BEING THANKFUL

Dear Partners

We are grateful for your partnership without which we would not be able to function. Grateful that you have remained faithful to pray and support us.

Volunteers:

We are grateful for the volunteers the Lord has sent our way these past few months.

Merle and Jenny: We are grateful for this missionary couple in transition from USA / Bosnia who came in December to spend some time at the base and are leaving in a few days. We are grateful for their assistance in various ministries: from School Ministry, the Prayer Station to Maintenance; while exploring opportunities for the next step in their calling and journey on the mission field. As they leave they keep open the option of eventually returning to Saint Lucia.

Mary Beverley: Mary Beverley visited us last summer for what she planned to be a few days but changed her itinerary and stayed for a couple of weeks. She used the time to reflect on where she was at in her journey of life before returning back to her theological studies. During that time unbeknown to her the Lord was orchestrating her revisit to YWAM St. Lucia for 2019, where she would apply to volunteer and learn more about YWAM. Although Mary Beverley is middle aged; faced some problems beyond her control which led to her returning to YWAM; without even having a vague picture of the Lord’s plan, she committed herself to waiting on Him once again. Having done so, her hope has not been disappointed. As our Father’s good plans for her life unfold, she continues to avail herself to Him on the base as He entrusts her with piece by piece of the puzzle as well as allowing His process of transformational work in her character and life.

Part-Time Volunteers: We are really thankful to God for all the dedicated volunteers who are making the time in the midst of their busy schedules to invest in this ministry. To name just a few we have: Ruth and Shona the team helping with accounting, Melissa Gulabchandani and Manessa Lorde assisted by their respective husbands have been consistent in supporting the ministry to children and school while being involved in our part-time MDTS. Denise Ng's presence has injected new dynamism in various departments of the ministry. Let's pray that God will encourage all our part-time volunteers not just those mentioned here.

Ministries:

We are grateful for all the part-time and short-term volunteers that are helping with all our ministries: Children's Ministry, Part-Time Evening Classes, Prayer Station, the School Ministry and Juvenile Detention Centre are just some of the areas of ministry that we are grateful for God to use us in.

NIKO: Marcus Joseph, a part-time associate staff is in the Dominican Republic attending the NIKO Training. NIKO is a Greek word and is pronounced “nee-ko.” It means, “to subdue, conquer, overcome, or get the victory.” NIKO helps participants learn in the classroom of life by “doing” instead of only listening. It challenges ones personal walk with God and with others through hands-on experiences. We are praying to see YWAM Saint Lucia launch NIKO Camps in the near future which will help us with the great need of discipling our young leaders.

The Children’s Ministry: Kids from 4 to 14 years are gathered from various communities to the YWAM base every Saturday. We began in the summer of 2017 with a few of Marylin's cousins. Presently we have over 20 children attending every weekend and they also look forward to special events like trips to the Cinema or the Play Ground. The number of children and teenagers often goes beyond 40. We realize that the teens and youth have separate needs therefore we are developing a program for them in parallel to the Kids Club. The Kids Club activities focuses on discipleship via Bible stories, games, social skills and Biblical ethics. The teens and youth are following the Alpha Youth curriculum with a great emphasis on discussion. The challenges are: the need for more volunteers to assist with the various age groups, resources for transportation and snacks for the children. Despite these challenges we are glad to see that the ministry has inspired one of our past part-time students to pioneer a Kids Club with unchurched children. It was a pleasure to partner with her in launching the ministry on the southern side of the island.

School Ministry : We have partnered with the Vide Bouteille Secondary School for a few years now. Every Tuesday we engage groups of students from various affiliations in “active live talk”. For the past few months with the aid of the Alpha Course Youth Series we have seen the students progressively opening up to a living relationship with Christ. Please pray that we will continue to have volunteers to help us in these activities especially as it requires a lot of small group discussions.

The Boy's Training Centre (BTC): The BTC is the only Juvenile Center on the island. Sunday afternoons are fun times. We have been involved with them for many years, and recently introduced the Alpha Course Youth Series. With the assistance of some of our MDTS students (as part of their training program), we are encouraged by the level of response from the boys.

Prayer Station: Outreach takes place every Friday afternoon at the Derrick Walcott Square. It is an amazing opportunity to be approached by different members of the public every week and to experience their trust as they share about their personal circumstances, and we in turn support them through the power of prayer. There are times when some people return to share their testimony such as a lady whose six year old son now attends our Kids Club; he continues to invite his friends. Follow this link to listen to the testimony http://www.ywamsl.org/prayer-station-testimonies.

The Part Time MDTS 1 evening program: This program started as a way to reach out to busy persons unable to sign in for the full time DTS. As part of their program the student participate with ministry with us and experience 1st hand the excitement to follow Christ daily and not just as a once weekly event. This year we have 8 out of the 12 previously registered that are continuing faithfully and we are grateful to God for the work he is doing in their lives. We are encountering more and more people disappointed with their church experience that we trust God to restore and equip to be a source of life and not bitterness.

From weekly Bible Studies to soup kitchen for the poor and the needy we believe that living our Christian life is a reflection of a dynamic relationship with Jesus that overflows in our daily environment. Thanks for standing with us

Upcoming Events:

A Time of Thanksgiving: To be shared with our volunteers and partners this month to express our gratitude for God's faithfulness.

Education For Life (EFL) Seminar: EFL will take place in July with a team from the University of the Nations - Kona Hawaii. The goal is to provide Christian teachers and educators with the opportunity to experience new teaching methods, grow in understanding and skills read more.

Summer Adventure 2019: Our yearly mission adventure will take participants to Guadeloupe. Applications are still open.

Multi-island DTS: We are praying with YWAM Guadeloupe regarding a joint DTS for 2020. Additional staff remains the greatest need for this collaboration, especially with Marylin continuing her training course.

Prayer Points:

  • For continued family harmony

  • Consistent support for the ministry (rent and other needs: 100 persons committing $25 or more will make such a difference). You can help mobilize 5 of them

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  • That God would send us full-time and long-term staff by the end of the year

  • For consistent and stable support for us as a family and ministry

  • Volunteers to help with the various Kids and Youth Club groups

  • Funds to run the Kids Club: we need on average EC$ 200 weekly (about US$74) to consistently operate the Kids Club

  • Pray that the Holy Spirit will continue His transformational work in the lives of the MDTS students and volunteers

  • The upcoming Summer Program: preparation and the right applicants

  • DTS project collaboration with YWAM Guadeloupe for 2020

  • That believers from our nation will understand their role as a missions force in the dynamic new global missions. Also that mobilizing agencies like YWAM and others will not be perceived as competing organisations but as partners, co-laboring to fulfill the Great Commission

Samuel Legendart (YWAM Guadeloupe) via video conferencing teaching about “The Cross”during our MDTS Level 1 class

Samuel Legendart (YWAM Guadeloupe) via video conferencing teaching about “The Cross”during our MDTS Level 1 class

UPDATE FROM THE FOTSO’S

April 17 2019

Merle and Jenny Jones

Merle and Jenny Jones

Mary Beverley Constantine

Mary Beverley Constantine

Manessa Lorde

Manessa Lorde

Melissa Gulabchandani

Melissa Gulabchandani

Cross section of our Kids Club at YWAM

Cross section of our Kids Club at YWAM

Kids Club at the Caribbean Cinema

Kids Club at the Caribbean Cinema

A part-time student started a community Kids Club in the South

A part-time student started a community Kids Club in the South

YWAM SL team at the School Ministry in Castries

YWAM SL team at the School Ministry in Castries

Alpha session in the school with YWAM SL

Alpha session in the school with YWAM SL

Part-time team at the Juvenile Detention Centre

Part-time team at the Juvenile Detention Centre

A young person asking for prayer at the Prayer Station

A young person asking for prayer at the Prayer Station

YWAM SL Prayer Station Team

YWAM SL Prayer Station Team

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