The first part of our Disciple Training School was a 3 month lecture phase - April to June 2014 - at the base in Tijuana. There were 23 students from around the world in our class which included 3 families and 6 little kids. Each week we had a guest lecturer who spoke on a different topic such as the character and nature of God, spiritual warfare, discipleship, and hearing God's voice. We lived and worked in community and had prayer and worship time each day. During the week we had work duties, local ministry involvement and small groups.
The second part of our DTS was an 8 week outreach to 4 different parts of Mexico. Our team had 15 adults and 5 little boys. Our purpose was to apply the concepts we had learned during the lecture phase and share God's love. We did this through building projects, evangelism, children's ministry and medical assistance.
Our first 2 weeks were spent in Mazatlán helping at a children's handicap rehab facility. We built a therapy horse arena and painted in the morning and then did children's ministry programs with local church in the afternoon. We also worked in a local park cleaning, painting, sweeping and playing soccer.
Next we went to the mountains of Oaxaca and worked with the indigenous Mixteco people who are very hesitant when it comes to hearing the gospel. We worked in the local villages by holding English classes, health seminars and children's programs. Adam got to build a metal roof for a paralyzed man. The boys became close friend with two deaf brothers while we stayed there.
The last stop was in Cancún where we spent 2 weeks working with local churches and helping around the YWAM base. Adam got to put into use a lot of his handyman skills while fixing sinks, installing fans and cleaning out water tanks.
The "red light" district of Tijuana is called Zona Norte. During our DTS we spent time each week ministering there and plan to continue our involvement as staff. Jeana and the boys went to "Zone Kids" every Tuesday to help in a children's program with games, crafts, songs and a Bible lesson. Adam went on Wednesdays to the canal that runs along the border and ministered to homeless men. There are also outreaches to the prostitution area on Friday nights and the local soup kitchens throughout the week.
Homes of Hope
One of our favorite ministers at YWAM is Homes of Hope. In two days, you can build a home for a deserving family who may be living in a shack put together with pallets and tarps. Teams from all around the world come to build and bless these families. Adam plans to become a builder and learn how the program works from family selection to follow-up. We would love for our boys to be a part of the ministry as well.
Mission Adventures is a (often week long) missions experience geared toward youth and families. The vision for MA is that "We endeavor through short term missions to assist the local church in fulfilling the Great Commission by instilling a passion in each participant for lifetime involvement in world missions." We love this program because we get to see how God becomes real to young people as they step out and serve Him.
We love coming back home to Modesto to visit family and friends. Nothing is more fun than watching the boys run around with their cousins causing mischief. Visits to Kingman, Arizona, are also fun because there are more cousins to play with.