.

Cambodia is a country with awful history. In 1970, a civil war broke out, and 1/4 of the population was killed under the Pol Potts regime. This had severe consequences. One of these is slavery – child labour, physical work and prostitution. We have also noticed a difference in the spiritual atmosphere here. During these weeks, we’ve all felt challenged to stay joyful. Honestly, it’s been a long time since I’ve felt as annoyed and angry as I was the first days we were here. For no special reason. My attitude needed some serious work. Luckily for me, and the rest of my team, God is greater than any bad mood. But there’s still challenges- every day is a battle. But we’re all warriors of Christ, and with his armor, we’ll always be ready to fight the spiritual battle. The armor does not cover the back, so God doesn’t give an opportunity to run away from this battle. My weapon for attack is His word (Eph 6). This makes me eager to know more of what God says, and get all the knowledge I can.

Every morning I need to make a choice – how is my day going to look? I’ve figured out that it is best to lay it in God’s hands. And to quote again from this week’s song: “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters, wherever you will call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith would be made stronger. In the presence of my Savior.” This is my prayer and my wish. For God to lead me to and through things that seem impossible for the human eye. To live in his presence and to be guided by the world’s best guide. Because that is when I’m going to see the most interesting things. Who is guiding you?

Love from Cambodia.

Helene, DTS Student

Village Life in Thailand: #2

Here is another post written by Helene, from her outreach experience in Thailand earlier this year. 

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After thirteen days in the village Wa Shi Kaaw, we have now returned to the base in Way Te Loo. Here we have all of our belongings, wi-fi connection and the possibility to buy chocolate. All of this is awesome and we’ve been missing it for a while now, but after getting use to a different, simpler lifestyle in the village, we’ve also gotten to love this way of life. This lifestyle includes bucket showers, cooking all kinds of food on the fire, burning the trash, going to bed at 8 PM and listening to the roosters all night long. A simple lifestyle, with a lot of challenges along the way, but it really makes you appreciate the important things in life. Even though the spiders are HUGE, there are pigs outside the toilet, three roosters in the kitchen, cats in the beds, and chickens all over the place, and even if the smell of fried rat is filling the house, it is the love these people give that will remain as the strongest memory in this village. Still, we are making memories that will bring laughter in the years to come. It’s hard to forget not being able to hear Rachel and Finn sing on Glee, because of the roosters singing louder in the kitchen. Or that one by one on the team had to experience an unspoken amount of food coming out again one end or the other, and for some, both.

But one thing I’ve understood during this time, is that it does not depend on where you are, or what you’re doing, everything depends on the people you are creating memories with. The new people you get to know, and the friends already surrounding you. To be able to pray and worship the same God with someone that speaks a different language, and know that your hearts are dwelling in the same place, with the same Lord, is the most awesome feeling. For me, the hardest part on outreach is the fact that we have to leave all the wonderful and lovely people we get to know.

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Then it’s so great to leave with the knowledge that some time, God knows when, we will see each other again. One thing from this culture that will stay with me forever is the hospitality and friendliness of the people here. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or when you come, you’re always welcomed into their homes and served snacks or food. They will kill any sized spider or snake if you ask them to, and if your legs are covered in bites (yes, mine are), they will crush some kind of orange root to give you as medicine. You will always feel secure in the present of the Karen people. At least I do!

These weeks have contained a lot of exciting things. We have been teaching the most beautiful kids at the school here. Even if they don’t understand any English, it’s amazing to see how you are able to communicate in other ways. We have had the opportunity to teach them about the Gospel, to sing songs with them and we have played a lot of games. In addition to the teaching, we have also done some practical work. This meaning picking and bagging corn in the fields. In the evenings we have been visiting the homes, where we have prayed and seen healing, eaten a lot of good snacks, and gotten to know the people in the village. Through singing, laughing and sharing some of our testimonies, we have seen God work in wonderful ways. After a few days of vacation we are now ready to continue our outreach in a new country.  Now we’re heading east towards the Cambodian border. I’m so excited to get to know new people, a new culture, eat new food, and see God’s plans for us in Cambodia.

Lots of love from Asia!  Helene, DTS Student

Creativity and serving God!

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The DTS finished just a few weeks ago, after our teams returned home from outreach and had their last week of teaching here at Skjærgårdsheimen. Check out what one of this year’s students, Andrea, has written about her experience during the DTS. 

The DTS has taught me a lot of new things about myself and about God. How he sees the world and how I should try to see the world through his eyes. This has already had an impact in my life, my future life choices and my outlook on life.

I’ve always been very creative, ever since I was little. Drawing, singing, writing and just making something, anything creative in general. When I was a kid, I wanted to become a pop star off course, but as I got older, people told me that was impossible. And I also began thinking that doing something creative with my music or designing would be very selfish. So, I stopped having those dreams or more honestly, stopped dreaming those dreams. I began thinking about psychology, the priesthood or something like that.

One of the weeks at DTS, we had an awesome teacher named Tove Poulsen. She taught about biblical worldview, which really changed me. I realized that God has created me the way He has for a reason. The dreams we have were just as carefully made in his hands as the other parts of us- He gave us the ability to dream and our heart’s desires for a reason.

My dream is to change the world and make it a better place, and the way I’m going to do it is through art, music, and creative writing – the ways I can do it best, the way He made me. It’s not about doing the most “holy” job in the world, but doing whatever job you have to honor Him. Basically, doing what makes you happy to make Him happy.

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When I was on outreach in Thailand, we were carrying wood down from the mountain, and while waiting for the others, I was talking to one of the girls from the Karen team. We were talking about the differences between Norwegian and Karen culture, and all off a sudden she asked me what I wanted out of life. I answered as a Christian girl ‘’should’’ answer, “I want to follow Gods plan for my life.” But then she asked me once more, “but what do you want to do?” Then I told her about my dream and as I told her, my voice just got more and more energetic, louder and faster. Because then I was pouring out my heart, the dreams of my heart. Then she said with tears in her eyes, “you should not deny God and you should not deny yourself. Keep God close and follow your dream, ’cause that is what you’re meant to do.”

The DTS has changed my outlook on life. It has taught me that my dreams, talents and interests have value and I was given them for a reason.

“Not only has the Lord filled him with his Spirit, but he has given him wisdom and made him a skilled craftsman who can create objects of art with gold, silver, bronze, precious stones, and wood.”  – Exodus 35: 31-33

Andrea, DTS Student

”Misjon” er ubibelsk…….

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”Misjon er på Guds hjerte”, hører vi ofte noen si. Jeg har lyst til å kverulere og være skikkelig vanskelig og si at det ikke er helt riktig. Det er ikke ”Misjon” som er på Guds hjerte. Det er mennesker. Du og jeg. Vi er skapt i Guds bilde. I bildet til en Gud som omtaler seg selv i flertall – ”La oss lage mennesker i vårt bilde” (1.Mos 1,26, min uthevelse) I treenigheten er det en tett og kjærlig relasjon. Vi har fått den samme egenskapen, og er skapt først og fremst for å leve i en slik relasjon med vår Skaper og hverandre.

Men det er jo også andre kall eller hensikter som Gud har for oss. I Efeserne 2.10 sier Paulus at vi er ”Hans verk, skapt i Kristus Jesus til gode gjerninger som Han allerede har lagt framfor oss”.  Noen opplever f.eks å få ”misjonskall”.

Jeg har aldri følt noe ”misjonskall”, men sammen med familien min, har jeg selv i 14 år vært en såkalt misjonær blant Miskito-indianerne i Honduras. Av yrke er jeg flyger, og hovedsakelig jobbet jeg der som ambulanseflyger, men sammen med kona mi Yngvild, startet vi også en UiO-base. Der hadde vi Disippeltreningsskole, barneskole og jobbet med menigheter, barn og unge rundt i området. Hva var det som avgjorde at jeg kunne klassifiseres som en ”misjonær”?  Var det det at vi jobbet med å disippelgjøre mennesker fra en annen kultur? Jobbet med barn? Reddet liv og hjalp andre ”misjonærer” med flyet? At vi gjorde alt dette i et annet land?

Hvordan definerer bibelen hvem som er en misjonær og hvem ikke, og hva som er en misjonsmark? Sannheten er at du ikke en gang finner ordene misjon, misjonær eller misjonsmark i Bibelen. Dermed, kverulant og vanskelig som jeg er, vil jeg hevde at ”misjon” er ubibelsk…… I hvertfall slik vi bruker dette begrepet.

Hva sier så bibelen om det vi kaller ”misjon”? Som jeg sa innledningsvis er vi alle først og fremst kalt til å leve i en tett relasjon med vår Skaper. Det ser vi som en rød tråd igjennom hele Bibelen. I Salme 27, 4 + 8 kan vi se at David hadde skjønt dette:

4. “En ting ber jeg Herren om, dette ønsker jeg: Å få bo i Herrens hus alle mine dager, så jeg kan se Herrens skjønnhet og være i Hans tempel.”

8. “Jeg minnes at du har sagt: “Dere skal søke mitt ansikt.” Ditt ansikt søker jeg, Herre.”

Vi er også alle kalt til å være Jesu disipler, eller ”kristne”, som først ble brukt som et kallenavn i Antiotika på disse ”mini-Jesus’ene” som prøvde så hardt de kunne å være lik Ham.

Så hvem er da disse spesielle disiplene som blir kalt til å være ”misjonærer”? De finnes ikke, mener jeg. Jesus kaller alle som tror til å følge Ham, være Hans disipler og til å ”gå ut” og gjøre andre til disipler. Han spesifiserer ikke at noen få spesielt utvalgte skal bli ”misjonærer”. Ganske enkelt; Vi som tror er kalt til å være disipler, og å gjøre disipler av andre. Du har kanskje hørt noen kalle det ”Å kjenne Ham, og å gjøre Ham kjent”……..

Jesus kaller ikke noen til å være ”vanlig” kristen, andre ”aktiv” kristen, ”fulltids”-kristen, eller ”super”-kristen. Han kaller oss bare til å være kristne, eller ”mini-Jesus’er”. Loren Cunningham sier ofte: ”Du er enten en misjonær eller en misjonsmark”! Jeg gjetter at han har lest om Grev Zinzendorf, den moderne misjonsbevegelsens far, som levde på 1700-tallet. Han sa nemlig: “Misjon handler kun om dette: Enhver med Jesus i hjertet er en misjonær, enhver uten Jesus i hjertet er en misjonsmark”.

Så i følge dette, hva blir da forskjellen mellom meg som kristen i Honduras og nå som kristen i Norge? Geografi! Ingenting annet. Jeg gjorde mitt beste for å være en Jesu disippel i Honduras i 14 år, fordi jeg følte Gud ledet meg dit.  Nå prøver jeg å følge Ham her i Norge, ved å bruke mine gaver og evner i lydighet til det Han leder meg til her. Kun geografisk forskjell.

Hvis det er dette vi mener med ”Misjon”, da er det i høyeste grad Bibelsk!

Har du Jesus i hjertet?

Jarle Hofstad

Village life

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It’s been a while since the last update, and the reason for that is the life without electricity and internet. But here are some updates from our two first weeks in the village Maw Kwee in the middle of the jungle of Thailand. Adventure.   

We have just returned back to the YWAM base in Thailand, after some amazing days in the village. We have showered in a river, taught at a school, torn down a house and made room for a new one, ate rat, killed a snake, and also gotten to know some lovely brothers and sisters in Christ.

After two hours in the back of a pick-up truck, we arrived in the village Maw Kwee. We drove through a river, and up a dusty road, which I don’t think would be called a road in Norway. We finally stopped and were met by the Karen-DTS team, and a lot of beautiful kids from the village. The first day we got settled in, took our first shower in the river with sarongs, which wasn’t that easy…
The next day began at 6 am with work duties- making food, cleaning and getting water, quiet time to spend with Jesus, and then breakfast at 7:30 am. The first challenge came right after breakfast: teaching. Christina, Ana and I got a translator and three classes, and without any preparation we stood in front of a class with kids that were eager to learn. After that day I didn’t want do do anything like that again. I can say that my wish was not granted. But after several days with teaching, and some more preparation, it became more fun.

During the week we also got to help the Damola project. This is a project started for the women in Maw kwee in 2012, where they weave things like zipper bags, table runners, handbags and many other things, and sell them in Thailand, Norway, and the U.S. We helped out with different things, like sewing. We are also learning the Karen language and soon we’ll be perfectly good at making Asian food. The “colla was”, also known as the white people, are slowly but safely getting intergraded into this new culture.

During these weeks we have heard a lot of stories. Many of these stories are hard for many of us to even understand or imagine. This village contains mostly of people from Myanmar who have moving stories to tell about their lives, from situations we can’t even imagine. Strong stories from the civil war, soldiers taking over villages with violence, natural disasters…  This really opens our eyes, and makes us appreciate the things we take for granted. We should be better at thanking for the people we have around us, for having a bed, food and clothes. So wherever you are in the world, be thankful, cause we have always something to be grateful for. Make sure your heart is in the right place. As it says in proverbs 4.23; keep your heart with all diligence(…). It says ‘your’ heart. Don’t worry about others, but make sure that your heart is where you want it to be. Because when it’s all over, that is what matters. I will conclude by quoting a wise friend: “We are too small to get in the way of God doing great things through us. Just by walking you are carrying Jesus to dark places. Remember that God is in your presence whether you feel it or not.”

And please continue to pray for us. Blessings from Thailand.

Helene
DTS student 

Crucible

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I remember when I was in High School and we learned what the word ‘Crucible’ meant: A place of severe test or trial; a place or situation in which different elements interact to produce something new. Our teacher explained that many times, when one wants to refine gold or silver, the metal is placed into a crucible, exposed to very high temperatures and then the impurities are burned away leaving a beautiful finished product.

October was my month of a living-crucible in Thailand.

You’ve heard the old saying, ‘be careful what you wish for’ or ‘be careful what you pray for’? Now I’m recommending, ‘be careful what you study’. In my quiet time I began a study that I titled ‘Crucible’ where I studied a few places in the Bible where trials were turned into triumphs. In Romans 5:3-5, tribulation turned to perseverance, proven character, and then into a hope that doesn’t disappoint. James 1:2-4 talked of trials being a testing of our faith, teaching us endurance until we reached a perfect result.

While I was studying, there were no real struggles I was facing- just the normal, small struggles of living in a new culture. Then God took me on a field trip: Chiang Mai Ram Hospital! October was a month of sickness, pain and deep reliance on Him. It was a time where I learned to put into action what I say I believe in the Bible; that God is good in all circumstances and has a good plan with everything in my life, even sickness in a foreign country.

It was a time of living out 1 Thessalonians 5:16. “Rejoice Always!” My God is good. He is worthy of praise regardless of circumstance. I believe what is written in Romans 8:28 and it is my joy to honor Him!

I’ve been blessed to be able to come home to celebrate Christmas with my family. And as nice as it has been, I’ve also been hit by the reality of worry and the effect that it has on service to God. As my dad and I drove around Oregon and delivered Christmas presents to all the aunts and uncles, each asked me, “Are you really going back to Thailand after being ‘deathly’ sick again?” And my answer is an emphatic ‘YES!’

I understand their worry and am incredibly thankful for their concern, but my experience has been that that I’ve seen in these passages: From trial comes triumph! Sickness is not my desire, nor is it God’s. However, praise and relationship with Him is! While I lay in my guest house, recovering from my week in the hospital I wrote a blog post (www.elsethenomad.wordpress.com). It was about why I joyfully choose to stay in Thailand with the Karen despite sickness. It was my testimony of God’s triumph.

That post circulated the globe. Friends in Asia read it, friends in Europe read it, and my dad read it to a waitress when he had a Bible study at a restaurant in town. I can’t help but wonder if maybe, just maybe, God allowed me to be sick just so that that waitress could hear the testimony of God’s faithfulness and redemptive and saving love.

Without darkness there can be no light. Without the cold, there would be no comforting heat. Without the difficulties of life, there would be no need for the grace and mercy of God. It is through the testing of our faith that we are made into the perfect likeness of Jesus. Paul was beaten, shipwrecked, stoned, bit by vipers and imprisoned; yet he praised God continually with all his heart.

As it says in Job 23:10: When he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

More and more, I understand what Paul meant when he said ‘to live is Christ and to die is gain’. My life is more than health and ease. My life is to glorify God. If glorifying God means being sick in a foreign land, resulting in people all over the world getting on their knees in communication with the God of the Universe, then I’m okay with that.

I will happily and joyfully go through the crucible.

Else Conrad                                                                                                                                                                      One Year team, Maw Gwee, Thailand

 

 

Time for departure – outreach

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Helene is one of our DTS students and we have asked her to write from her outreach in Thailand and Cambodia. She will write frequently and you can follow what she and her team are experiencing in an another culture, with team life, and what God is doing trough their lives.

The lights have been turned off. Around me people are trying to sleep. For most of them, including me, it’s not working. Not so weird considered that the clock just turned 8 pm (Norwegian time). In approximately 3 hours we will arrive in Asia, and in the busy streets of Bangkok. The moment we have been waiting for since we applied for the DTS, which now seems a bit scary, is here – outreach! Tears have been shared, the last loaf of bread with brown cheese have been eaten, and we have left our stiletto heels at home. At least for the next 9 weeks.

Cultural changes are coming our way, and we couldn’t be more excited. For the cold showers, the toilet visits without toilet paper, and “the unknown amount of rice”. But what we really look forward to is to see God change people’s lives. When you don’t really know what you’re traveling to, it’s hard to know what you can expect. How is the language, the climate, the humor and the social behavior? I guess we’ll find out. But one thing I do expect, is to listen to what God wants us to do, use the authority given to us by Him, and see great things take place. See healing happen, hearts being softened, see villages get clean water, and experience people getting a revelation about Gods grace and love for them.

24 hours have gone by, and I’m now laying on the floor of a bamboo cabin, which bay the way is my bed, and thinking about the last day. After 10 hours in plane, 10 hours in bus, and a lot of waiting, we have arrived the village and the YWAM base in Way Te Loo. We have experienced to sit in the back of a pick-up truck, while driving under the same shiny stars as in Norway; joy. I’ve also experienced the feeling of puking during the bus ride; not so much joy. But it’s all a part of this huge adventure we call outreach. There is all ready a lot of different cultural challenges, like our beds, our clothes, and the sanitary conditions. And I’m sure we’ll experience a lot more, both good and not so good situations, that will shape us as people.

I believe that God has many plans for this journey, and He has already made the road ready for us to walk on. I guess the best thing is to trust that the maker of heaven and earth knows best. And did you know, all this goes for your life as well!? You don’t need to travel the world for loving the people around you. Just think; who can I make a difference for today? And I’m sure you’ll find an answer.

You can also be a part of making a change, by praying for us. We would appreciate that more than you could imagine. Thank you! God bless you.

Helene
DTS-student 

 

Julekafe på Skjærgårdsheimen

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Nå har vi allerede kommet i julestemning her på Skjærgårdsheimen. På onsdag den 4. desember hadde vi åpent hus og årets julekafe. Her ble det servert gode kaker og varm kakao, noe som kan friste en hver en kald desember kveld. Både studenter og stab var i sving når vi bakte og planla kvelden, som vi alle så frem til. Når bordene var dekket og skiltene på øya var satt opp, var alt klart for å ønske gjestene varmt velkommen!

Utover kvelden ble spisesalen vår fylt med småprat og nydelig julemusikk. Det var to av de musikalske og talentfulle studentene våre, Hosanna og Andrea, som sto for å få oss i god julestemning. Det ble spilt både kjente norske og engelske tradisjonelle julesanger, men også imponerende egenkomponerte sanger. Julekafeen sto til alles forventninger og ble en fin kveld både for oss her på basen, og for de hyggelige gjestene som tok turen hit.

Med dette ønsker vi alle en fortsatt god adventstid.

Else Iren 

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En drøm gått i oppfyllelse – Håp til Europa

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For en tid tilbake begynte noe å røre seg i oss, en lengsel til å bringe håp til Europa. Rett utenfor stuedøren vår er et helt kontinent som ikke lenger kjenner Jesus, og med mye
fattigdom, høy arbeidsledighet, depresjoner og lite håp for framtiden. Hva skulle vår
respons til dette være? For et par år siden reiste vi i små team sammen med resten av
Ungdom i Oppdrag til hvert land i Europa med fokus på evangelisering og bønn.

Slutten av november reiste vi til øst-Latvia med hele DTS-en, en familie og to tømrere. Vi hadde med innsamlede penger til materialer som vi brukte til å bygge tre terrasser og en 16 meter lang brygge på et leirsted for barn og ungdom. Vi jobbet i noen hjem med små
oppussingsprosjekter også: hos en familie med 9 barn tettet og malte vi et gulv så ikke barna skulle fryse på bena. Hos en vanskeligstilt familie byttet vi ut råttent treverk med nytt på deler av huset deres. Og hos en gammel dame vasket vi og la ny tapet. Hun var ivrig med å ta sin del av arbeidet!

Turen til Latvia ble en god pause fra skolebenken ved at vi fikk jobbe praktisk og bety en forskjell for noen som virkelig trengte det. Vi samarbeidet med en lokal kirke som tok oss utrolig godt imot. Det er rørende å se hvor mye de satte pris på at vi bodde i kirka deres og brukte tid med dem! Dette ble en forfriskende og inspirerende uke for oss. En uke hvor vi velsignet andre og samtidig ble velsignet tilbake. En drøm gått i oppfyllelse!

Et av målene våre som DTS er å starte noe i stab og studenter som fortsetter i lang tid
etter at skolen er over. Vær gjerne med å be om at mennesker skal få et hjerte for
Europa!

Håkon Risnes
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