On Monday of May 8th, my co-worker Zaan and I, departed on a faith journey in Anchorage. This would be YWAM Arctic Mercy’s first ever Mobile Team. We didn’t really know what to expect, but we trusted that God was going to do something magnificent. Our tentative plan was to go from church to church trying to build relationships and get YWAM Alaska’s name out there. Zaan has also been praying that we would get more students for our DTS that starts in late June. We were both excited to see what God would do in the week we were there.
Our first morning there we spent time in prayer. Praying for God to open doors and give us opportunities. We didn’t want anything that we did to be on our own strength or intellect. We gave God all of our personal hopes, desires, and what we thought the week should look like. After about an hour of prayer and intercession we hit the road. Neither Zaan nor I have the ability to use our phones for navigation. This wouldn’t have been an issue if either of us knew Anchorage. It really was a faith journey!
We stopped at the first church of the week, went in and asked if we could talk to the pastor or youth pastor. We were told that we needed to call and make an appointment. That wasn’t really the welcome we were expecting! We gave them our information and left. It was a little discouraging at first, but that changed very quickly. We decided beforehand that we would pray for the church before we went in and after we got back to the car. I believe that God gave us favor with many of the churches for that particular reason. Not very long after leaving that church we arrived at ABT (Anchorage Baptist Temple), a huge church. I have to admit, I was a little prejudiced at first, because of their denomination. God humbled me very quickly! We went in and were greeted with smiles and escorted straight to their youth pastor. We gave him our spiel on what Youth With A Mission is and what we’re all about. I can’t say that I’m eloquent with my speech, but that doesn’t matter when Holy Spirit is involved. No sooner after we had finished our piece, Darryl, the youth pastor, gave us a pitch. He started to tell us about an event that they have called Fusion. Fusion is a youth convention where teens come from all over the state of Alaska. He said if we would be willing to do four break-out sessions, we could have a booth to promote YWAM. And the best part is it would all be free of charge for us! Praise the Lord! God truly is faithful. Zaan and I left with huge smiles on our faces and giving glory to God.
Our first day of Mobile Team we stopped at ten churches. We made a lot of connections with pastors, who for the most part, didn’t know that YWAM existed in Alaska. Each day we continued to seek God’s will and listen to Holy Spirit. By the end of the week we had visited approximately 40 churches. Twelve of them we made solid connections with. Thankfully, it’s not our job to grow the seeds that were planted. I believe that we will continue to see fruit from this trip in the future. YWAM as an organization works through the support of local churches. As Christians and as an organization we need the support of other Christians. We look at making mutual beneficial relationships. Over the week that we were in Anchorage we built a foundation for those relationships to grow.
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6
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