Student Profile: Henrik

This month, we have asked some of our DTS students about their experiences with DTS here at Skjærgårdsheimen. We’re asked them about what they have learned, why they decided to take a DTS, and what they are looking forward to on outreach. Read what Henrik (21, from Vestfold, Norway) has to say.

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Why did you decide to take a DTS at Skjærgårdsheim?

I decided to take a DTS because I saw that my life needed more focus on what is really important. Last year, I took a short weekend course about relationships and how to live a good life in Christ. After this course, I could see that my view of life was changed, and I wanted those changes to continue. So I started looking for a Bible school, courses, or schoolr to continue the process of learning and growingand something about Discipleship Training School stood out to me. I wanted to give my life to God, but just a little bit, so I could still continue my plans and education. Six months also sounded like the right amount of time for a school- I still had the possibilty to work and earn money the rest of the year. I choose Skjærgårdsheimen because I wanted to do a DTS in Norway.  In the end, I was looking at two different bases, and Skjærgårdsheimen was the one that I liked the best.

What has been the most meaningful week in the DTS so far?

The most meaningful week so far has been the week of teaching with Eleanor Rich. All the weeks have been a part of a bigger picture and all of them are important. But Eleanor’s week was about listening to Gods voice. It’s so basic, but at the same time was it really good to become more secure in the way God communicates with us. This makes all the other aspects of God more trustworthy and just creates a big security in Him!

In what ways has your relationship with God changed since starting the DTS?

Throughout my entire life, others- society, schools, church, my parents and friends-  have tried to tell me what life is all about. And then I formed my own opinion about it- what the world is like, who I am, and God is. This view was not completely wrong according to what God wants and what the Bible says. But this school has been an eye-opener to how God created humans to be and the how our identity is founded in him. I already have a much bigger view about God and how my identity is grounded in him. Before the DTS, I was more concerned with “religious” things and doing “right” Christian things. But that is only about culture. But now I realize God is about and in all cultures.

From my previous experiences, I experienced people judging one other because of what they do, or don’t do. Now, I am very aware of my role in the world, and that it’s all between me and the Creator.

Where are you going on outreach and what are you looking forward to the most?

We are going to Cambodia! I am so excited about it. We have so many opportunities to make a difference for the people there, and to spread Gods love to them through different things.  The ministry I am most excited about at the moment is Justice Water. As far as I know, this project is quite established in Cambodia. But it is a BIG project, and there is still a lot of work to be done. Lack of clean water is a big problem in the third world, and it is the main reason why people become sick in those countries. Hand hygiene is also key to preventing disease. Through the Justice Water project, we will be able to partner with locals who have been trained to bring sustainable clean water tanks and techniques to those who need it most.

We will also have opportunities to teach English classes, work in orphanages, evangelize in the street, and join local church ministry. I really look forward to the outreach, and I am excited to see how it can bring me closer to God, and how I can get to know myself better, the world better, develop relationships with other people, and ultimately how it can challenge me to walk the path God has for me.

 

You can continue to follow the blog for more updates from other DTS students and our outreach teams! Please continue to remember all the students and staff in your prayers.

Photo: YWAM Kristiansand photo database

“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