DISCLAIMER: it's a little long, sorry -- but bear with me!
It's been around six months since I felt God calling me into YWAM (Youth With A Mission). It was September 2013, three weeks before the Urban DTS (Descipleship Training School) was about to start, -- the school I was considering -- and I had no money whatsoever. My family didn't have the means to support me, and I'd just gotten a job that was barely providing me with enough money for gas to GET to work. I was dealing with serious trust issues when it came to God, but I felt so strongly that it was something that I was supposed to do, that I decided to figuratively jump off the cliff with Him.
Three weeks came and went, and by the time the school started, I had exactly the amount I needed to get me there. Over the next three months of lecture, I saw every penny of my tuition paid off miraculously, as well as the money for other living needs come in. God was definitely showing me a new side of His character: the provider. I had to get rid of my "orphan spirit" and start living as His daughter. I watched over $2500 come in in mere weeks for my outreach, and coming to the last few days of the DTS, I realized that I had done it. I'd started out with nothing, and a HUGE debt to pay, and I was leaving scotch free. I'd paid off everything I owed, thanks to a God in heaven who seriously cared about me.
After serious prayer and consideration over the last couple weeks of my DTS, I felt God saying that I was supposed to return in a month for the next phase, called SOE (School of Evangelism). DTS is more introspective, where you learn about God and who He is to you, and how much He loves you, as well as different parts of His character, while SOE flips the switch to focus on how to show who He is to the world. At YWAM Tyler, you are required to do both a DTS and SOE to come back and be full-time staff.
During my last meeting with my leaders before coming home from DTS, Brad Stanley (the director) used the analogy of digging wells, talking about how, because of my testimony of provision, I could dig a well of rememberance and be able to draw from it for the rest of my life. It really spoke to me, as I was hesitating about coming back so soon with (once again) no money for the next school. I kept hearing the Lord remind me, though, of His faithfulness, and it's because of that that I've decided to step out with Him again and trust for provision.
The amount I have put up there is $5000. This is only for my lecture phase, which has to be mostly paid off by March 30th, before I start fundraising for the outreach portion of SOE. The school starts in a month, giving me one week more than I had last time to fundraise! Haha. I am in need of not just tuition itself, but travel expenses to get me back to Tyler, Texas, and other needs, such as books/curriculum. I am also looking to put money toward a car for these next five months, as it would be the most convenient (as opposed to buying plane tickets). If you would like to find out more, PLEASE send me a message. You can support me online through youcaring, or you can also mail a check to YWAM Tyler Accounting (please message me for more details on address & other info).
Thank you so much for all of your prayer and support! I would not be able to do any of this without you guys!