Another Exciting Jesus Packed Summer 2016

Dear Friends

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for the support you have given to us as a ministry. Your unwavering prayers, words of encouragement and financial support goes a long way and encourages us to continue with the task God has laid before us.  

Another Exciting Jesus Packed Summer

Teams :

With 38 from Kansas City (24 from Kansas City Discipleship Training School  & 14 Messenger ); 18 from Cornerstone Ministries, Trinidad, Summer 2016, it was really packed between June 28th and August 2nd with 3 teams ministering with us on the Island. Challenging but, we saw the grace of God in various areas from finding housing to coordinating meals and more.

DTS 2016 Graduation:
We give all praise to God who did it again and made it possible for our 4th DTS on the Island to graduate. The students picture below testify of God's miracle in impacting their lives and using them during the outreach in Saint Lucia and in the Dominican Republic to touch lives. The graduation took place on June 17th 2016 after a debrief and re-entry week.
Please continue to pray with us that the foundation that was placed will continue to produce fruit in their lives as Disciples of Christ. 
Right now we are praying for the 2017 DTS

YWAM Saint Lucia DTS 2016

YWAM Saint Lucia DTS 2016

Summer Mission Adventure 2016

Combining missions, fun and discipleship, our 5th Summer Missions Adventure on the Island was a success thanks to the dedication of our staff Nicole and Merlisha. It was a small one (6 participants) compared to last year, but the fruit was not small in the lives their impacted.

2016 Summer Mission  Adventure participants during recreational activities

2016 Summer Mission  Adventure participants during recreational activities

2016 Summer MIssion Adventure participants pose with Kids they just ministered to in Castries

2016 Summer MIssion Adventure participants pose with Kids they just ministered to in Castries

DTS 2017
Join us in prayer for God's direction. Persons have started showing interest,  we have considered at some point not having a DTS in January in order to be more available to help with the Impact world tour in Saint Lucia early next year. However, the Impact is postponed and we are praying to know how to move forward considering the following Challenges: Nicole is not going to be there as she leave for Costa Rica to do the Bible Core Course (BCC) . Merlisha's commitment ends this December and she hasn't decided if she will extend her commitment to staff the school or not. The only staff available is Keegan (this will be his first time) and Guy since Marylin will be more involved with homeschooling Asaph.  We have a few candidates that have inquired at this point as we start the initial planning.
- Please pray with us for direction from God.
- Pray for another DTS staff for the next DTS 2017 as for now it is just Guy and Keegan ( who is new) that are confirmed with the others having other plans

Volunteers and Staff

Short Term:
We are praying to see more volunteers from local churches join us for outreaches on the Island.
Anne - Sophie (18) : After spending two months serving with us in various ministries returned to Canada. We thank God for her service in blessing the Nation of Saint Lucia and the YWAM base and pray that God blesses her in her studies back home..
Karyn(22): came all the way from Canada for the Summer Program and added some spice to our fun summer program she was a great blessing to the whole team bringing in skills (swimming) and heart for Kids.  Hoping to have her here again some day.

Our Full Time Staff:
Praying for more Full time long term commitments
Nicole Emmanuel (26): She going to take a Bible core course in Costa Rica from this September to march.
Merlisha Ray(23): Her initial commitment with the base is ending this December 2016. She have a few option before her...
Keegan Emmanuel(27): Keegan join us 6 months ago after completing a DTS in St. Vincent. Keegan is now engaged with Nicole (the other staff and they are planning to get married next year. Presently,Keegan assists with maintenance and a few other things at the base. 
Guy & Marylin: We are here and continue to need prayer, support and strength from the Lord to move this project forward. With additional prayer and support the weight is less since it is being carried by all of you. 

PRAYER POINTS FOR STAFF
- pray that Nicole will have all the finance she needs for her school in Costa Rica, that she  will be back better equipped for a new season
- pray that The Lord will Lead Merlisha accordingly; we will be glad to have her and her experience for the next DTS but all is up to her and God now
- That Keegan will continue to grow in His relationship with God and His on going relationship with Nicole
- Pray that the support needed will come in for Guy and Marylin and the family to be able to have an apartment out of the base.

Pray for a Property for YWAM SL
We give thanks to God for providing housing for all the teams we had this Summer.  It was not easy but with His grace He saw us through with the assistance of some friends. With the Summer Program and teams  we accommodated well over 60 people, Praise the Lord!

Please continue to pray for a permanent property for YWAM Saint Lucia. At this point we are more in need of partners willing to invest in the project as there are numerous options available. Pray that we will be able to setup a proposal and get people to come on board to help us secure a permanent property.

Guy and Marylin are praying and seriously considering moving the family out of the actual base. 

DTS in the Dominican Republic.

Dear Friends  
Thanks for your prayers and partnership and for taking a few minute to read our May 2016 update

DTS 2016 on their outreach in the Dominican Republic.

After starting their outreach in Saint Lucia doing ministry with the kids in the community of Bois patat (Discipleship program for children) but also serving the street people of Castries, the DTS 2016 crew made up of MerlishaNicoleTaylorTessaMikaelKerima and Denielle, flew to the Dominican Republic where they spent the first week at the YWAM Caribbean Staff Conference, helping to take care of the missionary kids. The second week was spent in a rural community Elias Piña where God used them powerfully to impact the lives of many children and the whole community with over 30 making a step to now let Jesus lead their lives.
The students are now back in the capital city - Santa Domingo where they will continue the ministry until June 8th. They continue to need your prayers especially for the health situation as life in the village was not always easy with mosquitos, dust and more. Pray especially for Denielle and Taylor who was not too well.

The Whole Team in the DR with their guest in the village of Elias Piña

The Whole Team in the DR with their guest in the village of Elias Piña

Kids Ministry in a village,  Thanks for keeping the team in prayer

Kids Ministry in a village,  Thanks for keeping the team in prayer

Arrival and departure of volunteers

1- Evodie (21) : A French volunteer from Strasbourg who served with us for 3 months returned this week; after a great contribution to our ministry on the Island. Pray for her future in missions that God will lead her steps.
2- We just welcomed a young volunteer, Anne-Sophie (18), from Quebec, who will be here for 3 months as well. She is going through a personalized discipleship program while serving along with us;  pray that she will adjust to the environment and mature in her walk with the Lord during her time with us (Keegan, Marylin, Guy and Asaph) 
3- Keegan; is a young Saint Lucian (27) who did his DTS last year in St Vincent and the Grenadines;  as you may know he decided to join our staff as volunteer for the upcoming 2 years or so. For now  keegan's  responsibilities at the base are maintenance and he is being trained to take responsibility on the evangelism team. Pray for a smooth integration of keegan in the team and that the weekly coaching sessions with Guy will be effective and yield results to see him take greater responsibility and grow in maturity.

1- Ann-Sophie,                  2- Marylin,               3- Evodie,                            4-Keegan

1- Ann-Sophie,                  2- Marylin,               3- Evodie,                            4-Keegan

Ministry at the base

While the DTS is away we (Guy and the four above ) continued to serve the street people in collaboration with other ministries but also we visit the Juvenile Detention Center for boys on a regular basis. Guy also has one on one personalized discipleship sessions with volunteers and we are planing to continue the Prayer Station ministry every Friday with the help of local churches and volunteers when available. Pray for more commited volunteers

at the Juvenille Boy centre

at the Juvenille Boy centre

Serving the Street People in Castries

Serving the Street People in Castries

 

Need for Housing

We are also busy seeking appropriate accommodation and setting up ministry for the teams visiting this Summer. Pray that we will be able to find proper accommodation this Summer with teams totaling over 60 people coming to minister and we are yet to secure appropriate housing for all.  Please continue to pray for a permanent property for YWAM Saint Lucia.  At this point we are more in need of partners willing to invest in the project as there are numerous options available.
- pray for ministry opportunities that will impact lives long term this Summer

Summer Missions Adventure 2016

This year's program is planned from July 31st to August 13th.  The Summer Program is two dynamic weeks to help young people not only serve but also have a fun vacation. It integrates basic discipleship teachings, missions outreach and fun outings around the Island.  The past 4 years has been a great success with participants from all over the Caribbean, North America and Europe.
Pray for
- interested persons to complete the online application
- for appropriate accommodation and opportunities to serve.

DTS lecture phase almost done

DTS 2016 during love feast

DTS 2016 during love feast

With Speaker on Bible

With Speaker on Bible

DTS 2016: Lecture Phase almost done
Students and staff are preparing for the outreach phase in the Dominican Republic. This is definitely a great group picture above with Evodie, a volunteer from France during our easter Love feast. As usual No DTS is like any other; after the few bumps of week 4 and 5 the group is doing great we can see evidence of growth in each students considering where they came from. There was a very interesting outdoor survival/giving up right week-end Supervised by Marcus Joseph from Soufriere (friend & partner of YWAM St. Lucia), we saw participants dig deeper in God’s gracious resources; Thanks to Uncle “Muphasa”…

LECTURE PHASE
-By the End of the Lecture Phase in a week or so the students will also complete the reading of their whole Bible. -We bless God for Speakers: for their availability and gracious ministry: George & Donna Snow on the Father’s Heart, Omayra Plumb Line, Wayne on The Cross & The Bible, Marsha on Hearing G o d ’ s V o i c e , S a m u e l o n Relationship, Alain on Finance, local Ministers and Pastors and Charlotte from Sweden who will b e c l o s i n g n e x t w e e k o n community Development. You were a real blessing to this Bible.


DTS OUTREACH
Pray for provision of all the funds, as students prepare to g o t o t h e D o m i n i c a n Republic. Our staff Merlisha still need full airfare and registration, for the staff Conference, while Nicole need part of the Airfare. The Staff conference take place from May 10 to 15th in the DR that will also be the 1st week of the DTS outreach. We need purchase ticket from now.

KEEGAN

KEEGAN

VOLUNTEER AND STAFF
God have sent Keegan, Nicole’s friend for a two year commitment (with 6 months probation): Keegan complete his DTS last year in Saint Vincent. Despite the fact that some of those who promise to come on board last year did not finally come. Continue to pray that God will send persons committed to serve along side us for long term, to help develop new ministries and strengthening existing on going ministries. Keegan will be helping with maintenance at the base and help develop the ministry with the Boys Training Centre (Juvenile detention Centre). So far as full time volunteer we are: Guy, Marylin, Nicole, Merlisha and Keegan We are assisted by short term volunteer and partner but also key part time Volunteer such as Ruth and Steve. 

IMPACT WORD TOUR
Impact World Tour (IWT) is a new approach to present the Gospel to a 21st Century audience in the way that is relevant. After reaching hundreds of thousands in multiple cities across the world since 1993, The Impact Campaign has now focused on the caribbean where they want to see the rise of the new wave. Everything was launched this year in St Vincent where it saw over 9000 surrender their lives to Jesus in three weeks. they are praying for the next Island to target. An exploring team visited St. Lucia for a day to challenge the Island’s faith about this new initiative. Marylin by faith stood up and is going for a 3 week I m p a c t I n t e n s i v e ( i n i t i a l coordinator training) in Kansas City from April 8 to 30th. Cornelia Melville a friend of YWAM Saint Lucia is also planning to go. Pray that St Lucia will be ready for an Impact between 2017 and 2018

REPORT FROM PAST  2015 DTS STUDENTS
- Junior : in St Marteen is  trying to fix up things with the family. Pray for God to continue what he started

- Kashm after going with a team in Trinidad short term is now back at work in Antigua and has start sending funds to complete his past due incomplete DTS fee

- Caleb is back in Brazil and is serving along side A YWAM team taking teams in the Amazon.

-Tonia is back to her home church and have recently took a course to care for the elderly. Please continue to Pray for God’s continued work in lives

Pray for the Property
- After considering a number of properties since 2012 for a permanent campus of YWAM in St. Lucia, the first one Identify remain so far as the best option both in regard to it’s potential and strategic cost/location. A board member and two friends Steve and Ruth are looking into options possible as we trust God for provision of US$600,000 for this Property. - Pray with us for resources and beyond all more committed partners to join us in this faith venture.

PRAISE & PRAYER POINTS
1-Praise God for the Fact that Marylin will be able to attend the Impact intensive training in Kansas city for 3 weeks after what she will be part of the staff conference in the DR.

2-Praise God for the finances for our DTS students who completed their Lecture phase fees and are now praying for the outreach fees. Thanks for supporter and for those that promise to do so.

3-Pray for all the finances to come in soon for those missing for the outreach in the Dominican Republic.

4- Pray for our staff Merlisha that God will provide for her to attend the staff conference in the DR and for the airfare for both Merlisha and Nicole to be able to take the students to outreach.

5- pray for outreach that God will use our Students and staff and continue the transformation in each lives.

January 2016 Update

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Dear Friends
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Thank you for standing with us in prayer and your giving. We thank God for you for holding our hands up as we do the work of our Lord.  

The period from September to December is usually the least active period for us at the YWAM Saint Lucia However, last year there was always something to keep sharing love. We hope you are encouraged and blessed by this past due update...

Visiting Teams 

God is truly awakening young people to be His hands and feet. Recently, a dedicated group of young person’s serving with Campus Crusade St Vincent spent 10 purposeful days with us at the YWAM base. The team felt the direction of the Holy Spirit to establish a CRU ministry at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College hopefully more laborers in the field - Alleluia!!!
We also received a team from Barbados called “Uplift International”. The team came to share their vision with various individuals who will be interested in taking a short term missions trip to Malawi to use their gifts to serve others in that nation.
Also, a team of about 70 persons from a cruise-ship spent one day in Castries training believers how to share their faith, distributing bibles and praying for various persons the Lord would put along their path.

Campus Crusade Team
Uplift intl. team
 
A cruise ship in Castries

Children’s Ministry 

We continue to support the children of Bois Patat near Castries. We just received 150 shoes boxes with gift items, toys from Operation Christmas Child - a Samaritan's Purse Ministry and are distributing and planing to follow up with the “Greatest Journey” Discipleship program for children. 

Cookie Cheer for Christmas...

For three days the YWAM base turned into a bakery. We baked homemade cookies to distribute to share the love of Christ during the season. Overall 500 cookies were baked and 200 packages were distributed to the police station, bus drivers on the bus route, rehabilitation center for boys, homeless shelter, orphanage and the fire service department. We had a blast distributing the cookies. We even got to see a fireman climb down the poll. Asaph got a chance to use the fire hose.

Discipleship Training School 2016

Our 4th DTS in Saint Lucia is now on since January 24th; preparations since last year were OK. We have 5 students: the nationalities are St Lucia (Kerima), Jamaica (Denielle) Sweden (Mikael), USA (Taylor & Tessa). It was our prayer to have about 10 students but God choose to send 5 hand picked. 
We praise God for opening doors to promote the DTS in some churches on the island thus far one Saint Lucian has accepted chalenge of faith this year and we pray God will show her his faithfulness. Merlisha & Nicole are staffing this school along side us : Guy, Marylin & Asaph. 
We just completed week 4, teachings on intimate friendship with God, hearing God voice, the Cross, and the nature and character of God when on great with speakers Marsha and Wayne from Grenada. This week is the Father heart of God with George and Donna Snow. 
We are considering outreach in the Dominican Republic or in Nicaragua, and are seeking  divine confirmation this week. Thanks for standing with us and the students. The local student came in faith and need your support.

Praise Report


  • Between September and December we had two YWAMSL Board Meetings and had two new persons join our Board increasing the number to 10. We are thankful to God for this increase and hope it will bring in more dynamism. We are trusting Him for two or three more Board Members.
  • Over the past year we have been diligently praying that the Holy Spirit would direct persons in our path that would form the YWAM St. Lucia Board. He is answering our prayers by sending us new Board Members.  Praise God for answered prayer and for His faithfulness towards us. we are looking forward to have a few more to Join in March 2016

Prayer Points 

  • That the DTS students will allow God to do His work in their lives
  • That the children who received the gifts from Samaritans Purse will also receive Jesus in their lives
  • For us as staff that we will be refreshed, filled with the Holy Spirit  and committed to what God is calling us to do.
  • For a permanent property for YWAM Saint Lucia: at this point we need persons to carry the project with us... please pray for more committed persons to come on board.
  • Pray for more partners at different levels to embrace and join the vision of YWAM St. Lucia. God has been sending persons pray for more key persons.
  • Impact World Tour in the Caribbean and in Saint Lucia specifically we are mobilizing to see Saint Lucians go to Kansas City for the training and prepare to welcome the Project in Saint Lucia. Bill Landis the Caribbean Leader will be here in March to meet some key people and promote the project, pray for this important meetings.
  • Our Landlord has increased the rent by EC$200.00 and is refusing to allow us to use a room that is locked away with their stuff which has another bathroom that would make a world of difference to us if it was switched with a room without bathroom(except we are willing to pay EC$ 1300 more).  Please praise God for his faithfulness so far in providing and pray for provision to be able to pay the monthly rent and for a bigger and affordable place for YWAM Saint Lucia before the end of the year.
YWAM St. Lucia at the Fire station for Christmas 2015
YWAM Saint Lucia distributing Operation Christmass Gift in Bois Patat (from Samaritan Purse) 

Nicole Emmanuel: Full Time Staff completed DTS in Saint Lucia in 2013, DTS staff
http://www.ywamsl.org/nicole-emmanuel/

Merlisha Ray: Full Time Staff completed DTS in saint Lucia in 2014. DTS and hospitality staff http://www.ywamsl.org/merlisha-ray/
Ruth & Steve Mitchel : Part time Volunteer , They help us with bookkeeping and the YWAM SL property acquisition and valorisation project
http://www.ywamsl.org/ruth-mitchel/
Guy, Marylin & Asaph, Full time Base Leader : Thanks for your continual prayers and support, We greatly value and appreciate your partnership in pioneering this ministry in Saint Lucia.
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FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO YWAM SAINT LUCIA:

 

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Funds can be deposited or wired to YWAM bank account:

Account Number: 2004433

Bank of Nova Scotia

6 William Peter Boulevard,

P. O. Box 301, Castries, Saint. LUCIA

Name on the account:  Youth With A Mission  P.O. Box 4029 Bocage, Castries  Saint Lucia (Caribbean)

SWIFT CODE: NOSCLCLC (if outside St. Lucia)

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and mail to YWAM Saint Lucia  P.O. Box 4029 Bocage, Castries  Saint Lucia (Caribbean)

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YWAM Project Funding Office

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